Derek Scally

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A sculpted relief of theologian Martin Luther at the  Stadtkirche Sankt Marien church in Wittenberg, Germany. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

This year marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s refusal to recant his writings before Emperor Charles V at the Imperial Day at Worms (Diet of(...)

CDU leader Armin Laschet is seen at an event in Berlin, Germany, last week. Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

When is a lockdown not a lockdown? When it’s a German lockdown. A year after the country’s first Covid-19 restrictions, a linguistic misunderstanding (...)

People line up in front of the vaccination centre at the Arena Treptow in Berlin, Germany, on Wednesday. Photograph: AP Photo/Markus Schreiber

The meeting had dragged on almost three hours, oxygen levels were reaching a critical point and I was losing the will to live. It was 2009, and my I(...)

John Charles McQuaid, papal nuncio Paschal Robinson and Éamon de Valera in 1932

In his new book, The Best Catholics in The World, Derek Scally, moonlighting from his day job as this newspaper’s Berlin correspondent, poses a number(...)

Karin Strenz (right),  who has died in Limerick after collapsing on a flight, represented the northeastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in the Bundestag for the CDU, the party of  German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left). File photograph: AFP/Getty

A flight from Cuba to Germany was forced to make an emergency stop at Shannon Airport, Co Clare, after a German politician on board lost consciousness(...)

Baden-Württemberg’s state premier and top candidate of the Green Party Winfried Kretschmann as exit poll results were published. Photograph: Thomas Kienzle/AFP via Getty

Germany’s 2021 election season opened on Sunday with black eyes for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in two regional(...)

A view of a gas chamber at the museum of the former Nazi camp Stutthof, in Sztutowo, Poland. File photograph: Wojtek Radwanski/AFP via Getty Images

Germany’s two latest alleged Nazi war criminals facing trial have never met and, between them, are 195 years old. On Friday a 95-year-old woman was f(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin’s video conference with EU leaders is focused on co-ordinating how to tackle coronavirus, vaccination strategies, and ‘what is happening with the UK variant in Ireland and other countries’. Photograph: Julien Behal/Handout/EPA

Taoiseach Micheál Martin is to brief fellow EU leaders on the Covid-19 situation in Ireland on Thursday after the country’s post-Christmas spike in in(...)

The German hairdressers’ association has criticised professional soccer players sporting immaculate hair amid a lockdown that has seen hair salons shut. File photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

As Germans once again grow lockdown moptops, their unemployed hairdressers have criticised professional soccer players sporting immaculate hair. A mo(...)

A protest against  coronavirus restrictions in Frankfurt  on Saturday.  Photograph: Ronald Wittek/EPA

German high street retailers are braced for a stampede – and employers for a wave of sick leave calls – amid a Christmas shopping rush on Monday as a (...)

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