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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.

Postcard from... Munich

They are called Stolpersteine – literally “stumbling stones” – and each one of the matchbox-sized brass plaques denotes the plight of a Holocaust victim.

Thirteen were killed in the 1980 attack on the beer festival in Munich

Oktoberfest bomb inquiry: Severed hand may prove 1980 attack was carried out by neo-Nazis and not a lone wolf

New evidence leads to claims of political cover-up during original investigation into Germany's deadliest post-war terrorist incident

Pegida supporters’ weekly demonstration against Islamic immigrants in Dresden on Monday could be their last. The movement has attracted some neo-Nazis and football hooligans to its protests

Pegida movement on verge of implosion as five of its leading members resign in disgust due to fears of being taken over by Germany's far right

Breakaway group, angry at the continued involvement of former leader Lutz Bachmann, pledge to form a moderate rival 'direct democracy' protest group

Postcard from... Berlin

The German capital is mourning the loss of one of the venues that has helped sustain its reputation as a mecca for unconventional sexual practices the city has held since the 1920s.

Supporters of the left-wing Syriza party in Athens hold a placard that reads:

Greece elections: Syriza’s triumph a blow for Germany but Greeks warned not to delude themselves over EU debt

Angela Merkel's government remained adamant that the new Athens coalition would have to stick to the European Union’s savings programme

Visitors at Auschwitz in the snow. A ceremony today will mark the 70th anniversary of its liberation by the Soviet army in 1945

Auschwitz survivors remember horror of the camp 70 years on: 'In there you got used to anything'

Josef Paczynski survived his time in Auschwitz because he was personal barber to Rudolf Höss

A picture of child prisoners taken just after the liberation of Auschwitz by the Soviet army in January 1945

Auschwitz: a museum that drives home the horror without help from modern technology

70 years after the camp's liberation, this is still a tale best told without the aid of any interactive devices

A sign reading

German court rules that men ARE allowed to stand up to urinate - but 'must expect occasional rows with housemates'

Decision comes after a landlord tried to retain €1,900 from a tenant's deposit to pay for repairs to a marble lavatory floor which had allegedly 'lost its sheen' by being regularly sprinkled with urine

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