A resident piles up destroyed belongings on Saturday  after  floods caused major damage in Schuld near Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, western Germany. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty

Rescue workers continued to search flood-ravaged parts of Germany and Belgium for survivors on Saturday after burst rivers and flash floods this week (...)

Aerial view shows an area completely destroyed by the floods in the Blessem district of Erftstadt, western Germany. Photograph: Sebastien Bozon/AFP via Getty

Germany triggered a military disaster alert on Friday after the catastrophic flood that has claimed at least 100 lives, with at least 1,300 still miss(...)

 People sit in the sun in Berlin: From Friday, the city has banned all gatherings of more than two people between 9pm and 5am. Photograph: Maja Hitij/Getty

With a summery Easter weekend looming, Berlin, Hamburg and Brandenburg have imposed night-time restrictions in response to recent gatherings of crowds(...)

President Michael D Higgins’s 2019 state visit to Germany was such a success that his German counterpart (and Rory Gallagher fan) Frank Walter Steinmeier, right, was all set to return the visit last year – warp speed in diplomatic terms – until the virus intervened. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Dublin’s bilateral relationships with London and Berlin are like two very different children. London is the eldest: used to getting its way and able t(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a wreath laying ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the second World War, at the Neue Wache Memorial in Berlin on Friday. Photograph:  Filip Singer / Pool/ EPA

Ceremonies to mark the end of the second World War, 75 years ago, come at a parlous moment for European integration. The greatest conflict in human hi(...)

Russian President Vladimir Putin watches honour guards of the Presidential Regiment marching to mark the 75th anniversary of  victory over Nazi Germany in the second World War, in Sobornaya Square at Moscow’s Kremlin.  Photograph: Alexey Druzhinin/Sputnik/AFP/Getty

President Vladimir Putin told Russians on Saturday they are invincible when they stand together, as he presided over celebrations of victory in the se(...)

French President Emmanuel Macron lays a wreath of flowers for VE day at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Photograph: Charles Platiau/AFP via Getty Images

Seventy-five years ago crowds massed in the streets of Europe, singing and dancing as their leaders announced the end of six years of bloody war. On (...)

Some 800 British bombers dropped 1,400 tonnes of explosives and phosphorous bombs over the Saxon capital. About 25,000 died, many asphyxiated as the flames sucked up all  oxygen. Photograph: AFP/Slub Dresden  Deutsche Fotothek/ RIchard Peter Sen

German president Frank Walter Steinmeier has urged his country to challenge efforts by political extremists to hollow out democracy and relativise Naz(...)

German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier lays a wreath at the World Holocaust Forum, marking 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz death camp. Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has used the platform of the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem to denounce Iran as “the most anti-Semitic r(...)

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy  (left) and  Russian president Vladimir Putin (right) with French president Emmanuel Macron at  Monday’s summit in Paris. Photograph: Sputnik/Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin

The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine met at the Élysée Palace late on Monday for the first time since October 2016, in the hope of resta(...)

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