News Social Democrats count votes in Berlin yesterday

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

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UN votes to end Libya operations

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Floods prompt Thailand travel alert

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Letters: Doubts over Europe after the Tory revolt

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The Sketch: The problem with these nutters is that they're not that nuts

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Leading article: One step on the long road out of the euro crisis

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Banks halt Belarus deals over repression

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On verge of victory, Tunisia's Islamists commit to 'Western-style democracy'

Tunisia's moderate Islamist party, set to win the first democratic election born of the Arab Spring, reached out yesterday to centre-leftists, vowing to uphold liberal values and form a coalition government with secular parties.

Time runs out for Germany's master forgers

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New bailout fund 'to increase to 1 trillion euros'

The eurozone bailout fund will see its firepower increased to more than 1 trillion euros (£869 billion) to enable it to contain the Eurozone debt turmoil, German government sources said today.

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Manfred Gerlach served from 6 December 1989 until March 1990 as the head of state of East Germany, the German Democratic Republic (GDR). He had replaced the last Communist to hold the post, Egon Krenz, who had only held it from 24 October.

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