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 Chancellor Angela Merkel  – election will not lead to  a significant shift in EU policy even if she is defeated. PHOTOGRAPH: REUTERS/THOMAS PETER

Hardly ever before has a German election been watched as closely in Europe and beyond. Small wonder when what the International Monetary Fund has call(...)

The crowd watch on as German Social Democrats chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrück speaks at a Berlin election rally. Photograph: Getty

Social Democrat (SPD) challenger Peer Steinbrück launched a final election push last night, warning that a victory for Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sun(...)

FAI chief executive John Delaney (centre) says the association will not be rushed into an appointment. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

FAI chief executive John Delaney says the association’s Board will meet within a matter of days to discuss candidates to succeed Giovanni Trapattoni, (...)

David Higgins leads the Irish challenge at the Italian Open on five under.  Photograph:   Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Ryder Cup star Nicolas Colsaerts had his mother to thank as he claimed a share of the lead after the first round of the Italian Open in Turin. Colsaer(...)

Bernd Lucke, the leader of the euro-critical Alternative for Germany party (AfD) in front of a campaign poster during an election campaign rally in Berlin. The placard reads “Draghi gambles, you pay”. Photograph: Reuters

Before Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, flanked by mysterious figures in blue lycra bodysuits, Alternative for Germany (AfD) leader Bernd Lucke burns fake €(...)

Germany’s famous literature critic Marcel Reich-Ranicki delivering a speech during a Berlin commemoration service on International Holocaust Memorial Day last year. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters

Marcel Reich-Ranicki, the doyen of German literary criticism for half a century, has died aged 93.He presided over the literary pages of the Frankfur(...)

A German Pirate Party activist calling for less video surveillance holds a mop mounted with security cameras outside  the chancellery in Berlin yesterday.  Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

On Sunday, Germany’s Pirate Party is aiming for the big time. After securing seats in four state parliaments, the hope to enter the Bundestag – with t(...)

Two years after getting its start in a downtown Manhattan park, Occupy Wall Street, the populist movement protesting economic inequality, marked its s(...)

Elderly supporters hold placards backing German chancellor and conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader Angela Merkel, at a CDU election campaign rally in Magdeburg yesterday. Merkel is seeking a third term in a parliamentary election on September 22nd. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

With four days to go, Germany’s federal election is going down to the wire. Latest polls put Dr Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) three points short (...)

Posters of lead candidiate of the German Free Democrats (FDP) Rainer Bruederle at FDP party headquarters  in Berlin, Germany. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling Christian Democrats (CDU) have warned supporters against switching allegiance to their ailing junior coalitio(...)

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