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Mattie “I’m partial to a slice of hot buttered toast’” McGrath was in the canteen, gloomily looking at the chicken Caesar wraps. Photograph:  Eric Luke

The marmalade hit the fan in Leinster House on Tuesday after an email landed from the good people in the facilities management unit (FMU). Politicians(...)

UK prime minister Theresa May with other leaders during a summit at the European Council in Brussels. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Theresa May returned to London on Friday after three days in Brussels that brought her no closer to a Brexit deal and left many of her own MPs at West(...)

 Chinese premier Li Keqiang, Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe and German chancellor Angela Merkel, who delivered a blistering critique on Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ vision.   Photograph: Reuters/Yves Herman

Fifty one EU and Asian leaders on Friday sent out a defiant alternative vision championing global co-operation and commitment to common international (...)

Alice Weidel, co-Bundestag faction leader and  Katrin Ebner-Steiner, deputy chairman of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) political party as initial results from the Bavarian state elections are announced in Mamming, Germany. Photograph: Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s Bavarian allies suffered their worst election result since 1950 on Sunday, exit polls suggest. The Christian Social(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron are among several European leaders who do not have children. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

Theresa May (British prime minister), Emmanuel Macron (president of France) and Angela Merkel (chancellor of Germany). World leaders, and child-free. (...)

The CSU’s Markus Soeder and Munich’s mayor, Dieter Reiter, at Oktoberfest. Photograph: Peter Kneffel/AFP/Getty Images

It’s 11am at Munich’s Oktoberfest and, inside the vast Schottenhamel tent, the beer is flowing freely. In between slugs from their one-litre beer mugs(...)

 Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege, joint winners of the Nobel Peace Prize. Photographs:  Lucas Jackson/Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Two leaders of the struggle against sexual violence in war have won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, a choice that will hearten campaigners fighting for(...)

A traffic sign banning diesel cars is pictured at the Max-Brauer Allee in Hamburg, Germany. File photograph: Fabian Bimmer

German car manufacturers have started a final lobbying effort to avoid a multibillion bill to finance engine retrofits planned as a last-ditch attempt(...)

In a preposterous and offensive comparison, British foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt drew a parallel between the EU and the Soviet Union, calling it a “prison” whose inmates are punished for trying to escape. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

It’s usually wise to treat the overblown rhetoric of party conferences as theatrical “noises off”, fodder for an excitable rank-and-file. But when a f(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel gives a statement following an agreement over the weekend on the fate of domestic intelligence head Hans-Georg Maassen, in Berlin. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

It doesn’t take long to summarise what has happened since, exactly a year ago, Germans elected a new federal government. First, German politicians sp(...)

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