Martin Winterkorn: data from July 2015, leaked to the ‘Bild am Sonntag’, suggests he agreed with VW strategy not to admit the scale of the wrongdoing.  Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Bloomberg

Martin Winterkorn said to have know about illicit VW software before scandal broke

Harry Kessler, 1906, by Edvard Munch. Photograph: © National Museums, Berlin/

Almost 80 years after his death, Berlin is acknowledging one of its most celebrated sons

Participants march with banners and placards during an Alternative für Deutschland party rally in Erfurt, Germany this week. Photograph: Martin Schutt/EPA

Party candidate caught selling Nazi-era medals while Berlin MP calls refugees ‘worms’

A protest against plans to introduce a new abortion law in front of the Sejm parliament building in Warsaw on Thursday. Photograph: Pawel Supernak/EPA

Parliament debates Bill to ban abortion as government continues conservative push

Exruptive’s airport scanning system: you dock a trolley – complete with luggage – into the scanner system, walk through the regular scanner  and collect your luggage at the other end.

Exruptive claims trolley-docking system gets you through security four times faster

Pirate Party parliamentary representative Gerwald Claus-Brunner, who apparently murdered a 29-year-old man he had been stalking before electrocuting himself in his own apartment. Photograph: Sebastian Kahnert/EPA

Pirate Party’s Gerwald Claus-Brunner believed to have killed ex-boyfriend before suicide

Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for a meeting of the joint Christian Democrats and Christian Social Union parliamentary group in the Bundestag in Berlin on Tuesday. Photograph: Bernd Von Jutrczenka/EPA

Strategists believe Germany’s ‘Merkel must go’ mood is an opportunity to dump her

An election placard for the Pirate Party featuring Gerwald Claus-Brunner pictured in Berlin on Monday. In the background police can be seen entering his home,where he had taken his own life. Photograph: Bernd von Jutrczenka/ EPA

Gerwald Claus-Brunner and his party had promised to overthrow traditional politics

Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor and Christian Democratic Union  party leader, on Monday apologised for her handling of the migration crisis. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Analysis: Chancellor faces difficult task of re-engaging voters alienated by migration crisis

German chancellor and  chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel at a news conference in Berlin on Monday. “If I could, I would turn back time many, many years to better prepare myself, the federal government and all those in positions of responsibility for the situation we were rather unprepared for in the late summer of 2015,” she said. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Prospect of alternative national coalition emerges after heavy loss in Berlin state elections

German chancellor Angela Merkel attends a news conference after an EU summit n Bratislava, Slovakia. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

The German chancellor is increasingly vulnerable amid backlash to her migration policy

 Edward Snowden speaks via video link at a news conference for the launch of a campaign calling for President Obama to pardon him on September 14th, 2016. Germany’s foreign intelligence agency’s activities were exposed by leaks by Mr Snowden. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Report shows 18 serious breaches of German fundamental law, 12 formal complaints

Winning election formula: AfD candidate Georg Pazderski casts his vote. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Pressure on German chancellor to halt slippage as far-right AfD wins 10th state election

A woman walks past election posters for incumbent mayor of Berin, Michael Müller  of the SPD and CDU candidate Jutta Kaddatz in Schoeneberg. Germany’s anti-immigration AfD party is looking at fresh gains. Photograph: Getty Images

Fears over migration and frustration with political parties as Germans vote in state poll

Women dressed in traditional Bavarian Dirndls attend the annual beer tasting prior to the2016 Oktoberfest in Munich. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty

Recent attacks raise fears around event as about six million expected to attend

Liam Condon, head of Bayer AG’s crop science division: “GM acceptance in Europe is exceptionally low and . . . it’s something we have to accept.”

Head of Bayer crop sciences sees merger as key to long-term food security strategy

German MEP Martin Sonneborn addressed his remarks to President Michael D Higgins. Photograph: Getty Images

Martin Sonneborn says State should ‘take the money and run. It is a win-win situation’

The young woman from the Carinthia region of Austria told the newspaper that the photos were visible to 700 Facebook users linked to her parents’ account.  Her parents refused to delete the pictures when she asked. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Woman discovered 500 images on social network from all stages of her life after joining

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn said it was clear that Europe was facing a crisis of faith and that, thanks to the migration crisis, would sooner rather than later face a major identity question: “What will become of Europe?” Photograph:  Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Archbishop of Vienna says the continent is ‘gambling away its Christian heritage’

German police in heavy protection gear stand guard in front of the ‘Hotel Fuerstenhof’ hotel in Leipzig, Germany, September 6th, 2016. On Tuesday 13th, the federal criminal police office said that six locations in two German states were searched. It said that, as well as the arrests, ‘extensive material’ was seized as evidence. Photograph: Sebastian Willnow/EPA

Syrian men planned to carry out ‘previously determined order’ from Isis, prosecutors say

Austria’s interior minister Wolfgang Sobotka announces the postponement of the re-run of the Austrian presidential election, in Vienna on Monday. Photograph: Christian Bruna/EPA

Re-run of presidential poll was planned for October after initial result declared invalid

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble and Irish Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: Schäuble is no friend of Dublin’s corporate tax model. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Finance minister says ruling fallout will drag on while Germany faces post-Brexit costs

Under pressure: Angela Merkel in Neustrelitz. Photograph: Bernd Wuestneck/DPA

German sentiment has changed drastically in a year. Since the chancellor tried to alleviate the crisis of fleeing Syrians by let(...)

About 600 people in 120 caravans descended on the town of Ginsheim-Gustavsburg (above), southwest of Frankfurt, a week ago, and camped illegally on a site beside the Rhine. File photograph: Wikimedia Commons

Residents say brawls, public urination and shoplifting occurred amid visit by 600 people

Landmarks of Hamburg’s proud – and moneyed – past: the Speicherstadt mercantile quarter.

Even to a jaded Berliner, there’s much more to Hamburg than its notorious Reeperbahn

 Refugees  after being rescued  in the Mediterranean this week. A spike in asylum seekers arriving in Greece from across the Aegean Sea has sparked fears about the future of Turkey’s migration deal with the EU. Photograph: EPA

Turkish diplomat says Ankara aims to join EU by 100th anniversary as republic in 2023

A woman wears a burka in  Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Chancellor  Angela Merkel said, in an interview to appear on Friday, that the burka was a “political and legal consideration” and that her interior minister had her “full support” in the search for a solution. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Ministers to redraft demands as chancellor describes veil as impediment to integration

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressing supporters in Ankara last week. The German ministry paper links him directly to what the EU views as terrorist organisations. Photograph: Kayhan Ozer/AFP/Getty Images

Report set to anger Turkish president and pile pressure on Angela Merkel

Dr Janusz Rudzinski: the Polish-born gynaecologist has practised in Germany since 1981

Irish among those having terminations in Germany due to its similar laws to Poland

Germany’s interior minister Thomas de Maizière prepares to announce new anti-terror measures in Berlin. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

Deportation and policing main focus of measures which avoid controversy

Poland’s constitutional court chief justice Andrzej Rzeplinski (right) and other judges arrive in the courtroom  in Warsaw on Thursday.  Photograph: Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images

Constitutional court dismisses revised Bill on how it goes about business

A womanm wears a burka in Heidelburg, Germany. Federal interior minister Thomas de Maizière distanced himself from proposals to water down doctor-patient confidentiality and a ban on the headgear. Photograph: iStock

Proposal to strip citizenship from those who fight with Islamic State remains

German chancellor Angela Merkel:  Proposals, to be presented by her Christian Democratic Union next week, will reportedly include a ban on burkas and dual citizenship for non-EU citizens. Photograph: AP

Merkel mulls series of security proposals, including reported ban on burkas

Masked police leave after searching a house in Hildesheim, Germany on Wednesday. Photograph: EPA

Ideas reportedly include prohibition on burka, relaxing medical confidentiality rules

Madonna poses at the opening of the Hard Candy fitness centre  in Berlin in 2013. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images)

The collapse of Hard Candy ends a strange business arrangement that began in 2013

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan greats supporters in Istanbul during a rally on Sunday, at which he said western leaders have “not shown us that they are against the coup . . . their silence is inexcusable”. Photograph: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images

Ahead of visit to Russia, president Erdogan suggests Germany is ‘feeding the terrorists’

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker Jean-Claude Juncker: it would not be wise to tell Turkey talks are over. Photograph: Reuters

EC president’s warning comes after Austrian chancellor Christian Kern described as “diplomatic fiction” Turkey’s EU accession hop(...)

Karen Maguire from Tipperary and Cait Lynch from Castleisland both play for the Dutch team Hollux. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

1,700 players gather in Dublin this week for GAA World Games. With so many overseas players, it still an Irish sport?

Four Polish women embrace the spirit of the occasion at Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany. Photograph: Johannes Simon/Getty Images

Festival organisers around the world may face fee as city applies for property rights

People attending an anti-government, pro-choice demonstration in Warsaw.  Wojtek Radwanski/AFP/Getty Images

Parliament reviews restrictive Bill as pro-choice side lodges liberal one

Tensions rise on Sunday as about 40,000 supporters of president Recep Tayyip Erdogan gather in Cologne in support of the Turkish leader, who had hoped to give a video address.Photograph: Sascha Steinbach/Getty Images

Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says he expects visa-free travel by October

Two girls at a tribute close to the Olympia Einkaufszentrum shopping centre in Munich. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty

Officials in Munich criticised Twitter users who 'played an appalling game with fear'

 German president Joachim Gauck, his wife Daniela Schadt and  Chancellor Angela Merkel attend a memorial service for the victims of last week’s shooting spree in Munich, which left nine victims dead. Photograph:   Johannes Simon/Getty Images

Father of gunman who killed nine people says he is receiving death threats

Interrupting her holidays to face the press for 90 minutes in Berlin, German chancellor Angela Merkel condemned four violent attacks in recent days. Photograph: Bloomberg

German Chancellor urges greater effort to identify radicals and derail weapons sales

German chancellor Angela Merkel reacts as she delivers remarks during a press briefing on domestic and foreign policy issues at the Bundespressekonferenz in Berlin on Thursday. Photograph: EPA

German leader refuses to change refugee policy: ‘I stand by the main decisions we made’

Kosovar Albanians at the funeral of Dijamant Zabergja, a victim of the shooting in Munich, in the village of Ropice, Kosovo. Photograph: Petrit Prenaj/EPA

Angela Merkel facing mounting pressure over refusal to raise terror warning level

Following the spate of terror attacks – the most recent being the murder of an 86-year-old priest during Mass in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray  on Tuesday – Pope Francis warned that “the world is at war” with Islamist extremism. Photographs: The Irish Times

Islamic State expected to strike in Europe in response to losing ground in Syria

 Police officers operate on a scene following an explosion in Ansbach, Germany, 25th July 2016. A man was killed and 12 others were injured in an explosion in Franconia Ansbach late on 24th July. Photograph: Daniel Karmann/EPA

Mohammad Daleel’s video reportedly cited West’s bombing of Arab world as motivation

Police at the site in Ansbach where a failed asylum seeker from Syria blew himself up and wounded 15 after being turned away from an open-air music festival. Photograph: Daniel Karmann/DPA Via AP

Police chief calls for calm as ‘Isis soldier’ blows himself up in Ansbach, injuring 15

A police officer in protective gear inspects a back pack used to carry an explosive device at the scene of a suicide attack in the southern German city of Ansbach on Monday. Photograph: AFP

News agency close to terror group says a soldier of Islamic State carried out attack

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel leaves the podium after making a statement on Saturday about the previous day’s  shootings in Munich. Photograph: Carsten Koall/Getty Images

Oktoberfest plans have been overshadowed by violence in Ansbach and Munich

Austrian data protection campaigner Max Schrems: “I could be financially ruined, just because I want my rights respected.” Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner is pleasing no one with ongoing privacy case

A police officer  outside the Olympia shopping mall in Munich, Germany, on Friday.  Photograph: Sebastian Widmann/AP

Assuming Isis is behind every violent incident is a major victory for Islamist terror

 A message  at the scene of Friday’s shooting spree in Munich reads: “You did not deserve this.” Ali David Sonboly’s motivation was not Islamist extremism, investigators said, nor have they found any links to Germany’s refugee crisis. Photograph: EPA

German police arrest an Afghan youth on suspicion of a connection to the killings

People mourn at a memorial of candles and flowers in front of the Olympia Einkaufszentrum shopping centre in Munich, southern Germany, on Sunday. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images

A quiet, troubled young man, Ali David Sonboly, took nine lives as fear and panic set in

Police secure the area around the McDonald’s restaurant and OEZ shopping centre the day after a shooting spree left in which nine people were killed in Munich. Photograph: Joerg Koch/Getty Images

Q&A: German teenager killed nine people and himself in attack on Friday night

Police officers stand at the entrance of the subway station near the shopping mall Olympia Einkaufzentrum OEZ in Munich on Saturday. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

Investigators say it is significant incident took place on anniversary of Norway massacre

Return to Montauk: Colm Tóibín and Volker Schlöndorff in New York. Photograph: Franziska Strauss

The Irish writer has teamed up with Stellan Skarsgård, Nina Hoss and Volker Schlöndorff to make his first film, about ‘rewriting(...)

Police escort people with their hands raised from the Olympia Shopping Centre. Photograph: Joerg Koch/Getty Images

Any Islamist link to Olympic shopping centre attacks could have dire consequences

The entrance of a McDonalds restaurant  near the Olympia shopping mall, where yesterday’s shooting started. Photograph: Michael Dalder/Reuters

Sixteen people, including several children, injured in suspected terrorist incident

German chancellor Angela Merkel and British prime minister Theresa May at their first formal meeting in Berlin. Amid the smiles, it was the first frisson of tension. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

PM and Angela Merkel underline mutual interest in maintaining strong political ties

German chancellor Angela Merkel: will welcome Theresa May with military honours on her inaugural visit as British prime minister to Berlin on Wednesday. Photograph: Kay Nietfeld

German chancellor set to repeat she sees Brexit ball firmly in British PM’s court

Police officers search for evidence near Würzburg, Germany, following a train attack. Photograph: Josef Hildenbrand/EPA

Islamic State claims responsibility for assault but investigators have yet to find a direct link

 Firefighters stand at a road block in Wuerzburg, Germany. Reports state that a man allegedly wielding an axe injured multiple passengers on a regional train in Wuerzburg. Photograph: Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/EPA

Police shoot 17-year-old Afghan suspect after assault leaves three people seriously injured

Guests arrive at the “Festspielhaus” for Bayreuth Wagner music festival in 2008:  this year’s festival has been plagued with drama, from conductors walking out to organisers rescinding its invitation to German performance artist Jonathan Meese in horror at the running costs for his proposed staging. Photograph: Joerg Koch/AFP/Getty

Organisers find new conductor – but he warns ‘not to expect miracles’ on opening night

EU and German flags at half mast on the Reichstag parliament building in Berlin after the Nice attack. Photograph: Paul Zinken/EPA

British authorities have ordered review of security arrangements around big public events

German chancellor Angela Merkel and  the new UK prime minister Theresa May. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

The most powerful women in Europe share more than biographical details

 Rigaerstrasse residents with  a banner that reads:  “We want our street back.” The street was the scene of a recent riot that left 123 police officers injured and led to the arrests of 86 protesters.  Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Uneasy stalemate settles on Berlin street left-wingers see as last stand against capitalism

Chancellor Angela Merkel with Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Berlin on Tuesday. Dr Merkel said she understood Irish concerns. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Paolo Gentiloni expresses confidence frontier controls could be avoided in Ireland

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and German chancellor Angela Merkel at a joint news conference  in Berlin, Germany. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

German leader says Dublin’s voice ‘will be heard as much as anyone else’s’ in EU talks

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will meet German chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin today.

Italian foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni will meet Charlie Flanagan in Dublin today

US president Barack Obama after attending the Nato Summit in Warsaw: his criticism of Poland’s democracy was censored by the state-run broadcaster TVP. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

US president’s criticism of country’s democracy turned into praise by state-run station

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan. Photograph: Alan Rowlette

Series of meetings on coming weeks to discuss impending negotiations

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said Dublin would remain ‘fully at the heart of Europe’ and that the EU had been the ‘foundation stone’ of Ireland’s recent economic recovery. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

‘I detect a knowledge and an appreciation of our unique status, and this will form part of the negotiations’

Flowers and letters of protest on the steps of the cathedral in front of Cologne’s main train station, on January 11th last, following sexual assaults on women there on New Year’s Eve. Photograph: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

Rape loophole closed as country struggles with issue of immigrants and sex assaults

At least 35 prosecutors and customs investigators quizzed pilots and other staff at Ryanair hubs across Germany on Tuesday, including Berlin and Cologne.

Move is part of inquiry into claims of evasion of tax and social security payments by pilots

 AfD  delegate Wolfgang Gedeon, who described the Holocaust as “the West’s civil religion”. Photograph: Daniel Mauerer/EPA

Alternative für Deutschland’s Wolfgang Gedeon accused of relativising the Holocaust

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble: Like a nun swearing off the pope, he said he would no longer confuse his personal pro-European convictions with the sombre reality of today’s post-Brexit EU. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

German finance minister calls for intergovernmental initiatives bypassing Brussels

Presidential candidates Alexander Van der Bellen (left) and Norbert Hofer. Just 30,863 votes separated the candidates in the May poll. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

Constitutional court orders election re-run after irregularities in counting of votes

Germany’s then chancellor Helmut Kohl with Angela Merkel in Bonn in  November  1992. Photograph: Thomas Imo/Photothek via Getty Images

Former German chancellor says Europe should ‘pause for breath’ following Brexit vote

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker waves as he gets into his car at the end of the second day of the EU summit in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Tusk: There will be ‘no single market á la carte’ for Britain

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and David Cameron in Brussels. The British prime minister says the UK wants to retain access to the single market.  Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Merkel says no way to avoid Brexit after ‘deep and intensive’ talks in Brussels

British Prime Minister David Cameron arrives ahead of a European Council Meeting at the Council of the European Union on Tuesday in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Merkel says London should not think it can ‘cherry-pick’ its way back to single market

German chancellor Angela Merkel attends a news conference at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, June 27th, 2016. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

German leader expresses understanding that Britain needs time to reorder its affairs

British prime minister David Cameron has  ruled out holding a second referendum to reverse the decision on Brexit, and announced that a special unit in government had been set up to prepare for negotiations to exit the EU. Photograph: Jon Nazca/Reuters

Police in Britain investigate spate of racist incidents since referendum decision

 German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande (R) and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi depart after speaking to the media during talks at the Chancellery Monday in Berlin, Germany.  Photograph:  Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Hollande warns that uncertainty over UK leaving could lead to ‘irrational behaviour’

German newspapers carry reports on the British referendum. Photograph: EPA

‘First Britain registers its exit request in line with Article 50, then we talk’

German chancellor Angela Merkel: meetings with Donald Tusk, François Hollande and Matteo Renzi today. Photograph: Kay Nietfeld/EPA

Commission president says he wants UK’s divorce papers on his desk ‘immediately’

Front pages reacting to the UK’s vote to leave the EU from ‘Le Monde’, ‘Bild’ and the ‘New Yorker’ at the weekend

‘Bild’ calls for calm while France looks at vote result’s effect on own future in EU

 Foreign Ministers from EU’s founding six, (from left) Jean Asselborn from Luxemburg, Paolo Gentiloni from Italy, Jean-Marc Ayrault from France, Frank-Walter Steinmeier from Germany, Didier Reynders from Belgium and Bert Koenders from the Netherlands, speak to reporters after a meeting on  Brexit in Berlin on  Saturday. Photograph: AP

In contrast, Britain ordered to get out of EU without delay at meeting of EU founding members

Cecelia Ahern: “When I’m creative I’m Irish, but I have the work ethic of a German.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The filming of ‘Ein Moment fürs Leben’ – aka ‘The Time of My Life’ – in Dublin for ZDF is the latest example of the Irish author’s(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel giving a statement in Berlin on Friday morning. The Brexit decision presents Dr  Merkel with the greatest headache of her career. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Angela Merkel calls for European unity after after ‘calm and confident’ analysis

The nurse known as  Niels H at a  court in Oldenburg, Germany in 2014: Police  fear the man may have been responsible for more than 200 deaths in total, but, because of the frequency of cremation in Germany, they no longer have bodies to exhume in at least 101 cases of suspicious death. Photograph: Ingo Wagner/DPA via AP/File

Hospital criticised for providing reference to 39-year-old nurse they suspected of killing

Heavily-armed police stand outside a movie theatre where an armed man took hostages and was shot in Viernheim, Germany. Photograph: Alexander Scheuber/Getty Images

Police say man shot dead and nobody else injured at facility in Viernheim

A Volkswagen shareholder walks past a car on display during German carmaker Volkswagen shareholders’ annual general meeting on June 22, 2016 in Hanover. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Gathering told ‘misconduct goes against everything that Volkswagen stands for’

German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble: “Even if a majority decide to stay we cannot continue as before otherwise people will say ‘you’ve not understood’.” Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Finance minister says Germany’s economy would suffer ‘considerably’ if UK leaves EU

Germany’s constitutional court gave its conditional consent to Germany participating in the Outright Monetary Transactions programme, saying it “does not violate the complainants’ rights”. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

German parliament’s rights not impaired by Outright Monetary Transactions, court rules

Chelsea Farmer’s Club in Berlin: It is hard to overstate German love of all things British and German Anglophiles love of an Alan Bennett-style, Pimms-drinking England that may or may not ever have existed.

Perhaps Berlin’s greatest fear is Brexit would catalyse resentment towards Germany

A footbridge straddling the Swedish-Norway border. Photograph: Mikael Hjerpe/iStockphoto

Officials say ties have remained strong because of unique cross-border agreements

Germany’s foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says a Brexit  would have serious consequences for the integrity of the European Union. Photograph: Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images

Wolfgang Schäuble highlights potential risk to stability of Northern Ireland if UK leaves

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