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Born in London to Cork parents, Timmy “The Brit” McCarthy (second right) retained his accent when he moved to Leeside in the 1960s to work as a butcher, earning him the nickname. File photograph: Irish Examiner

It’s not every day that a crematorium heaves to the sound of dancers spinning around in a polka but then there was nothing ordinary about the send-off(...)

Manchester city owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan.  Ten  years after he bought the club, they have been  transformed the club from a national punchline to the kings of English football. Photograph: Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty

Vincent Kompany has rejected claims that Manchester City have enjoyed an unfair advantage over the last decade thanks to their Abu Dhabi owner or that(...)

A demonstration on  the first day of the implementation of the Danish face veil ban, in Copenhagen. Photograph: Ritzau Scanpix/Mads Claus Rasmussen/AFP/Getty Images

Hundreds of Danes rallied in Copenhagen on Wednesday in protest at a new ban on the wearing of face veils in public, accusing the government of infrin(...)

Asylum seekers at the reception and deportation centre for refugees in Regensburg in Bavaria. Photograph: Lukas Barth-Tuttas/EPA

Germany’s southern state of Bavaria is the country’s most popular destination, but the camps that opened their doors there on Wednesday are nothing f(...)

German interior minister and leader of the CSU, Horst Seehofer. Photograph: Axel Schmidt/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel has called into line her rebellious interior minister over an unco-ordinated intervention in the European Commission’s(...)

 German border police check cars at the control station Schwarzbach on the motorway between Salzburg and Munich. Photograph: EPA/Kerstin Joensson

Exactly 80 years ago this week, delegates from 32 nations met in the French resort of Evian to discuss the plight of German and Austrian Jews. The ind(...)

Germany chancellor Angela Merkel with Hungary’s far-right prime minister Viktor Orban.  Migration, as Merkel repeats now on a daily basis, is the issue on which the EU’s fate rests. Photograph:  Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

It’s a worrying sign of the times when Chancellor Angela Merkel’s talks yesterday afternoon with Theresa May on Brexit are viewed in Berlin as light r(...)

 German interior minister Horst Seehofer: had threatened to resign unless Angela  Merkel agreed to tighter national border checks. Photograph: Alexander Becher/EPA

Austria’s far-right ruling Freedom Party (FPÖ) has launched a searing attack on German chancellor Angela Merkel for new asylum policies agreed on Mond(...)

“She’s wrecked”: German chancellor Angela Merkel. Photograph: Axel Schmidt/Reuters

Germany may no longer be soccer world champions, but the country remains the place to beat for media mood swings - from self-love to self-lo(...)

Refugees wait for a special train in Freilassing, southern Germany, in September 2015 after they were taken off express trains from Hungary and Austria. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images

The German federal police officers, in black protective vests, are waiting on the platform of Flensburg’s redbrick expressionist station when the trai(...)

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