For centuries the 13th century Cologne Cathedral has been a touchstone of German Catholicism. Yet for many German believers Cologne is now the epicentre of institutional dysfunction and denial, in particular over the scale of clerical child abuse and the systematic nature of its cover-up. Photograph: Getty Images

On a sunny Sunday evening in May, 80 people gathered in a Berlin church for a calm Catholic revolution. At 6pm the 11 metre-high wooden doors of the m(...)

Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki: under pressure after deciding to withhold a report into sexual abuse by clerics in the Cologne archdiocese. Photograph: Gunther  Ortmann/via Getty Images)

Priests in Cologne’s Catholic archdiocese are demanding their archbishop resign for suppressing a critical report into clerical sexual abuse in the we(...)

 Bundeswehr  snipers with Heckler & Koch G36 assault rifles, the   weapon of choice for German soldiers, Mexican drug barons and Islamic State terrorists. Photograph: Reuters

When Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives in Brussels for today’s emergency summit, the German leader will press her European colleagues to tackle the con(...)

A protest against the right-wing movement Pegida (Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the Occident) in Hamburg. Photograph: Bodo Marks/EPA

Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, Cologne cathedral and other German monuments extinguished their lights on Monday night in protest at anti-Islam marches sp(...)