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Postcard from... Düsseldorf

Christian Zurbrüggen has been so busy handling the flood of media enquiries that have been pouring into the headquarters of his Düsseldorf department-store chain that he has only just got round to writing to his Chinese-crockery supplier.

Police named Jürgen Hermann – involved in a feud with the bank – as the gunman

Bank chief Jürgen Frick shot dead by ‘Robin Hood of Liechtenstein’

Police have identified the gunman as Jürgen Hermann, a well-known and allegedly disturbed fund manager in the principality

Postcard from... Saarbrücken

The scene was a birthday party held in Saarbrücken – a town close to Germany’s border with France which boasts one of the largest brothels in Europe. One of the guests was Peter Marx, the general secretary of Germany’s far-right, racist National Democratic Party (NPD). He was photographed alongside two scantily clad women waving sparklers. A striptease artist  performed while a birthday cake in the shape of a penis was cut up.

Jews from all over Europe were brought by train to the death camp at Auschwitz in Poland

The leaps of faith that saved a brave few from Auschwitz’s horrors: New study reveals how hundreds of Jews used desperate means to jump from Nazi trains

Research published in Germany tells the hitherto unheard stories of the estimated 764 individuals who managed to escape the Holocaust by jumping to freedom

Gabor Vona, leader of the far-right Jobbik party, saw significant gains

Hungary election: Concerns as neo-Nazi Jobbik party wins 20% of vote

Results showed that far-right Jobbik, which wants detention camps for Roma 'deviants', had upped its share of support by five per cent

Michael Schumacher in 2010. The seven-times Formula One world champion has been in a coma for more than 13 weeks

Postcard from... Berlin

They are nicknamed “Späti” which sounds like Spaytee and they are radically altering the German capital’s shopping habits. Späti is an abbreviation for Spätkauf or “late shop”. In 2006 – and pretty “late” compared to other European capitals – Berlin liberalised  Draconian laws which once made it impossible to shop after six in the evening and saw to it that Sunday trading remained strictly verboten (forbidden). Nowadays it’s legal to keep small shops open round the clock. The upshot is that a Berlin without its Spätis now seems unimaginable.

Postcard from... Konstanz

Germany may be as renowned for its mega brothels as its  citizens are famous for stripping off in public. But the buck  apparently stops when it comes to “swinger cruising”. 

Postcard from... Weissenburg

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Postcard from... Berlin

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