Joachim Gauck

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Germany’s players and head coach Joachim Löw celebrate in their dressing room with Chancellor Angela Merkel following their victory in the World Cup final on Sunday night. Photograph: Lars Baron/Fifa/Getty Images.

Germany’s Boys from Brazil arrive in Berlin at 9am today to present their fans with “Das Ding” – their affectionate term for the World Cup – and to ge(...)

After the revelations last autumn, courtesy of Edward Snowden, that the United States’ National Security Agency (NSA) was involved in widespread phone(...)

Whistleblowers Jesselyn Radack and Thomas Drake testify at the Bundestag commission investigating the role of the NSA in Germany. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty

When German investigators raided the Munich home of a German foreign intelligence (BND) employee, they didn’t find a secret radio transmitter or direc(...)

Jesselyn Radack, former US Justice Department ethics attorney turned whistleblower and Thomas Drake, former senior executive of the NSA turned whistleblower testifying at the Bundestag commission investigating the role of the NSA in Germany on Friday in Berlin. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

The German government wants a quick and clear explanation from Washington for US intelligence’s apparent contact with a German man arrested last week (...)

Wounded soldiers arrive at Rheims station from the western front during the first World War. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

Joseph Zimet, director general of the Centenary Mission, has spent three years organising French and international commemorations of the beginning (...)

President  Higgins honouring 1916 leaders  at Arbour Hilllast month. He will visit Liege in August. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill  Donaill / The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins is to attend the first major multinational commemoration event marking the outbreak of the first World War on August 4th (...)

Frank Schirrmacher: died yesterday of a heart attack. Photograph: EPA/Fredrik von Erichsen

Germany has lost one of its most influential journalists and public intellectuals with the sudden death of Frank Schirrmacher. The 54-year-old, who di(...)

German President Joachim Gauck inspects the Evzones Presidential Guard, during the official welcome ceremony in Athens. Photograph: Wolfgang Kumm/EPA

German president Joachim Gauck dismissed Greek demands for compensation for Nazi-era crimes during a symbolic visit to Greece today, and instea(...)

The Stasi files, which in total occupy 111km of shelf space. Despite the open-file approach, the Stasi files remain a specialist interest.

Stack up the files left behind by East Germany’s feared secret police – the Stasi – and you could fill the road from Newry to Dublin. A quarter(...)

 German president Joachim Gauck speaking  at the 50th Munich Security Conference in  Munich yesterday.  Photograph:  Joerg Koch/Getty Images

German president Joachim Gauck has urged his fellow citizens to show greater confidence in themselves and demonstrate greater willingness to engage in(...)

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