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British prime minister  Theresa May is taking an upbeat stance on securing a Brexit deal, as Ireland insists the UK must stick to its commitments on keeping a soft border with the Republic. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

What’s going on in London - are the British pulling back from the Brexit deal last week? As of now, it seems not. David Davis, the British Brexit min(...)

Martin Schulz, leader of the Social Democrat Party (SPD), after delivering his speech during the SPD’s federal party convention in Berlin on Thursday. Photograph:  Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s tortuous path back to power is one step shorter after Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) gave the green light for expl(...)

Dublin has joined 18 other European cities calling for the EU to make life safer for pedestrians by enforcing tighter regulations on the designs of tr(...)

U2 busking on the U2 underground train line in Berlin. Photograph: U2/Instagram

Irish rock band U2 played a surprise concert on the platform at Berlin’s U2 underground train line on Wednesday to promote their new album. The event(...)

A study by UK researchers has found that air pollution from road traffic is putting unborn babies’ health at risk. Photograph: iStock

Air pollution from road traffic is putting unborn babies’ health at risk, according to a new study. The findings published in the BMJ suggest exposur(...)

Bavarian finance minister Markus Söder (right, as Marilyn Monroe)  hopes to leverage his personal popularity in Bavaria to revive the CSU’s fortunes. Photograph: David Ebener/EPA

Angela Merkel’s complicated game of coalition poker has just been dealt a new wild card. Some 10 weeks after a disastrous election result, her Bavari(...)

The pharmacy in Potsdam where, according to police, a package containing a large firecracker, nails, wires and a battery were delivered on December 2nd. Photograph: Getty Images

German authorities investigating the delivery of a package containing powerful firecrackers, wires and nails to a pharmacy near a Christmas market in (...)

Georg Pazderski. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Moderates in the rightwing populist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) suffered a stinging defeat at its annual conference after their candidate failed(...)

The Christmas market in Krakow takes place in the mammoth central square, Rynek Glowny, in the middle of its atmospheric Old Town.

Vienna The Viennese have been holding Christmas markets since 1298 so they know how to do it. Of the 20 or so to choose from, the best sits in front (...)

A policeman with a fire extinguisher over his shoulder walks next to a police car in front of a Christmas market stall in Potsdam,  after it was evacuated by policeon Friday. Photograph: Felipe Turela/EPA

German police evacuated the city centre of Potsdam, near Berlin, on Friday afternoon after a package was found near a Christmas market containing fire(...)

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