‘Distressed’ property: Cerberus specialises in buying loans at heavy discounts secured against properties whose value has fallen dramatically. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

While it is not known yet whether US company Cerberus intends using the Republic as a base from which to manage the £13 billion (€18.5 billion(...)

Police and a bomb squad   in Berlin’s southern suburb of Britz. Police detained two suspects in a series of raids targeting Islamists in Berlin. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Germany has signalled its readiness to provide military assistance – but no ground troops – in the battle against IS in Syria. As politicia(...)

Robert Kummer (36), a German national, pleaded guilty to a charge of intentionally or recklessly causing criminal damage to an apartment at Quay House, Fitton Street East in Cork city between June and September 2013.

A man who caused almost €15,000 worth of damage to his rented apartment by storing his excrement in plastic bags there for several months has b(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left) with German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

Germany has signalled its readiness to provide military assistance - but no ground troops - in the battle against IS in Syria. After meetin(...)

A Moroccan migrant kneels  in front of Macedonian police officers as he tries to cross the Greek-Macedonian border near the Greek village of Idomeni. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Hundreds of migrants tried to storm the border between Greece and Macedonia on Thursday, tearing down part of the barbed wire fence at the cro(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a meeting of the Bundestag to  discuss the country’s 2016 budget.  Photograph:  Adam Berry/Getty Images

Battling a bad cold and facing down a growing political chill, Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned the Bundestag – and her European allies – that “w(...)

European Commission’s President Jean-Claude Juncker attends a debate on terrorist attacks in Paris and subsequent police and military operations at the European Parliament in Strasbourg,. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has said the “spirit of Schengen” must be safeguarded as he warned against equating terrorists with (...)

Police officers block the access to the house of Olivier Corel also known as “l’emir blanc”, on Tuesday during a police search. Photograph: Eric Cabanis/AFP/Getty Images

A French court handed a six-month suspended jail sentence on Wednesday to a man suspected of mentoring young jihadists for his possession of a huntin(...)

Berlin: expects economic growth to hit 1.7 per cent this year and 1.8 per cent next year. Photograph: Getty Images

Germany’s economy appears to have shrugged off the Volkswagen scandal and the Paris attacks, with rising spending and steady confidence among leadin(...)

 French prime minister Manuel Valls Mr Valls was at home in Paris’s 11th district, just 150 metres from La Belle Équipe café where 19 people were shot dead on the night of November 13th. “I learned a few hours later that the son of close friends, a former gallery owner in Barcelona, died,” he said. Photograph: EPA/Ian Langsdon

“We cannot receive more refugees in Europe, ” French prime minister Manuel Valls has told foreign correspondents in a group interview focused on the N(...)