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Postcard from... Hamburg

“Red Flora”, as the decaying, graffiti-smeared building in Hamburg’s fashionable Schanzenviertel district is called, was built in 1889 and once served as a music hall.

Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel at a summit in Dresden; the German Chancellor is said to be losing patience with the Russian President’s actions in Ukraine

Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

In France, the Front National was recently granted a €9m loan by a small financial institution to fund the party’s campaign for next year’s regional elections

Postcard from... Bremen

They look not unlike the kind of inflatable plastic hoods that are sometimes attached to hair dryers to speed up drying.

Bodo Ramelow is poised to become prime minister of Thuringia, leading a ‘red-red-green’ alliance

Germany set for first far-left regional premier since the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago

Leading Left Party member Bodo Ramelow's appointment is due to be confirmed in early December following the defeat of Angela Merkel's ruling conservative Christian Democrats in Thuringia

Postcard from... West Berlin

The fall of the Berlin Wall may have abruptly ended a system once lauded by communist East Berlin’s rulers as  “real existing socialism”.

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.

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