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Postcard from... Limburg

Churchgoers in Germany’s cathedral city of Limburg welcomed the abrupt departure of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst last October when the Vatican suspended him from his duties.

Postcard from... Freiberg

Last year it emerged that Angela Merkel's phone was bugged by the US

Surveillance revelations: Angela Merkel proposes European network to beat NSA and GCHQ spying

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany has announced plans to set up a European communications network as part of a broad counter-espionage offensive designed to curb mass surveillance conducted by the US National Security Agency and its British counterpart, GCHQ.

Postcard from... Hamburg

Postcard from... Berlin

Vasil Bilak is remembered for his role in crushing the Prague Spring

Hard-line Czech communist Vasil Bilak dies: Last surviving ‘tankie’ who supported 1968 invasion of his own country by Soviet Union passes away at 96

The invasion by massed troops of the Warsaw Pact was an event that shocked the world

Postcard from... Cologne

Postcard from... Berlin

In the Germany the “British Bobby” is still regarded as a model of gentlemanly policing, so Boris Johnson’s proposals to equip the London Met with German-manufactured water cannons has come as a shock.

Bavaria owns the copyright for the book, however it will expire next year. A new version of the book with an academic commentary will be published in 2016

Mein Kampf legalised: Bavaria drops veto on German edition of Adolf Hitler's manifesto

Bavaria has cleared the way for Adolf Hitler’s manifesto Mein Kampf to be published in Germany for the first time since the Second World War.

Postcard from... Berlin

Dressed up in jackboots and the grey uniform of former Communist East Germany’s hated border police, the man-sized bear goose-steps across the cobblestones in front of the Brandenburg Gate. He sidles up to giggling tourists who willingly part with their euros to have pictures taken of themselves being bear-hugged for a souvenir.

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