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Staff work on the production of BioNTech/Pfizer’s Comirnaty vaccine at Allergopharma’s production facilities  near Hamburg, Germany, last week. Photograph: Christian Charisius/ EPA

The decision by the United States to support a temporary suspension of intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines has rattled drugmakers, spli(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron: Polls indicate he  would win 54 per cent of the vote in a presidential run-off, against 46 per cent for Marine Le Pen. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP

One year before the French presidential election, the most plausible scenario is that President Emmanuel Macron will win re-election after defeating t(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen’s words about her treatment in Ankara will have resonated with millions of women and men. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/ AFP via Getty Images

If, for some, the so-called Sofagate incident seemed just too crass, too childish, to be pre-meditated, Ursula von der Leyen thought otherwise. “Would(...)

A coal-fired power plant  in Neurath, Germany. Photograph:  Martin Meissner/AP

Germany’s top court has demanded changes to the country’s climate law, saying it places too much of a burden on future generations to reduce carbon em(...)

 Christian Democratic Union party’s Armin Laschet: “We need to clean out bureaucracy, create a modern and service-oriented state that acts quickly and with foresight.”  Photograph: Stefanie Loos/Bloomberg

Armin Laschet should be savouring this moment, his elevation to the ranks of Europe’s political super league. The 60-year-old native of Aachen in Ger(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel:  “It was right that I mentioned Wirecard on the state visit. At the time, it was about improving access to the Chinese market.” Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

Chancellor Angela Merkel once revealed that, when reading a newspaper, she always turns first to the business pages. On Friday, as final witness at t(...)

German finance minister Olaf Scholz (centre), arrives as a witness in front of a parliamentary committee of inquiry investigating the Wirecard scandal. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP

German federal finance minister Olaf Scholz has denied he carries any personal responsibility for the collapse of Wirecard, despite being the ultimate(...)

The 27 member states never succeeded on co-ordinating their pandemic policy. File photograph: EPA

In future could figures like European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen be elected directly by citizens instead of nominated by member state g(...)

CDU leader Armin Laschet: Secured just two-thirds support from  his own party board. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

Germany’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader Armin Laschet has joined the race to be the country’s next chancellor after a Bavarian rival ended a(...)

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov. Photograph: Russian foreign affairs ministry/Handout/EPA

Moscow has announced the expulsion of 10 US diplomats in a tit-for-tat move and plans to target US-funded NGOs in response to sanctions imposed by the(...)

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