We were plunged into the torrid turmoil of the Heath years
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Friday 27 July 2012
Plans to demolish former East German apartment blocks in a prime central Berlin location have stoked fears about the loss of the city's socialist heritage and its seemingly relentless gentrification.
Thursday 26 July 2012
Spotlight on the main medal contenders: Greipel versus Cavendish is one of several head-to-head clashes with the hosts to savour
Saturday 09 June 2012
Cherishing the keys to freedom in Romania's locked ward
Tuesday 01 May 2012
The Swedish flat-pack giant Ikea is today reeling from potentially scandalous allegations that it used scores of political prisoners in former communist East Germany to manufacture its affordable furniture products in the years leading up to the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Friday 03 February 2012
The past is a foreign country in more ways than one for the protagonists of Douglas Kennedy's novel. Largely set in Cold War Berlin, this hard-hitting love story tears down the dividing walls between past and present, showing how the course of history can turn in an instant. An author of consistently engaging and clever bestsellers, Kennedy has ranged from Stateside dramas to noirish thrillers. The Moment pulls together both strains in his fiction, marrying romantic tragedy with Le Carré-style espionage.
Saturday 21 January 2012
1. Which actress made her film debut in Julia (1977)?
Wednesday 07 December 2011
A walking tour isn't just a great way to see Berlin, it's also a capital way to learn about its history
Saturday 13 August 2011
Friday 12 August 2011
Exactly half a century has passed since construction began on the Berlin Wall, a symbolic reminder of Germany’s troubled past.
Thursday 14 July 2011
Hansjoachim Tiedge's defection to East Germany in 1985 caused panic and dismay in West Germany and Nato. The head of West Germany's counter-intelligence department, he was soon divulging all to the Stasi spy chief Markus Wolf.
Friday 08 July 2011
Detlef Girrmann helped over 500 people to escape from East Berlin after the Wall went up in August 1961. He and his colleagues used everything from false passes, borrowed IDs and tunnels. The Stasi declared him public enemy No 1.
Tuesday 05 July 2011
Monday 27 June 2011
Monday 06 June 2011
Wednesday 27 April 2011
We mustn't laugh but – to paraphrase the Foreign Secretary – you have to laugh.
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