Berlin no longer wants companies such as Facebook to self-regulate. Photograph: Getty Images

Germany has lost patience with Facebook. After years of asking, cajoling and threatening the US social network to work faster to tackle fake news an(...)

“At the moment we don’t have a system of law and order. It is reign of injustice,” said Bavarian state premier Horst Seehofer to a Bavarian regional newspaper, a week after he irritated Angela Merkel  by meeting Russian president Vladimir Putin in Moscow. Photograph: Sven Hoppe/EPA

Angela Merkel’s prickly Bavarian allies have stepped up their campaign against the German chancellor, likening her divisive migration policy to a “rei(...)

German vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel with  chancellor Angela Merkel. File photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Germany’s vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel urged Saudi Arabia on Sunday to stop supporting religious radicals amid growing concern among some legislator(...)

Refugees from Syria near the Austrian-German border in Julbach, Austria. Austria has become the main transit country for migrants travelling from the Balkans to Germany. Photograph: EPA

Berlin’s grand coalition is at odds over the latest proposal to master the growing refugee crisis: “transit zones” in border regions to allow the dete(...)

Sebastian Edathy, former interior spokesman for the German Social Democrat party and former member of the Bundestag, arrives to speak to the media over allegations he harboured child pornography on his computer on December 18th, 2014, in Berlin. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

A former Social Democratic politician has described his purchase of child pornography over the internet as “wrong, but legal”. Sebastian Edathy, for(...)

The head of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) German chancellor Angela Merkel (C) awaits the start of coalition talks with Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) in Berlin yesterday. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters.

Germany should be allowed to hold referendums on major European policy decisions that involve transferring powers to Brussels or committing money at E(...)

 Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief-of-staff Ronald Pofalla. Photograph: Getty Images

Chancellor Angela Merkel attended Wagner’s Flying Dutchman in Bayreuth yesterday, leaving her chief-of-staff to face the music in Berlin over grounded(...)