Joachim Gauck

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Answering the German question:  Joachim Glauck at Bellevue Palace, his Berlin residence. Photograph: Thomas Koehler/Photothek via Getty

The German word Seelsorger has no precise English equivalent, but it most commonly describes a priest or pastor who cares for someone’s emotional stat(...)

German president Joachim Gauck said backing marriage equality was “not a vote against, but rather for something”. Photograph: Wolfgang Kumm/EPA

German president Joachim Gauck has praised Ireland’s “sincere” debate on marriage equality, calling on Germany to follow suit. In a clear nod at a ret(...)

Queen Elizabeth II gives a speech during a State Banquet at the Schloss Bellevue Palace on the second day of a four day State Visit in Berlin, Germany. Photograph: Guido Bergmann/Getty Images.

Queen Elizabeth II has warned of the dangers of a divided Europe hours before her prime minister, David Cameron, presents his reform proposals for the(...)

Opera singer Oleg Bryjak. “With Oleg Bryjak we have lost a great interpreter and wonderful person”

German shock at yesterday’s crash was mixed with unhappy memories of another major airline crash in Europe: the August 2000 crash of a chartered Conc(...)

 Richard von Weizsäcker, the former German president and one of the most prominent German politicians of his generation, has died  at the age of 94. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

Post-war Germany’s most popular president, Richard von Weizsäcker, who oversaw unification in 1990 and described the Nazi defeat as a “day of libera(...)

Seventy years after the Red Army liberated the Nazi camp’s 7,000 remaining prisoners, the 300 elderly survivors supported each other on their walk down the railway line, past the notorious selection ramp, towards the former gas chambers and crematoriums. Photograph: Andrzej Grygiel/Poland Out

The last 300 survivors of Auschwitz paid a final visit to the snow-covered former death camp yesterday to urge the world to remember the 1.1 million(...)

Steven Spielberg is embraced and blessed by holocaust survivors in Krakow, Poland, on Monday. Photograph:  Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Russia’s Vladimir Putin will be absent from the main event marking 70 years since Soviet troops liberated the Auschwitz death camp in Poland, held aga(...)

Bodo Ramelow: his Erfurt alliance has been condemned by former eastern dissidents and the Christian Democrats. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

A quarter of a century after the Berlin Wall fell, Die Linke, political successors to East Germany’s ruling party, has appointed its first state premi(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a speech at the Chancellery in Berlin on November 4th, 2014.

A quarter century after the Berlin Wall fell, triggering unification a year later, there have been times of late when you’d be forgiven for thinking t(...)

Two West German policemen prevent people from approaching as East German police, the vopos, stand on and near a fallen portion of the Berlin Wall onNovember 11th 1989.

East Germany ceased to exist four days before its 41st birthday, on the day of German unity: October 3rd 1990. But the emotional end of East Germany c(...)

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