Europe’s future depended on France and Germany working together to prevent the continent becoming a “plaything of great powers,” French president Emmanuel Macron told the Bundestag. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

In his Bundestag debut on Sunday, French president Emmanuel Macron warned Europe – and his German host – that “chaos” looms unless the continent – pus(...)

French soldiers near Verdun battlefield  on which 163,000 French soldiers and 143,000 German soldiers died. Photograph: STF/AFP/Getty

French president Emmanuel Macron will begin a marathon, six-day pilgrimage to key locations of the first World War on Sunday, with German president Fr(...)

 Under current plans the date of the inauguration on November 11th clashes with the centenary anniversary of Armistice Day, the ending of World War One.   Photograph: Frank Miller

The Government has said it is constitutionally bound to hold the Presidential inauguration on the centenary of the Armistice. On Tuesday, Minister f(...)

Has Bavaria’s new state premier, Markus Söder – a star pupil of the cute hoor school of politics – miscalculated? Photograph: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

Ireland’s conservatives Catholics may have a new cross to carry since last week’s abortion referendum, but for conservative Catholics in Bavaria today(...)

Angela Merkel  of the Christian Democratic Union talks to the leader of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), Martin Schulz. Photograph: Christian Bruna

Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) has seen a lot in more than 150 years – but nothing quite like the political crisis gripping Berlin since Sund(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves the presidential residence Bellevue Castle in Berlin yesterday where she met German President German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier after coalition talks failed overnight.  Photograph: AFP PHOTO / John MacDougall

Germany is facing an unprecedented political crisis – and Europe a lengthy period of uncertainty – after coalition talks collapsed late on Sunday in B(...)

Angela Merkel, standing with leading members of her party, speaks to the media after preliminary coalition talks collapsed on Sunday. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel is facing an uncertain political future after talks to form a coalition government – and secure her a fourth term – co(...)

German reunification: Helmut Kohl at a rally in 1990 for the first free elections in East Germany. Photograph: Michael Urban/Reuters

Helmut Kohl helped to end Europe’s postwar division but never shrugged off a prickly reputation for causing personal rifts. Now the late architect of (...)

New German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier is congratulated by  drag Queen Olivia Jones after the election. Germany’s former foreign minister is in the centre-left Social Democrats party. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s new president Frank-Walter Steinmeier has urged his country to shake off decades of post-war insecurity and embrace its new role as an “anch(...)

Germany’s deputy chancellor and economics minister Sigmar Gabriel with the chancellor, Angela Merkel. Photograph: Steffi Loos/AFP/Getty

After months of speculation, Germany’s Social Democrat (SPD) leader Sigmar Gabriel has reportedly decided to run against Angela Merkel in the autumn f(...)

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