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(...)

 Donald Trump and   Theresa May: Britain’s bind is that Trump is not the cash cow that some had hoped.    Photograph: Reuters/Matt Dunham/Pool

When Theresa May visited Washington in January, she mentioned the special relationship more times than her hosts spelt her name right in the official (...)

Stephen Rea as Eric in Cyprus Avenue by David Ireland. Photograph:  Ros Kavanagh

A play set in Northern Ireland exploring the extremes of sectarianism has won one of the UK’s most distinguished literary awards. David Ireland’s tr(...)

Spanish Minister of Interior, Juan Ignacio Zoido, shows a picture of alleged terrorist Younes Abouyaaqoub, identified as the driver of the van in the Barcelona attack.  Photograph: EPA

Moroccan youths appear to be easy prey for recruiters from well-developed jihadi networks based in Belgium, Morocco, and Syria. Last week’s vehicle ra(...)

An art installation called ‘Soften the Border’ by artist Rita Duffy on the Border between Belcoo in Co Fermanagh and Blacklion in Co Cavan. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Speculation began to mount early this week on what we could expect from the British government when it released its first position paper on the custom(...)

A man hugs  Muslim men as they hold posters denouncing yesterday’s terrorist attack on Las Ramblas, following a one-minute silence for the victims of Thursday’s attack. Photograph: by Carl Court/Getty Images

Few countries in western Europe have suffered the sharp end of terror as much as Spain. The Basque Eta group murdered more than 800 people in a camp(...)

 Driss Oukabir  posing on a beach. Photograph: Handout/Facebook/AFP/Getty

Officers seeking Spanish police investigating the Barcelona terrorist attack are hunting an 18-year-old man who is suspected of driving the van that p(...)

Derek “Bottler” Devoy: he and other members of his family  became embroiled in a row with two neighbouring families in Ballymun, which centred on where the Devoys’ bins should be placed for collection

Wednesday afternoon’s gun attack in the Ballymun area of Dublin that left two people dead and three others injured has catapulted the Devoy family int(...)

Co-writer and star Emmet Kirwan gets in character on the set of Dublin Oldschool, currently filming in the capital.

Summertime in Dublin is film-making time. With longer, brighter days and slightly better – if still unpredictable – weather, it’s a good deal easier t(...)