President Michael D Higgins at the University of Leipzig during a state visit to Germany: also attended a concert in Berlin’s Kreuzberg area. Photograph: Peter Endig

Aoife Ní Bhriain began her week in a massive copper beer cauldron in Bavaria: a recording session, she insists, not a drinking session. On Thursday e(...)

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (L) and Ireland’s President Michael D Higgins inspect a military honour guard at the presidential Bellevue Palace in Berlin. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

German president Frank Walter Steinmeier has insisted that Ireland “need not worry” about Germany in the critical Brexit months ahead because Berlin h(...)

Demonstrators hold a banner reading ‘Free Carola’ during a vigil  in Cologne, Germany, for Carola Rackete. Photograph: Federico Gambarini/dpa/AFP/Getty Images

Two online campaigns to help the German captain of a rescue ship who is under house arrest in Italy have between them raised more than €1 million. Ca(...)

Carola Rackete, the 31-year-old Sea-Watch 3 captain, is escorted off the ship by police and taken away for questioning, in Lampedusa, Italy. Photograph: Reuters/ Guglielmo Mangiapane

A war of words broke out between Germany and Italy on Sunday over the German captain of a rescue ship, who defied a docking ban enforced by Rome to br(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel takes part in the presentation of the appointment and dismissal certificate as Federal Minister of Justice to Katarina Barley (SPD) and the new Federal Minister of Justice Christine Lambrecht  in Berlin, Germany. Photograph: Kay Nietfeld/dpa/AP

German chancellor Angela Merkel was seen shaking at a public ceremony on Thursday, the second time this month, prompting assurances from her spokesman(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: data hacked includes information such as mobile phone numbers, photos of IDs and personal chat histories. Photograph: David W Cerny/Reuters

Germany has sought assistance of Irish data protection officials and US intelligence after a “very, very serious” hack of digital communications of Ge(...)

Europe’s future depended on France and Germany working together to prevent the continent becoming a “plaything of great powers,” French president Emmanuel Macron told the Bundestag. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

In his Bundestag debut on Sunday, French president Emmanuel Macron warned Europe – and his German host – that “chaos” looms unless the continent – pus(...)

French soldiers near Verdun battlefield  on which 163,000 French soldiers and 143,000 German soldiers died. Photograph: STF/AFP/Getty

French president Emmanuel Macron will begin a marathon, six-day pilgrimage to key locations of the first World War on Sunday, with German president Fr(...)

 Under current plans the date of the inauguration on November 11th clashes with the centenary anniversary of Armistice Day, the ending of World War One.   Photograph: Frank Miller

The Government has said it is constitutionally bound to hold the Presidential inauguration on the centenary of the Armistice. On Tuesday, Minister f(...)

Has Bavaria’s new state premier, Markus Söder – a star pupil of the cute hoor school of politics – miscalculated? Photograph: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

Ireland’s conservatives Catholics may have a new cross to carry since last week’s abortion referendum, but for conservative Catholics in Bavaria today(...)

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