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James Ryan is looking forward to being back on a rugby field. Photograph: Inpho

Paul O’Connell reckons more seasoned players will reap the biggest benefits from this extended break. Players in their late 20s and 30s, who’ve been o(...)

Belgravia: the Battle of Waterloo happens offscreen.

When a woman in the 19th century, which is in the olden days, paraphrases a line written by LP Hartley in the 1950s, which is also the olden days, you(...)

Christine Lagarde (centre), ECB president, and vice president Luis de Guindos (left)  following a meeting of the ECB governing board  in Frankfurt. Photograph: Thomas Lohnes/Getty

European Central Bank president Christine Lagarde overruled objections from Germany and the Netherlands to adopt an historic “no-limits” commitment to(...)

Federal police escort a German citizen suspected of terrorism to his arraignment at the Federal Supreme Court in Karlsruhe, Germany. File photograph: EPA

Muslim communities in Germany have called for more police protection following the arrest of right-wing extremists believed to have been plotting larg(...)

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has had a torrid time since becoming Angela Merkel’s anointed successor 14 months ago. Photograph:  Markus Schreiber/AP

An election in Thuringia would not normally garner much attention beyond the borders of that tiny state in eastern Germany. But the breaking of a post(...)

People protest in front of the Erfurt cathedral after the Free Democratic Party  leader Thomas Kemmerich was voted Thuringia’s state premier with the help of votes from AfD. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay

A whiff of Weimar hangs over German politics. That was the growing consensus in Berlin’s corridors of power on Thursday as political parties struggled(...)

Griessmuehle in Berlin. Nightclubs play a huge role in the city’s culture and economy. But real estate investors and infrastructure projects have put many venues at risk. Photograph: Gordon Welters/The New York Times

It’s 5am in Berlin’s KitKat club, and the half-naked crowd is dancing furiously to a deep bass track as a woman performs energetic oral sex on a very (...)

Trumpeter Ryan Quigley, who brings ‘Ella & Louis: Porgy & Bess’ to the National Concert Hall on Wednesday 11th.

Saturday, September 7th Honor Heffernan: The Whistling Girl High Tide Club, Castletown Bearhaven, Cork Composer Trevor Knight’s setting of the word(...)

Goethe House, Weimar: at its best, the republic enshrined human rights and, at its worst, left ajar a door to the instability that aided Hitler’s rise to power in 1933. Photograph:  Klassik Stiftung Weimar

Germany’s far-right populists are on the rise, as are random, violent street killings. People are dizzy with the potential – and danger – of new mass (...)

Emma Forrest and actor Ben Mendelsohn. Photograph:  Pascal Le Segretain/Getty

In every city I’ve lived, my sister has been the one to set up the printer, testing it by printing me the lyrics to George Michael’s Freedom! ’90. I a(...)

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