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Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: Asked how he would like to be remembered, he responded: “Defender of Israel, liberator of its economy.” Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/AFP/Getty

On Saturday, Binyamin Netanyahu will become Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, breaking the record set by Israel’s first prime minister, David B(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel at her summer press conference in Berlin on Friday. Photograph:John MacDougall/Getty Images

Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for fresh, creative thinking on the UK’s future relationship with the European Union after Brexit to “square the c(...)

Richie Tuohy and Orlagh Eichholz behind the flag that made headlines in 2012. Photograph: Ronan Palliser

The Co Limerick man who captured the German nation’s hearts and the Irish public’s imagination with a cheeky flag has now captured the heart of a Germ(...)

US president Donald Trump: Boris Johnson risks being  Trump’s lapdog as British prime minister. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Spare little pity for Kim Darroch, Britain’s outgoing ambassador to the US. He leaves Washington with plaudits from fellow diplomats and will enjoy li(...)

German transport minister Alexander Dobrindt: “Ireland is not in the centre of Europe but politically it must be in the centre of European interests.” Photograph: Saoeren Stache

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Bavarian allies have demanded the EU do more to define its future relationship with the UK to break the Brexit deadlock and(...)

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(...)

Mark Carney: he has run the Bank of England since 2013, and is scheduled to leave at the end of January.  Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

European governments are actively discussing nominating Bank of England governor Mark Carney as the next head of the International Monetary Fund, acco(...)

The durability of the Paris-Berlin motor, led by President Emmanuel Macron and Chancellor Angela Merkel, was the most striking thing about the list of nominees agreed by EU leaders for five key positions in the institutions. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

Football, Gary Lineker said, is a simple game: 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and, at the end, the Germans always win. This week, we were reminded(...)

 German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier (left) and his wife Elke Buedenbender (right) with President Michael D. Higgins  and his wife Sabina  before a gala dinner in Berlin. Photograph: Hayoung Jeon/EPA

As President Michael D Higgins ends his three-day visit to Germany on Friday) in Frankfurt, continental Europe’s banking capital, Irish and German off(...)

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