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Letter: Take the fast train

Sir: If there is "growing disillusion with high-speed trains on the Continent" (letter, 18 May), why has Europe's most recently launched high- speed train service, linking Paris and Brussels, been so successful? In the first quarter this year traffic was 72 per cent up on 1997 thanks to completion of a TGV line in Belgium, cutting the journey time to 85 minutes. This should take rail's market share between the two capitals to 48 per cent this year.

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Arvo Part: Kanon Pokajanen

Anarchy reigns as Cologne's party animals take to streets

]SCREAMING hordes of children, inebriated civil servants in multi- coloured costumes, and armies of revellers kitted out in Napoleonic uniforms are girding their loins for one final push. Today is Rosenmontag, the last of the "crazy days", the climax of a season of orgy which punctuates the passing of years in the Rhineland.

Germany's jobless rate rises to 4.8m

On the day the unemployment rate hit a new post-war record in Germany, a jobless rally in Cologne, an industrial city of a million people, mustered 300 participants. More than 200 towns and cities were to be flooded by protesters inspired by the French movement. In the end, most were cancelled, owing to lack of interest.

Travel: City to city - Give me a break: Cologne on pounds 250

It's noon on Friday. You are in the centre of London, at Charing Cross, with pounds 250 for a weekend away. Claire Gervat prescribes how to spend your time and money in one of Germany's most gracious cities.

Confidence in Germany dips

Confidence in Germany dips

It may be anti-art, but they're all mad for it

What is it about avant-garde art that so excites the Germans? This year's Dokumenta extravaganza has much to enjoy, but don't expect to understand it, says Matthew Collings

Customs and exercise

That summer: in 1951 Elizabeth Candlish cycled across the borders of post-war paranoia in Europe

Famine has its chips with suicidal potato

Potatoes could soon have an effective defence mechanism against the fungus which caused the Irish famine 150 years ago: self-destruction.

Deadly exposures

Widower, Pastry Chef, Boxer: this is how August Sander chose to name his images of vulnerable human beings. Tom Lubbock reviews his ambitious `People of the 20th Century'

Striking miners lift siege of Bonn streets

Peace returned to the streets of Bonn yesterday as striking miners lifted their four-day siege and retreated 20 miles to the north. It was, however, merely a tactical withdrawal they claimed, as they pitched their tents in a Cologne stadium.

Out of the ashes of war...

... Cologne experienced a musical explosion. But now the orchestral good life is under threat. Michael Church looks to the future

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