A fire truck is parked at the entrance to Park Monceau in the center of Paris, France,  after a lightning bolt crashed down onto a Paris park, striking 11 people at a child’s birthday party. Photograph: AP

One man has died and scores of people been injured, including children, as lightning strikes hit several parts of Europe, including a park in Paris an(...)

They are three very different länder: the rich, southern industrial state of Baden-Wüerttemberg; the wine-growing Rhineland-Palatinate bordering on Fr(...)

Super Sunday was bad for German chancellor Angela Merkel, but could have been worse. Christian Democratic Union leader  attends a news conference at  party headquarters in Berlin. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Super Sunday was bad for Angela Merkel, but could have been worse. If anything, the verdict of one in five Germans, called to weekend polls in three (...)

Joerg Meuthen, top candidate of Alternative für Deutschland, reacts to initial results in Baden-Wurttemberg state electionson Sunday in Stuttgart, Germany. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Germany’s right-wing populist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party has raised its presence to half of the country’s 16 federal states - including t(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a campaign event for the Baden-Wuerttemberg CDU in Nuertingen, on Tuesday, framed by an image of CDU frontrunner Guido Wolf. Photograph: Marijan Murat/EPA

When Angela Merkel arrived at a Stuttgart election rally on Tuesday evening, she had hoped to have in her handbag a package of measures to ease the mi(...)

Fionnuala Zinnecker: ‘I am involved in the local community, and don’t rely on other Irish people for interaction. I know where to find them if I need them, but largely I have adapted to life here.’

So much of what we hear and read about Irish emigrants is focused on emigration to English-speaking countries. It can give the impression that thos(...)

Free Liberals (FDP) chairman Christian Lindner gives flowers to Katja Suding, the party’s top candidate in the Hamburg state election, at a meeting in Berlin yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Tim Brakemeier

After 18 months in the political wilderness, Germany’s liberal Free Democrats have seized on weekend election gains in Hamburg as a welcome last-minu(...)

The European Court of Justice has  issued a ruling that paves the way for Ryanair’s rival, Lufthansa, to demand that German courts order the Irish carrier to repay state aid by Frankfurt Hahn Airport. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Ryanair is facing a possible attempt by the German authorities to force it to repay millions in state aid following a European court ruling yesterday.(...)

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