We were plunged into the torrid turmoil of the Heath years
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Wednesday 22 January 2014
Dressed up in jackboots and the grey uniform of former Communist East Germany’s hated border police, the man-sized bear goose-steps across the cobblestones in front of the Brandenburg Gate. He sidles up to giggling tourists who willingly part with their euros to have pictures taken of themselves being bear-hugged for a souvenir.
Wednesday 08 January 2014
Oradour-sur-Glane has been deliberately left untouched as a permanent memorial to the 642 people slaughtered there on 10 June 1944
Wednesday 25 December 2013
An illuminating look at life behind the Berlin Wall
Friday 29 November 2013
How should authors transform autobiography into self-standing fiction? For Karl Ove Knausgaard, with A Man in Love (translated by Don Bartlett; Vintage, £8.99), this second volume in the Norwegian writer's acclaimed "My Struggle" series mines the everyday material of young fatherhood. Yet he converts it into a stunningly eloquent set of reflections on masculinity, domesticity and the artist's itch to escape.
Wednesday 06 November 2013
Germany's exposure to the NSA's prying eyes is a blunt reminder of the country's past aggression and eventual defeat
Wednesday 02 October 2013
Pep Guardiola needs time to succeed at Bayern Munich claims former East Germany international Uwe Rosler
Friday 20 September 2013
The Brentford manager speaks to Jack Pitt-Brooke on how Guardiola's challenge to the Bayern squad will take time to sink in
Friday 13 September 2013
The outside of the building in East Berlin’s Auguststrasse looked as if it hadn’t been painted since the Second World War – and it probably hadn’t.
Friday 23 August 2013
Wednesday 21 August 2013
OperaUpClose specialises in bold transpositions, best exemplified by its witty setting of Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera in an IKEA store. For Tosca their writer-director Adam Spreadbury-Maher has effected a different kind of transposition, but one which is entirely logical.
Tuesday 20 August 2013
Study suggests that pedestrians respond more quickly to icon of Communist era
Lothar Bisky: Communist who helped former comrades enter the political mainstream in reunified Germany
Tuesday 20 August 2013
Lothar Bisky, who died on 13 August at the age of 71, was a politican, who after German reunification helped steer discredited East German communists into the mainstream of national politics. He was among a handful of East German Communists who took the helm of the discredited former ruling Socialist Unity Party following the opening of the Berlin Wall and the removal of the hard-line leadership. They transformed the former Stalinist party into a Western-style left-wing movement that still enjoys support, mostly in former Communist areas of eastern Germany.
Wednesday 14 August 2013
Although the Communist regime of Walter Ulbricht and Erich Honecker always claimed that East Germany was the most advanced state as far as women's rights were concerned, it proved very difficult for women to advance to leadership positions in many spheres.
Friday 02 August 2013
A bewitching collage of loves and sorrows brings the lost East Germany back to life
Saturday 27 July 2013
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: victims’ bodies bundled in black bags and loaded onto trains