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With her 10th year in office fast approaching, domestic opponents to convince, and her own Christian Democrats party to reassure, Angela Merkel has stepped up her criticism of Russia’s policies in Eastern Europe and attacked Italy and France for alleged budgetary sloppiness

With her eye on allies and party, Angela Merkel talks tough on foreign policy - tackling Russia, Italy and France

Chancellor’s remarks on Russia and EU may be primarily for domestic consumption

Berlin’s Görlitzer park, with its drug-dealing denizens, has become the centre of an ideological dispute

Postcard from... Berlin

Even on a grey midweek afternoon with temperatures below freezing, in Berlin’s Görlitzer Park it takes a mere 90 seconds after arriving before somebody asks: “Wanna score?”

Berlin’s Görlitzer park, with its drug-dealing denizens, has become the centre of an ideological dispute

Kreuzberg: Berlin's hip district becomes a battleground between dealers and gentrification

Competing visions for Kreuzberg put the spotlight on Germany’s fractured urban culture

Alois Brunner joined the Nazi party in 1931

Escaped Nazi whose only regret was 'that I didn't murder more Jews' died unpunished and unrepentant in Syria four years ago, investigator reveals

Alois Brunner sent at least 128,500 European Jews to the gas chambers during World War II, but the collapse of communism allowed him to live out the rest of his days in impunity

Tugce A. died in hospital after the attack in Offenbach am Mein

Tugce Albayrak: Germany calls for President to grant posthumous award to student

Ms Albayrak’s tragic fate prompted thousands to take part in candlelit vigils across Germany on Saturday

Protesters in Bern on 1 November warned of Ecopop’s ‘dead end’

Switzerland votes on ending mass immigration

The controversial Ecopop movement wants to slash the numbers entering the coutry from 80,000 a year to just 16,000

Postcard from... Hamburg

“Red Flora”, as the decaying, graffiti-smeared building in Hamburg’s fashionable Schanzenviertel district is called, was built in 1889 and once served as a music hall.

Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel at a summit in Dresden; the German Chancellor is said to be losing patience with the Russian President’s actions in Ukraine

Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

In France, the Front National was recently granted a €9m loan by a small financial institution to fund the party’s campaign for next year’s regional elections

Postcard from... Bremen

They look not unlike the kind of inflatable plastic hoods that are sometimes attached to hair dryers to speed up drying.

Bodo Ramelow is poised to become prime minister of Thuringia, leading a ‘red-red-green’ alliance

Germany set for first far-left regional premier since the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago

Leading Left Party member Bodo Ramelow's appointment is due to be confirmed in early December following the defeat of Angela Merkel's ruling conservative Christian Democrats in Thuringia

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Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
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MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
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Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
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Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness