Berlin Pride: German marchers began to march, wondering: if even the Irish can do marriage equality, why can’t we? Photograph: Britta Pedersen/ EPA

The marriage-equality vote in Ireland has reignited the same-sex marriage debate in Germany – where, as the capital held its Gay P(...)

Klaus Regling: as director of the ESM he helps manage the bailout programme and loans. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

The ESM will be the fulcrum of any new accord on funding for Athens

Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s economy and energy minister: “We’re sending an international signal to show we are achieving the switch to renewables in a highly industrialised country and are setting European and international standards.” Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Claims that deal will safeguard Germany’s 2020 carbon-reduction targets

The note on the Merkel phone call in 2011

Call intercepted by NSA and circulated by Wikileaks to media

The word ‘No’ in Greek is daubed over the sign for the new European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters  in Frankfurt. Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters

Bundesbank says ECB closed its eyes and ears to the obvious: Greek banks are insolvent

Labour TD Dominic Hannigan described the situation in Greece as “grave”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Dominic Hannigan says concessions not offered to Ireland must still be supported

German chancellor Angela Merkel: said she would not be blackmailed into an agreement with Athens at any price. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Getty Images

‘You can’t seriously expect’ creditors to negotiate with Greece – Wolfgang Schauble

Vienna District Court has dismissed a class-action civil suit against Facebook, headed by Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems, saying it has no jurisdiction.

Law student took case against social network arguing its data collection violates EU law

Angela Merkel: “This evening at exactly midnight Central European Time the [Greek] programme expires.” Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg.

German officials say ‘no way’ Berlin could release funds ahead of midnight deadline

Pro-Euro protesters hold a large European flag reading “Yes” in front of the parliament building in Athens on Tuesday evening. Photograph: Getty

Jeroen Dijsselbloem says country’s stance towards its creditors would have to change

 German chancellor Angela Merkel at the press conference in  Berlin. Merkel said she is prepared to hold talks with Athens even after Greece’s planned referendum next weekend. Photograph: EPA/ Wolfgang Kumm EPA/Britta Pedersen

The German chancellor’s party had a birthday but with the Greek crisis looming nobody was celebrating

Pensioners waiting outside a closed National Bank branch and hoping to get their pensions, argue with a bank employee in Iraklio in Crete. Photograph: Stefanos Rapanis/Reuters

France trying to get Greece back into negotiations as bailout nears expiration

A protester flashes a victory sign behind a Greek flag in front of the parliament building, during an anti-austerity rally in Athens, Greece. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Thousands back government in Athens march

People march in Athens  on June 28th, 2015 during a demonstration calling for a ‘No’ in the  referendum on funding proposals from Greece’s creditors and for Greece’s exit from the euro zone. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

Coalition discusses contingency plans after chaotic breakdown in debt talks

New Danish prime minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen of the centre-right Venstre party: governing with just 34 of 179 seats in the Folketing chamber. Photograph: Keld Navntoft/Scanpix Denmark/Reuters.

Rasmussen’s Venstre party secures enough support from conservative-liberal block

 German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble at a press briefing during the special Eurogroup Finance ministers meeting on the Greek crisis  in Brussels. Photograph: EPA/Olivier Hoslet

Players on all sides get ready for one last act in the Greek drama

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble says ‘that anything should happen now is really ruled out’. Photograph: Reuters

French prime minister takes a different view, urges Greece to resume negotiations

AfD leader Bernd Lucke  and co-spokeswoman Frauke Petry. Photograph:  Thomas Lohnes/Getty

Past few weeks marked by increasingly bitter feuding within Alternative für Deutschland

A protester waves a Greek national flag during a pro European Union demonstration in Athens, as Greece approaches deadline on €1.6 billion debt. Photograph: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

Athens has been through at least four bankruptcies in the not so distant past

Queen Elizabeth II gives a speech during a State Banquet at the Schloss Bellevue Palace on the second day of a four day State Visit in Berlin, Germany. Photograph: Guido Bergmann/Getty Images.

Monarch says ‘division in Europe is dangerous’ at dinner with Merkel and Cameron

 Officials close to Angela Merkel in Berlin were more restrained than usual in their efforts to spin expectations ahead of the looming Brussels meetings. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Assertion comes amid reports of heated dispute between institution and Athens

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip pass the Brandenburg Gate during the British monarch’s visit to Berlin. Photograph: Stephanie Pilick/EPA

British monarch’s family tree means many Germans view her as one of their own

“The currency union will remain instable as long as it is not complemented with a banking, fiscal and economics union,” philosopher Juergen Habermas has written in German newspaper  the Süddeutsche Zeitung. File photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters

German philosopher accuses chancellor of undermining EU and its common currency

Danish People’s Party leader Kristian Thulesen Dahl must decide whether or not to enter government. Photograph: Joachim Ladefoged/AP

Rise of populist parties in northern Europe is warning from voters

 Egyptian journalist Ahmed Mansour speaks as he leaves a prison in Berlin. He spent two nights in custody. Photograph: Rainer Jensen/EPA

Ahmed Mansour’s detention related to allegations of torture during Egyptian uprising

German chancellor Angela Merkel. ‘Holding the euro zone together will require Merkel to do something she has rarely done: make a far-reaching decision at odds with German public opinion.’ Photograph: Axel Schmidt/Getty Images

German chancellor knows today’s talks with Greek PM are about the political will to find a face-saving solution for everyone

European Central Bank sanctions further support for the Greek banking system

Kristian Thulesen Dahl: his right-wing populist Danish People’s Party  emerged as the big election winner. Photograph: Linda Kastrup/EPA

Second-place DF party may decide to support government from opposition

Prime minister Alexis Tsipras of Greece and president Vladimir Putin of Russia meet at an economic forum in St Petersburg, Russia, on Friday. Photograph: New York Times.

Kenny says time is running out to reach a solution, country getting close to ‘crisis time’

Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt casting her vote in Oesterbro on Thursday in Denmark’s general election. Photograph: EPA/Asger Ladefoged

Early results suggest the centre-right opposition camp will win a narrow lead

Danish prime minister Helle Thorning Schmidt on the campaign trail. EPA/ASGER LADEFOGED

Reforms and cutbacks have made welfare a key topic in today’s election

Danish opposition leader Kristian Thulesen Dahl of the Danish People’s Party (DF) takes part in an event as part of his election campaign, in Toender in southern Denmark. The Danish general election takes place on June 18th. Photograph: Claus Fisker/Scanpix Denmark/Reuters

The rising, populist Danish People’s Party has forced its rivals to address the issue

Reality TV: Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the Danish prime minister, prepares for a general-election debate. Photograph: Keld Navntoft/Scanpix/AFP/Getty

Thursday’s Danish general election is poised on a knife edge. It’s better than ‘Borgen’, says Adam Price, creator of the country’s(...)

Michael O’Leary of Ryanair: businessman is attending the 63rd Bilderberg, which takes  place near the Austrian Tyrol town of Telfs, 40km down the road from where the G7 meeting took place. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Greece, US elections, Iran, Middle East, cybersecurity on agenda at secretive event

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras:  has urged his Syriza party to support him in the coming “crucial days”. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

Greece submits revised bailout plan to Brussels with new primary surplus targets

Former Florida governor and potential Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaks to German chancellor Angela Merkel  after he addressed the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party economic council in Berlin. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Likely Republican presidential candidate praises Germany’s approach to austerity

A tent at the G7 protest camp in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on Monday. Photograph: EPA/Tobias Hase

Campaigners circumspect in reaction to G7’s ‘clear commitment’ on climate issues

Some 20,000 officers were on duty, swamping the pretty corner of Bavaria. Photograph: Johannes Simon/Getty Images

Chancellor Angela Merkel had something for everyone at the summit

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel chats with US president Barack Obama at a G7 summit near Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany. Photograph: Michael Kappeler/AFP/Getty Image

US president warns of ‘wrong-headed desire to recreate glories of Soviet empire’

Médecins Sans Frontières suggested world leaders’ “lip service” showed they had learned nothing from their bungled response to the Ebola pandemic. File photograph: Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

Médecins Sans Frontières says countries are no more ready than before Ebola crisis

Group of seven: Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe; Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper; US president Barack Obama; German chancellor Angela Merkel; French president François Hollande; British prime minister David Cameron; and Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi on their way into Elmau Castle near Garmisch-Partenkirchen on Sunday. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Obama and Merkel put up united front over pre-G7 breakfast of boiled veal sausage

US president Barack Obama at a breakfast meeting with the German chancellor and local citizens in Kruen near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany, before the start of the G7 summit. Photograph: Daniel Karmann/AFP/Getty

Juncker launches stinging attack on Greek PM Alexis Tsipras over comments on deal

German chancellor Angela Merkel  greets president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker as he arrives in  Krün in Germany for the G7 summit. Photograph: Michael Kappeler/EPA.

‘I don’t have a personal problem with Tsipras but...friends have to respect some minimum rules’

Helle Thorning-Schmidt during an election campaign visit at Aalborg, northern Denmark. The prime minister is fighting the tightest Danish election in memory. Photograph: Henning Bagger/AFP/Getty Images

Helle Thorning-Schmidt win would spark hope for Europe’s social democrats

A climate change advocate  in Manila, the Philippines. Today’s “World Wide Views” meeting is a unique experiment in simultaneous civic participation. Photograph: Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images

Today people from 80 countries will join the largest ever global debate on climate change

 Activists with balloons decorated with the portraits of leaders attending the   G7 summit, in Munich, Germany. Photograph:  Joerg Koch/Getty Images

In the Bavarian alps, world’s leaders have an ambitious agenda for discussion

Kevin Puts’s Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Silent Night – which deals with the unofficial 1914 Christmas truce during the first World War – received its European premiere at the Wexford Festival last year.

The unique festival is spreading the word about its innovative approach to productions

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras submittted a new refrom proposal to the troika on Monday. Photograph: Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images

Alexis Tsipras submits proposals after meeting with political and troika leaders

 “Sometimes I wonder if Germany’s amazing, unstoppable birthrate drop is is perhaps linked to . . . a widespread impatience, even social incompetence, when it comes to dealing with others’ children in public.” Photograph: Thinkstock

Picture book offers lessons for grumpy grown-ups

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, French president François Hollande and German chancellor Angela Merkel: Mr Juncker has warned that Greece’s problems could not be solved by departing from the existing reform path – nor by slavish adherence. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

There is a ‘humanitarian crisis’ in Greece and those unaware of it are ‘blind’ – Juncker

Crowds react in the courtyard at Dublin Castle the Yes vote in the referendum on same-sex marrage. An ally of chancellor Angela Merkel has ruled out allowing Germany to follow the Irish example on marriage equality, saying “marriage is ... the union of man and woman”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Bundestag spokesman for chancellor’s party says marriage is ‘union of man and woman’

Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, welcomes David Cameron, British prime minister, ahead of a news conference at the Chancellery in Berlin  on Friday. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg.

However, Poland expresses resistance over potential restrictions to free movement

The IMF has denied that chief executive Christine Lagarde said a Greek exit from the euro was a “possibility” and blamed a game of multilingual Chinese whispers. Photo: Bloomberg

IMF denies that its chief executive said a Greek exit from the euro was a ‘possibility’

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde at the start of a working session of G7 finance ministers and central bank governors during the G7 summit   in Dresden. Photograph:  Robert Michael/AFP/Getty Images

Officials from leading economies likely to make funds conditional on actual reform

New prime minister Juha Sipilä has appointed his predecessor, Alexander Stubb (above), as finance minister. Photograph: Markku Ojala/EPA

Plan for frontloaded cuts of €4bn by 2019, coupled with €1.6bn investment promise

Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said: “This is the right time to ask Danes if they want to continue on our path or try the opposition’s experiment.” Photograph: Mathias Loevgreen Bojesen/Reuters/Scanpix Denmark

Prime minister hopes economic recovery will reverse Social Democrat poll slide

A gay couple attend a street demonstration in Berlin. Photograph: Snapshot Photography/Ullstein/Getty Images

Merkel faces dilemma as survey shows 75% of Germans favour marriage equality

Andrzej Duda, presidential candidate of the Law and Justice Party (PiS), after the announcement of the first exit poll results on the second round of presidential elections in Warsaw, Poland. Photograph: Reuters/Agata Grzybowska/Agencja Gazeta

Presidential win for Eurosceptic PiS has raised concerns over autumn’s election

Friday’s vote, and Saturday’s result, generated huge interest in Germany – topping the main evening news and shattering many dearly-held if dusty cliches about the “grüne Insel” or green isle.

Irish vote tops German news with politicians saying ‘what the Catholic Irish can do, we can do, too’

Last year’s Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst. There were quite a few emancipated ladies at the Vienna Congress too.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Gathering of the crowned heads of Europe was to form the blueprint for summits today

Data privacy may seem like a distant and abstract concept but what is more personal than the information you are sharing with Goog(...)

Protesters outside Deutsche Bank’s headquarters in Frankfurt recently wearing masks depicting former chief executive Josef Ackermann, co-chief executive Juergen Fitschen, former board member Tessen von Heydebreck and former chief executive Rolf Breuer. Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters

As its past catches up with it in court, analysts worry more that the lender has no clear path for its future

Polish president Bronislaw Komorowski: opponents have chipped away at a once comfortable lead  and he is now more than 10 points short of outright victory.   Photograph: Piotr Wittman/EPA

Incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski has pitched himself to voters as the safe and experienced pair of hands

Trümmerfrauen: women clear rubble and recycle bricks outside the Reichstag, in Berlin, after the end of the second World War. Photograph: Ullstein/Getty

As Germans remember the rebuilding of their country, nobody has thanked the women

The German-Russian museum in the Berlin district of Karlshorst: jointly funded by Germany and Russia, the museum includes a permanent exhibition highlighting Nazi Germany’s Russian campaign during the second World War. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Against the backdrop of Ukraine’s conflict, it is clear the divide between east and west lives on

 Prime minister of Finland Juha Sipilä: agreed to prioritise a revival of Finland’s stalled economy. It has been   hit by Nokia’s sale of its mobile phone business to Microsoft and EU economic sanctions on neighbouring Russia. Photograph:  Martti Kainulainen/Lehtikuva/AFP

With recession and 10% unemployment, the Finns face pressure to bring debt into line

A European Union flag flutters as the ancient Parthenon temple. Photograph:  Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

Neither breakthrough nor breakdown reported as Greek debt talks rumble on

Greece’s finance minister Yanis Varoufakis arrives for a meeting with EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Pierre Moscovici at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

Cash-strapped Athens facing €200 million interest repayment to IMF today

A section of the Berlin Wall that was rebuilt as a tourist attraction near Checkpoint Charlie. Irish developers have turned the historic site into a fast-food area, complete with cocktail bar. Photograph: Michael Dalder

Site of infamous border crossing reportedly sold at a €58m profit for Nama

Angela Merkel: “I once said that spying on friends is not on.That seems to be a more ambitious goal than I thought, but we have to work towards this”

Chancellor under pressure to state if and when she was aware of BND spying for US

‘BND officials insist the chancellery was always in the picture but chose not to act. Dr Merkel’s office insists it first heard about the affair in March and demanded the BND remedy without delay “technical and organisational deficits” – without explaining what these deficits were.’ Above,  German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a joint press conference with US President in Washington, DC last year. Photograph:  SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

Merkel at centre of questions on German co-operation with NSA

Visitors look around the new Nazi museum in Munich. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP

City’s new attraction is little more than a sterile box filled with superficiality

The remains of 120 German soldiers who died during the second World War are  buried during a  ceremony in Halbe, eastern Germany, on Wednesday. Photograph: Patrick Pleul/AFP/Getty Images

Decades after they fell, dead soldiers are still being found and given burials

Adolf Hitler and his mistress Eva Braun dine in a still from a private home movie made by Braun’s sister Gretl Fegelein, early to mid-1940s. Hitler and Braun married on April 29th, 1945, the day before they took their own lives. Photograph: Express Newspapers/Getty Images

Visitors to Berlin are drawn to the place of the dictator’s last stand, but officials are torn

Deutsche Bank jointchief executive Jürgen Fitschen (fourth from right) and the former Deutsche Bank CEOs Rolf Breuer (third from right) and Josef Ackermann (fifth from right) wait for their trial in connection with the Kirch  bankruptcy in Munich. Photograph  by Jörg Koch/Getty Images

Bank leaders accused of consipracy to co-ordinate false testimony

The children packed a rucksack with food, a torch, an alarm clock and a book to help them on the long journey.

The boy and girl packed food, a torch, an alarm clock and a book for 1,600km journey

Jürgen Fitschen ( left) and Anshu Jain, co-chief executives of Deutsche Bank at a news conference in Frankfurt to announce plans to reduce annual costs by a further €3.5 billion,  cut back its ownership in the Postbank consumer unit and shrink the securities business to revive profitability. Photographer: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg

Details come a day ahead of court date for joint CEO Jürgen Fitschen over Kirch investigation

Former Nazi death camp officer Oskar Gröning, dubbed the ‘bookkeeper of Auschwitz’, is on trial charged with  accessory to murder in 300,000 cases of deported Hungarian Jews who were sent to the gas chambers. He faces up to 15 years in jail. Photograph: Julian Stratenschulte/AFP/Getty Images

Rejecting 'victimhood', one of 50 plaintiffs publicly forgives ex-SS man after he admits ‘moral guilt’

Peter Casey of Dragons’ Den: ‘The Germans definitely have a different way of operating to the Irish’

A summer school in Munich opens Irish minds to the German outlook on business

Ferdinand Piech: was left with little option but to put his own head in the noose he had fashioned. Photograph: Frank Leonhardt

Group chairman resigns after losing boardroom battle with chief executive Martin Winterkorn

Former Polish foreign minister Wladyslaw Bartoszewski who died over the weekend. Photograph:  AFP PHOTO/DPA/ STEPHANIE PILICK

The 93-year-old, who survived Auschwitz, was also a writer and activist

German chancellor Angela Merkel: when her own phones were tapped, she said, “Spying on friends is just not on.” Photograph: Roni Rekomaa/AFP/Getty Images

German foreign intelligence agency accused of processing over 40,000 spy requests from US organisation

Former SS officer Oskar Gröing sits outside during a break of his trial. The 93-year-old  did not contribute directly to killings but “gave the Nazi regime an economic boost” to continue its murderous campaign, the court heard. Photograph: Ronny Hartmann/AFP/Getty Images

SS officer Oskar Gröning accused of being accessory to murder of 300,000 Jews

‘The argument over putting nonagenarians on trial overlooks one group who will never stand trial over the Holocaust: the lawyers, civil servants and politicians in the two post-war German states who worked assiduously to prevent such trials ever taking place.’ Above, defendant Oskar Gröning(right) leaves the court after the first day of his trial in Lueneburg April 21st, 2015. Photograph: Reuters/Fabian Bimmer

Official apathy let countless Auschwitz cases get away: lawyers, civil servants and politicians in the two post-war German states (...)

The chairman of the National Coalition Party Alexander Stubb speaking during a news conference at the party’s office in Helsinki yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva

Juha Sipilä’s Centre Party wins 21% of vote and is likely to head new coalition government

Helsinki department store Stockmann is facing an existential crisis. The 5.5 million Finns aren’t spending. Photograph: EPA/Mauritz Antin

Microsoft’s takeover felt like your parents had sold a sibling to pay the bills

Finnish Centre Party leader and likely next prime minister Juha Sipilä poses for a photograph with passersby in Helsinki while campaigning for Sunday’s parliamentary elections. Photograph: Antti Aimo-Koivisto/AFP/Getty Images

Juha Sipilä’s Centre Party likely to lead coalition with incumbent Stubb a minor player

Timo Soini of the True Finns party: kept his party in opposition in 2011 rather than compromise and back Greek bailouts in power. Photograph: Martti Kainulainen/Lehtikuva

Sunday’s election is a moment of truth for Finnish voters and the Finns party

Sanctions and oil-price hit Russians buy caviar at Disas supermarket in Lappeenranta. Where once they bought fashion, those who come now are buying groceries. Photograph: Derek Scally

EU-Moscow links are key to Sunday’s poll as cross-border commerce suffers

A couple look at campaign posters in Helsinki of candidates in the Finnish parliamentary elections. Finns will go to the polls on April 19th. Photograph: Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva/Reuters

Tough ex-EU commissioner will use harsh policies if elected to power

Nobel prize-winning German writer Gunter Grass attends a news conference to promote his latest book “Peeling the onion” in Madrid in 2007. Grass died on April 13, 2015. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

Author of The Tin Drum passes away in hospital in Lübeck

Anngret Raunigk, a 65-year-old English and Russian teacher from Berlin on the front page of Bild am Sonntag. Ms Raunigk is expecting quadruplets in summer

Doctors optimistic for Berliner Anngret Raunigk, who has 13 children already

Max Schrems says his one-man campaign could yet challenge one of the world’s biggest companies. Photograph: AFP

Max Schrems’ case demands company divulge what user data it collects and why

Max Schrems on abandoning the challenge in Ireland: “I realised that, in the Irish court system, I wouldn’t be done in 25 years, it’s madness”

Max Schrems says he had to give up on Facebook challenge here

Max Schrems has already taken on Facebook, where its international operation is based, and has a case involving Facebook ongoing at the European Court of Justice. Photograph: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images

Privacy campaigner accuses social network giant violating Austrian and EU laws

Brigitte Eicke: her diary, written in shorthand, reveals the normality of wartime life for a teenager in Berlin and is in stark contrast to the experiences of Anne Frank. Photograph: Derek Scally

Brigitte Eicke’s teenager account of life in wartime Germany offers a very different perspective on the Nazi years

Pictures of the second black box from the plane that crashed in the French Alps are displayed in Marseilles. Photograph: Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty Images

Co-pilot Lubitz may have researched cockpit security measures and suicide

Joint news conference: German chancellor Angela Merkel  and French president François Hollande   yesterday. Photograph: Bernd Von Jutrczenka/EPA

Chancellor Angela Merkel and President François Hollande hold joint cabinet meeting in Berlin

Relatives of a crash victim  visiting a memorial in Le Vernet, southeastern France, yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Yoan Valat

Taskforce of 100 compiling information on Germanwings first-officer Andreas Lubitz

Former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder: married  to journalist turned politician Doris Schröder-Kopf for 17 years. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh.

Reports and cause of split ‘private matters’, says ex-chancellor’s office

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