Visitors arrive to attend an exhibition highlighting China’s achievements under five years of leadership by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Beijing Exhibition Hall in Beijing.  Photograph: Mark Schiefelbein/AP

A glistening fleet of “Rejuvenation” bullet trains, the Liaoning aircraft carrier, an artificial island in the South China Sea, leaders at the G20 me(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel  and Horst Seehofer  in a beer tent during a joint campaigning event of the Christian Democratic Union and the Christian Social Union  in Munich.   Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel gave her strongest indication yet that Europe and the US under president Donald Trump are drifting apart, saying relia(...)

 Hannelore Kraft of the Social Democratic closes her eyes as she steps down after the state election in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia on  Sunday. Photograph: Martin Meissner

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party decisively won an election in Germany’s most populous state on Sunday, handing her Social Democratic opponents a humi(...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin with Serbia’s prime minister and candidate for the presidency Aleksandar Vucic at the Kremlin on Monday. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/EPA

Russian president Vladimir Putin started this week the way he ended the last – by endorsing a European presidential candidate who wants to strengthen(...)

President-elect Donald Trump with Secret Service: “I spent months never believing that he would be elected president,” said one Democrat. “I sincerely hope that the office makes the man.” Photograph: AP/Andrew Harnik

President Donald Trump will walk into the Oval Office and be stunned. First, it will be a shock to work in an office decorated with images of men othe(...)

Prime Minister Theresa May makes her keynote speech as she closes the 2016 Conservative Conference in Birmingham. Photograph by Matt Cardy/Getty Images

A few weeks ago, I was at a 60th birthday party in London, where many of the guests were at Oxford with Theresa May in the 1970s. Late in the evening,(...)

Traders working at their desks in front of the DAX board at the Frankfurt stock exchange yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

The German economy’s loss of momentum and its 0.2 per cent contraction in the second quarter has hit the headlines. However, quarterly swings in growt(...)

An aerial view taken shows cleaning works at the US embassy in Berlin. Photograph: Reuters/Euroluftbild.de/Robert Grahn

The US National Security Agency spied on more than 60 million phone calls in Spain in one month alone, according to a document published by a Spanish (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Bavarian state premier Horst Seehofer. Two opinion polls today showed Ms Merkel’s conservatives and their Free Democrat (FDP) coalition partners in a dead heat with the combined leftist opposition on 45 per cent each. Photograph: Michael Dalder/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel looks on track to win a third term in a weekend election in Germany but faces a battle to preserve her centre-right ma(...)

 Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton: Governemnt has been given legal advice on the cutting of ex-taoisigh’s pensions

Large pension payments to former taoisigh should be cut in line with public sector pension reductions but the Governmen(...)