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President Michael D Higgins and Chancellor Angela Merkel at the chancellery in Berlin during the President’s three-day State visit last week. Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

Ireland’s early diplomacy with Germany didn’t end well in 689 AD. Kilian, a Cavan-born missionary, annoyed a Würzburg noblewoman for suggesting she wa(...)

 President Michael D Higgins and Sabina Higgins in Würzburg on the third day of an official state visit to Germany. Photograph:  Maxwell

This weekend the German city of Würzburg comes to a joyous standstill, celebrating its Catholic heritage, the Cavan man they have to thank for it – an(...)

Germany’s then federal chancellor Helmut Kohl and Angela Merkel in 1992: perhaps the high-point of Irish-German relations was two years earlier, when the Irish EU presidency assisted Mr Kohl’s push for European acceptance of German unity.   Photograph: Thomas Imo/Photothek

When President Michael D Higgins arrives in Berlin on Tuesday evening for a three-day state visit to Germany, he is marking nine decades of bilateral (...)

Forensic experts work at the scene where a tour bus burst into flames following a collision with a trailer truck on the highway A9 near Münchberg, southern Germany. Photogaph: Nicolas Armer/AFP/Getty

German crash investigators say a bus that caught fire on Monday morning, killing 18 passengers, may have been burning before it collided with an artic(...)

Police officers search for evidence near Würzburg, Germany, following a train attack. Photograph: Josef Hildenbrand/EPA

German police have said Monday evening’s axe attack on a Bavaria train was politically motivated, but have yet to find a direct link between Islamist (...)