European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker: “We must make efforts towards a practical relationship with Russia . . . that must be the case. We can’t go on like this.” Photograph: Armin Weigel/EPA

The European Commission has denied there are divisions within the European Union over Russia following comments about EU policy by Jean-Claude Junc(...)

Northern Ireland’s Josh Magennis and Jamie Ward celebrate at the end of Northern Ireland’s victory over Greece. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Like many matters in Northern Ireland, football allegiance is still quite firmly divided into two camps. After last night’s results – the Republic of (...)

The crowd goes wild on the final whistle after Shane Long’s goal in the second half secured a 1-0 victory over Germany at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ireland’s win against Germany on Thursday has set Twitter alight with equally nostalgic, amusing and bizarre musings from pop stars to politicians. A (...)

 German fan Peter Lintburg Frankfurt in Dublin’s Temple Bar before the defeat by  Republic of Ireland. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

These are bad times for German icons. First Volkswagen choked on its dodgy diesels, now the Germans have to deal with the Irish humiliation of their “(...)

Aisling Law, a descendant of Maud Gonne, in Rossnaree House, Slane, Co Meath. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Rossnaree House near Slane, Co Meath, is a rambling country pile, with a dog called Rocky and a tabby cat in the porch, and a stop-you-in-your-trac(...)

Germany’s Matthias Ginter and Republic of Ireland’s Jonathan Walters  battle for the ball. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. 4:40

A night like this only ever lives on in flashbacks. Shane Long has missed more than he’s scored for Ireland and will, on all known form, spend the (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel. Photograph: Patrik StollarZ/AFP/Getty Images

In a frantic time for Germany, three things have become clear for Angela Merkel. First, her political legacy depends not on the interlinked banking/e(...)

Joachim Löw:    “Overall I think it was one of the most unnecessary defeats we have had to accept in recent years.” Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

The peculiar thing was that on an evening when Ireland dared to play football against the world champions, their goal for the ages held echoes of the (...)

Republic of Ireland  players congratulate goalscorer Shane Long after their victory over Germany: Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Germany had the ghoulies and ghosties, as usual. But on another night of early Hallowe’en drama at the Aviva, Ireland had the Long-legged beastie - fi(...)

Ireland’s Shane Long celebrates with Robbie Brady and Wes Hoolahan at the end of the game. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Oh. Mein. Gott. A Darren Randolph-Shane Long one-two and Bob’s your Onkel, we had ourselves one of the most impossibly daft and outrageously deliciou(...)