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Supporters at a Pegida rally hold German flags and lights during a demonstration held each week for the past 10 weeks in front of the Dresden Cathedral in eastern Germany

'They have hatred in their hearts': Angela Merkel delivers stinging attack on Germany's growing anti-Islamic protesters

In her New Year's address, Ms Merkel accused leaders of preaching prejudice and of hijacking positive political slogans

Eiswein grapes must be picked while still frozen

Eiswein harvest: Cold snap delivers a perfect crop for German ice wine

Grape growers were out before dawn this week preparing for a rare vintage

Oskar Gröning to stand trial for being Auschwitz guard in case that could make German legal history

The 93-year-old claims he was merely an 'accountant' at the Nazi concentration camp

The night train from Berlin arrives at Gare de l'Est train station in Paris

End of the line: Paris-Berlin night train makes its final journey

German rail network says the sleeper service was incurring debts of over €20 million a year

Postcard from... Berlin

Seventy-two-year-old Peter Georgi had been doling out gifts to the children of the store’s wealthy customers for 13 years. But KaDeWe’s management decided that with an average of 100,000 people visiting the shop each day, Mr Georgi was too old and therefore too unfit to cope with the crowds. “At over 70, a Father Christmas has a right to retire,” was how the marketing boss dismissed the callous treatment meted out to Mr Georgi.

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

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Peter Ackroyd on Alfred Hitchcock

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Great Dixter manor house in East Sussex is encouraging people to work in the industry by offering three scholarships a year to students, as well as generous placements
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Hack Circus aims to turn the rule-abiding approach of TED talks on its head. Rhodri Marsden meets mistress of ceremonies Leila Johnston
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If Weald of Kent Grammar School is given the go-ahead for an annexe in leafy Sevenoaks, it will be the first selective state school to open in 50 years
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A look through the lens: 10 best compact cameras

If your smartphone won’t quite cut it, it’s time to invest in a new portable gadget
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Ross Barkley played well against Italy but he must build on that. His time to step up and seize that England No 10 shirt is now
Why Michael Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Why Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Manchester United's talented midfielder has played international football for almost 14 years yet, frustratingly, has won only 32 caps, says Sam Wallace
Tracey Neville: The netball coach who is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

Tracey Neville is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

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