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Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, speaks with an assembly line employee as Volkswagen  begins mass-production of the VW ID.3 electric automobile in Zwickau, Germany. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Expectations were high on Monday when Angela Merkel arrived in Saxony for a four-wheeled celebration of German unity. The entire board of German auto (...)

The Walkman: when people first consumed entertainment in their own cocooned space. Photograph: iStock

We still haven’t settled on the plural. This is probably a column about Walkmen. Then again it may be a column about Walkmans. There is no entry in Th(...)

Brigid Hynan in Leipzig
Welcome to my place . . . Leipzig
  • Abroad
  • December 2, 2018, 06:00

Brigid Hynan is originally from Baltinglass, Co Wicklow, and now lives in Limerick city. She has taught English as a foreign language for seven years.(...)

Hard Rock Cafe Dublin - “love all serve all” at the bar

As you walk into Dublin’s Hard Rock Cafe, just reopened after refurbishment, one big thing hits you. Or rather, doesn’t hit you. U2’s famous Trabant f(...)

Stan Vanuytrecht said he had long dreamt of becoming a hermit but the opportunity had not arisen. Photograph: Stadtgemeinde Saalfelden/Vanuytrecht/AFP/Getty Images

A Belgian man has won a competition to live as a hermit in a cliffside cell above an Austrian town. Stan Vanuytrecht (58) a former artillery officer (...)

A car was totalled in Germany this week after it slipped on snail slime and flipped over. Juan Liera / Getty Images

A German driver lost control of his car when it slipped on an unlikely road hazard — snail slime. A slimy trail was left across the highway in Pader(...)