Helmut Kohl

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Hans Tietmeyer, the former president of the Bundesbank and one of the architects of the European single currency, has died aged 85. Photograph: Getty Images

Hans Tietmeyer, the former president of the Bundesbank and one of the architects of the European single currency, has died aged 85. Hailed as the “la(...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin, pictured at a  reception newly-arrived foreign ambassadors at the Kremlin on Wednesday, wished Donald Trump success on his election as US president. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/EPA

Russia, Ukraine & Hungary The Kremlin was quick to congratulate Donald Trump on Wednesday morning and Russia’s lower house of parliament broke in(...)

Angela Merkel: Asked a few years ago what she associated with Germany, the chancellor  replied: well-sealed windows. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

The Irish have St Patrick’s Day, the Americans and French rally on July 4th and 14th respectively, but what about the Germans? For the past 26 years (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and  the new UK prime minister Theresa May. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

Even before Angela Merkel and Theresa May spoke on Wednesday evening, during the new British prime minister’s first phone call from Downing Street, th(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Advocating for the best possible deal for the British is likely to be Ireland’s strategy in exit negotiations

When European leaders gathered in Milan in June 1985, both Ireland and the European project were on the brink of dramatic change. The Anglo-Irish Agre(...)

Germany’s then chancellor Helmut Kohl with Angela Merkel in Bonn in  November  1992. Photograph: Thomas Imo/Photothek via Getty Images

Germany’s unity chancellor Helmut Kohl has urged European leaders to draw breath in the post-Brexit confusion rather than risk any sudden moves that p(...)

Brendan Howlin:  Raised his concerns with the troika in private. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The manner in which the European institutions dealt with the economic crisis years was “extraordinarily cack-handed” and has hollowed out the centre g(...)

 German chancellor Angela Merkel  and French president Francois Hollande light an eternal flame inside the ossuary at Douaumont cemetery in memory of the 130,000 soldiers whose remains are buried at the site during ceremonies to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Verdun near Verdun, France on Sunday. Photograph:  Sean Gallup/Getty Images

President Francois Mitterrand and Chancellor Helmut Kohl created the most enduring image of Franco-German reconciliation when they clasped hands befor(...)

Former chancellor Helmut Kohl: Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán, a fierce critic of Angela Merkel’s migrant policy, is to visit  Kohl, raising eyebrows among German politicians. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters/Files

Germany ex-chancellor, Helmut Kohl, has taken a fresh swipe at his estranged protégé, Angela Merkel, and her migration strategy before a Tuesday meeti(...)

 Syrian refugees arrive at Hannover Airport in  Germany on Monday under the controversial “one for one” plan. Photograph: Holger Hollemann/EPA

The European Commission has welcomed the new refugee deal between the European Union and Turkey as a “more transparent, more organised and more logic(...)

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