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German Green Party leader Jürgen Trittin has conceded he once signed off on a pamphlet demanding the decriminalisation of paedophilia

German Green Party leader Jürgen Trittin has conceded he once signed off on a pamphlet demanding the decriminalisation of paedophilia.The revelation d(...)

Bavarian state premier and leader of the Christian Social Union Horst Seehofer gestures as he addresses his party members in Munich yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Michael Dalder

Allies of Chancellor Angela Merkel have admitted that Germany’s federal election is on a “knife-edge” after their Free Democrat (FDP) coalition partne(...)

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny  holds a copy of Bunreacht na hEireann as he officially launched Fine Gael’s campaign for a Yes vote in the forthcoming referendum. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the Constitution confers exclusive power on the Dáil to hold the Government to account as he kicked off Fine Gael’s campaign(...)

An index compiled by a leading property website suggests prices for new houses and apartments in Berlin rose 10 and 15 per cent respectively last year.  Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

Irish property analyst Charles Kingston had his first encounter with Germany’s most provocative election issue at a real-estate conference in Berlin l(...)

Prime minister-elect Tony Abbott delivers his victory speech today in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Rob Griffith-Pool/Getty Images

Key policies of Australia’s new conservative prime minister Tony Abbott, who has swept into office in national elections to end six years of centre-l(...)

Australian prime minister-elect Tony Abbott is surrounded by his family after acknowledging his victory in the election today. Photograph: Lisa Maree Williams-Pool/Getty Images

Australia’s conservative leader Tony Abbott has swept into office today in a landslide election as voters punished the outgoing Labor government for s(...)

 A worker pastes up an election poster of German chancellor Angela Merkel, who is leading her CDU party into a general election on September 22nd.  photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Two women have given Germany’s wan election campaign an emotional punch, attacking chancellor Angela Merkel at her most vulnerable point: the rise of (...)

Peer Steinbrueck, top candidate for Chancellor of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), in the upcoming German general election.

Germany’s opposition Social Democrats (SPD) have demanded an apology from chancellor Angela Merkel after she accused them of being “unreliable” in the(...)

We should make the Seanad responsible for more exercises in participative democracy. Photograph: Alan Betson

Richard Bruton is saying that our choice in this referendum is limited to either abolishing the Seanad or keeping it in its current form. But by what (...)

France’s defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian arrives at the Hotel Matignon offices to attend a meeting with ministers and members of parliament in Paris September yesterday. France aims to build a coalition of countries to back military action against the Syrian government in response to a chemical weapons attack in Damascus, France’s prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said yesterday. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

The French government sought to bolster the case for military action against Syria last night, releasing a declassified summary of French intelligence(...)

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