The man with no name relives horrors of Stasi

Wolfgang Arndt suffered the full force of the East German state's attempts to destroy his personality. He tells Tony Paterson about his ordeal, and why he is determined to forgive his torturers

Europe's Revolution: Living Complex 10: a monument to the failures of reunification

Its name is prosaic, but this housing estate was the pride of a town that flourished under Communist rule. Hoyerswerda, says Tony Paterson, is a very different place now

Gunter Kießling: General whose dismissal following a sex scandal caused a political storm in West Germany

The dismissal of General Günter Kießling at the end of 1983 sent shock waves through Nato and the German military and political establishments. The German officer was accused, in secret, of homosexuality, which in his position was regarded as a security risk. Despite his denials, he was dismissed.

The week the Iron Curtain began to be torn apart

Twenty years ago, marches convulsed the cities of East Germany, from Berlin to Leipzig and Dresden

Secret tunnels that brought freedom from Berlin's Wall

Old barrier between East and West pulls in tourists 20 years after its fall

Europe's Revolution: The pastor who brought down the Berlin Wall

As Leipzig froze in fear at Communist threats to crush the 1989 revolution, one man gave his compatriots the courage to fight on

Last leader of East Germany mourns loss of the Wall

Today Germany celebrates 19 years of reunification, but for Egon Krenz the fall of the Iron Curtain was the end of a dream

CPS defends prosecution of disabled widow in 'prodding' case

The Crown Prosecution Service today defended its decision to take legal proceedings against a 71-year-old woman who prodded a 17-year-old youth in the chest.

Mary Dejevsky: St Nicholas and Soviet-era brutalism

Potsdam Notebook: Shops and houses have been restored to their former pastel elegance, but vacant plots are everywhere

Dull Merkel plods towards triumph

Despite a lack of campaign excitement, more than three out of four Germans back her

The File, By Timothy Garton Ash

First published in 1997, Garton Ash's exploration of his Stasi file has the mesmeric potency of a Le Carré novel. Since that time, "Stasi" has been adopted as a common expression for state observation.

Henry Porter: 'Why I write about the surveillance state'

Spy fiction used to explore the murky no man's land between rival superpowers, but now the threat to freedom lurks far closer to home.

East Germans feared Jackson would be 'politically provocative' in concert

The sinister Stasi secret police of former East Germany opened a file on late "King of Pop" Michael Jackson because they felt he would be "politically provocative" when he gave a concert in West Berlin.

Revealed: how Stasi tackled Jackson 'threat'

Germany's Bild newspaper is reporting that a 1988 Michael Jackson concert in West Berlin prompted security concerns for East Germany's secret police.

Germany shocked by the other lives of civil servants

Twenty years after Berlin Wall fell, more than 17,000 former Stasi members are still working for the state
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