German chancellor Angela Merkel faces two challenges: to demand political clarification and intelligence concessions from US president Barack Obama, and to control a domestic political chorus that has built to a shrill crescendo. Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images

A thunder storm caused a power outage in parts of Berlin yesterday, but the outrage over a German double agent has generated enough heat and light (...)

 Houses on a canal in St Petersburg

In August we will be in Tallinn, Estonia and we would like to visit St Petersburg if feasible. Are there daily excursions or fast trains and guided to(...)

We are trying to plan a holiday and as my husband is a keen foodie he would like to have daily cooking lessons. I(...)

Protesters outside the Russian embassy in Dublin yesterday seeking to show solidarity with Russia’s LGBTQ community. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Gay rights activists braved the harsh weather to protest outside the Russian embassy in Dublin yesterday, ahead of the start of the Winter Olympics in(...)

The Nice coastline can be good for family groups. Photograph: Getty Images

I’m looking to go to St Petersburg in Russia, next June, around the summer solstice. I’ll probably try to get to Tallinn in Estonia on my way there or(...)

Musician Damon Albarn  and actor Jude Law  join other demonstrators to protest against the detention in Russia of Greenpeace activists, outside the Russian Embassy in London on October 5th. Photograph: Olivia Harris/Reuters

Russia was last night dismissive of a legal action by the Dutch government to free the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise and its 30 passengers, claiming (...)

A damaged car is seen in front of the Russian embassy, a day after it came under attack in Tripoli. Diplomatic sources in Libya said security guards fired shots to disperse a group of about 60 people that had approached the embassy. An attempt to enter the building was repelled and according to the foreign ministry no diplomats were wounded. Photograph: Ismail Zitouny/Reuters

Russia evacuated embassy staff and their families from Libya today after gunmen tried to storm its diplomatic mission in Tripoli.The attackers, who d(...)

Musician Keith Pascoe has been praised by Irish gay rights groups for withdrawing from a music event in Russia to highlight laws allowing “homophobic (...)

 Carlingford is an ideal spot for a book club to have a weekend away. Photograph: Failte Ireland
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I’ve been a member of a book club for the past nine years or so with 11 other girls. We are trying to find a country house or B&B that will take u(...)

An amendment is also to be proposed by Fine Gael TD Bernard Durkan (pictured) which drops references to such sanctions such as asset freezes and visa bans

A “spectacular attack” has been launched on Irish democracy by Russia over attempts to get a law dropped which would sanction officials respons(...)