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A demonstration in Berlin in support of the victims of anti-Semitism. Photograph:  Lorena de la Cuesta/SOPA Images/ LightRocket via Getty Images

As Israel celebrates its 70th birthday, the country behind the genocide that led to the Jewish state’s foundation finds itself gripped by a wave of hi(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney  with  German federal minister for foreign affairs Heiko Maas following talks at Iveagh House, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Irish diplomatic relations with Germany are older than the Irish republic. Daniel Binchy, the Free State ambassador at the Berlin legation from 1929, (...)

German musicians Farid Bang and Kollegah at the Echo music awards in Berlin. Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

On Thursday, Israel’s day of remembrance for Holocaust victims, thousands of young Israelis took part in the annual “walk of life” to commemorate the (...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney  with  German federal minister for foreign affairs Heiko Maas following talks at Iveagh House, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Ireland’s insistence that the Brexit treaty includes a backstop to preserve the island’s open border enjoys the full support of Germany, the German fo(...)

US Navy sailors man the rails aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook as the ship departs Larnaca, Cyprus, to move within striking range of Syria. Photograph: Getty Images

US president Donald Trump said he was holding meetings on Thursday on Syria, where he has threatened missile strikes in response to a suspected poison(...)

Irish Ambassador to Russia Adrian McDaid arriving on Friday at  the Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow, to be informed that an Irish diplomat is to be expelled. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

An Irish diplomat is being expelled from Russia in response to the expulsion of a Russian envoy from Ireland, the Department of Foreign Affairs has co(...)

Facebook now has 1,200 people reviewing flagged content from “deletion centres” in Berlin and Essen. Photograph: AFP

US social media companies have scaled up operations in Germany, where a controversial new law has turned the country into a testbed for whether tech f(...)

 February 2016:  a man holds up an iPhone displaying a “No Entry” image as part of a rally in front of an Apple store in New York in support of the company’s privacy policy. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

At first, the attack on a Christmas party in San Bernardino, California, in December 2015 seemed like a “conventional” mass shooting – a disgruntled (...)

Proposed draft law in Germany includes a pledge to delete hate speech from their websites within 24 hours. Photograph: iStock

Germany’s justice minister has put forward a new draft law calling for social networks like Facebook to remove slanderous or threatening online postin(...)

A  survey published this year by a group that monitors hate speech found Facebook removed about 46 per cent of illegal content reported by users within 24 hours. Photograph: Bloomberg

A senior German conservative has warned Facebook it could face fines if it fails to act faster to tackle online hate speech, and he said the governmen(...)

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