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  Passengers walk through the Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, on Sunday: Israel became the first country to close its borders to foreigners due to the Omicron variant. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

New cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant continued to be detected around the world on Sunday, as nations tried to delay a surge in infections by r(...)

Passengers  queue for PCR   at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Photograph:  Phill Magakoe/AFP/Getty

Israel on Saturday said it would ban the entry of all foreign visitors into the country, making it the first country to shut its borders completely in(...)

Doctors and nurses tending to a patient in a  Covid-19 intensive care unit at University Hospital Leipzig, Germany. Photograph:   Jens Schlueter/Getty Images

Struggling with a runaway Covid-19 fourth wave, Germany’s push to agree new restrictions has become entangled in a bitter row between its outgoing and(...)

CDU chairman Armin Laschet signalled he would stand down after the party’s worst-ever federal election result. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP via Getty Images

Germany’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is racing to avoid a political death-spiral after last month’s election disaster by starting a hunt for its(...)

THE BMW i4 M50

This may look like a regular BMW but it’s probably the car buyers have been waiting for more than a decade to see on the road. BMW were early to the e(...)

Angela Merkel long-flagged her intention to step down as chancellor and make way for a potential successor ahead of the German election. Photograph: Ina Fassbender/AFP via Getty

Angela Merkel could remain on as caretaker German chancellor into the new year as coalition talks take place, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said. Mr Vara(...)

Some 60.4 million Germans are called to elect a new government on September 26th and all polls suggest it will be a tight race. Chancellor Angela Mer(...)

Detail from Michelangelo’s Pietà. Photograph: David Lees/Corbis/Getty Images

Tomorrow is the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I find it difficult to write about it. Putting words on mystery or anything that t(...)

Firefighters move sandbags against the rising water level of the Duessel, which has already flooded large parts of Duesseldorf Grafenberg, Germany. Photograph: Sascha Steinbach/EPA

More than 60 people have died and dozens of people are missing in Germany and neighbouring Belgium after heavy flooding turned streams and streets in(...)

Declan Crean who owns the Scholars Lounge in Rome. Photorgaph: Declan Crean

This week’s surprise segue by the Government to delay the planned reopening of indoor hospitality until a vaccine pass is developed leaves the Republi(...)

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