Angela Merkel, Jean-Claude Juncker and Wolfgang Schäuble at a  reception to mark Schäuble’s 75th birthday. Photograph: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach

When German voters go to the polls on Sunday, one result is certain: Wolfgang Schäuble will be returned to the Bundestag, where he has been a member s(...)

March 1990: West German chancellor Helmut Kohl, left, with  French president François Mitterand and the taoiseach, Charles Haughey,  at the EU summit in Dublin

Helmut Kohl never forgot the role taoiseach Charles Haughey played in helping to smooth the path of German unity during the Irish presidency of the Eu(...)

File photograph of German chancellor Angela Merkel and then  foreign minister Guido Westerwelle during a news conference in Berlin, in 2010. Photograph:  Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Former German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle, the country’s first openly gay cabinet member, has died, aged 54, after a long battle with cancer. (...)

Polish MP Anna Grodzka: she was the first transgender MP to be elected by Krakow’s voters four years ago. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Perhaps it was a sign of the times, but Leo Varadkar’s outing on RTÉ Radio made only a modest splash in the world’s media. English-language media outl(...)

Tourists look at a wax figure of German chancellor Angela Merkel in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin yesterday.  Madame Tussauds wax museum put the figure on public display to mark Ms Merkel’s 60th birthday on Thursday. Photograph: Wolfgang Kumm/EPA

A decade ago, when Angela Merkel turned 50, the birthday girl’s party guests were treated to a surprise. Not a singer or, heaven forbid, a stripper, b(...)

 Thomas Hitzlsperger celebrates scoring a goal during his VfB Stuttgart days.  The 31-year-old, who won  52 caps for Germany, is the first prominent German footballer to come out as homosexual.

Thomas Hitzlsperger had managed to stay away from his computer for a long time. In the morning he had become the highest-profile footballer to announc(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry walks with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton before their meeting with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zari in Geneva yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Jason Reed

Iran was close to signing a historic deal with western powers last night that would see it limit its nuclear activity in exchange for an easing of EU (...)

US secretary of state John Kerry with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton before their meeting with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Geneva this evening. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry said today that important gaps needed to be bridged in high-stakes talks with Iran on curbing its nuclear programme -(...)

Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Francois Hollande: spying revelations  cast a shadow over the EU summit in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Yves Herman

An escalating transatlantic row over American spying in Europe has thrown doubt over trade talks and data-sharing arrangements between the European Un(...)

German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle (right) and his Ukrainian counterpart Leonid Kozhara in Kiev. Mr Westerwelle warned yesterday that time is  running out for Ukraine to be ready to sign landmark deals with the EU next month.  Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Ukraine’s president, Viktor Yanukovych, has said he intends to resolve the controversial case of jailed former premier Yulia Tymoshenko soon, as top E(...)

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