Michael Healy-Rea: report said he hid ‘behind the veneer of a friendly/simple country yokel’ but was ‘unbeatable electorally’. It claimed he had a ‘vicious temper . . . he is not like his more collegial father in that regard.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae has accused Fine Gael of “looking down their nose” at him after party strategy documents accused him of hiding beh(...)

This picture circulating on the internet and social networks allegedly shows Andreas Lubitz posing in front of the Golden Gate Bridge in California 1:07

The death notice from the Westerwald Glider Club – headlined “In Deep Mourning” – relates club members’ shock on learning that one of their members(...)

Tuesday’s oral hearing at the European Court of Justice was a referral from the Irish High Court on foot of a complaint filed by Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems against the Irish Data Protection Commissioner.

The European Commission has conceded that it cannot guarantee EU citizens’ fundamental right to privacy when their data is transferred to the US.Dur(...)

Anyone hoping for a quiet few hours at Luxembourg’s European Court of Justice (ECJ) yesterday went home disappointed. What could have been a dry discu(...)

Ukraine’s prime minister, Arseny Yatsenyuk, in Brussels yesterday after meeting European Council president Donald Tusk, who led calls for EU member states to commit to extending sanctions against Russia. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

European Union leaders were locked in discussions last night about allowing the European Commission greater oversight over energy contracts with supp(...)

German comedian  Jan Böhmermann. He claimed responsibility on Wednesday for manipulating a video that allegedly shows Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis giving Germany the “middle finger” 0:51

The German row over the middle finger of Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has taken an absurd turn. Since Sunday evening Germans have ob(...)

Greece’s finance minister Yanis Varoufakis. Athens faces questions over its determination to tackle tax evasion by rich Greeks. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras will face down his German critics – and Chancellor Angela Merkel – next Monday on his first official visit to Berl(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko following their talks in Berlin. Photograph: Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch

As Russia celebrated the first anniversary of its Crimean annexation, Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko has dismissed as “hope, not reality” the(...)

A Communion dress made from linen from Marion Baur and Hermann Glaser- Baur’s mill in Limavady, Co Derry

In a quiet side-street of old East Berlin, a German couple are flying the flag for a near-extinct tradition: Irish linen. In the window display are fl(...)

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. (...)