Armin Laschet, premier of north Rhine-Westphalia gives a statement after visiting flooded regions in Hagen, Germany on July 15th. Photograph: Friedemann Vogel/EPA

After its once-in-a-century flood, social media in Germany is abuzz with news, appeals and initiatives. Beds for the night, missing person posts and r(...)

The dissolution of the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group will be a significant blow to  Ukip as it prepares for next May’s general election in Britain.  Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

A political group in the European Parliament led by the UK Independence Party collapsed yesterday following the defection of a Latvian MEP.The dissolu(...)