Joachim Gauck

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A convoy of East German cars queue up at Unter den Linden avenue in East Berlin before crossing the border line under the Brandenburg Gate into West Berlin as a result of the opening of the Berlin Wall on November 11th, 1989. Photograph: Derrick Ceyrac/AFP/ Getty Images

‘We are pleased that German unification is taking place under a European roof”. These words from the conclusions of the European Communities summit in(...)

German president Joachim Gauck says he has difficulties with the idea of an SED successor party leading a state government. Photograph: Nicolas Bouvy/EPA

Days before Germany remembers the fall of the Berlin Wall a quarter of a century ago, the heirs to the party that built the structure have taken a fur(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a rally against anti-Semitism. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

Germany will do all it can to fight anti-Semitism, chancellor Angela Merkel said in a speech on Sunday, following a surge of abuse against Jews and sp(...)

German president Joachim Gauck (left) and Polish president Bronisaw Komorowski at the commemoration of the start of the second World War 75 years ago in Gdansk, Poland, on Monday. Photograph: Maurizio Gambarini/EPA

German president Joachim Gauck has been accused of “pouring oil on the fire” in Ukraine by criticising Russia at a ceremony to mark the outbreak of t(...)

Civilian volunteers help Ukrainian soldiers dig trenches to fortify the surroundings of Mariupol, Ukraine. Photograph: Mauricio Lima/The New York Times

Kiev has warned that a “great war” threatens Europe as pro-Russian insurgents, allegedly backed by Moscow’s military, forced government troops to r(...)

  German President Joachim Gauck: “This war began in western Europe with Germany’s completely unjustifiable invasion of neutral Belgium.’ Above, with French President François Hollande at the Allies’ Memorial, in Cointe, near Liege, on  August 4th.  Photograph: Julien Warnande/PA

You may have heard George Bernard Shaw say on that promo currently running on RTÉ Radio 1: “We learn from history that we learn nothing from history.”(...)

German president Joachim Gauck leaves the podium after a speech during a ceremony of remembrance for the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, at the Allies’ Memorial, in Cointe, near Liege, Belgium today. Photograph: Maurizio Gambarini/EPA

German president Joachim Gauck delivered a forceful speech today on the actions of his own country in invading Belgium on August 4th, 1914 . Mr Gauck(...)

Part of an exhibition in Liège entitled “I was 20 in 14” shows a trench during the first World War. Photograph: Yves Herman.

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina will take part in an international commemorative ceremony in Liège in Belgium today to mark the begin(...)

German president Joachim Gauck (left) and French president Francois Hollande  lay the foundation stone for a German-French museum, during the memorial event for the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the first World War today.  Photograph: Christophe Keraba/EPA

French president Francois Hollande has commemorated the 100th anniversary of the first World War with an appeal to players in the Gaza conflict to put(...)

German chancellorAngela Merkel can make daring leaps if they are politically opportune. Photograph: Axel Schmidt/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel spent the weekend packing for her summer holidays: walking shoes, sun cream and encrypted mobile phone. Distrac(...)

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