A man tries a set of virtual reality goggles at the Philips stand at the IFA tech fair in Berlin. Photograph: Felipe Trueba/EPA

For 93 years, the IFA has been Europe’s largest tech show, promising tomorrow’s innovations today to a quarter of a million people who flock to Berlin(...)

Aleka Potinga: ‘men here are better and have this greater education’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Aleka Potinga grew up in a household filled with classical music. Her mother was a professional chorister and Potinga attended a school dedicated to m(...)

South Korea’s Hyunmoo II ballistic missile is fired during an exercise at an undisclosed location in the country. File photograph: South Korea Defense Ministry via AP

In November 1950, when North Korean forces had the US military on the run, President Truman held an infamous press conference during which he threaten(...)

The number of people visiting food banks has spiked in the 15 years since Germany introduced radical economic and welfare reforms. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

A crowd is gathering on the steps of a severe 1970s concrete block that, according to the weathered sign, is a Lutheran church and community centre. (...)

Samsung’s Gear Sport watch is a waterproof fitness tracker able to record record swimming sessions with the preloaded Speedo On app. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

When 1980s pop legends Yello took to the open-air stage on Thursday at Berlin’s IFA, Europe’s largest tech fair, the mood was very much in tune with t(...)

French prime minister Edouard Philippe gives a press conference after a meeting about the new labour code with representatives of French unions at the Hotel Matignon in Paris on Thursday. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images

The French government has unveiled contentious pro-business measures to liberalise the country’s dysfunctional jobs market, in a move that will test P(...)

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary distributes sheets before a press conference in Berlin, Germany, on Wednesday. Photograph: Reuters/Hannibal Hanschke

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary says the airline will not bid for any of the assets of bust German airline Air Berlin. Mr O’Leary told a new(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves a news conference in Berlin on Tuesday. Photogrph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel has said she sees no possibility for deepening EU co-operation with Ankara at present as the rule of law no longer exi(...)

 Angela Merkel: SPD officials have accused her of taking advantage of her position to secure a logistical advantage over challenger Martin Schulz. Photograph:  Jochen Luebke/AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, has come under fire for securing a deep discount on helicopter flights to shuttle her between party political ral(...)

Copenhagen, Denmark has been named the most bike-friendly city in the world for the second year running. Photograph: Getty Images

There is something thrilling about using a bicycle to explore a new city. Street life seems more vibrant as you whizz past the crowds and down side st(...)