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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.

March 1977: Rock singers David Bowie, right, and Iggy Pop in Germany.

Lust For Life: Biopic about David Bowie and Iggy Pop in West Germany set for production

Weeks after Bowie released a nostalgic single about his time in 1970s  Germany plans for a film about that time have been announced

Collage years: Schwitters reciting a tone poem, in 1944

Charles Darwent on Schwitters in Britain: Sweet wrappers that made fascists quail

Kurt Schwitters, the German one-man avant-garde, was neglected in his adopted Britain but did the spadework for generations of artists

Euro 2020 in 13 countries

Thirteen countries will host the 2020 European Championship, Uefa decided yesterday, with each host providing a single stadium for the 24-team tournament.

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Doctor Who 50th birthday coin

Doctor Who's 50th birthday to be marked with commemorative coin

Doctor Who's 50th anniversary is to be celebrated with the issue of a commemorative coin in New Zealand.

Merkel and Hollande's date with destiny – and they insist the chemistry is working

France and Germany marked half a century of post-war partnership with celebrations and grand displays of unity in Berlin today despite serious differences over a common vision for the future of Europe and its single currency.

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie pose next to a Mini in front of Brandenburg Gate as they promote the GREAT initiative

Princesses go on a Mini adventure to convince Germans we really do rather like them after all

Forget the Europe bashing, Cameron has new weapon for trade charm offensive

Klemperer fled to the US in 1938

Klemens von Klemperer: Authority on the Nazi regime

Klemens von Klemperer, who died on 23 December at the age of 96, was a German refugee who went on to write extensively about the rise and fall of the Nazi regime. He wrote numerous books and articles related to German and central European history, including German Resistance Against Hitler: The Search for Allies Abroad, 1938-1945.

Postcard from... Berlin

He is best known for helping to create reunified Berlin's somewhat overblown reputation as Europe's "cool" city. Not long into his career, Klaus Wowereit, the German capital's party-mad and proudly gay Social Democrat mayor, described his city as "poor but sexy".

Sir Simon Rattle conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle to leave Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra amid 'rebellion' rumours

Sir Simon Rattle has announced that he will leave the coveted role of conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra amid rumours of a “simmering rebellion” among the world’s finest, and fiercest, players.

First Listen: David Bowie, Where Are We Now?

His fond look back shows singer still has plenty to offer

Postcard from... Berlin

If the man who now runs former East Germany's once-hated Stasi archive realises his ambitions for the New Year then sometime in 2013, The Rolling Stones will hold a rock concert on top of the East Berlin building still containing millions of communist secret police files.

Spooky-couture: the fashion show from hell, via Fantich & Young

If Satan sported Oxford Shoes, they'd probably look something like this - that is, polished enough to reflect the sufferings of the damned, with 1,050 teeth grafted into the soles for good measure. The shoes, pictured above, are included in a collection of nightmarish objects by designers Fantich and Young. Interested in spooky-couture? Look no further.

The newcomers hail from a wealthy region in Germany’s south-west called Swabia

‘Shoot Swabians’: Berlin berates its bourgeois invaders

Status as Germany’s capital of cool under threat after influx from provincial backwater

Grounded at Gatwick: be sure of your rights

Does your airline owe you for flight delays?

A recent legal ruling means better compensation for flight delays, says  Simon Calder

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Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

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Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

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