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Martin Schulz, leader of the Social Democrat Party (SPD), after delivering his speech during the SPD’s federal party convention in Berlin on Thursday. Photograph:  Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s tortuous path back to power is one step shorter after Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) gave the green light for expl(...)

U2 busking on the U2 underground train line in Berlin. Photograph: U2/Instagram

Irish rock band U2 played a surprise concert on the platform at Berlin’s U2 underground train line on Wednesday to promote their new album. The event(...)

Privacy activist Max Schrems , whose new project, noyb, is gathering funding via a Kickstarter-like platform until January. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Max Schrems is at it again. Tomorrow Austria’s restless privacy activist will be in the High Court in Dublin for the latest round in his long-running (...)

Angela Merkel in the German Parliament on Tuesday. She says  she’s ready to face voters again to break the country’s political stalemate. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

World View is a weekly foreign affairs podcast from The Irish Times. Subscribe on Android, on Apple Podcasts, on Stitcher or on Soundcloud. As B(...)

 Sebastian Kurz arrives for a TV discussion, in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

At Vienna’s Stadthalle concert hall, a capacity crowd of 16,000 claps their hands to the jaunty Radetzky March. Then he appears: a messiah in a slim-(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel gestures during an EU  summit in Tallinn, Estonia. Photograph: Ilmars Znotins/AFP/Getty Images

A week on from the federal vote, it’s out with the German election posters and in with the veils for the ritual mating dance. Grabbing power in Berli(...)

Frank Schneemelcher in his Quedlinburg workshop. Photograph: Derek Scally

When the Vatican needs to restore historic stained-glass windows, it dials Q for Quedlinburg. Three hours southwest of Berlin, the eastern German to(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel at an election campaign rally in Quedlinburg, Germany, on Saturday. Photograph: Reinhard Krause/Reuters

With a month to election day, German chancellor Angela Merkel has ramped up her refugee-critical rhetoric in a bid to pull back far-right voters, boos(...)

A procession in which St Oliver Plunkett is venerated in Lamspringe, Lower Saxony, Germany, pictured in late August 2013. File photograph: Wikimedia Commons

While the head of St Oliver Plunkett is safe in Drogheda, Archbishop Eamon Martin on Saturday gave thanks to the Benedictine monks in Germany who guar(...)

 Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe welcomed British proposals on post-Brexit customs arrangements. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has said capital expenditure – on housing, transport, education and health – is emerging as the clear focus o(...)

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