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Germany is shocked by the events in Cologne on New Year's Eve (AP)

Hundreds of men committed sexual assaults and robberies near the cathedral

A much loved man. But do we want him to win the prize? (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The prize has long been discredited – so Angela Merkel is the obvious choice

150 candles are placed in the Cologne Cathedral memory of the victims of the Germanwings plane crash last month in the French Alps (PA)

Around 1400 people attended a memorial service for the victims of the Germanwings flight which crashed in the Alps in March

Pope Francis and Chancellor Merkel met in the Vatican on Saturday (PA)

The German chancellor traveled to the Vatican to discuss the upcoming G7 summit with the Pope

Cologne Cathedral will dim its floodlights on Monday night (AP/Martin Meissner)

Cathedral dean says he wants to make marchers ‘stop and think’