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Pope Benedict: in his original essay, the then Fr Joseph Ratzinger wrote that marriage was indissoluble in the eyes of the Catholic Church.   Photograph: Giampiero Sposito/Reuters

Document touches on debate over whether divorcees should be excluded from sacrament

German chancellor Angela Merkel has warned Russia she would not allow it “trample on international law” and undermine the peaceful post-Cold War order in Europe. Photograph: Paul Miller/EPA

Key to solving conflict lies in preserving strong Russian-German relations, says Putin

German chancellor Angela Merkel with economic expert Peter Bofinger; and minister of labour and social affairs Andrea Nahles, after receiving the German Council of Economic Experts’ report.

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A light shines during the citizens’ festival at Brandenburg Gate. Photograph: Kay Nietfeld/EPA

Germany celebrates 25th anniversary of momentous event that ended 28 years of division

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Harald Jäger, who is credited with opening up the border crossing at Bornholmer Strasse that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9th, 1989.  Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

One man’s quick thinking helped make the fall of the wall, 25 years ago, a peaceful event

Over the last 25 years Neubrandenburg has overcome the challenges of unification

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