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(...)

German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier; his wife, Elke Büdenbender; President Michael D Higgins; his wife, Sabina; and their dogs, Bród and Misneach, at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty

They don’t do things by halves in the Áras. When the president of Germany arrived at the start of his three-day state visit to Ireland, not only did (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: Flagging the need for political solutions while providing none is a trademark of her era. Photograph: Jens Schlueter/AFP

When German federal president Frank Walter Steinmeier arrives in Ireland on Wednesday for a state visit, he represents a country in transition. On Tue(...)

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 (...)

Demolished campers, trash and debris is pictured in Kreuzberg, Rhineland-Palatinate, western Germany. Photograph:  Christof Stache /AFP/ Getty Images

German authorities faced pressure on Tuesday to set aside longstanding privacy concerns and send mobile phone alerts directly to people in potential d(...)

Ms Deike Potzel pays a farewell courtesy call on President Michael D Higgins and Sabina Higgins.

Germany’s departing ambassador to Ireland is optimistic that the Irish Government will join up to a global deal with a 15 per cent floor on corporatio(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel (third from left) and Rhineland-Palatinate state premier Malu Dreyer (right) talk to a resident during their visit in the flood-ravaged village of Schuld near Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler on Sunday. Photograph: Getty

German chancellor Angela Merkel described the flooding that has devastated parts of Europe as “terrifying” on Sunday after the death toll across the r(...)

A resident piles up destroyed belongings on Saturday  after  floods caused major damage in Schuld near Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, western Germany. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty

Rescue workers continued to search flood-ravaged parts of Germany and Belgium for survivors on Saturday after burst rivers and flash floods this week (...)

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(...)

 People sit in the sun in Berlin: From Friday, the city has banned all gatherings of more than two people between 9pm and 5am. Photograph: Maja Hitij/Getty

With a summery Easter weekend looming, Berlin, Hamburg and Brandenburg have imposed night-time restrictions in response to recent gatherings of crowds(...)

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