Anyone who has done research in newspapers knows that eventually you drift away from the research and just end up reading the paper. Whether it’s The (...)

The sun sets over the Oresund Bridge between Sweden and Denmark, in Malmo, Sweden.

Zipping across the Øresund bridge by train on Monday morning I found myself wondering how much Ireland had contributed to the border stand-off here. (...)

Pep Guardiola has still not decided which club he will manage next season. Photograph: Getty Images

Pep Guardiola has confirmed that he is to leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season in order to fulfil his ambition of coaching in the Premier Leag(...)

Horst Seehofer suggested other EU states were reluctant to shoulder the burden because of ‘egotism’. Photograph: Thomas Kienzle/AFP/Getty Images

Days before Taoiseach Enda Kenny travels to Bavaria, its premier Horst Seehofer has demanded that Germany cap asylum applications at one-fifth of th(...)

German police secure the main train station in Munich, Germany. On New Year’s Eve the public were warned to avoid crowds following a tip-off of a looming attack. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

It was just a tweet, but it hit Munich like a thunderbolt. As thousands geared up to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the Bavarian capital, police sent out(...)

 Riot police armed with machine guns in front of Pasing railway station  in Munich, Germany on New Year’s Day. Photograph: Johannes Simon/Getty Images

Germany received a tip hours before midnight that militants from Iraq and Syria were planning New Year attacks in Munich but police could not find the(...)

Marzipan is another Christmas tradition and, though not exclusively a German speciality, the queen of marzipan hails from the northern city of Lübeck

“Yes, Virginia, ” to quote the famous New York Sun editorial to a doubtful eight-year-old in 1897, “there is a Santa Claus” – one of the chapters that(...)

Fionnuala Zinnecker: ‘We needed traditions of our own. Family traditions, not national traditions. Ones that suit our life, that integrate mine and my husband’s upbringing and that will form the memories of Christmas that our children will grow up with.’

From the sunny suburbs of Sydney to the snow of the Austrian alps, I have spent quite a few Christmases away from Ireland over the past 15 years. Som(...)

Björn Höcke: saying he represents the true nationalist soul of the party, he first attracted national attention with a bizarre talk show appearance where he produced a German flag and placed it on the arm of his chair

Germany’s burgeoning Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party faces a growing dilemma by the name of Björn Höcke. This year the party shafted its eco(...)

Arsene Wenger at a news conference in Athens ahead of the clash with Olympiakos. Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Reuters

Arsene Wenger has urged his Arsenal players to remain calm, particularly if the chance to complete a Champions League escape beckons, as he suggested(...)