G7 foreign ministers refrain from taking concrete action against China

Group condemns human rights abuses but individual countries are left free to decide what action to take Foreign ministers from the G7 group of wealthy countries have refrained from spelling out any concrete steps to confront China, amid concern among some members – especially Italy and Germany – over reprisals if their language was too […]

German society ‘brutalised’ as far-right crimes hit record levels

Police recorded almost 24,000 far-right crimes last year – the highest level since records began Germany’s interior minister has said that a dramatic rise in rightwing extremist crime demonstrates a “brutalisation” of society and poses the biggest threat to the country’s stability. Horst Seehofer said politically motivated crime in general was a growing problem, pledging […]

German police shut one of world’s biggest darknet child abuse images sites

Boystown platform had membership of more than 400,000 international subscribers An online platform said to be one of the largest websites for child sexual abuse images in the world has been closed down by German police after a lengthy investigation. The Boystown platform, which had a membership of more than 400,000 international subscribers and was […]

Colette: former French Resistance member confronts fascism and family trauma after 75 years

Colette has won the Academy Award in the category of best documentary short. This has been made possible by people like you supporting The Guardian’s independent, audience-funded publishing – we and the filmmakers thank you. Help sustain our future by making a contribution today, from as little as $1 90-year-old Colette Marin-Catherine confronts her past by […]

‘Historic’ German ruling says climate goals not tough enough

Judges order government to strengthen legislation before end of year to protect future generations Germany’s supreme constitutional court has ruled that the government’s climate protection measures are insufficient to protect future generations, after a complaint brought by environmentalist groups. In a groundbreaking ruling, the judges of the Karlsruhe court, Germany’s highest, said the government now […]

Coronavirus live news: Germany to relax restrictions for vaccinated people; Turkey to go into lockdown

Over 6,000 Covid patients in French ICUs for first time since April 2020; US to share AstraZeneca vaccines it has not authorised for its own use EU starts legal action against AstraZeneca over vaccine shortfalls India reportedly running out of vaccines amid Covid surge Mutations, politics, vaccines: the factors behind India’s Covid crisis Warning over […]

German actors face backlash over ‘cynical’ Covid lockdown videos

Dozens of high-profile actors feature on website making fun of Germany’s coronavirus restrictions Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage For half a century, the police procedural Tatort (“Crime Scene”) has provided a rallying point for Germany’s culturally diverse regions, gathering viewers around their television sets every Sunday night to watch detectives from […]

US and UK lead global efforts to help India’s Covid crisis

Washington reverses vaccine export ban while Downing Street dispatches ventilators and oxygen Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage International efforts to help India fight its devastating coronavirus crisis have stepped up as the White House said the US would immediately provide raw materials for vaccine manufacture and the UK announced it had […]

Rausings targeted in protest against Berlin bookshop eviction

Sigrid Rausing denies financial interest in building, as court orders booksellers Kisch & Co to vacate Kreuzberg premises A UK-based Swedish multibillionaire family known for their philanthropic donations to literature, libraries and other arts, have become the target of angry protests in Berlin over the eviction of a community bookshop from a counter-culture neighbourhood. The […]

Armin Laschet to run as CDU/CSU candidate in German election

Rival Markus Söder concedes in race to succeed Angela Merkel but vote reveals deep rift in conservative alliance Armin Laschet will run as the conservative candidate to succeed chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany’s elections in September, after the leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) won the support of senior party figures and his rival […]

Armin Laschet: is the conservative alliance pick ‘too nice’ to be Germany’s next chancellor?

CDU leader may radiate ‘jovial continuity’ but polls suggest many voters doubt his suitability to succeed Angela Merkel It is often said of Armin Laschet that he never even wanted to go into politics, but ended up joining the CDU only due to the persistent persuasion of an acquaintance. Four decades on, he is the […]

Germany’s surging Greens step up election race to succeed Merkel

Robert Habeck or Annalena Baerbock will be named as party’s candidate for chancellorship Five months before national elections, a Green party that once styled itself as the rebel of German politics is finding itself in an unusually respectable position. The party’s standing in the polls – in second place at 21-23% of the vote – […]

German NGO files legal case against Chechen officials over anti-gay purges

Exclusive: five Ramzan Kadyrov allies subject of criminal complaint for crimes against humanity Five officials from the inner circle of Chechnya’s autocratic leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, are the subject of a criminal complaint in Germany for crimes against humanity, in a legal attempt to seek justice over the semi-autonomous Russian republic’s anti-gay purges. The 97-page charge […]

Coronavirus live news: Italy to relax restrictions; Latvia offers mass jabs to clear AstraZeneca backlog

Italian restrictions to ease in many areas from 26 April; Latvia offers vaccinations following hesitancy in older population Brazil health minister asks women ‘to delay pregnancy’ Germany removes UK from risk list Spreading faster, hitting harder: why young Brazilians are dying of Covid Australia records first death from blood clots likely linked to AstraZeneca vaccine […]

Germany’s third Covid wave needs drastic measures, says health chief

Head of Robert Koch Institute says he supports plan for night-time curfew as some ICUs reach capacity Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The head of Germany’s disease control agency has called for drastic measures to curb the country’s third wave of coronavirus infections, with intensive care beds filled to capacity in […]

France, Germany and UK raise concern over Iran’s nuclear plans

Three European countries say there is no ‘credible civilian need’ for enriching uranium to 60% France, Germany and the UK have warned that Iran took a dangerous step towards the production of a nuclear weapon by enriching uranium to levels for which there is no “credible civilian need”. Tehran, which claims its nuclear ambitions are […]

Battle to be Merkel’s successor divides Germany’s CDU and CSU

Duel between Armin Laschet and Markus Söder threatens sister parties’ delicate symbiosis A heated struggle is under way between two leading German politicians over who should stand as Angela Merkel’s successor as chancellor candidate in the next election, with the conservative alliance under pressure to choose between a consensual team player with a reputation for […]

France and Germany’s Covid vaccination programmes pick up speed

As daily inoculations hit record figures, warning comes of new delays Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Vaccine rollouts in France and Germany have finally begun to pick up speed, after a slow start and problems with supplies and bureaucracy. France continues to struggle to contain a third Covid-19 wave, but announced […]

Clarity and openness are key to vaccine confidence | Letters

Readers respond to the latest recommendations about the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine Your editorial calling for clarity on the AstraZeneca vaccine’s side-effects risks both being unclear and undermining confidence (The Guardian view on the AstraZeneca vaccine: confidence from clarity, 7 April). You imply that the rate of potentially serious cerebral venous sinus thrombosis is 0.0001%. The […]

Young people: how have you been affected by the pandemic?

We’d like to hear from people aged 16 to 25 from across Europe, including the UK, about the impact of Covid on their lives and futures, for a new Guardian cross-European project on Gen Z We’d like to understand more about the impact of the pandemic on young people in Europe aged 16 to 25. […]

German minister defies EU by saying he wants Russia to supply Sputnik vaccine

Berlin could act independently of EU but would require regulator’s approval of Covid jab Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Germany’s health minister has said he wants to hold talks with Moscow about obtaining supplies of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V, in an effort to boost the country’s inoculation campaign. Jens Spahn […]

Coronavirus live: Merkel backs national lockdown in Germany while Bolsonaro rules one out in Brazil

Belgium to restrict AstraZeneca jab use after EMA concludes blood clotting should be listed as ‘very rare’ side effect of AstraZeneca jab Under-30s in UK should be offered alternative to AstraZeneca jab IMF calls for wealth tax to help cover cost of Covid pandemic Scott Morrison calls on EU to supply outstanding vaccine doses See […]

Love Me Do? ‘Quite good’, wrote John in revealing cache of Beatles letters

Memorabilia from the band’s Hamburg years, sent to photographer Astrid Kirchherr, will be auctioned in May It was the city that made the Beatles. Not Liverpool, but Hamburg, the north German seaport where, between August 1960 and October 1962, the group played more than they ever did at the Cavern in their home city. Sixty […]

Undermining the AstraZeneca jab is a dangerous act of political folly | Robin McKie

Spreading fears over the Oxford vaccine undercuts science and public health It has been a disquieting week for those concerned about the lifting of Covid restrictions. Numbers of cases and deaths may be declining but the news that the AstraZeneca vaccine has been linked to cases of rare blood clots and has been suspended for […]

Syrian refugee drops out of German parliament election after threats

Green party says candidate Tareq Alaows, had ‘massive experiences of racism’ since announcing candidacy A Damascus-born Syrian man running to become the first refugee to enter the German parliament has withdrawn his candidacy, citing personal threats and security concerns. Tareq Alaows, 31, who fled conscription in Syria and arrived in Germany in 2015, was in […]

Coronavirus live news: Ireland to start easing lockdown next month; Turkey reports record daily Covid cases

Irish restrictions to ease on 12 April; Turkey has recorded 37,303 new coronavirus cases in the space of 24 hours Parts of Germany pause shots over blood clot reports Canada cites blood clot concerns in suspension WHO criticises China’s data-sharing as it releases Covid origin report Canada suspends use of AstraZeneca Covid vaccine for those […]

‘It’s hard, we’re neighbours’: the coalmine polluting friendships on Poland’s borders

Czechs and Germans who live in the shadow of the vast Turów mine claim it is an environmental menace. Some in Poland want to weaponise its defence When the Czech government announced it was taking Poland to Europe’s highest court it came as a surprise to Warsaw. After all, EU countries rarely sue one another. […]

Merkel threatens to centralise Covid response as some states refuse to act

Chancellor complains her government does not yet have power to impose national lockdown Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Angela Merkel has threatened to centralise Germany’s pandemic response as several of the country’s federal states refuse to implement an emergency brake mechanism on easing restrictions in spite of rapidly rising infection rates. […]

Coronavirus live news: UK passes 30m vaccinations; France accelerates rollout

About 57% of UK adults have had jab; Macron expects France to catch up with UK within weeks ‘Lack of perspective’: why Von der Leyen’s EU vaccine strategy is failing Moderna jab to be introduced in UK in April, minister confirms Mexico Covid death toll leaps 60% to reach 321,000 5,000 attend rock concert in […]

Coronavirus live news: Brazil’s daily death toll reaches 3,650; Spain records increase in infection rate

Brazil’s overall death toll now more than 307,000; Spain’s infection rate rose to 138.6 per 100,000 people Germany issues travel warnings for neighbouring countries How AstraZeneca vaccine became a political football – and a PR disaster France claims UK will struggle to source second Covid jabs Covid third wave may overrun Africa’s healthcare, warns WHO […]