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Defendant Beate Zschaepe stands in court with her legal team, lawyers Wolfgang Heer and Wolfgang Stahl, on the first day of the NSU neo-Nazi murder trial. Photograph: Joerg Koch - Pool/Getty Images

The highest-profile neo-Nazi murder trial in Germany in decades opened today amid tight security with the five accused appearing in public for (...)

European Commission  president José Manuel Barroso: “What is happening in France and Portugal is not the fault of Mrs Merkel or Germany and it is unfair to present measures as being demanded by individual countries or institutions.” Photograph: Alan Betson

After earning Berlin’s ire for suggesting Europe had reached the “limits of austerity”, European Commission president José Manuel Barroso has i(...)

From left: Angelika Lex, Reinhard Schoen, Sebastian Scharmer and Stephan Lucas, lawyers and joint plaintiff for the relatives victims of the neo-Nazi group National Socialist Underground address a news conference in Munich yesterday. Photograph:  Reuters/Michael Dalder

If it wasn’t for a botched bank robbery it is unlikely that Beate Zschäpe would go on trial in a Munich court room this morning. On Novem(...)

Sean and Orla Clancy, of Clanwood Farm, Co Offaly, with children Kieran and Johnny

Sales of organic foods have been hit by the recession but not as badly as might have been expected. There is one main reason for this. The bigg(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian prime minister Enrico Letta on a balcony at the Chancellery in Berlin earlier this week. Photograph: Jesco Denzel/Reuters

Some ideas are almost too seductive to examine closely. One such theory concerns the emergence of a new German hegemony in the euro zone crisis(...)

Bayern’s Thomas Mueller heads past Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes during the Champions League semi-final. Photograph: Matthias Schrader

The Thursday morning headlines told the tale of two different football cities. “Jaaaaa!” cried Germany’s Bi(...)

The chancellor, with succinct answers and a dash of dry, north German humour, deflected deftly all attempts by the editors of women’s magazine Brigitte to get under her skin. Photograph: Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images

After eight years in power and five grappling with the financial and euro crisis, Angela Merkel has managed to remain an international woman of(...)

Most of us know that shedding flab after falling into flesh is not much fun. The same can be said for economies that lose their shape. Just as (...)

President Michael D Higgins and European Parliament president Martin Schulz addressing journalists during a press briefing at the European Parliament in Strasbourg last month.

ARTHUR BEESLEY Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore said President Michael D Higgins’ remarks on European policy in a forthright interview in today’s(...)

Adolf Hitler with Hermann Wilhelm Goering on his left. “Adolf Hitler – Germany’s Führer, the worst criminal in the world, the worst gangster in human history, is dead,” is the announcement at the opening of the black- and-white film. Photograph: Picture Post/Getty Images

Three years after the second World War ended, almost half of Americans believed Adolf Hitler was alive and well and living in South America. (...)

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