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  2014 brought a  chilling demonstration of the gap in quality when Brazil lost 7-1 at home to Bayern Munich (aka Germany).  Brazil’s Fernandinho reacts after a goal  by  Toni Kroos.   Photograph: Roert Ghement/EPA

The last even-numbered year when European countries did not play a major football tournament was 1956: Elvis Presley’s I Want You, I Need You was the (...)

The Greens in Germany reached  out to groups not usually associated with them  – farmers, business owners – and listening to how they worked and how they were already working towards sustainability.  Photograph: Getty Images

Picture the scene: Eamon Ryan, in white runners, strides into the Dáil chamber and, during a heated debate, announces to the Ceann Comhairle: “With re(...)

Bayern are within reach of an eighth successive Bundesliga title. Photograph:  Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images

Bayern Munich Manager: Hans-Dieter Flick Player to watch: Serge Gnabry Titles: 29 Homegrown forward Thomas Müller once explained the club’s “Mia san(...)

 A picture taken in May 2000 shows Martin Norz (C) as Jesus Christ  during a rehearsal of the passion play in Oberammergau, Germany. File photograph: Daniel Samanns/AFP/Getty Images

Several times a week, during the cold months in Berlin, I think of Oberammergau. The pretty Bavarian town comes to mind every time I arrive home to a(...)

Chancellor Angela Merkel i=says Germans will return to free lives as soon as the health situation allows. Photograph: Christian Marquardt/Pool

Chancellor Angela Merkel has said it would be “unwise” to lift Germany’s lockdown on Monday as some European countries began considering such a move, (...)

Italy is experiencing a continued slowdown in the rate of its new confirmed coronavirus cases. Photograph: Reuters

Spain has become the third country to surpass China in coronavirus infections after the United States and Italy. With a population of only 47 million(...)

A Kenyan health worker screens a passenger wearing a face mask after they arrived at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi from China. Photograph: EPA

German carrier Lufthansa has cancelled all flights to China as health authorities confirmed the country’s first four cases of the coronavirus in Germa(...)

A health worker checks the temperature of a man entering the subway in Beijing, China. Photograph: Betsy Joles/Getty Images

Hong Kong said on Tuesday it would stop issuing permits to mainland Chinese tourists and drastically reduce cross-border travel as the number of Wuhan(...)

 Krampus, a horned creature who accompanies Saint Nicholas on his rounds. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

In most English-speaking countries, the worst fate a naughty child can expect on Christmas is an absence of gifts (or, in the US, coal). Children in o(...)

A plaque honouring Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Berlin, Germany. File photograph: Wikimedia Commons

Next year, 2020, will mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the second World War. It also marks the death of Lutheran pastor and theologian Dietrich(...)

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