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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(...)

 President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina Higgins at St Kilian’s Cathedral in Würzburg on the third day of the State visit to  Germany. Photograph: Maxwell’s

President Michael D Higgins has welcomed Ireland’s new consulate general in Frankfurt, and rising German visitors to Ireland, as indicators of a new e(...)

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 (...)

Römerberg square in Frankfurt, where reconstructed medieval houses and buildings complementary to the historical streetscape replaced a 1970s block. Photograph: Horacio Villalobos/Corbis via Getty Images

With “Just” and “Married” signs stuck to their backs, Tobias and Stephan are celebrating their wedding in Frankfurt with an unconventional cycling tou(...)

A fighter with the Christian Syriac militia, which battles the Islamic State group under the banner of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, burns an IS flag on the western side of Raqqa. Photograph:  Hussein Malla

It seemed too odd to be true: a German man called Markus Nowotny contacted the Islamic State terror group online, offering to be a suicide bomber. Is(...)

 Mr Anas Modamani  has filed suit against Facebook in a regional court, accusing the social network of aiding incitment by spreading posts with false claims he was an Islamist terrorist.

A Syrian refugee in Germany has filed a suit against Facebook in a regional court, accusing the social network of aiding incitment by spreading posts (...)

Candles burn at the Pilgrimage Church of Maria Sondheim in Arnstein near Wuerzburg, Germany after six teenagers  were found dead in the garden hut. Photograph: Daniel Peter/EPA

Six teenagers whose bodies were found at a garden house in Germany died of carbon monoxide poisoning, investigators have said. Prosecutors and poli(...)

German police and crime scene investigators exit an apartment complex in the Pausdorf district of Leipzig, Germany, on October 10th, 2016. Photograph: Hendrik Schmidt/EPA/Getty Images

A Syrian man who came to Germany during a migrant influx into the country last year was arrested on Monday after a weekend manhunt on suspicion of pla(...)

January 2015: Baga massacre – 2,000+ dead or missing – Boko Haram militants opened fire on northern Nigerian villages. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Europe is on high alert. Soldiers are on patrol in metro stations, security has been tightened at big public events and, almost every week, police som(...)

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