Foreign drivers will face a toll charge for using the German autobahns from 2016 under the new law.

The German government introduced a controversial road toll on Thursday which will force foreign car drivers to pay up to €130 a year for using German(...)

Cork City Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane noted that Cork University Hospital did not appear to have any protocols regarding patients being allowed retain medications that may have been prescribed elsewhere. Photograph: Getty Images

The issue of checking patients for medication that they might bring with them when admitted to hospital has been highlighted by a coroner at the inque(...)

Germany’s finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has attacked as demagogical and populist the anti-euro Alternative für Deutschland party, comparing it to German neo-Nazis. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Germany’s finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, has called the anti-euro Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party demagogical and populist, and compa(...)

Sweden Democrats leader leader Jimmie Akesson gestures in front of a poster that reads, “Sweden’s third largest party!” at the SD’s election night party  in Stockholm on Sunday. The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats  became the country’s third largest party. Photograph: Anders Wiklund/TT News Agency/Reuters

Sweden and Germany seem like the last places in Europe where populist, anti-immigration politics could take root: Sweden because of its liberal social(...)

A man walks past a campaign placard of eurosceptic  Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD) party’s Freuke Petry. The slogan reads: “Bailout Funds for Schools, not Banks.”Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives are poised to cling on to power in today’s election in the east German state of Saxony, but right-lean(...)

A sticker demanding asylum for US National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden is seen outside the partially-finished new headquarters of Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

Opposition parties in Berlin have threatened to ask the constitutional court to overturn the German government’s refusal to grant Edward Snowden asyl(...)

Ulrich Grillo, head of the Federation of German Industry, said sanctions could would come at a “painful” cost to European business, and to German exporters, but that the game had changed with Russia. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany’s powerful business lobby has dropped its opposition to tougher sanctions against Russia ahead of today’s crunch EU ambassador meeting in Bru(...)

Carsten Schneider: the SPD  finance spokesman said any move to recapitalise Irish banks would require all ESM member states to approve additional funding for the purpose. “That will never happen,” he said. Photograph:  Thomas Koehler/Getty Images

Senior Bundestag figures in Berlin have said the ESM bailout fund’s new power to recapitalise banks – in the future and retroactively – is a political(...)

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Mr Kenny will today address a meeting of the economic council of Dr Merkel’s CDU party.  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

When Taoiseach Enda Kenny visits Berlin today he will be reminded how, in fashion as in politics, déjà vu keeps coming round again. First, he open(...)

Senior SPD figures including Martin Schulz (centre), a candidate to be the next president of the Euroeoan Commission, celebrate the celebrate the projectted EU election results in Berlin on Sunday.  Photograph: Kay Nietfeld/EPA

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) won Germany’s European elections yesterday but was on course to lose seven of the country’(...)