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Germany’s left-wing Green Party among those criticising anti-Catholic demonstration as ‘disrespectful’

Peter Zumthor's experiments in space

The designer of this year's Serpentine Gallery pavilion is Peter Zumthor, a visionary whose best work is as much land art as architecture. Jay Merrick meets him

In a time before sat-nav...

Before the world was mapped so comprehensively by Google's camera cars, the colour plates that make up publisher Georg Braun and engraver Franz Hogenberg's survey of Europe, Africa, Asia and Central America would have performed a similar function.

Ballack fined for leading chants

The Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Michael Ballack was fined €8,000 (£7,060) yesterday for unsportsmanlike behaviour after he led anti-Cologne chants.

School trips firm expands in Europe with £31m deal

Holidaybreak, the owner of the school trips operator NST, has expanded its list of destinations with a £31m deal for 50 per cent of the Berlin-based tour operator Meininger. Holidaybreak, which also owns summer camps arm PGL and operations in adventure travel, hotel breaks and camping, said Meininger had 10 city-centre sites near cultural locations, including in Cologne, Frankfurt, Vienna, London and Munich. Five more sites are due to open next year.

Album: Caldara in Vienna, Philippe Jaroussky (Virgin Classics)

Echoes of Venice are few in Jaroussky's recital of Antonio Caldara's castrato arias, though "Se un Core Annodi", from Achille in Sciro, has a welcome hint of carnival sass.

Cargo bomb timed to detonate over US

The bomb found on the cargo plane at East Midlands Airport last month was timed to detonate over the eastern seaboard of the United States, Scotland Yard said today.

Travel challenge: European Christmas markets

Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: short break in Europe to visit a Christmas market. Prices are per person, based on two people travelling together on 10 December.

Why I loved my toxic mother

Lotte Berk was a charismatic fitness guru in the Sixties, with legions of fans. But she was also cruel, callous and neglectful, says her daughter, Esther, who tells Kate Burt how she learned to forgive

Eurostar offers breakfast in London, lunch in Brussels, dinner in Cologne

Eurostar yesterday unveiled the train that it hopes will see off competition from rival operators through the Channel Tunnel – and offer new direct links from London to cities deeper in Europe.

Chris McGrath: Who are you calling Teutonic? How Podolski became the face of melting-pot Germany

World Cup Lives: Born in Silesia, he is the outsider who became a truly local hero

Sigmar Polke: Artist whose work confronted Germany's post-war demons

In 1964 the German artist Gerhard Richter gave an interview to a critic called John Anthony Thwaites in which he made a number of surprising revelations; among them, that his pictures had been used to torture inmates in concentration camps and had, by their sheer power, killed off Joseph Stalin.

Tim Sturtridge: Was Germany 4 England 1 the greatest match ever?

After hiking to and from Durban for the much vaunted clash of Jogo Bonito it was a blessing to sit back and watch two European sides rarely associated with attacking verve go at one another hammer and tongs for the full 90 minutes.

Germany v England player ratings

Man-for-man ratings from Bloemfontein

Gary Newbon: Never under-estimate the Germans

I kept hearing it a few weeks ago. The Germans are young, inexperienced, not good. England would beat them easy.

WIN! A two-night break for two in Cologne

We've teamed up with Hotels.com – the world's leading hotel booking website – to offer a two-night break for two in Cologne, Germany.

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