Puppets of Polish prime minister Beata Szydlo (left), PiS party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski (centre) and president Andrzej Duda in a pro-EU membership march. Photograph: Pawel Supernak/EPA

A highlight of being The Irish Times’s Berlin correspondent is being able to hop aboard a train and head over the border to report from Poland. This(...)

Magda Wasiak, now living in Wloclawek after returning from Galway, where she struggled with childcare costs for her two children

Asking for directions on a street in Warsaw, Poznan or Gdansk can be a curious experience these days if, as has happened to me, you get an answer from(...)

Charging an electric car. As VW negotiates the terms of compensation, engine fixes and car recalls for its massive fraud in the US, it stands to benefit from a German e-car stimulus programme co-financed by taxpayers and the industry.

German consumer groups have attacked plans for a €5,000 bonus to subsidise the purchase of German electric cars, days after Volkswagen agreed $5,000 i(...)

Copenhagen built proper, one-way cycle lanes with kerbs separating them from pedestrians and motorists. Anything else, the Danes say, is a waste of time, money and effort. Photograph: Thinkstock

Kamilla stands on the Knippel Bridge spanning Copenhagen’s inner harbour, drinking coffee as the spring sun plays on the water below. At her side, th(...)

 Syrian refugees arrive at Hannover Airport in  Germany on Monday under the controversial “one for one” plan. Photograph: Holger Hollemann/EPA

The European Commission has welcomed the new refugee deal between the European Union and Turkey as a “more transparent, more organised and more logic(...)

Former German chancellor Helmut Kohl  with Chancellor Angela Merkel during an official 80th birthday reception for Dr Kohl in his home town of Ludwigshafen in 2010. They are believed to have had an uneasy relationship for many years. Photograph: Torsten Silz/AFP/Getty Images

German ex-chancellor Helmut Kohl has delivered a birthday broadside against his estranged protégé Angela Merkel, warning against unilateral action in (...)

Bear witness: A man cloaked in a Belgian flag looks on as hundreds of people at a makeshift memorial gather before Brussels Stock Exchange on Place de la Bourse. Photograph: Getty Images

Belgian authorities were last night searching for a potential fifth suspect in Tuesday’s terrorist attacks in Brussels, as criticism of the country’s (...)

A banner for the victims of the Brussels bombings reads ‘I am Brussels’ at the Place de la Bourse in  Belgium. Photograph: Martin Meissner/AP Photo

Belgian police were last night searching for at least one suspect believed to be on the run following Tuesday’s terrorist attacks in Brussels, as the (...)

Poland’s constitutional tribunal ruled on Wednesday that the country’s December 22nd Bill, changing the court’s inner workings, was at odds with the constitution. Its ruling has put the court on a collision course with the government of prime minister Beata Szydlo, above. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Poland’s constitutional tribunal has declared war on Warsaw’s national conservative government after judges dismissed as unconstitutional a series of (...)

EU humanitarian aid commissioner Christos Stylianides giving a press conference in Brussels on Wednesday. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

The European Commission has proposed new EU humanitarian assistance rules for a “decisive and effective” distribution of €700 million in aid to membe(...)