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 Chancellor Angela Merkel after visiting the flood-ravaged towns in western Germany.  Many see the floods as an appropriate, tragic symbol of Merkel’s mixed climate record. Photograph:  Christof Stache /  AFP via Getty

Exactly 100 years ago in Frankfurt, the 30 year-old inventor Max Braun founded an electronics company that conquered the world. With stylish, function(...)

The orthodoxy of the CDU and the “carbon coalition” must be abandoned because it is incompatible with the Green agenda. This is the real battle that is playing out in Germany

When it comes to foreign politics, we tend to get hot under the collar about events in the UK and the US. Yet in terms of the impact on Ireland and Ir(...)

Baden-Württemberg’s state premier and top candidate of the Green Party Winfried Kretschmann as exit poll results were published. Photograph: Thomas Kienzle/AFP via Getty

Germany’s 2021 election season opened on Sunday with black eyes for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in two regional(...)

Armin Laschet was elected at the weekend as head of Germany’s ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Photograph:  Christian Marquart - Pool/Getty Images

Germany’s most over-used political truism states that “after the election is before the election”. In a country of 16 federal states, staggered state (...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson has until now sought to navigate a precarious path between the advice of his health experts and the demands of his party. Photograph: Hannah McKay/PA

It is the conventional wisdom at Westminster that Boris Johnson’s greatest deficiency as a leader is his unwillingness to make important decisions unt(...)

Prime minister Boris Johnson.  Tabloid  and Tory MP  jingoism over deployment of warships in the English Channel reminds me of the headlines during the Falklands war.  Photograph: Getty Images

The UK stock market is emblematic of the country’s decline. The FTSE 100 finished last week lower than at the end of the last century. Value investors(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel still l has a year to go in office but already the pangs of remorse are growing for the future of the EU without the experienced, drama-free German leader. Photograph: EPA/John Thys / Pool

After 90 hours of talks over four days in Brussels, Angela Merkel had no rest on her return to Berlin. First, her last-minute telephone diplomacy help(...)

Ireland’s gifted Paul McGrath – The Black Pearl of Inchicore – salutes fans at the World Cup homecoming in Dublin on  July 1st, 1990. File photograph: Inpho

Discussing soccer with historian Prof Ronan Fanning is not something I had ever contemplated. But there I found myself, outside the old UCD bar as we (...)

Angela Merkel: “I see the European Union as our life insurance.” Photograph: EPA

It’s a grim winter’s day in Berlin, and the political climate matches the weather. Everywhere Angela Merkel looks there are storm clouds, as the value(...)

Brian Lenihan, Charles Haughey and Michael O’Kennedy at a press conference following a Haughey-Margaret Thatcher summit meeting in Dublin in December 1980. File photograph: Tom Lawlor

The latest release of official documents under the 30-year rule contains some fascinating information about what went on behind the scenes in governme(...)

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