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A stone outside Hitler's birthplace in Braunau pays tribute to victims of fascism

Hitler’s home saved - but will be turned into memorial to his crimes

Politicians have argued bitterly about its fate for decades

Postcard from... Berlin

“Soldiers” clad in British, US and French army uniforms still stand guard in front of what’s left of Checkpoint Charlie – the once famous Allied Cold War crossing point through the former Berlin Wall.

The event was clandestinely filmed by Swiss and Italian police during a two-year investigation

Footage from secret meeting reveals spread of Calabrian ’Ndrangheta Mafia into Switzerland and Germany

Rare insight into a secret world shows crime boss boasting of ‘extortion, cocaine, heroin’ as he welcomes new recruits

Paul von Hindenburg, the then President, shakes hands with Adolf Hitler at Potsdam’s Garrison Church in 1933

Potsdam to vote on rebuilding Garrison Church, where Hitler cemented iron grip on power

Imprisoned in a large metal cage in front of one of Potsdam’s concrete, communist-era office blocks is a man-sized, gold, embossed Prussian eagle flying towards the sun. Next to it stands a giant crown bearing the initials of the Prussian “Soldier King”, Frederick Wilhelm I.

The crypt at the cemetery of Hartmannswillerkopf, where the presidents of France and Germany will meet on Sunday

Germany’s Great War commemorations are filled with shame

For many, the ‘Ur-Katastophe’ of 1914-18 only ended with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989

Postcard from... Berlin

He is Berlin’s most famous bouncer and his face is a mosaic of tattoos and steel rings which have been punched into his lips, nose and earlobes.

Postcard from... Duisberg

The Love Parade was meant to brighten up depressed and rundown Duisburg, a grimy, industrial city in Germany’s Ruhr district. But disaster struck Germany’s last Love Parade on the afternoon of 24 July 2010. Hundreds of ravers were crushed in a stampede that erupted after panic gripped a huge crowd trapped in a tunnel leading to the Duisburg festival. It left 21 dead and at least 510 injured.

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD) (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) arrive for the weekly German federal Cabinet meeting on July 9, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. High on the meeting's agenda was discussion over the European Union Banking Union, a series of instruments intended to stabilize the EU's banking sector.

Germany begins spying on Britain and America for the first time since 1945

Government responds to a series of spy scandals which began last year with revelations that the NSA had bugged Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone

A 1930 image of the Karl Albrecht Spiritousen and Lebensmittel shop, Essen. The shop was opened by Karl and Theo Albrecht’s mother; the brothers later founded Aldi

The story of Karl Albrecht, the man who destroyed Tesco

The retailer is on its knees, thanks to a German war veteran who turned the family grocers into the Aldi chain

Postcard from... Berlin

The Bal des Pompiers is one of the France’s best-loved traditions

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