German and British troops sing “Silent Night” before playing a football match to commemorate the Christmas Truce of 1914, at the International Security Assistance Force Headquarters in Kabul. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters

The Christmas truce of 1914 really happened. It was not a myth elevated to the status of a fact by a public who wished it so. It didn’t just happened (...)

Soldiers of the 5th London Rifle Brigade with German Saxon regimental troops at Ploegsteert Wood during the Christmas Truce in 1914. Photograph:  Popperfoto/Getty Images

On the Western Front on December 24th 1914, thousands of soldiers from the British Expeditionary Forces, which included men from all parts of the i(...)

Soldiers of the 5th London Rifle Brigade with German Saxon regimental troops at Ploegsteert Wood during the Christmas Truce of the first World War in  December 1914. Photograph: Popperfoto/Getty Images

Last April, UEFA announced that they had invited the heads of state of Germany, France, Belgium, Britain, Ireland and Italy to a commemorative event t(...)

Customs officers have seized €1.2 million worth of ecstasy tablets in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Over €1.8 million worth of drugs were seized in separate hauls in Dublin and Clare on Friday. Customs officers seized some 120,000 ecstasy tablets wi(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at yesterday’s book launch

Suzanne Lynch Ireland and Belgium have a “powerful and historic relationship” stretching back centuries, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said yesterday as he lau(...)

Against the backdrop of Edward Snowden’s revelations of the UK’s GCHQ mass data-harvesting from cables linking Ireland to Britain and North America, t(...)

Workers and members of trade unions block a road outside the entrance to an Audi plant in Brussels on December 8th. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Belgium is expected to come to a standstill on Monday as the country holds its third strike in two weeks amid increasing public anger about fresh a(...)

Big in Japan: school meals are cooked on site from fresh ingredients. Photograph: Toshiyuki Aizawa/Bloomberg news

Slim Japan For occasional visitors to Ireland like myself, one of the more striking phenomena over the last two decades has been ballooning obe(...)

Queen Fabiola, who has died aged 86 and who was inseparable in the public mind from her husband, King Baudouin, was queen of Belgium between 1960 and (...)

The visit of  Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness to Flanders in Belgium coincides with a programme of commemorative events that is planned to mark the centenary of the Christmas Truce, where British and German soldiers played football in no man’s land. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Northern Irish Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness is to travel to Belgium on Saturday on a historic official visit to commemorate the centenary o(...)