Construction site for a refugee centre  in Berlin: A new survey indicates that non-nationals living in Germany are  net contributors  to the country’s welfare system. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Foreign-nationals living in Germany are a boost, not a burden, to the country’s welfare system, according to a new survey.The 6.6 million people livi(...)

Of six social issues under investigation, Ireland performed particularly poorly on poverty prevention, coming in 21st in a 28-country comparison. Photograph: Getty Images

A leading German policy foundation has called on Ireland to do more to boost opportunities for its vulnerable population instead of retaining a narr(...)

Passengers boarding a bus departing for western Europe at the central bus station in Sofia, Bulgaria. Bulgarians and Romanians can work freely in all EU countries, since midnight on December 31st, 2013. Photograph: Vassil Donev/Epa

Two weeks after taking office, chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition partners are at loggerheads over claims that Germany is facing a wave of so-cal(...)

In the survey, the Irish showed top ratings in the sub-categories of helpfulness and strength of social networks.  Photograph: PA

Despite ongoing economic hardship, a new study indicates that social cohesion in Ireland remains stronger than in Britain, Germany or France. The surv(...)