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One of the most brutal battles of the Second World War was the Nazi offensive against Stalingrad where atrocities were committed on both sides and the soldiers also had to contend with starvation and freezing conditions during a lengthy siege.

Postcard from... Berlin

Anyone who has been on the streets of Berlin on New Year's Eve will know that the experience is exciting, if not easy. For most of the year Germany enforces strict controls on the sale and use of fireworks. But these are waived for New Year celebrations and every corner shop suddenly has a host of firecrackers, rockets and other pyrotechnics on sale to the general public.

Blur and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn

The end of the world might be tomorrow, but it isn't the end of Blur

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Postcard from... Berlin

Inscrutable is an adjective sometimes used to describe the German chancellor, Angela Merkel. The most powerful woman in Europe doesn't devote much of her time to trivia. Nor does she usually let people know what's really going on behind that first-woman-chancellor's mask.

Howl great thou art: Douglas Gordon in his Berlin studio

In The Studio: Douglas Gordon, artist

'I've always loved fire. But it does get out of control at times...'

Liza Minnelli as Isherwood's creation Sally Bowles, in 'Cabaret'

Liza Minnelli to return to Royal Festival Hall 40 years after Cabaret

Liza Minnelli is returning to the Royal Festival Hall 40 years after her last appearance there as part of a celebration of Cabaret-era Berlin.

Editorial: Berlusconi's return bodes ill for Italy and Europe

The resignation of Italy's technocrat Prime Minister Mario Monti and the threatened return of Silvio Berlusconi have rightly sent shockwaves across the eurozone and beyond. If Mr Monti's arrival in power a year ago with his government of non-politicians, tasked to save the Italians from themselves, was like the appearance of the deus ex machina in a Greek tragedy, the return of the billionaire media mogul, who explicitly ruled himself out of contention only weeks ago, is like something from the imagination of Bram Stoker.

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Wembley among contenders to host games

Postcard from... Berlin

Communist East Germany may have been killed off with the fall of the Berlin Wall 23 years ago, but its products live on – and on. Some 90,000 former East German citizens queued up in freezing temperatures over the weekend to get into east Berlin's Yuletide phenomenon for insiders – a Christmas market dedicated to selling “Ossiware” – goods that were being produced in East Germany before 1989 and still are.

The bust of Nefertiti is now displayed at Altes Museum

Jewish philanthropist lost in the sands of time thanks to the Nazis

A wealthy  patron who funded the excavation of the priceless Nefertiti bust was airbrushed from history. Now, a hundred years after the find, his story is finally being told

Bold intent: Vladimir Jurowski conducting the LPO

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LSO/Bychkov/Kavakos, Barbican Hall, London

Death and grief prompt searing scores, interpreted with pathos and passion

Postcard from... Potsdam

Germany's Greens are proud to be Europe's most powerful environmentalist party but as is often said: pride comes before a fall.

The eyes have it: David Cameron and Angela Merkel at the EU summit in Brussels last week

Camerkel! A love affair at the heart of Europe

Who'd have thought it? The German Chancellor and our own Prime Minister in tune on the EU budget. Jane Merrick and John Rentoul examine an unlikely political romance and wonder – how long will it last?

Postcard from... Berlin

Wolf watching may not yet be part of Berlin's standard tourist repertoire, but the idea can no longer be dismissed as utterly fanciful: naturalists have sighted a pack of the animals and their cubs just 15 miles south of the German capital for the first time in well over a century.

In 1990 wolves were declared a protected species in Germany

Wolves close in on Berlin after more than a century

Naturalists in Berlin have sighted a pack of wolves and their cubs just 15 miles south of the German capital for the first time in more than 100 years.

London's technology industry has highest proportion of women entrepreneurs in Europe

London’s technology sector has the highest proportion of women entrepreneurs in Europe, according to a global study of 50,000 start-ups.

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