President of the German Constitutional Court  Andreas Vosskuhle: court has asked the European Court of Justice for an expedited ruling on whether the ECB crisis-era asset purchase programme, worth over €2.3 trillion, broke the bank’s own ban on financing governments.  Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

The campaign of Germany’s far-right Alternative für Deutschland against European Central Bank bond-buying got a shot in the arm on Tuesday with a refe(...)

Family time on the balcony. Olivia with Max and James with Mathilda.

It was November 19th, 2016, and my newborn twins, just three days old, lay in the neonatal intensive care unit. They shouldn’t have been born yet, it (...)

Stroke patients Helen Cassells, Edward Blake and PJ Wymbs. They have all  benefited from the new mirror therapy. Photograph:  Brian Farrell

A team of researchers at IT Sligo is using mirror therapy to help stroke patients improve the strength and mobility of affected limbs, and the researc(...)

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday launched a scathing attack on Germany’s auto managers

Chancellor Angela Merkel has launched a scathing attack on Germany’s auto managers, six weeks before the federal election, after 12 years of energetic(...)

New CSO figures show house price growth accelerated in June at  11.6% on an annual basis. Photograph: iStock

The housing crisis continues to bring joy to some and pain for others. New CSO figures this week show price growth accelerated in June at a rate of 11(...)

Tegel airport in Berlin. A September referendum will decide its fate. Photograph: Sean Gallup / Getty Images

Berlin mayor Michael Müller has let fly at Ryanair for backing a campaign to retain the city’s second airport after the new, cursed international air (...)

The Revenue this week set out various options that Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe might pursue in his first budget on October 10th. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Pre-budget speculation ramped up this week with the publication of papers from the Tax Strategy Group. The group of senior civil servants set out vari(...)

Jürgen Resch, head of the DUH environmental group

Germany’s much-hyped “diesel summit” has done little to clear the noxious air between the country’s auto industry, politicians and motorists. Opposit(...)

 Passengers walk by a security sign warning them of  a face recognition area at the Suedkreuz train station  in Berlin, Germany. Photograph: Getty Images

German police have deployed the first facial-recognition cameras at a main railway station in Berlin this week, testing new technology that could help(...)

Matthias Mueller of Volkswagen, Harald Krueger of BMW, Dieter Zetsche of Daimler and Matthias Wissmann of the German Automobile Industry Association in Berlin on Wednesday. Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

Germany’s big three car companies – VW, Daimler and BMW – have agreed to an EU-wide software update on millions of diesel cars to reduce harmful emiss(...)