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Candice Gordon, first full-time cultural officer for the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, based  in the Irish embassy Berlin: “Cultural diplomacy is about opening dialogue and finding connections between countries, not forcing things down people’s throats.” she says.   . Photograph: Tom Taylor

Ireland’s image in Germany is “positive but limited”, with ingrained ideas of hard-drinking wild Celts playing traditional music, says Candice Gordon,(...)

‘I travel a lot and I was anxious about sending away my old passport in case it took up to six weeks (which it has done in the past) for a new one to arrive.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Getting a new passport has always been a bit of an inconvenience. The thought of filling out forms and getting photos taken can seem like an endless s(...)