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Too many let electoral tactics influence their decision in the polling booth

Legislation which comes into force on 1 January will make it illegal for the owners of Berlin's estimated 12,000 private holiday apartments to rent them to tourists for short breaks

Rental ban to end Berlin’s reign as holiday lets capital

Berlin’s reputation as one of Europe’s coolest yet cheapest cities has boosted tourism by 275 per cent in only two decades. But Germany’s capital is preparing to turn its back on budget-flight visitors with new rules which will outlaw cut-price private accommodation.

This Government has thrown the poor and vulnerable on the scrapheap

A freeze on council tax and cap on welfare will add to their misery

Members of civil society shout for governments to Stop Climate Madness - nearly 200 governments clashed over how to finance the cost of global warming

UN climate change summit: Talks stand still as states clash over costs

Japan dramatically scales back long-term commitments to reduce carbon emissions as Australia moves to repeal its carbon tax

Boris Johnson looks at rush hour lorry ban to save cyclists deaths in London

Six cyclists have died on the capital's roads in the last two weeks

Fifth London cyclist killed in just nine days as row over safety escalates

Second person killed while cycling on the capital's roads in 24 hours

Social Democrat (SPD) leader Sigmar Gabriel, right, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Minimum wage may be forced on Angela Merkel to build 'grand coalition'

German leader’s potential coalition partners seek concessions before forming a government

Is the Green Party a real political alternative for students?

They're small and growing, but are the Greens a viable option or a wasted vote?

Some commentators have suggested that Merkel might be unable to find a coalition partner and be forced to call fresh elections

Angela Merkel isolated as potential allies demand end to austerity

The German leader’s party finds itself without options after romping home in the polls

Angela Merkel celebrates victory

Angela Merkel’s greatest triumph in German election still needs coalition backing

Chancellor must find a party to form new coalition or risk another election

Andy Burnham: The shadow health minister wants to ban zero-hours contracts

Zero-hours contracts not only affecting low-paid workers, reveals report

Thousands of workers are on zero-hours contracts without realising it  because they are not familiar with the phrase – and they are not all at the low end of the salary scale – according to a new report.

Julian Assange participates in a live question-and-answer session via Skype at a meeting in Melbourne

Is the party over for Wikileaks in Australia?

The Australian political party founded by Julian Assange is mired in controversy as the election nears

Farmers Union applies for injunction that aims to stop badger cull protests

If granted by the High Court, it would prevent any protest against the pilot scheme

40 schools had published policy statements echoing language of notorious legislation

Section 28 row: Schools tear up controversial homophobic policies

Responses follow The Independent's disclosure that 40 schools had published policy statements echoing language of notorious legislation

Paperback review: Once Upon a Time There Was a Traveller, Edited by Kate Pullinger

An anthology of stories which have won the Asham Award, as well as additional tales by established Virago authors, this is a book of journeys, meetings and partings, flights and homecomings.

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Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
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Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Malorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
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Blackest is the new black

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Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

The US Ambassador to London holds 'jeans and beer' gigs at his official residence – it's all part of the job, he tells Chris Green
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Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

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Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

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Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

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