Derek Scally

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Polls have consistently shown that support for a United Ireland drops very sharply if the question comes with a real world qualification, like paying higher taxes to sustain it. Photograph: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty

Talking about a United Ireland is not just legitimate. With all the long-term uncertainties created by Brexit, it may be unavoidable. But while we’re(...)

Trailing six points in polls, CDU leader Armin Laschet has stepped up his attacks on the centre-left SPD. Photograph: Alexandra Beier/Getty Images

With two weeks to go and everything to play for, Germany’s federal election is getting emotional – and dirty. Social-media feeds of German politicia(...)

Ms Rooney said that a majority of Irish people now   view the Catholic church as an “irrelevant” institution that should stay out of discussions about political and civil life.

Best-selling author Sally Rooney says modern Ireland’s secular pivot away from the Catholic era is incomplete, with unfinished business about why soci(...)

Olaf Scholz, Germany’s finance minister and SPD candidate for chancellor. File photograph: Gordon Welters/The New York Times

Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) has accused its centre-right political rivals and current coalition partners the CDU of dirty tricks after rai(...)

Rescuers at the scene of a train crash near the city of Domazlice, Czech Republic. Photograph: Martin Divisek/EPA

Three people were killed and 31 injured, seven critically, after a two-train collision in the Czech Republic on Wednesday morning. The accident happe(...)

A placard states “No to the corona dictatorship” at an anti-lockdown protest of the so-called Querdenker movement (Lateral Thinkers) in Berlin. Photograph:  Paul Zinken/AFP

With weary eyes and a stubbly face, Nikolai Nerling’s video post has a weary air of disaster pragmatism. Standing before a pile of mangled fences, he(...)

In The News is presented by reporters Conor Pope and Sorcha Pollak

Last week, widespread flooding wreaked havoc across parts of central Europe with about 200 people reported dead in Europe’s deadliest flood in decades(...)

Aerial view shows an area completely destroyed by the floods in the Blessem district of Erftstadt, western Germany. Photograph: Sebastien Bozon/AFP via Getty

Germany triggered a military disaster alert on Friday after the catastrophic flood that has claimed at least 100 lives, with at least 1,300 still miss(...)

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(...)

On In The News, Sorcha Pollak talks to Irish Times Berlin Correspondent Derek Scally.

Earlier this month, former European Council president Donald Tusk was elected head of Poland’s strongest opposition party. Mr Tusk said he was returni(...)

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