Volkswagen cars inside a delivery tower in Wolfsburg. Multibillion-euro settlements over the emissions scandal will rob German car companies of R&D funds. Photograph:Michael Sohn/AP

A Berlin equivalent of Fianna Fáil’s notorious – and defunct – Galway races tent is the summer party of the VDA, the lobby group of Germany’s carmaker(...)

Diesel cars and SUVs had almost 66 per cent market share in western Europe six years ago, but that has now dipped to around 50 per cent.  Photograph: Reuters

When Germany’s minister for transport and digital infrastructure, Alexander Dobrindt, appeared before the press last week, his handlers insisted he co(...)

Pensioners ride bicycles along a street at Museum Island in Berlin. Photograph:  Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Over the years, Berlin has seen many horrors: hyperinflation, Hitler, David Hasselhoff dancing on the Berlin Wall in an illuminated jacket. But nothi(...)

A former coal mine sits empty in Letcher County, Kentucky. A report by the US department of energy in January said 43 per cent of the workforce in electric power generation, or about 374,000 workers, were employed in the solar sector.  Photograph: George Etheredge/The New York Times

Nations led by China and the European Union rallied around a global plan to slow climate change on Wednesday after US president Donald Trump began und(...)

The German environment ministry has decided to become the first government agency to take meat and fish off the menu at official functions. Photograph: Getty Images

Politicians and policy buffs were forced to do a double take when they stormed the buffet at the German government’s symposium on “exporting green tec(...)

Construction work outside the  Reichstag in Berlin in September 1999, shortly after the German government moved from Bonn. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Last week, Germany’s federal environment minister Barbara Hendricks flew 480km from Berlin to Bonn to present a report. Then she turned on her heel an(...)

Monsanto: farmers say glyphosate, the basis for the company’s topselling weedkiller Roundup, is vital for robust yields of crops. Photograph: Juliette Michel/AFP/Getty Images

The European Union risks a legal showdown with agrichemical group Monsanto and farming unions after leading member states yesterday refused to extend (...)

Polish MP Anna Grodzka: she was the first transgender MP to be elected by Krakow’s voters four years ago. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Perhaps it was a sign of the times, but Leo Varadkar’s outing on RTÉ Radio made only a modest splash in the world’s media. English-language media outl(...)

German energy giant Eon has denied that focusing on renewables and hiving off its traditional energy operations will lumber taxpayers with the bill fo(...)

Wolfgang Schäuble: Chancellor Angela Merkel is keen to keep Mr Schäuble in place as finance minister and the 71-year-old has expressed his readiness to stay. Photograph: Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images

Wolfgang Schäuble is on course for a second term as German finance minister with the Social Democratic Union (SPD) reportedly ready to forgo control o(...)