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Franz JosefDegenhardt: Musician and hero of the counter-culture

With his chanson-like songs, Franz Josef Degenhardt was so ingrained in the consciousness of German speakers that it is impossible to think of an appropriate British comparison. His eloquence, seniority and track record elevated him to quasi-Dylan status wherever German is spoken. A goodly proportion of several generations knew and could sing his songs.

Ernst Uhrlau, head of the BND, at the €811m complex in Berlin

'Secret chaos' surrounds construction of German spy service's headquarters

An exaggerated sense of Teutonic order and a near-obsessive requirement for secrecy have been blamed for throwing German intelligence-service plans to build a prestigious Berlin headquarters into chaos.

All Hell Let Loose, By Max Hastings

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Leading article: It's time to grow up about Germany

It is – to put it mildly – a poor reflection on Britain that the chief response to the Prime Minister's visit to Berlin yesterday was not to welcome an effort by Europe's biggest and richest countries to address the eurozone crisis, but to rehearse the same old hostile stereotypes of Germany. We were overrun with references to jackboots, Nazis, Achtung, another Anschluss, a new conquest of Europe, and so on and on.

Attorney General of Germany Harald Range attends a news conference

Two more suspects in German far-right case

Investigators suspect two more people may have supported an underground neo-Nazi terror cell alleged to have killed 10 people and pulled off a string of bank robberies, Germany's top prosecutor said today.

Chancellor Angela Merkel has called the killings 'a disgrace, shameful for Germany'

'Neo-Nazi' murders shameful, says Merkel

Germany will investigate how a group of neo-Nazis managed to operate under the radar of authorities for years, allegedly killing 10 people and robbing a string of banks, the justice minister promised today.

A vigil in Berlin for the victims of racist violence

Members of murderous neo-Nazi gang linked to German secret service

Germany's intelligence services have revealed that they are investigating whether members of a brutal neo-Nazi terror gang, responsible for a series of bomb attacks and cold blooded murders, were double agents who also covertly worked as secret service informers.

Autumn 2009: 'We made this dress out of Ikea tea towels for a Tim Walker shoot for British Vogue'

Girls, girls, girls: Ten years of Brit designer Peter Jensen

For 10 years, Peter Jensen has channelled the styles of off-beat muses from Tonya Harding to Sissy Spacek. Here, the British designer picks his favourite moments from a decade in fashion

Shock of the new: Yuja Wang was criticised for wearing a short, tight-fitting skirt at a recent recital

Why do critics get so hot under the collar when it comes to concert clothing?

Jessica Duchen says it's sartorial snobbery

Fears grow for Christmas sales as M&S warns of fierce discounting

A quarter of the bellwether stores' goods are on promotion
We Love: Pyrus & Simeon Farrar
To celebrate the show of his work in the basement gallery below its Soho store, Pyrus has launched a limited edition of screenprinted T-shirts by Farrar, continuing his 'Of Rainbows and Halos' theme. 10 Newburgh Street, W1F 7

The Fashion Audit: 31/10/2011

We Love: Pyrus & Simeon Farrar

To celebrate the show of his work in the basement gallery below its Soho store, Pyrus has launched a limited edition of screenprinted T-shirts by Farrar, continuing his 'Of Rainbows and Halos' theme. 10 Newburgh Street, W1F 7RN

Bobsleigh: Shone regains feeling in legs

British bobsleigher Serita Shone is improving in hospital after undergoing spinal surgery following a major crash in training.

Bobsleigh competitor Serita Shone expected to make full recovery after crash

British bobsleigh competitor Serita Shone is expected to make a "full recovery" after suffering a spinal fracture in a crash yesterday.

First Night: Placido Domingo Celebration, Royal Opera House, London

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Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

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Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
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Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

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Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
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Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
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Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

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