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A view of apartment houses in Berlin, Germany as voters backed to expropriate the housing of large property firms. Photograph: Martin Divisek/EPA

On September 26th a referendum was held in Berlin. The question? Should landlords be forced to sell nearly a quarter of a million apartments to the ci(...)

Defendant Josef S gets help from his lawyer Stefan Waterkamp, left, to hide his face as he arrives for his trial in Brandenburg. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz / AFP

Accompanied by the whirr of camera shutters and pushing a walking frame, a 100-year-old German man shuffled into a converted prison sports hall on Thu(...)

Poll shows Sinn Féin has the support of almost a third of voters at 32 per cent. The poll totals 101% due to rounding up

Good morning. Last month when Sinn Féin put down a motion of no confidence in Simon Coveney over his handling of the Zapponegate affair, it raised so(...)

Dr Ugur Sahin, who along with his wife Dr Ozlem Tureci founded the German company BioNTech. Both are children of migrants to Germany. Photograph: BioNTech via PA

Germany has marked the 60th anniversary of the labour agreements that invited in entire generations of so-called Gastarbeiter or “Guest Workers” from (...)

Campaigners say the initiative is necessary to slow a housing crisis in Berlin that has seen rents in some areas jump as much as 146 per cent in 10 years.  Photograph: Martin Divisek/EPA

Berlin voters have given their backing to a campaign demanding the city-state government divest corporate landlords of up to 240,000 apartments in the(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel feeds Australian lorikeets at Marlow Bird Park in Marlow, Germany. On Sunday her fourth and final term ends. Photograph: Georg Wendt/dpa via AP

Can a man, raised in West Germany, be chancellor? That is the intriguing question on Sunday as Angela Merkel’s fourth and final term ends and more tha(...)

The Allensbach polling institute placed Dr Anglea Merkel’s CDU party on 25 per cent support. Photograph: Lukas Barth-Tuttas/Pool/Getty

The race to succeed Angela Merkel has gone down to the wire as a final opinion poll on Friday showed Germany’s main political parties effectively neck(...)

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(...)

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