Two West German policemen prevent people from approaching as East German police, the vopos, stand on and near a fallen portion of the Berlin Wall onNovember 11th 1989.

East Germany ceased to exist four days before its 41st birthday, on the day of German unity: October 3rd 1990. But the emotional end of East Germany c(...)

A US flag flies in front of the Brandenburg Gate, near the US embassy in Berlin. Germany’s expulsion of the CIA station chief in Berlin is close to a diplomatic nuclear option and is unprecedented in the postwar history of German-US relations. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

A few years before he died in 2006, the former East German spy chief Markus Wolf, known as “the man without a face”, told me about the qualities he(...)

Stasi prison memorial director Hubertus Knabe: condemns ex-Stasi officials who, in his view, attempt to whitewash the GDR’s record of state repression. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty

A former agent in East Germany’s secret police, the Stasi, has praised NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden as a “hero” and dismissed as “hypocritical” es(...)