News Social Democrats count votes in Berlin yesterday

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

Torres central to Villas-Boas's plans despite that howler against United

Old Trafford defeat provided glimpse of new Chelsea built around striker that uses quick 'vertical passes' to attack. By Sam Wallace

Torres central to Villas-Boas's plans despite that howler against United

Old Trafford defeat provided glimpse of new Chelsea built around striker that uses quick 'vertical passes' to attack

Propaganda, war, and the truth about Rommel

He's been described the acceptable face of the Nazis. But that image comes under attack in a German film

British-based Rán win Audi MedCup in Barcelona

Victory was sweet for the British-based Rán winning the Barcelona Trophy finale of the Audi MedCup series. It crowned a debut season for Skype founder Niklas Zennström in his 52-footer and completed the treble of back-to-back Fastnet Race wins and the Mini-maxi division of the world series in Porto Cervo.

Robert Fisk: German U-boats refuelled in Ireland? Surely not

Never a man to neglect a good tale, I return to that old saw about German U-boats refuelling in neutral Ireland. Not because I believe it – I spent much of my PhD thesis on Ireland in the Second World War disproving it. But because a reader has sent me a fascinating account of his dad's war service as an SOE recruit.

Tension rises in finale of Audi MedCup

The tension meter took another upward hike in the finale of the 2011 Audi MedCup with the Barcelona regatta leader, the British-based Rán, slipping one place and by just one point in the one race of the day to local contender Bribón.

British-based team rival locals at the Audi MedCup in Barcelona

The gloves are off after the opening quartet of races for the Barcelona Trophy in the Audi MedCup series with the British-based Rán going head to head with the local favourite Bribón.

Mark Steel: Bankers: eight billion years in jail should do it

Instead of this pointless Vickers Report about how to sort out the banks, the investigation should have been carried out by Supernanny. She'd have sorted it.

To Russia with love: hopes David Cameron visit will signal new dawn

David Cameron will next week become the first senior British politician to speak to the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin for more than three years, it emerged last night.

Letter from the i editor: We are listening

When we launched i there was much debate over quite how much politics a new paper should feature.

Prostitute 'tax meters' imposed in Germany

Prostitutes in the German city of Bonn must carry a ticket purchased from a new parking meter-like machine while working the streets or face hefty fines from tax authorities in a scheme launched on last Monday.

A Day That Shook The World: Germany invades Poland

On 1 September 1939 Germany invaded Poland, prompting Britain and France to declare war three days later.

The stork sticking its beak into the German far right

He wrote a book called Mein Krampf (My Cramp), sports a toothbrush moustache and a rigid side parting and infuriates members of Germany's main neo-Nazi party with his satirical take on the Teutonic far-right.

Britons most pessimistic about UK economy

Britons are among the most pessimistic in the world about their country's economic prospects, it was revealed today.

German pilot has lucky escape

The pilot of a tiny private plane made an emergency landing on a small street in western Germany, clipping the side of a house and a lamppost as he landed his ailing Cessna.

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Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

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In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

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Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
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Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks
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From hen harriers to porpoises: 10 best wildlife-watching experiences

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Nick Easter: 'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

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Nick Easter targeting World Cup place after England recall
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Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
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