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The Beck brewery bottling plant in Bremen,  Germany. Photograph: Joerg Sarbach

Almost two millennia after Jesus Christ turned water into wine, two men in Germany have turned water into beer, with no brewing required. How they di(...)

The views of Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán, who sees liberal values as inimical to success in “the great global race”, a race in which Russia, China and India are identified as among the strongest contenders, constitutes a clear challenge to European values. Photograph:  Michaela Rehle/Reuters

“If the European Union won’t pay, we’ll apply to China.” These words of Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán, spoken in Berlin earlier this month, re(...)

 Germany’s social democratic SPD party y wants to revisit issues blocked by Merkel allies the last time around: abolition of Germany’s two-tier, private-public health system and liberal migration controls. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Sunday’s Social Democrat (SPD) vote in Bonn to enter coalition talks was less of a yes than a “yes, but”. It grants acting chancellor Angela Merkel a (...)

SPD chief Martin Schulz: “Now we will try to unite the party after this tough discussion.” Photograph: Sascha Schuermann/AFP/Getty Images

Social Democrat leader Martin Schulz made an impassioned appeal to his party on Sunday to give the go-ahead for formal coalition talks with Chancello(...)

Firefighters removing trees which fell on a high-speed train near Lamspringe, northern Germany on Thursday. Photograph:  Outswen Pfortner/AFP/Getty Images

Germany has begun a massive clear-up operation after a storm on Thursday killed at least eight people, damaged more than 200 train lines and caused an(...)

President of Germany’s Federal Office for Migration and Refugees  Jutta Cordt and interior minister Thomas de Maizière: “The federal office for migration and refugees is no longer preoccupied with managing the crisis consequences,” said Mr de Maizière. Photograph:  Michael Kappeler/AFP/Getty

The peak of Germany’s 2015-2016 refugee crisis may have passed, but new figures make clear how much strain remains. Almost 187,000 asylum application(...)

U2 on stage at  Croke Park in July 2017. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/ The Irish Times

U2 have announced they will play Dublin and Belfast as part of the European leg of their eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE 2018 tour. The announcement was made o(...)

Germany’s acting chancellor, Angela Merkel, flanked by CSU leader Horst Seehofer (left) and SDP leader Martin Schulz in Berlin on Friday following overnight coalition negotiations. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

With a Prussian blue blazer offsetting her hooded, cornflower blue eyes, an exhausted Angela Merkel emerged having done it again. Her dozen years in (...)

Malvina and Diaa. Screengrab:

Most days, German public television children’s channel Kika treats its young viewers to a mix of light dramas about mermaids and koala bears, as well (...)

Grin and bear it: A study, recently reported in the journal ‘Psychology of Sport and Exercise’, found  that compared with frowning, smiling during running improved running economy by 2.8 per cent. Photograph: Getty

In many long-distance races, elite athletes often appear relaxed, with some – remember the legendary Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie? – even smiling. By (...)

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