Pipe sections for  Nord Stream 2: Gazprom  plans to open the taps at the Russian end of the 1,200km-long pipeline in late 2019. Photograph: Jens Köhler/ullstein bild via Getty Images

Lubmin is a picturesque resort on Germany’s Baltic Sea coast that boasts a long stretch of sandy beach bordered by soft dunes and a lush pine forest. (...)

 German chancellor Angela Merkel and  Mike Pence at the Munich conference, where the US vice president  pledged “unwavering” support for Nato. Photograph: Guido Bergmann /Bundesregierung via Getty Images

For five decades, western political leaders have gathered at an annual security conference in Munich to grapple with crises in the unstable, violent w(...)

Construction work outside the  Reichstag in Berlin in September 1999, shortly after the German government moved from Bonn. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Last week, Germany’s federal environment minister Barbara Hendricks flew 480km from Berlin to Bonn to present a report. Then she turned on her heel an(...)

 European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker: said pooling military capability would demonstrate EU member states’ determination never to go to war against each other. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has said a common European army would be a timely deterrent against further Russian aggression on th(...)