An injured supporter of Zaman newspaper is assisted after Turkish riot police dispersed them during a protest at the courtyard of the newspaper’s office in Istanbul. Photograph: Kursat Bayhan/Zaman Daily/Reuters

Turkish police fired tear gas and rubber bullets on Saturday to disperse protesters outside the country’s biggest newspaper after authorities seized (...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party election campaign rally in Landau, Germany on February 22nd. Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday defended her open-door policy for migrants, rejecting any limit on the number of refugees allowed into her (...)

Micheál Martin delivered his best stump speech since become leader five years ago, more memorable for its tone than its content.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

So is it now all smelling of roses for Fianna Fáil or can we detect a slight whiff of cordite still lingering in the air? Has the mercury risen so muc(...)

 German police drive back protesters at a demonstration by Pegida in Cologne, Germany. Photograph: Roland Weihrauch/EPA

German riot police broke up far-right protesters in Cologne on Saturday as they marched against Germany’s open-door migration policy after dozens of a(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny took his parliamentary party by surprise this week when he said Fine Gael might be willing to allow a free vote on repea(...)

Police officers stand guard near the crime scene of a knife attack in Cologne on Saturday.  Mayoral candidate for Cologne Henriette Reker was injured in a knife attack the day before the election. Photograph: Frederico Gambarini/EPA

A independent candidate running for mayor of the German city of Cologne was stabbed in the neck and severely wounded on Saturday while she was campaig(...)

The Reichstag in Berlin, where Angela Merkel’s  coalition will vote on the third Greek bailout. Photograph: Stefanie Loos/Reuters

Last week, the glass Reichstag dome atop Berlin’s parliament was closed to visitors when the air inside neared a scorching 50 degrees. Although it’s c(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble.   Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has admitted on national radio he believes Greece would be better outside the euro, where it could restructu(...)

Tatjana Festerling Pegida  candidate for Dresden’s mayorship. Photograph: Jens Schlueter/AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s far-right anti-Islam Pegida movement took nearly 10 per cent of the vote in mayoral elections in its eastern stronghold of Dresden on Sunday(...)

Social Democrat leader Sigmar Gabriel has already given up hope of beating Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany’s 2017 general election. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Germany doesn’t go to the polls until 2017 but Social Democrat (SPD) leader Sigmar Gabriel has already given up hope of beating Angela Merkel. (...)