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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

The unprecedented move against a Nato ally was announced by Clemens Binninger

German government expels America's most-senior intelligence official in Berlin over espionage row

Angela Merkel has let it be known that she is 'not amused' by the continuing allegations of US spying in Germany

A German fan with Brazilian supporters at the Fan Fest in Rio de Janeiro that followed Tuesday’s World Cup semi-final

World Cup 2014: Sporting Germans play down their 7-1 semi-final blitz of Brazil

Reaction by players and media to the win was markedly restrained

Postcard from... Dresden

Inside the military museum, New Zealand artist Kingsley Baird is battling to meet a self-imposed deadline which falls this Saturday. By then he plans to have completed Stela – the name of  his highly original memorial to the millions of  men who lost their lives during the Great War. Stela is a vast collection of 18,000 hand-sized WWI soldiers made entirely from “Anzac biscuit”.

equivalent of M15 – the Bundesnachrichtendienst

Germany to spy on US for first time since 1945 after ‘double agent’ scandal

'We must focus more strongly on our so-called allies,' says Merkel security spokesperson

German spy who sold secrets to US tried to make deal with Russians

Agent who sold top secret documents was caught offering his services to the Kremlin
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