Kirill Petrenko, music director at the Bavarian State Opera,  is to become artistic director and chief conductor at the Berlin Philharmonic, one of the world’s most renowned orchestras. Photograph: Wilfried Hoesl/Bayrische Staatsoper Handout via Reuters

The Berlin Philharmonic has picked Kirill Petrenko, a 43-year-old Russian who is music director at the Bavarian State Opera, to become its chief condu(...)

Diesel emissions testing is to be taken out of the lab and on to the street

The European Union’s newly agreed diesel emissions test plan is a groundbreaking one, as for the first time it seeks to take regulatory testing of (...)

The remains of 120 German soldiers who died during the second World War are  buried during a  ceremony in Halbe, eastern Germany, on Wednesday. Photograph: Patrick Pleul/AFP/Getty Images

The 123 miniature coffins, black boxes with numbers chalked on to their fronts, are resting beside a massive grave cut into Brandenburg’s soft, sandy (...)

They emerged from Ireland’s DIY music scene circa 2007, so you can imagine how You’re Only Massive might sound after seven subsequent years spent l(...)

Verboten Berlin: a dinosaur fallen on hard times at Spreepark, once the biggest amusement park in East Germany. Photograph: Ciarán Fahey

Forbidden fruit always tastes sweeter than the shop-bought kind. For Ciarán Fahey the same logic applies to Berlin’s forbidden and forgotten places.A (...)

Nomos Zurizh Worldtimer Watch

Nomos Zurich Worldtimer Watch  (pictured above) Despite the “Zurich” in there, Nomos is German, having been established just after the(...)

A little bit of Ireland in Berlin: Beate Lemcke outside Irish Berlin, her shop on the city’s Grosse Hamburgerstrasse

On her last trip to Ireland Beate Lemcke visited Deansgrange cemetery, in Dublin, to find the grave of Brian O’Nolan, better known as Flann O’Brien(...)

 Dennis Kimetto of Kenya poses on the podium after winning the 41st BMW Berlin Marathon and setting a new world record. Photo by Boris Streubel/Bongarts/Getty Images

Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto smashed the marathon world record in Berlin on Sunday, winning in a time of two hours, two minutes and 57 seconds to knock 26(...)

Ireland’s Barry Murphy was disappointed not to make the final of the men’s 50m breaststroke at the European Championships in Berlin. Photograph: Andrea Staccioli/Inpho

Barry Murphy’s dreams of making the 50 metres breastroke final in Berlin, were dashed in the last 10 metres of last night’s semi-final. Having made a (...)

Ireland’s Sycerika McMahon, who finished 12th overall in the 200m IM at the European Championships in Berlin.

Ireland had its second semi-finalist at the European Championships in Berlin tonight but it was always going to take something special for 19-year-old(...)