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Terrassenhaus in Berlin

If there’s a recurrent theme in this year’s Mies van der Rohe European Prize for Contemporary Architecture, it is surely imaginative renovation and tr(...)

The collapse this week of merger talks between Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank brings to an end German attempts to create a national champion in the banking sector to rival competitors such as JP Morgan and Citigroup. Photograph: Hayoung Jeon/EPA

Pssst! Anybody want to buy a German bank? Two for sale, cheap at the price. All offers considered. Contact O Scholz, finance ministry, Berlin. No time(...)

 Cows stand beneath a sign for a disused customs office along the Irish Border  in Newry, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

It is a dastardly trap, designed to lock freedom-loving Britain into the EU’s protectionist customs union: that is the argument against the backstop, (...)

 Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan: issue of night mayors has arisen in her meetings with the pubs and clubs sector. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New “night mayors” will be established in towns and cities to offer cultural “alternatives and additions” to pubs and clubs, under proposals contained(...)

US president Donald Trump boarding Air Force One in Maryland. Photograph: Sarah Silbiger/The New York Times

He meant well but Bertolt Brecht has a lot to answer for. In his subversive poem about the East German government, composed in 1953, he wondered if it(...)

Barbara McCarthy: ‘My fidgety hands were bereft. I’m not a fan of vaping, so there were no replacements. Even chocolate won’t cut it.’ Photograph: Angela Halpin

I gave up cigarettes by accident. It coincided – give or take a few weeks – with the start of Lent so one could say, I gave them up for Lent. I don’t (...)

A video grab obtained from drone footage shows the wreckage of a tourist bus that crashed on April 17, 2019 in Canico, on the Portuguese island of Madeira.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Madeira began three days of mourning on Thursday for 29 German tourists who died after their bus veered off a steep road, as Germany’s foreign minist(...)

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas: “You cannot drag out Brexit for a decade.”

Germany’s foreign minister has warned London that there will be no Brexit extension beyond October, sending out the strongest signal yet that Berlin’s(...)

European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom gives a press conference on EU-US Trade Talks in Brussels. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

The EU’s top trade official said on Monday she would seek a rapid tariff-reduction deal with the US, after European governments backed negotiations ai(...)

Iyad el-Baghdadi at Berlin Schonefeld airport after he was denied access to board his flight to Dublin. Photograph: Iyad el-Baghdadi

Ryanair has apologised to a Palestinian man who was not allowed board a flight to Dublin after a staff member refused to accept his refugee travel doc(...)

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