Chuka Umunna speaking at the Independent Group launch in London. Photograph: Vickie Flores/EPA

As they faced the press in a small, overcrowded room across the river from Westminster, the seven MPs leaving Labour discouraged any comparison with t(...)

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s left social democracy is so popular that the Conservatives have all but given up on opposing it. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

With MPs enjoying their recess until early September, the parliamentary estate at Westminster is almost deserted save for teams of construction worker(...)

Kevin Kühnert: “Going into another coalition with Merkel is bad for social democracy and bad for democracy.”  Photograph: Axel Schmidt/Reuters

The man who could topple Chancellor Angela Merkel wears hooded sweatshirts, loves amateur soccer and has yet to finish his politics degree. His nickna(...)

Unless something happens soon in Berlin, I’m going to follow Martin McDonagh’s lead and rent three billboards around the corner from Angela Merkel’s a(...)

Helmut Schmidt: handsome, witty and supremely self-possessed, he was a magnetic speaker and a pugnacious debater. Photograph: Central Press/Getty Images

Helmut Schmidt, a former West German chancellor who has died aged 96, combined personal dynamism, managerial brilliance and an often acid-tongued impa(...)

Blogger Andre Meister and Markus Beckedahl, founder of  Netzpolitik.org. Meister labelled the charges of treason “absurd”. Photograph: EPA/Britta Pedersen

Federal prosecutors in Germany have come under attack for launching a treason investigation against a digital policy website – and then suspending it(...)

Refugees who arrived in Germany by crossing the nearby Austrian border  at the X-Point Halle initial registration center of the German federal police  near Passau, Bavaria, Germany. Photograph: Joerg Koch/Getty Images

Bavarian’s conservative state government has come under fire for plans to erect deportation camps on its borders for refugees from Balkan states. (...)

Tánaiste Labour Party leader Eamonn Gilmore: told the Labour Party that the tax has been a long-term part of industrial strategy and was a matter of national competence. Photograph: Eric Luke

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has said he has made it clear in discussions with Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SDP) that Ireland’s corporation tax rate w(...)

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democrats  are expected to cruise to victory. Photograph: Noriyuki Aida/Bloomberg

With his puppy-eyed stare, timorous voice and famously delicate stomach, Shinzo Abe is an unlikely nationalist warrior. Just days before tomorrow’s ge(...)

Nobel laureate Mohamed ElBaradei was yesterday confirmed as Egypt’s vice president for foreign affairs and liberal economist Hazem El-Beblawi named a(...)