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The apartment building that is the residence of Cornelius Gurlitt, where according to media reports customs agents seized 1,500 paintings that had been confiscated by the Nazis in the 1930s and 40s

Search is on for second cache of art confiscated by the Nazis

Collector’s son who lived in flat where €1bn haul was found disappears without trace

Postcard from... Hamburg

The austere-looking Nazi era building stands in the posh district of Harvesterhude. Built in 1937, it was the German army headquarters used by Adolf Hitler’s commanders to plan the invasion of Denmark.

The Nazis deemed artists such as Pablo Picasso to be degenerate

Looted by the Nazis, found in a squalid apartment: €1bn cache of ‘degenerate art’

A cache of “lost” paintings looted by the Nazis before the Second World War containing some 1,500 works by world-renowned artists including Picasso, Matisse, Chagall and Klee and valued at an estimated €1bn has been found, according to German media reports.

A photo of former DDR leader Erich Honecker

Film exposes the homophobic truth behind ‘progressive’ East Germany

The former East German leader Erich Honecker loved kissing fellow communist bigwigs on the lips – a famous photo shows him locked in a “fraternal” mouth-to-mouth embrace with his Soviet counterpart, Leonoid Brezhnev.

The German MP Hans-Christian Ströbele (right) met Edward Snowden in Moscow

Snowden could meet German officials over American spying row

But NSA whistleblower wants asylum guarantees before he will agree to  travel to Germany

Germany becomes first country in Europe to give 'third sex' option for babies of 'indeterminate' gender

Parents of the children will now be able to register their child's sex as "undetermined" or "unspecified" on the birth certificate

The head of Hitler's Gestapo secret police and one of the organisers of the Holocaust, Heinrich Mueller, was buried in a common grave of the Jewish cemetery in Berlin-Mitte in 1945

Gestapo chief, Heinrich Müller, 'was secretly buried at Jewish cemetery in Berlin'

His fate had baffled Nazi hunters for 68 years

Lady Gaga arrives at Berghain nightclub to promote her latest album 'Artpop'

Postcard from... Berlin

Volker Kauder, right, pictured with Angela Merkel, has demanded that America cease its “world power posturing”

US faces more pressure over Angela Merkel hacking by NSA

Germany voiced renewed outrage on Monday over the disclosure that US intelligence tapped Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone.

Bishop Franz Peter Tebartz-van Elst was formally suspended amid accusations that he had spent over €31m (£26.5m) on renovating his official residence in Limburg

German 'Bishop of Bling's multi-million euro mansion to be used to serve needy

Germany’s recently suspended “Bishop of Bling” faces the prospect of seeing his lavish multimillion euro residence turned into a refugee centre or a soup kitchen for the homeless, Catholic church officials in his home diocese announced today.

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