Some 800 British bombers dropped 1,400 tonnes of explosives and phosphorous bombs over the Saxon capital. About 25,000 died, many asphyxiated as the flames sucked up all  oxygen. Photograph: AFP/Slub Dresden  Deutsche Fotothek/ RIchard Peter Sen

German president Frank Walter Steinmeier has urged his country to challenge efforts by political extremists to hollow out democracy and relativise Naz(...)

German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier lays a wreath at the World Holocaust Forum, marking 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz death camp. Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has used the platform of the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem to denounce Iran as “the most anti-Semitic r(...)

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy  (left) and  Russian president Vladimir Putin (right) with French president Emmanuel Macron at  Monday’s summit in Paris. Photograph: Sputnik/Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin

The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine met at the Élysée Palace late on Monday for the first time since October 2016, in the hope of resta(...)

In this picture taken on November 10, 1989 in Berlin, West-Berliners break the Berlin Wall with hammers and crosses. - The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, when thousands of Germans joyfully danced atop its graffiti-covered remains, to some heralded the “end of history” in a globalised world. Photograph by: AFP/Getty

Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Europe to fight harder for its values as Germany marked 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall on Saturday. “The v(...)

Demonstrators wave Ukraine national flags in central Kiev to protest against broader autonomy for separatist territories, part of a plan to end the  war with Russian-backed fighters in Donbas. Photograph: Getty

Thousands of Ukrainians marched on Sunday to warn President Volodymyr Zelenskiy against making any dangerous concessions to Russia as he tries to revi(...)

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky met senior deputies on Wednesday to discuss concerns over the plan. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy has been warned against “capitulation” to the Kremlin, after agreeing to a plan that he hopes will help end hi(...)

Goethe House, Weimar: at its best, the republic enshrined human rights and, at its worst, left ajar a door to the instability that aided Hitler’s rise to power in 1933. Photograph:  Klassik Stiftung Weimar

Germany’s far-right populists are on the rise, as are random, violent street killings. People are dizzy with the potential – and danger – of new mass (...)

President Michael D Higgins and Chancellor Angela Merkel at the chancellery in Berlin during the President’s three-day State visit last week. Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

Ireland’s early diplomacy with Germany didn’t end well in 689 AD. Kilian, a Cavan-born missionary, annoyed a Würzburg noblewoman for suggesting she wa(...)

 President Michael D Higgins and Sabina Higgins in Würzburg on the third day of an official state visit to Germany. Photograph:  Maxwell

This weekend the German city of Würzburg comes to a joyous standstill, celebrating its Catholic heritage, the Cavan man they have to thank for it – an(...)

 German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier (left) and his wife Elke Buedenbender (right) with President Michael D. Higgins  and his wife Sabina  before a gala dinner in Berlin. Photograph: Hayoung Jeon/EPA

As President Michael D Higgins ends his three-day visit to Germany on Friday) in Frankfurt, continental Europe’s banking capital, Irish and German off(...)

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