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Candles are lit by the public at the vigil at Eyre Square in Galway city in October  to mark the first anniversary of the death of Savita Halappanavar. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Within the timeframe of the past 70 years, good journalism has never been so important. Events, conflicts, great uncertainty and a deluge of questi(...)

From left: family minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD) and defence minister Ursula von der Leyen (CDU) arrive for the weekly German federal cabinet meeting in Berlin yesterday. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

Wearing a black trouser suit and a tired smile, German chancellor Angela Merkel was re-elected yesterday for a third term as German leader.After a thr(...)

Members of the new German coalition government, including (from left)  Sigmar Gabriel, chairman of the SPD;  foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier; defence minister Ursula von der Leyen; and CDU leader and chancellor Angela Merkel (far right). Photograph: Seán Gallup/Getty Images

Asked in September how long she expected coalition negotiations to take, chancellor Angela Merkel joked that “Christmas comes sooner than you think”.A(...)

An original copy of “Mein Kampf” found after the liberation of Europe.  Photograph:  Glenn Asakawa/The Denver Post via Getty Images

A battle is looming over Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf after Bavaria abandoned plans to finance a critical edition of the work and instead will challenge (...)

Dr Merkel visibly enjoyed announcing that  her defence minister Ursula von der Leyen is  the first woman to enter the last male holdout of German politics.  Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has said Europe should expect no dramatic changes in EU policy in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s third term.Afte(...)

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(...)

Audio podcast: after the troika

As part of our coverage of Ireland’s exit this week from the EU/IMF bailout, we debate the issues raised by the country’s post-crash realities in a sp(...)

Danish prime minister Helle Thorning- Schmidt:  “This should hopefully be the last [reshuffle].” Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

While the world debates her Mandela funeral “selfie” with David Cameron and Barack Obama, Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt is fighting (...)

A pedestrian walks past an advertisement in Berlin reading ‘Member Vote’ to promote the voting by Social Democratic Party members on whether to enter a coalition with  Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union. The results of the ballot will be known on Saturday. Photograph:  Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Germany ends three months in political limbo on Saturday when the Social Democratic Party (SPD) decides whether to enter a second grand coalition with(...)

Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) Sigmar Gabriel delivers a speech during its regional party conference in Nuremberg on December 1st. Photograph: Timm Schamberger/EPA

Red scarves knotted against the bitter cold, hundreds of SPD rank-and-file members scurry along the dark Hamburg street.Passing a sign for a “friendsh(...)

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