German Politics

The Long Night, By Steve Wick

Besides helping to define the role of the modern foreign correspondent – he witnessed mayhem in 1920s Afghanistan, befriended Gandhi and charted Germany's descent into madness – the American reporter William L Shirer gave hope to every journalist dreaming of writing that ever-elusive Big Book. It was only after being dropped by CBS in 1947, and struggling to make ends meet during the McCarthy era (his staunchly liberal views had attracted the attention of the witch-hunters) that he embarked on his 1,200-page epic, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. Losing his job was, in hindsight, a blessing

The Cannes debt festival

It's the biggest event in the French resort's history – and an absolutely critical one for the world leaders who are taking part in it. Ben Chu previews a G20 summit that could make or break the world economy

Baltacha misses chance to end on winning note

Elena Baltacha is expected to return to the world's top 50 despite losing her last match of the season yesterday. The 28-year-old Briton, ranked No 58, was beaten 7-6, 6-4 by 41-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm in the final of the tournament in Poitiers, France.

Murray goes for four on the trot in Basle

Andy Murray will try to win his fourth title triumph in a row next week – at Roger Federer's hometown tournament in Basle. The Scot, whose winning run has justresulted in him replacing the Swiss at No 3 in the world rankings, has taken a wild card into the event whose highly competitive field includes Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish and Tomas Berdych.

Manfred Gerlach: Last head of state of East Germany

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.

Cameron wins Europe vote but loses support of backbenchers

David Cameron was warned last night he faces years of backbench rebellion over Europe as dozens of Conservative MPs voted against the Coalition Government over its refusal to allow a referendum on withdrawal from the European Union.

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Citroën DS5

Yes, it looks dramatic. But, sadly, any dreams of the marque's classic smooth ride disappear in a welter of thumps and fidgets

Andrew Grice: Cleaning up political funding will help remove the smell

The cloud has hung over British politics for years. How our parties are funded has added to the bad smell that has turned off many voters. They suspect that donors expect – and get – something in return for their money. The MPs' expenses scandal added to the stench. Money and politics are a dangerous cocktail, as Liam Fox discovered. The funding of his self-styled adviser Adam Werritty by businessmen contributed to his downfall as Defence Secretary. Although the official inquiry found that Mr Werritty was not a lobbyist, the affair shone a light on the murky world of lobbying.

Merkel blocks quick deal on debt crisis

Angela Merkel signalled her intention yesterday to put German domestic opinion ahead of diplomatic niceties as European leaders began five days of intense wrangling over an attempt to resolve the eurozone debt crisis. At Germany's insistence, tomorrow's gathering in Brussels will be a mere warm-up for a more important summit next Wednesday.