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 People sit in the sun in Berlin: From Friday, the city has banned all gatherings of more than two people between 9pm and 5am. Photograph: Maja Hitij/Getty

With a summery Easter weekend looming, Berlin, Hamburg and Brandenburg have imposed night-time restrictions in response to recent gatherings of crowds(...)

Padraic Rowan in Das Rheingold auf dem Parkdeck, a production of Rhinegold on the roof of the Deutsche Opera Berlin car park. Photograph:  Bernd Uhlig

Outside the Staatsoper Berlin, the German capital’s state opera, a flurry of notes escape from an unseen french horn inside the building. In an instan(...)

People wait in a line approximately 1km long to be tested for Covid-19 infection at the Carl Miele vocational school following a Covid-19 outbreak at the nearby Toennies meat packaging centre on Wednesday in Guetersloh, Germany. Photograph: Getty Images

German health minister Jens Spahn on Wednesday stressed that the coronavirus remains a risk after the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia o(...)

Daniel O’Donnell welcomes the Mary from Dungloe contestants on stage during a concert. Ireland’s bid for a seat on the UN Security Council in 2011 might have been helped by his popularity in certain small countries. Photograph: North West Newspix

Twenty years ago I was asked to talk to a senior Australian politician about the Celtic Tiger. I recounted the vital role played by European Union mem(...)

Dublin Port Company said its masterplan provides for Dublin Port reaching its ultimate capacity by 2040 without the need for any further infill of Dublin Bay. Photograph: Sergiu Cozorici/Getty

A business group in Dublin’s Docklands has questioned if a €320 million project by Dublin Port Company to double capacity is in the interests of busin(...)

Outgoing Social Democratic Party leader Andrea Nahles with German chancellor Angela Merkel: The SPD’s search for its seventh leader in a decade reflects a deep-seated identity crisis in Germany’s oldest party. Photograph: Britta Pedersen

Germany’s grand coalition is scrambling to save itself after Sunday’s resignation of Andrea Nahles, leader of the junior Social Democrat (SPD) coaliti(...)

SPD leader Andrea Nahles said she was standing down after a bruising parliamentary party meeting last week showed “that the necessary backing is not there to perform my duties”. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Reuters

Germany’s oldest party, the Social Democratic Party (SPD), is in disarray after leader Andrea Nahles announced her resignation on Sunday after just 40(...)

Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz, leader of the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP): ejected from power after just 18 months. Photograph: Alex Halada/AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s and Austria’s centre-right leaders struggled on Monday after the EU elections, for very different reasons. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Chris(...)

Ryanair must continue paying workers at its closed base in Eindhoven, the Dutch labour authority ruled. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

Ryanair could challenge a ruling by the Dutch authorities that it cannot lay off pilots and cabin crew at a base it has closed in the Netherlands. T(...)

John Richardson and his partner in front of the Park Hotel and Lake in the Burgerpark, Bremen, Germany

Working Abroad Q&A: Each week, Irish Times Abroad meets an Irish person working in an interesting job overseas. This week, John Richardson fr(...)

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