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

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.

Classical: Saying most with least

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

Why beer is best

Ale: is probably the world's most misunderstood drink
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Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

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Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor