A man walks past a campaign placard of eurosceptic  Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD) party’s Freuke Petry. The slogan reads: “Bailout Funds for Schools, not Banks.”Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives are poised to cling on to power in today’s election in the east German state of Saxony, but right-lean(...)

 Children who were evacuated stand in their beds in the ‘Antoshka’ orphanage in Kramatorsk, Ukraine today. About 70 children have been evacuated to the orphanage from Donetsk and Makeevka orphanages due to fighting between militants and Ukrainian forces in the areas. Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko said he is convinced the EU will lay the groundwork today for new sanctions against Russia, expressing hope that they will push Moscow into peacefully settling tensions with Kiev. Photograph: EPA

Ukraine said today Russian tanks had flattened a small border town and pro-Russian rebels had made fresh gains in its east, as EU leaders signalled th(...)

Roland Mary, proprietor of Berlin restaurant Borchardt: “I don’t have a missionary zeal to give the city back something it lost, but I see a market for this – otherwise it wouldn’t work.” Photograph: Derek Scally

I’m sitting in the Berlin restaurant Borchardt, marvelling at the deceptive perfection of it all.The tablecloths are white and almost as crisp as the (...)

 Xabi Alonso arrives for medical check at FC Bayern Muenchen’s team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt office. Photograph:   Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images

German champions Bayern Munich have completed the transfer of former World Cup winner Xabi Alonso from Real Madrid on a two-year deal as they seek to(...)

Dublin’s digital heartland near Google’s offices on Barrow Street, Dublin 4.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

If you have ever inter-railed around eastern Europe there’s a good chance a tour guide or two has tried to convince you that their city is “the Paris (...)

 The English FA will not rule out a bid to host the European Championship in 2028 and is confident that Wembley will win the right to stage the final of Euro 2020. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.

England are confident of winning the bid for Wembley to host the final of Euro 2020 and will consider a bid to host the entire Euro 2028 tournament, (...)

Train wagons are seen on the destroyed railway bridge which collapsed during the fighting between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian separatists, over a main road leading to the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. Photograph: Reuters

Further violence in Ukraine marks a dangerous escalation, but there is no way of verifying the latest reports of a Russian invasion, a top UN official(...)

French prime minister Manuel Valls: the European Commission said the new French government must speed up its reform plan. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

The European Central Bank has stepped up preparations for a new scheme to fight deflation by appointing BlackRock to advise on a possible bond- buy(...)

For the second time in four months French President François Hollande has reshuffled his Socialist government, this time in response to a cabinet spli(...)

  German President Joachim Gauck: “This war began in western Europe with Germany’s completely unjustifiable invasion of neutral Belgium.’ Above, with French President François Hollande at the Allies’ Memorial, in Cointe, near Liege, on  August 4th.  Photograph: Julien Warnande/PA

You may have heard George Bernard Shaw say on that promo currently running on RTÉ Radio 1: “We learn from history that we learn nothing from history.”(...)