Mary Dejevsky: Not every revolution is victorious

Efforts to challenge an established order fail at least as often as they succeed

It's 20 years since reunification but is Germany still divided?

The fall of the Berlin Wall was a seismic event in European history. But as Germany prepares to mark the 20th anniversary of its reunification, many are asking: Is there really much to celebrate?

Why 'Red Rosa's' fans got the wrong grave

Pathologist says headless body in mortuary belongs to Luxemburg

Stasi spy 'fired shot that changed Germany'

Revelations from secret files force radical left to re-examine their past

Checkpoint Charlies: Irreverent tributes to Berlin's brutal past spark outrage

They were icons of the Cold War: the Brandenburg Gate symbolised the division of Berlin and Checkpoint Charlie was the East-West crossing of spy novel fame, where heavily armed Allied soldiers and Communist border guards confronted each other.

From Iron Curtain to Green Belt: How new life came to the death strip

Thanks to German conservationists, the Cold War dividing line between East and West has become a haven for wildlife. Tony Paterson reports

Albrecht Schonherr: Evangelical bishop in Communist East Germany

Albrecht Schönherr helped to ensure that no blood was spilled during the struggles which led to German reunification in 1990. He was the longest-serving chairman, from 1969 to 1981, of the Kirchenbund der DDR (the Federation of Evangelical Churches in the German Democratic Republic), which he had been instrumental in creating.

The Weekend's Television: When you're better off red

The Lost World of Communism, Sat, BBC2<br />The No.1 Ladies&rsquo; Detective Agency, Sun, BBC1

The Stone, Royal Court, London

People who live in past houses shouldn’t sow stones: that seems to be the moral of Marius von Mayenburg’s ridiculously short one-hour play that kicks off a German season in Sloane Square and sends you scurrying to the programme text on the way home to make sure you know what happened.

On tour with Anthony Hegarty

Of Anthony and the Johnsons

Headspace, By Amber Marks

When she describes sniffer dogs hassling innocent travellers at Tube stations, I have to take Amber Marks's experiences at face value as I've never actually seen an example of this myself. The newspaper stories she cites, about dogs being used in schools to sniff out drugs, for example, seem the kind of silly stories that surface every so often but then fizzle out without ever actually coming to anything, so they don't help her case much either. What does underpin her book, though, is a genuine sense that we're all coming under increasing surveillance, all the time, without even realising it – and not for the reasons we're being given, either.

Simon Calder: Twenty years on, has Berlin come in from the cold?

A dark, despairing nation whose weary inhabitants cowered beneath the worn-out regime that ruled them so ineptly. So much for Thatcher's Britain in 1989; in East Germany life was even worse.

Letters: The former East Germany

Unjust vilification of the former East Germany

Wolfgang Vogel: Lawyer who grew rich helping East Germans escape to the West

Wolfgang Vogel lurked in and out of the shadows of Cold War Germany. He was known to many prominent figures but not to the general public. As personal emissary of the East German leader Erich Honecker, he helped to facilitate East-West prisoner exchanges and the re-location of thousands of East Germans to the West. He was not, however, a philanthropist. His services did not come cheap, and he became a wealthy man through his Cold War exploits.

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