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Living on an island, I never fail to appreciate how easy it is to travel between countries on the continent.  Photograph: Getty

I’ve always loved international rail travel – watching the world go by from the window, the chance to stretch your legs when you’re tired of sitting, (...)

Nazi war criminal Adolph Eichmann stands in a protective glass booth flanked by Israeli police during his trial in Jerusalem in 1961. Photograph: GPO via Getty Images

Konrad Adenauer looked even more grave than usual in his national television address. It was April 1961, hours before Adolf Eichmann would go on tria(...)

 There is certainly something comforting in the notion that nature can heal the wounds our culture has inflicted on our planetary life-support system. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The idea that “nature-based solutions” (NbS) can simultaneously address both the climate and biodiversity crises is a very attractive one; rich in win(...)

In 30 interviews over the course of nearly 12-months, Martin  Shields painted a detailed picture for those investigating the scheme, taking them step-by-step through how it worked and who was involved. Photograph: iStock

At several points in the career of 43-year-old Martin Shields, the Newry-born man felt undervalued and underpaid by the financial and banking sector. (...)

European tax authorities are at the loss of billions of euro.

Bank of Ireland’s services were used by a company involved in a network of hedge funds at the centre of financial transactions, dubbed fraud by a Germ(...)

The Dublin offices of two large international banks, Investec and BNP Paribas, were used by those perpetrating the scheme in cum-ex trades

At around 1pm on a Tuesday in early February 2010, two men working for a hedge fund sat down for a meeting in an upmarket office building on Harcourt (...)

Former Nazi concentration camp Sachsenhausen in Oranienburg: tens of thousands died from starvation, disease, forced labour, medical experiments, shootings, hangings and gassing. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Germany sets a precedent on Thursday when it puts a 100-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard on trial. Prosecutors accuse the unnamed man of(...)

Some 60.4 million Germans are called to elect a new government on September 26th and all polls suggest it will be a tight race. Chancellor Angela Mer(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: “I am sufficiently equipped with a scientific mind to see that the objective circumstances require that we cannot continue at this pace, but must speed up.”  Photograph:  Hannibal Hanschke

Angela Merkel may have just weeks left in office but any farewell talk in Berlin is verboten amid the fallout of last week’s catastrophic floods and e(...)

Col Quinlan also recommended that of the 33 men, five of them should also be awarded the Military Medal for Gallantry (MMG), the Irish army’s highest award.

Only the commanding officer of those involved in the Jadotville siege in the Congo 60 years ago has been recommended for a medal. An independent revi(...)

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