In An Post’s ad, man stands on an Irish headland and stares west at the Manhattan skyline, mulling the world of potential on the far side of the Atlantic.

It’s unlikely Leo Varadkar will be hurrying through Dublin airport departures any time soon. But, if he is, he should keep an eye out for the striking(...)

German chancellor and CDU party leader Angela Merkel addresses supporters. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

When a beaming Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared before her whooping supporters on Sunday evening, they seemed to be cheering a different election res(...)

Film-maker Volker Schlöndorff with writer Colm Tóibín. Photograph: Franziska Strauss

When Angela Merkel watched anxiously for results in Sunday’s federal election, one of her closest friends wasn’t there to hold her hand. Film directo(...)

Demonstrators protest against the anti-immigration party Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) after German general election in Berlin. Photograph: Christian Mang/Reuters

The rise of Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) is the most remarkable episode in the modern German political era. The party began life as an angry, ba(...)

Opponents of  AfD  protest  on Berlin’s Alexanderplatz after the far-right party secured 13 per cent of the vote. Photograph: Jens Schlueter/Getty Images

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has won the German federal election and a likely fourth term in office, amid a dramatic vo(...)

Christian Democratic Union party leader and German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacts on first exit polls in the German general election in Berlin. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Germany is facing a political earthquake after a historic election disaster for Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Christian Democratic Union (CDU), and(...)

Getting boomier: Mayo firm Cannon & Cannon’s  Number 1 Charlottenburg in Berlin where    prices start at around €250,000, almost eight times the average German gross salary of €33,000

Enda Kenny’s visit to Berlin last week was different from his last few trips to the German capital. Instead of rushing in and out of meetings with cha(...)

A defaced election campaign poster of the CDU party in Cologne. Chancellor Angela Merkel offered voters her tried and trusted “lot done, more to do” campaign. . Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

Why indeed. The sleepiest election in Europe’s largest country ground to a halt on Friday after barely getting out of the starting gate. Dubbed the “V(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel at a  final election rally in Munich. She was heckled by  hundreds of far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) protesters. Photograph:  Reuters

The Oktoberfest had serious competition on Friday evening as chancellor Angela Merkel popped up in Munich for a final election push before Sunday’s fe(...)

 A billboard showing German Chancellor and Christian Democrat leader  Angela Merkel and the numbers 24.9,  the date of upcoming German federal elections,  in Hermsdorf, Germany. File photograph: Jens Schlueter/Getty Images

The real story of Sunday’s federal election in Germany is not Angela Merkel’s likely fourth term or the slide of the Social Democrats. Focusing on the(...)