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A liver transplant patient turned up to her operation appointment at a German hospital with a bottle of vodka in her bag, a court has heard.

Postcard from... Berlin

Communist East Germany may have been killed off with the fall of the Berlin Wall 23 years ago, but its products live on – and on. Some 90,000 former East German citizens queued up in freezing temperatures over the weekend to get into east Berlin's Yuletide phenomenon for insiders – a Christmas market dedicated to selling “Ossiware” – goods that were being produced in East Germany before 1989 and still are.

German court warns Catholics: pay church tax or face expulsion

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The earless bunny at a zoo in Limbach-Oberfrohna, eastern Germany

Earless celebrity bunny accidentally killed by TV cameraman

An earless baby bunny that was a rising star on Germany's celebrity animal scene had his 15 minutes of fame brought to an abrupt end when he was accidentally stepped on by a television cameraman.

Great Works: Die Stickerin, 2008 (300cm x 420cm), Neo Rauch

Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica

Early women had to go forth and multiply, while men stayed home

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King of Saxony's family win payout from state

The east German state of Saxony was obliged yesterday to pay millions in compensation to descendants of the 17th century king "August the Strong" for hundreds of valuable porcelain artefacts confiscated by the communist authorities after the Second World War.

Album: Bach, Weihnachts-Oratorium (Decca)

The Leipzig Gewandhausorchester's brilliant sound dances in Riccardo Chailly's jubilant recording of Bach's Christmas Oratorio.

Volodos/Chailly/Leipzig Gewandhaus, Barbican

As the concerto that everyone knows – put to a myriad showbiz uses, including the Olympic torch relay in Moscow, and the credit sequence for ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’ – Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 1 might be thought to have been worked to death, but its allure stays evergreen.

Battle of Britain heroes saluted in service

The courage and sacrifice of those who fought off the Nazis to win the Battle of Britain was remembered today.

HP accused of paying bribes to seal deal in Russia

German prosecutors uncover suspicious international money trail

Album: Bach, Matthäus Passion, (Decca)

Leipzig owns the St Matthew Passion.

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