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 British prime minister Theresa May speaks at a press conference  in Brussels last month. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

On Tuesday the British parliament is due to vote on the Brexit withdrawal agreement brokered with the European Union by prime minister Theresa May. Mr(...)

German chancellor and chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel is applauded after her farewell speech. Photograph: Christian Charisius/DPA via AP

Like millions of Germans on Friday, Helmut Gels was glued to the suspense-filled handover of power in Hamburg. Gels is the CDU mayor of Vechta, a r(...)

Nerves of steel: new CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer was just 19 when she joined the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in 1981. Holding back tears on Friday, she admitted never (...)

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer waves next to German Chancellor Angela Merkel after being elected as the party leader during the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party congress in Hamburg, Germany, December 7th, 2018. Photograph: Reuters

Amid tears and cheers, Germany’s ruling centre-right Christian Democratic Union backed evolution over revolution on Friday and elected an Angela Merke(...)

Christian Democratic Union (CDU) candidate for the party chair Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer getting her portrait taken. AKK, as she is known,  is Angela Merkel’s choice as successor. File photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

What is happening on Friday in Hamburg? After 18 years, Angela Merkel is standing down as leader of Germany’s centre-right Christian Democratic Union(...)

Volkswagen cars being readied for delivery.

The bosses of Germany’s three largest carmakers will meet senior US officials on Tuesday to try to ease tension with Washington over trade, with Presi(...)

US president Donald Trump and Chinese president Xi Jinping with advisers at a working dinner after the G20 leaders’ summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Co-operation is the best choice for China and the US, Chinese president Xi Jinping told US president Donald Trump during a Saturday dinner meeting in (...)

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald at Stormont before her meeting with Theresa May. Photograph: Pacemaker

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald has said she does not understand how other parties cannot accept that her party will never take its seats at Wes(...)

A  Ukrainian helicopter engages in military drill near the village of Urzuf close to Mariupol in eastern Ukraine: martial law has been imposed in border regions for 30 days. Photograph: Sega Volski/AFP

Ukraine has banned most Russian men from entering the country as part of security measures imposed after Moscow’s forces seized three of its ships and(...)

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko called on Nato states to send naval ships to the Sea of Azov to support Ukraine. Photograph: Mykola Lazarenko/AP

US president Donald Trump has cancelled highly anticipated talks with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin due to his failure to free three Ukrainian na(...)

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