Chancellor Angela Merkel after visiting the flood-ravaged towns in western Germany.  Many see the floods as an appropriate, tragic symbol of Merkel’s mixed climate record. Photograph:  Christof Stache /  AFP via Getty

Exactly 100 years ago in Frankfurt, the 30 year-old inventor Max Braun founded an electronics company that conquered the world. With stylish, function(...)

Annalena Baerbock, who leads Germany’s Greens with Robert Habeck. Photograph: Omer Messinger/EPA

As public transport fans, Greens across Europe have learned the hard way that success is like buses: nothing for ages, then two at once. And this has (...)

Franco-Italian summit: Emmanuel Macron reviews an honour guard in Lyons. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/Pool/EPA

Over the past year Emmanuel Macron has become a seemingly unstoppable force, first in French politics and now on the international stage. Last week he(...)

Michael McDowell:  Ireland was about to enter into a three-month period of “inane debate” leading to “largely worthless” European Parliament elections: Photograph: Dara MacDónaill

Former tánaiste Michael McDowell has warned that “elitist eurofederalists” are “firing up the boilers” for one more step towar(...)

 Former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer: “Instead of talking about the environment, Europe, education and families we just talked about taxes and levies,” he said, claiming the strategy “not only won no new voters but put off many old ones”.  Photograph: Getty Images

Former German foreign minister Joschka Fischer has attacked his Green Party for a “disastrous” election campaign that has prompted mass resignations a(...)