Roland Mary, proprietor of Berlin restaurant Borchardt: “I don’t have a missionary zeal to give the city back something it lost, but I see a market for this – otherwise it wouldn’t work.” Photograph: Derek Scally

The survivor city seems to believe its future should look like its lost past

 A view of the central railway station in Dresden. The station  won the ‘large city station’ category,  managing to combine the splendour of past epochs with the demands of modern functionality. Photograph: Arno Burgi/Epa

Today’s Dresden is a beautiful city showing a confident edge

The cathedral in Erfurt, capital of Thuringia, which has the lowest jobless rate of all the eastern states at just 7.5 per cent – below the eastern German average of 9.4 per cent

The new division Germany faces is no longer east-west, but urban-rural

Peter Sutherland: Europe’s populist parties have been allowed  to frame migration as “people getting over borders” when it is more complex than that. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

EU needs new approach to migrant crisis, says UN special representative

Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit addresses a news conference in Berlin yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch

Germany’s first openly gay politician beleaguered by political problems

The restored former Prussian justice palace and current regional court in Halle. Photo graph: Jan Woitas/AFP/Getty Images

Some might like to knock down Halle’s new town, but many locals disagree

Tourists walk in the garden of Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

The boom town near Berlin seems determined to leap over its East German past

Private developers renovate symbol of Nazi and East German regimes

Stories to tell: the spectacular Vierjahreszeiten Haus – the House of the Four Seasons. Photograph: Derek Scally

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