Armed police outside the stadium in Hanover in front of a board announcing the cancellation of the Germany-Netherlands  soccer match due to a security threat on November 17th. Photograph: Fabian Bimmer/Reuters

Islamist terrorists planned to detonate three bombs at Tuesday’s Germany-Netherlands friendly soccer match in Hanover, according to a report based o(...)

Eamon Ceannt in 1916
Plans for a rising: Setting a date

By the autumn of 1915 Ireland appeared to be a haven of tranquillity in a continent tearing itself apart through war. Her economy boomed as Irish f(...)

 German chancellor Angela Merkel: “spying on friends just isn’t done.” Photograph: Klaus-Dietmar Gabbert/EPA

Two years after Chancellor Angela Merkel said that “spying on friends just isn’t done”, Germany’s Der Spiegel reports that German intelligence did ju(...)

ECB president Mario Draghi after a meeting of the ECB governing council outside Valletta, Malta, on Thursday. Photograph: Reuters/Darrin Zammit Lupi

The European Central Bank is positioned to expand its €1.1 trillion asset-purchase programme and cut its deposit rate in December after Mario Draghi a(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: Her backing of the plan gives it a strong boost. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

The agreement between the European Union and Turkey endorsed by EU leaders on Thursday night could signal a changing point in the EU’s relationship wi(...)

Economic ministry expects domestic demand to rise by 1.7 per cent this year and 2.1 per cent next year

The German government slightly lowered its growth forecast on Wednesday to 1.7 per cent for this year, blaming an economic slowdown in China and other(...)

Volkswagen Group Ireland has launched a website to let Irish owners check if their cars are affected by the software scandal

Volkswagen Group Ireland has launched a website allowing owners to check if their cars are affected by the current scandal over software designed to (...)

Matthias Müller’s appointment has the support of a majority on the 20-member supervisory board, according to sources. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

Volkswagen’s scandal continued to gather momentum as it emerged the cheat software used to deceive US emissions tests featured on European cars. The (...)

Volkswagen cars at the Frankfurt Show yesterday: the car manufacturer has been ordered to recall nearly half a million of its vehicles in the US. Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters

The European car industry was shaken yesterday after Volkswagen’s share price fell almost 20 per cent over its admission that it cheated on US emissi(...)

Ford is working on  a new family of diesel-like fuels which could, potentially, give an internal combustion engine similar Co2 emissions to that of an electric car

Ford has announced a research programme in co-operation with the German government and Aachen University to produce a new family of diesel-like fuels (...)