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Nazi leader Adolf Hitler meets with the Vatican ambassador. File photograph: Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

“We behold with sorrow,” wrote Achille Ratti (the new Pope Pius XI) in 1922, “society lapsing back slowly but surely into a state of barbarism.” Despi(...)

A view of the St Ulrich and Afra Church in the city of Augsburg, Bavaria,  Germany. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images

The motto of the CSU visit to Ireland is: “Bavarian Lion meets Celtic Tiger.” With that in mind, Bavaria’s thriving Irish community has issued advice (...)

German transport minister Alexander Dobrindt: “Ireland is not in the centre of Europe but politically it must be in the centre of European interests.” Photograph: Saoeren Stache

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Bavarian allies have demanded the EU do more to define its future relationship with the UK to break the Brexit deadlock and(...)

President Michael D Higgins and Chancellor Angela Merkel at the chancellery in Berlin during the President’s three-day State visit last week. Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

Ireland’s early diplomacy with Germany didn’t end well in 689 AD. Kilian, a Cavan-born missionary, annoyed a Würzburg noblewoman for suggesting she wa(...)

 President Michael D Higgins and Sabina Higgins in Würzburg on the third day of an official state visit to Germany. Photograph:  Maxwell

This weekend the German city of Würzburg comes to a joyous standstill, celebrating its Catholic heritage, the Cavan man they have to thank for it – an(...)

President Michael D Higgins at the University of Leipzig during a state visit to Germany: also attended a concert in Berlin’s Kreuzberg area. Photograph: Peter Endig

Aoife Ní Bhriain began her week in a massive copper beer cauldron in Bavaria: a recording session, she insists, not a drinking session. On Thursday e(...)

Germany’s then federal chancellor Helmut Kohl and Angela Merkel in 1992: perhaps the high-point of Irish-German relations was two years earlier, when the Irish EU presidency assisted Mr Kohl’s push for European acceptance of German unity.   Photograph: Thomas Imo/Photothek

When President Michael D Higgins arrives in Berlin on Tuesday evening for a three-day state visit to Germany, he is marking nine decades of bilateral (...)

Pieter Nota, BMW board member in charge of sales: “For us the road is not to force certain technologies through –  it’s more about the end results environmentally, it’s about clean air.

Here’s a 10-pointer pub quiz question: what’s the biggest tourist attraction in Bavaria? No, it’s not Munich’s infamous putsch beer hall, or the Neusc(...)

 Germany has active parent groups who oppose vaccination, citing concerns over a link to autism in a 1998 medical study, since withdrawn. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Germany’s federal minister for health is examining whether to exclude from state schools and kindergartens all children not vaccinated against measles(...)

Manfred Weber has said few European countries want the UK to hold European Parliament elections if Brexit is subject to a long delay. Photograph: Robert Ghement/EPA

The German politician who is the favourite to become the next European Commission president has said few European countries want the UK to hold Europe(...)

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