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 German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande (R) and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi depart after speaking to the media during talks at the Chancellery Monday in Berlin, Germany.  Photograph:  Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Germany, France and Italy have issued a joint warning to Britain, ahead of Tuesday’s European Union summit in Brussels, that talks to shape future rel(...)

Taking questions from MPs in the Commons, British prime minister David Cameron  stressed the importance of access to the EU single market, though he said  negotiations on this would be a matter for his successor. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Feelings were still raw on both sides of Parliament on Monday as MPs met for the first time since the EU referendum. Conservatives plotted the first(...)

Turkish demonstrators stage a protest outside the German Embassy in Ankara against approval of a resolution by Germany’s parliament declaring the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces a “genocide”. Photograph: Reuters

Berlin’s diplomatic row with Ankara has escalated after the Bundestag condemned claims by Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan that German MPs of Tu(...)

Right-wing Austrian  presidential candidate Norbert Hofer, whose Freedom Party has challenged the presidential election results won by the opposition Alexander Van der Bellen of the Green Party. Photograph: Christian Bruna/EPA

Austria’s far-right populist Freedom Party (FPö) has demanded a rerun of last month’s presidential election run-off which saw its candidate lose by al(...)

Puppets of Polish prime minister Beata Szydlo (left), PiS party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski (centre) and president Andrzej Duda in a pro-EU membership march. Photograph: Pawel Supernak/EPA

A highlight of being The Irish Times’s Berlin correspondent is being able to hop aboard a train and head over the border to report from Poland. This(...)

Magda Wasiak, now living in Wloclawek after returning from Galway, where she struggled with childcare costs for her two children

Asking for directions on a street in Warsaw, Poznan or Gdansk can be a curious experience these days if, as has happened to me, you get an answer from(...)

Charging an electric car. As VW negotiates the terms of compensation, engine fixes and car recalls for its massive fraud in the US, it stands to benefit from a German e-car stimulus programme co-financed by taxpayers and the industry.

German consumer groups have attacked plans for a €5,000 bonus to subsidise the purchase of German electric cars, days after Volkswagen agreed $5,000 i(...)

Copenhagen built proper, one-way cycle lanes with kerbs separating them from pedestrians and motorists. Anything else, the Danes say, is a waste of time, money and effort. Photograph: Thinkstock

Kamilla stands on the Knippel Bridge spanning Copenhagen’s inner harbour, drinking coffee as the spring sun plays on the water below. At her side, th(...)

 Syrian refugees arrive at Hannover Airport in  Germany on Monday under the controversial “one for one” plan. Photograph: Holger Hollemann/EPA

The European Commission has welcomed the new refugee deal between the European Union and Turkey as a “more transparent, more organised and more logic(...)

Former German chancellor Helmut Kohl  with Chancellor Angela Merkel during an official 80th birthday reception for Dr Kohl in his home town of Ludwigshafen in 2010. They are believed to have had an uneasy relationship for many years. Photograph: Torsten Silz/AFP/Getty Images

German ex-chancellor Helmut Kohl has delivered a birthday broadside against his estranged protégé Angela Merkel, warning against unilateral action in (...)

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