Joachim Gauck

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German novelist and poet Herta Müller reads some of Liu Xiaobo’s poems at  a memorial service for the late Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate in Gethsemane Church in Berlin on Friday. Photograph: Jens Schlueter/EPA

Nearly 1,000 human rights supporters, exiled dissidents and friends of Liu Xiaobo attended Berlin’s Gethsemane Church for a calm but defiant ceremony (...)

An outspoken head of state from 1994 to 1999, Roman  Herzog is best remembered for warning in 1997: “Germany needs a jolt”. Above,  German Chancellor Angela Merkel pays her respects at  his state funeral this week. Photograph: Max Menning-Pool/Getty Images

Just three letters separate the German verbs to lead – führen – and verführen, to seduce or entrap. Every year at this time, Germany remembers the po(...)

Fabrizia Di Lorenzo (31), thought to be one of the 12 victims of Monday’s attack, had lived and worked in Berlin for several years. Her mobile phone and metro pass were found at the scene. Photograph: Twitter

Several of the victims of Monday’s truck attack in Berlin have yet to be formally identified, German officials have said, and 16 survivors remain in h(...)

Anis Amri: Reward offered for infromation as to his whereabouts. Photograph: Reuters

Anis Amri who is the chief suspect in the Berlin Christmas market attack left Tunisia seven years ago as an illegal emigrant and spent time in prison (...)

Frank-Walter Steinmeier:   getting reluctant backing from Germany’s  conservative CDU/CSU alliance in his move towards the presidency.  Photograph: Yves Herman

German chancellor Angela Merkel has suffered a political setback by accepting that foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, a candidate from the riv(...)

 Shimon Peres visiting border police’s counterterrorist unit’s base in Israel in 2011. Photograph: Amos Ben Gershom/EPA

The body of Shimon Peres will lie in state at the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, on Thursday ahead of Friday’s funeral in Jerusalem, which will be atte(...)

 German president Joachim Gauck, his wife Daniela Schadt and  Chancellor Angela Merkel attend a memorial service for the victims of last week’s shooting spree in Munich, which left nine victims dead. Photograph:   Johannes Simon/Getty Images

Germans were urged to stand together and to not lose their humanity at a service on Sunday attended by Chancellor Angela Merkel to remember the victim(...)

Police officers stand at the entrance of the subway station near the shopping mall Olympia Einkaufzentrum OEZ in Munich on Saturday. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

German police say the 18-year-old Munich native who shot dead nine people in the city on Friday before killing himself had psychological problems and (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and British prime minister Theresa May at their first formal meeting in Berlin. Amid the smiles, it was the first frisson of tension. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

British prime minister Theresa May has warned her government will not be rushed into applying to leave the EU because London – and other European capi(...)

German president Joachim Gauck has said people can never be happy under a “dictatorship” during his first trip to China. Photograph: Wolfgang Kumm/EPA

German president Joachim Gauck, who was a civil rights activist in the former East Germany, has attacked communism during his first visit to China, te(...)

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