Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip pass the Brandenburg Gate during the British monarch’s visit to Berlin. Photograph: Stephanie Pilick/EPA 1:25

For decades, British visitors to Germany followed Basil Fawlty’s example and used every opportunity to not mention the war – by mentioning the war. Wh(...)

Former SPD politician Sebastian Edathy  in a  regional court in Verden, Germany, yesterday.  Photograph: Julian Stratenschulte/AP

Senior figures in Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) have demanded the resignation from the party of a former politician who has admitted owning (...)

Cross-town traffic: near the busy junction at the Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

If Galway becomes European cultural capital in 2020, by then cruise liners may be berthing in a new port south of the Claddagh and Connemara-bound Dub(...)

The oral hearing into the first phase of a proposed €126 million expansion of Galway harbour is expected to run for at least three weeks. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

An Bord Pleanála is due to open an oral hearing today into the first phase of a €126 million expansion of Galway harbour that aims to provide cruise (...)

Thousands of mourners gather for the funeral of Tugce Albayrak in Waechtersbach, Germany today. Photograph: EPA

Hundreds of mourners have paid their last respects to a young woman hailed as a hero, who suffered fatal injuries after intervening to help two teenag(...)

Linda Spalding: “Since no Irish author could be overrated, they must all be underrated. Ireland is the origin of authorial species.” Photograph: Jeff Nolte

Linda Spalding won the 2012 Canadian governor-general’s award for The Purchase (Sandstone (...)

The European Court of Justice has  issued a ruling that paves the way for Ryanair’s rival, Lufthansa, to demand that German courts order the Irish carrier to repay state aid by Frankfurt Hahn Airport. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Ryanair is facing a possible attempt by the German authorities to force it to repay millions in state aid following a European court ruling yesterday.(...)

The Green Party’s Juergen Trittin and Claudia Roth look out of a window during a break in preliminary coalition talks with the CDU party in Berlin on Tuesday. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters

There was a whiff of Casablanca in Berlin yesterday as Germany’s Green Party left a coalition back door open to Angela Merkel and her Christian Democr(...)

German chancellor  Angela Merkel waves to supporters after speaking at a CDU election rally today. Voters in Germany go to the polls in federal elections tomorrow. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images.

Angela Merkel is in a fight to clinch a new term for her ruling coalition, according to polls released ahead of tomorrow’s German election. The f(...)

Sergio Aguero’s now infamous foul on David Luiz. Little was made of the defender’s sly elbow which provoked it. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

At about 1pm outside Wembley stadium last Sunday, a short, stout man stood adjacent to the corporate entrance beneath the famous Wembley walkwa(...)