News Social Democrats count votes in Berlin yesterday

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling conservatives were on course to form a grand coalition government.

Kaiser Wilhelm junior gives Germany its own royal wedding

Set in the grounds of a Potsdam palace, with plenty of aristocracy on the 700-strong guest list and an opulent six-horse-drawn carriage for the ride home, the marriage of Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia and Princess Sophie Johanna Maria of Isenburg, which takes place today, is being hailed as Germany's own "royal" wedding. The only difference is, the couple aren't royals.

Charlotte Roche: Troubled mind of a taboo-buster

The British-born author scandalised her adopted country of Germany with an explicit debut novel, Wetlands. So will her semi-autobiographical follow-up cause a similar sensation?

New files suggest greater link between Wodehouse and Nazis

PG Wodehouse made a series of radio broadcasts from Germany in 1941 that caused uproar in Britain, forcing the author to express his "horror " after stumbling into propagandist interviews that lead to accusations he was a Nazi sympathiser.

German authorities seek to smoke out car torchers

Berlin and Hamburg are being hit by a worsening epidemic of random "car-torching" attacks in which more than 600 privately owned vehicles have been set ablaze this year in apparently motiveless attacks, which are baffling police, politicians and the public.

Man who built torture chamber in flat is foiled by victim

Police took away a sex doll, medical equipment and 113 fire extinguishers, some of them turned into booby-traps

Market turmoil drives record business for IG

The spread betting group IG has emerged as a winner of the recent market turmoil, with stock market volatility boosting the FTSE 250-listed company's sales.

Merkel says eurobonds are 'exactly the wrong answer'

Germany renewed its opposition to growing calls for a move towards bonds that are jointly issued by eurozone members yesterday, with the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, saying that so-called eurobonds were "exactly the wrong answer" to the currency union's sovereign debt crisis.

The End: Hitler's Germany, 1944-45, By Ian Kershaw

A bunker mentality that infected an entire nation

Philip Hensher: Germany doesn't want to dominate Europe – that is part of the problem

In every respect, German culture remains unfamiliar to the British. The cultural gap has only one popular point of understanding, the Third Reich

Mancienne ready for Bayern test with Arnesen’s ‘old boys’

When Bayern Munich play their second home game of the Bundesliga season today in the 69,900-capacity Allianz Arena, facing them in the Hamburg team will be a young Englishman who has taken one of the more unusual career paths in football.

Citizen Sailors: The Royal Navy in the Second World War, By Glyn Prysor

This impressive human history of the Royal Navy begins the long overdue process of putting it back at the heart of the war effort, and does so in the words of those who served. Glyn Prysor skilfully weaves first-hand testimony around the chronology of conflict, constantly re-examining the mood and morale of the service through the tense pre-war days of the Abyssinian Crisis, the Spanish Civil War, the Rape of Nanking and Munich to demobilisation.

Recession fears cause havoc on world markets

Jitters began when Morgan Stanley warned the US and eurozone were 'hovering dangerously close to recession' and it wouldn't take much to tip the balance

David Prosser: A eurozone solution that deals with the future but not the present

Outlook Let us say this for Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy: having copped flak all year for being so far off the pace of the eurozone's sovereign debt crisis, they have now pulled off the neat trick of getting too far ahead of the curve.

Leaders give lukewarm response to Sarkozy and Merkel's bid to save euro

One Italian newspaper portrayed the German Chancellor as a bully in an SS uniform and sporting a Hitler moustache
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Natalie Bennett interview: I've lost track of the last time I saw my Dad but it's not because I refuse to fly

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Peter Kay's Car Share: BBC show is the comedian's first TV sitcom in a decade

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