Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said, since the Amsterdam Treaty of 1999, “Ireland has been party to a protocol under which we may opt in to such measures on a case-by-case basis”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Ireland is taking more than its fair share of migrants and is not opting out of European Union measures designed to tackle the current crisis, Ministe(...)

Helene Fischer, the golden girl of modern German entertainment and the most succesful singer you have never heard of

It’s almost 9pm and 34 degrees in Berlin’s austere Nazi-era Olympic Stadium. In this open-air arena filled with ghosts of the past, the capacity crowd(...)

Forensic experts investigate a truck in which 50 refugees were found dead on the road between Parndorf and Neusiedl in Austria. The driver has disappeared, according to reports. Photograph: Roland Schlager/EPA

When an Austrian police patrol discovered the abandoned truck at 11.30 on Thursday bodily fluids were leaking from the back door. The outer truck wall(...)

Facebook has denied its network has fanned any xenophobic flames in Germany’s refugee debate. Photograph:  Thomas Hodel/Reuters

Germany’s federal justice minister has called in Facebook executives to explain why the social network refuses to delete anti-refugee tirades posted (...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel who condemned violent protests against refugees that erupted over the weekend in eastern Germany. Photograph: Ina Fassbender/Reuters

When I enter the redbrick Berlin church and see the packed pews it feels like I’ve stepped back in time to 1989. Looking closer, only the lack of East(...)

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel and France’s president Francois Hollande present a unified front on the refugee crisis. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel has condemned as “repulsive” a violent stand-off in Saxony between German police and a far-right mob over an asylum-se(...)

Egon Bahr died on August 20th, aged 93. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Egon Bahr, the architect of West Germany’s change- through-rapprochement “Ostpolitik” under chancellor Willy Brandt, died from a heart attack yesterda(...)

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(...)

 Angela Merkel: ‘The issue of asylum could be the next major European project, in which we show whether we are really able to take joint action,’ she told ZDF public television. Photograph: Jürgen Detmers/AFP/Getty Images

Europe’s growing refugee crisis will prove a greater test for the bloc in the long term than the standoff over Greece, according to German chancellor(...)

The German chancellor’s old digs in the eastern neighbourhood of Prenzlauer Berg has been  thoroughly renovated since she lived there in the 1980s

If you are visiting Berlin on a limited budget and want to try something different, how about staying in Angela Merkel’s old apartment? No fear: the (...)