German chancellor Angela Merkel attends a news conference after an EU summit n Bratislava, Slovakia. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

Last October, a 26-year-old fireman helped put out a fire at an asylum home in the western city of Hagen. A week ago he was sentenced to six years in (...)

About 600 people in 120 caravans arrived in  the town of Ginsheim-Gustavsburg (above), southwest of Frankfurt,  and camped on a site beside the Rhine. File photograph: Wikimedia Commons

Following an Irish Times report about some Irish Travellers’ uncivil behaviour on a summer pilgrimage through Germany, a Co Wexford letter writer wond(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin. “He’s what you call a leader,” according to former mayor of New York Rudy Guiliani. Photograph: Alexey Nikolsky/EPA

In the last five years there has been a remarkable rise in membership of the Vladimir Putin fan club. Donald Trump’s admiration is on the record, as i(...)

Return to Montauk: Colm Tóibín and Volker Schlöndorff in New York. Photograph: Franziska Strauss

It takes less than three hours to drive from Brooklyn to the fishing port of Montauk, on the far tip of Long Island. But for Colm Tóibín it has been a(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and British prime minister Theresa May at their first formal meeting in Berlin. Amid the smiles, it was the first frisson of tension. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

British prime minister Theresa May has warned her government will not be rushed into applying to leave the EU because London – and other European capi(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: will welcome Theresa May with military honours on her inaugural visit as British prime minister to Berlin on Wednesday. Photograph: Kay Nietfeld

British prime minister Theresa May will be welcomed by Chancellor Angela Merkel with military honours on her inaugural visit to Berlin today. In a da(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and  the new UK prime minister Theresa May. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

Even before Angela Merkel and Theresa May spoke on Wednesday evening, during the new British prime minister’s first phone call from Downing Street, th(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and German chancellor Angela Merkel at a joint news conference  in Berlin, Germany. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel was non-committal over the State’s Brexit concerns following talks with Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Berlin, saying that Du(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said Dublin would remain ‘fully at the heart of Europe’ and that the EU had been the ‘foundation stone’ of Ireland’s recent economic recovery. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said he is confident Berlin understands the sensitivity of Ireland’s unique relationship with Britai(...)

 AfD  delegate Wolfgang Gedeon, who described the Holocaust as “the West’s civil religion”. Photograph: Daniel Mauerer/EPA

Germany’s far-right populist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) faces a serious split after a row over anti-Semitism prompted 13 MPs – including one of(...)