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

Taking centre stage in Berlin was the dapper Count Harry Kessler, Germany’s original hipster. Kessler is so cool that, though dead almost 80 years, h(...)

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

Germany’s Bundestag has tightened up its criminal code for sexual assault as, seven months after the New Year’s Eve attacks in Cologne, the country st(...)

Maushmi Arun and Christophe Moreau in Cork city. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Maushmi Arun and Christophe Moreau say you need to be slightly crazy to leave a stable, well-paid job to open a tapas fusion restaurant in west Cork.(...)

Ulrike Guérot’s modest proposal offers a new twist on the old idea of more, not less, Europe. Her goal: a three-pillar European democracy offering trans-national sovereignty based on equality of all European citizens – in place of today’s Animal Farm Europe, where some countries are more equal than others. Photograph: Getty Images

It’s 25 years since German MPs voted to pack their bags in Bonn and move from the banks of the Rhine to the river Spree in Berlin. Since the new Berl(...)

UN Convention on Climate Change executive secretary Christiana Figueres: insists  last week’s six-day meeting delivered “fresh clarity”. Photograph: Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images

The world’s governments are running out of time to conclude an effective international agreement on climate change by the end of next year, following(...)

A Statoil carbon-capture unit in the North Sea. Photograph: Brian Vander Brug/Los Angeles Times

Radical plans to capture carbon dioxide (C02) and store it in underground reservoirs, instead of belching it into the atmosphere, were outlined in Bon(...)

Ebola Virus at 108,000 Magnification: the 162-strong African Group at this round of talks includes two delegates each from Liberia and Guinea and one from Sierra Leone –  the three west African countries most seriously affected by EVD

The UN is on the alert for Ebola as delegates representing 170 countries gathered on Monday at the former German parliament building in Bonn for a we(...)

The UN climate convention in Bonn was told world leaders will need to show “real political commitment” if an international treaty to tackle global warming is to be concluded before the end of next year. Photograph EPA/Matthias Balk

World leaders will need to show “real political commitment” if an international treaty to tackle global warming is to be concluded in Paris before (...)

International government officials participating in the UN climate convention in Bonn, Germany. Photograph: EPA/Matthias Balk

Messages of hope about how major cities, regions and even some countries are forging ahead in the battle against global warming were delivered here y(...)

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