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Postcard from... Dresden

It is not much more than a month since Dresden’s notorious Pegida movement was dismissed as all but dead. The anti-Islam organisation was rocked by revelations that its leader – cook turned advertising executive called Lutz Bachmann – had posed as Adolf Hitler on Facebook and described foreign immigrants as “dirt”. Mr Bachmann was forced to resign.

Police officers stand guard outside a synagogue in Bremen, Germany. Bremen is on high alert after authorities reported that they had concrete information about a possible terror threat

Bremen on high alert after cache of sub-machine guns found following warnings of imminent terror attack

Two suspects were arrested and an unspecified number were detained in a city considered an Islamic extremist stronghold

Members of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative-led coalition have backed the Greek bailout extension

German MPs back Greek loan extension

The Bundestag approved the extension with 542 MPs voting in favour

Postcard from... Hamburg

Hamburg is gripped by Olympic fever. The port city’s underground trains and buses have for weeks been plastered with a blue and orange flame logo, designed to encourage citizens to show enthusiasm for a bid to hold the 2024 Games.

The chapel at Bishop van Elst’s residence in Limburg

Tebartz van Elst: God knows what to do with €31m mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

Pope Francis removed the “Bishop of Bling” from his post in March 2014 after it was revealed the bishop had spent a least €31m of secret church funds on rebuilding and re-furnishing his residence

Postcard from... Berlin

His brutal gunning down of an innocent Berlin student sent shock waves across Germany and inspired a 1960s generation of under-30s to rise up and rebel against their once-Nazi parents.

Abu Bakr al‑Baghdadi, leader of Isis, the self-proclaimed ‘Islamic State’

Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's rise of terror: From second-rate schoolboy to world's most wanted man

The man who has declared himself 'caliph' of a new 'Islamic State' had to repeat a year at school

Angela Merkel hopes to strike a deal with Alexis Tsipras
A far-right Pegida rally outside the Frauenkirche church in Dresden – their protests have attracted crowds of up to 25,000 people

Dresden Armageddon 70 years on: the shadow of extremism hangs over the birthplace of the Pegida - a city once devastated by Allied bombing during WWII

As the anniversary of the raids is commemorated on Friday, Tony Paterson looks at how resentment still lingers, providing fertile soil for far-right and anti-Muslim groups such as Pegida

Postcard from... Berlin

Anti-Islamic fervour is supposedly on the wane in Germany. This is at least in part because Pegida (which stands for Patriotic Europeans against Islamisation of the West) has split apart.

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