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

Drinking partners make an exhibition of themselves

Their friendship was formed as they stood facing each other, hammers in hand, hanging up their respective works of art in a shared gallery space two decades ago.

Victoria Clark: Yemen's greatest enemy is sitting across its border

Yemenis baulk at the idea that their neighbours should supply more aid

Freya Gräfin von Moltke: Anti-Nazi activist

Freya Gräfin von Moltke was one of the last survivors of the Gestapo purge after the failed attempt to assassinate Hitler 20 July 1944. With her husband Helmuth she was involved in the anti-Nazi Kreisau Circle.

Album: Bach, Cantatas Volume 13, (Soli Deo Gloria)

The latest disc from John Eliot Gardiner's millennium Bach Pilgrimage finds the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists celebrating Advent in Köln and Lüneburg.

Album: Keith Jarrett, Testament, Paris/London (ECM)

Playing the genius card for all it's worth, pianist Jarrett's sleevenotes for this 3CD set of live solo concerts from late last year detail the context of panic attacks and marital/ nervous breakdown surrounding them, and his struggle to turn this into miraculous art.

Is Monty Python's Flying Circus dead as a parrot?

The first episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus was broadcast 40 years ago today. John Walsh dusts off the tapes to see if the old ones really are the best

Lehmann dropped over discipline breach

Veteran Stuttgart goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has been dropped for Wednesday's DFB-Pokal clash with Lubeck after flouting the club's disciplinary code.

Hormone 'blockers' could be offered to under-16s seeking sex change

Sex-change experts are considering reviews to current UK guidelines that could see treatment with "hormone blockers" extended to under-16s and transgender surgery to under-18s.

Death and the Devil, By Frank Schätzing

A fresh whiff of Cologne

Even the wurst-case scenario tastes delicious

Cologne is best known for perfume, but this German city has a culinary heritage too, a thriving pub and restaurant culture – and chocolate. Andy Lynes investigates

German students 'paid thousands of euros in bribes' for PhDs

German prosecutors are investigating over 100 senior academics at a dozen of the country's top universities on suspicion that they awarded doctorates to hundreds of mediocre or unqualified students after taking bribes from a firm of educational consultants.

48 Hours In: Cologne

Germany's fourth-largest city serves up first-class food and beer along with a big helping of museums, art galleries and history.

Ayo: 'I focused on my dreams'

Her mother's drug addiction resulted in a traumatic childhood, but it led to Ayo's signature mix of fragile soul and honesty. Andy Morgan is enraptured

Nine missing in archive collapse

A multi-storey building housing thousands of historical records collapsed in the German city of Cologne yesterday, injuring at least one person and possibly trapping others.

Tottenham and Manchester City made bids for Podolski

Manchester City and Tottenham both made offers for Bayern Munich striker Lukas Podolski last summer, according to the club's general manager Uli Hoeness.

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