German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a wreath laying ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the second World War, at the Neue Wache Memorial in Berlin on Friday. Photograph:  Filip Singer / Pool/ EPA

Ceremonies to mark the end of the second World War, 75 years ago, come at a parlous moment for European integration. The greatest conflict in human hi(...)

Russian President Vladimir Putin watches honour guards of the Presidential Regiment marching to mark the 75th anniversary of  victory over Nazi Germany in the second World War, in Sobornaya Square at Moscow’s Kremlin.  Photograph: Alexey Druzhinin/Sputnik/AFP/Getty

President Vladimir Putin told Russians on Saturday they are invincible when they stand together, as he presided over celebrations of victory in the se(...)

French President Emmanuel Macron lays a wreath of flowers for VE day at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Photograph: Charles Platiau/AFP via Getty Images

Seventy-five years ago crowds massed in the streets of Europe, singing and dancing as their leaders announced the end of six years of bloody war. On (...)

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 (...)

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