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German foreign minister Heiko Maas  meets Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar in Benghazi, Libya, on Thursday. Photograph:  German foreign ministry handout via Reuters

A Libyan military commander waging an offensive to capture the capital Tripoli is committed to a ceasefire, Germany said on Thursday, in an apparent (...)

Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party chairwoman Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and German chancellor Angela Merkel  in Leipzig on Thursday. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

At the headquarters of Germany’s ruling Christian Democratic Union, a massive red acronym – CDU – stands in the first-floor atrium. Until Thursday, th(...)

Roger Hallam is under fire for remarks he made on the Holocaust. File photograph: Andres Pantoja/SOPA Images, via Getty Images

Extinction Rebellion has distanced itself from its co-founder Roger Hallam after he made controversial remarks about the Holocaust. In an interview w(...)

A lorry at the Border town of Carrickcarnon has a slogan marked on it during a protest by anti-Brexit campaigners Borders Against Brexit. File photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/|Reuters

Three short Latin words float around in the subconscious of Irish politics: quid pro quo. If you write and talk about Brexit, the question will always(...)

 Civilians carry their belongings over their head as they flee amid Turkish bombardment on Syria’s northeastern town of Ras al-Ain in the Hasakeh province along the Turkish border. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AF

  Turkish ground troops have stepped up their offensive against Kurdish forces in north-eastern Syria, seizing villages and continuing an aerial(...)

Civilians flee amid Turkish bombardment of Syria’s northeastern town of Ras al-Ayn along the Turkish border on Wednesday. Photograph:  Delil Souleiman/AFP via Getty Images

The EU has strongly condemned Turkey’s incursion into northern Syria. EU diplomats expressed anger at what was seen as a destabilising betrayal by t(...)

EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier at a press conference  in Berlin, Germany. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator said on Monday it was difficult to see a way to break the Brexit impasse as British prime minister Boris Johnson’s de(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel listens after delivering a keynote speech during a debate on the federal budget at the Bundestag,  in Berlin. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

While Brexit Britain bickers on, German MPs used Wednesday’s budget debate in the Bundestag to discuss what they view as more pressing business: secur(...)

Demonstrators hold a banner reading ‘Free Carola’ during a vigil  in Cologne, Germany, for Carola Rackete. Photograph: Federico Gambarini/dpa/AFP/Getty Images

Two online campaigns to help the German captain of a rescue ship who is under house arrest in Italy have between them raised more than €1 million. Ca(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Berlin on June 18th. “It’s sad that our European partners didn’t hear us and acted differently,” Mr Zelenskiy  said about the Council of Europe decision. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Kiev has led criticism of the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe for allowing Russia to return to the human rights watchdog, five years a(...)

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