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Huge crowds gather for an open-air party at Brandenburg Gate

Fall of the Berlin Wall: Poetic justice meets Teutonic perfection as Germans celebrate anniversary with light, freedom and balloons

Eight thousand balloons fly into the sky, watched by a vast cheering crowd in front of the Brandenburg Gate

There were euphoric scenes as the Berlin Wall was breached, 25 years ago tomorrow

Fall of the Berlin Wall: The guard who opened the gate – and made history

Tony Paterson meets Harald Jager, the man who, amid fear and confusion, took the snap decision to open the Berlin Wall, triggering German reunification

For Angela Merkel and the rest of Germany’s political establishment, it amounts to a major policy U-turn on what seems from Berlin to be the never-ending issue of Britain’s possible exit from the EU

German public: ‘If the British don’t like the EU, why don’t they leave?’

For Angela Merkel and the rest of Germany’s political establishment, it amounts to a major policy U-turn on what seems from Berlin to be the never-ending issue of Britain’s possible exit from the EU.

Benedictine Abbey Abtei Neresheim, Neresheim, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany

Money-laundering claims surround German monastery's mystery millions

The plot surrounding the unaccounted-for millions has assumed sinister proportions

Postcard from... Burghausen

Candles have been flickering in a backyard in the provincial Bavarian town of Burghausen nearly every night for the past few months. They mark the spot where an unarmed 33-year-old German of Russian extraction, identified only as Andreas B, as is customary under German law, was shot dead by plain-clothed police officers on 25 July.

Footage of Erich Honecker delivering a speech is shown on a television in a faithfully-reconstructed typical East German home

Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Tony Paterson reflects on the man whose career was synonymous with physical separation from the West

The pills were handed out after a number of mishaps at the Cattenom nuclear power station

Luxembourg hands out iodine pills over fears of French nuclear mishap

The extraordinary measures were announced on Wednesday this week

Samra Kesinovic, 17, pictured before her departure for Syria, and after, in a burka

Austrian 'jihad poster girls' tell friends: we want to come home

Teenagers who travelled to Syria and married Isis fighters are horrified by the daily bloodshed

Helmut Kohl

The Kohl Protocols: A new book reveals how the former German Chancellor sees his fellow politicians

Lawyers for Helmut Kohl tried to block the publication in which he criticises his protégé and successor Angela Merkel and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev
Asylum seekers from Syria, Afghanistan and other countries have been going to Germany

German refugees hide behind razor wire to escape angry backlash in Bautzen

The Spreehotel’s defences were erected three months ago to protect 150 asylum seekers from Syria, Afghanistan and 15 other countries

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