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Franz Beckenbauer, then president of Germany’s World Cup organising committee, holds a golden soccer ball during a presentation at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin  in April 2006. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters

Franz Beckenbauer, the first man to win the World Cup as a player and manager, is facing a criminal investigation in Switzerland on suspicion of fina(...)

Skoda’s new Kodiaq SUV: this seven-seater could push the brand up against some long established premium players in the SUV ranks

The race to increase the number of quasi-SUVs on our roads continues apace, with Skoda now joining the fray with its new Kodiaq seven-seater. The im(...)

 Sabina Higgins, President Michael D Higgins and  Olympic silver medallist Annalise Murphy during a special reception for members of Team Ireland who competed at the Rio 2016 Olympics at  Áras an Uachtaráin, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Serious doping and administration issues surrounding Ireland’s part in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games could undermine public confidence in sports, Preside(...)

Police order a Muslim woman to remove her burkini on a beach in Nice this week. Photograph: Poppy Gold

France’s top administrative court has overturned a town burkini ban amid shock and anger worldwide after some Muslim women were ordered to remove body(...)

Unfettered access to the European market was particularly beneficial for Irish farmers. Photograph: David Moir/Reuters

As a small, open economy, heavily dependent on exports for its prosperity, Ireland has embraced free trade since the late 1950s. However, the politic(...)

Under pressure: Angela Merkel in Neustrelitz. Photograph: Bernd Wuestneck/DPA

The birds start to sing when Angela Merkel walks into the room. After a restless summer holiday the German chancellor is back at work, but up close sh(...)

Landmarks of Hamburg’s proud – and moneyed – past: the Speicherstadt mercantile quarter.

On Hamburg’s Reeperbahn, a trashier cousin of New York’s Times Square circa 1997, Saturday has just turned to Sunday. As befits a notorious entertain(...)

At the heart of the minimum-wage debate is whether employees deserve a share of a recovering economy, or whether in the wake the Brexit vote the key job now is to protect employment. Photograph: iStock

Two issues have reignited Ireland’s debate about the minimum wage. First, the Low Pay Commission, whose job it is to recommend what the hourly rate(...)

Philip Levine, a Londoner and a Jew, who has decided to apply for German citizenship, in London on August 10th. Photograph: Conor O’Leary/New York Times

Until Britain voted to leave the European Union, Philip Levine never thought deeply about his Jewish heritage. But looking for a way to ensure that he(...)

With Bundestag elections due in autumn 2017 and two regional polls next month, Ms Merkel is anxious to avoid any association with unpopular plans for lifting the retirement age. Photograph: David Sleator

Young Germans will have to work for even longer than feared to pay for their parents’ pensions, according to the Bundesbank. Calculations from Germany(...)

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