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In his annual speech to senior staff, Volkswagen chief executive Herbert Diess also lamented the company’s inability to woo investors as successfully as US rival Tesla, whose market capitalisation is closing in on VW

Volkswagen chief executive Herbert Diess has warned that the world’s largest carmaker will have to “slaughter some sacred cows” and transform itself i(...)

Sanita Puspure, dual world champion in the single sculls: “I find [I have] a more efficient way to move the boat, which gives you a second every 500m which is four seconds over the 2,000 metres, which is a massive margin.”  Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho Games in Tokyo

“A mother, a wife, a rower, 2 x Olympian, 2 x World and European Champion. Proud to be wearing green vest.” As Twitter handles go it sums up Ireland’(...)

Elon Musk: ‘Everyone knows that German engineering is outstanding.’ Photograph: Philip Pacheco/AFP

Tesla chief Elon Musk grabbed the headlines on a flying visit to Berlin on Tuesday, announcing he would build his first European production facility n(...)

Pens and stickers bearing a portrait of Andreas Kalbitz, member the far-right AfD (Alternative for Germany). Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images.

One consistent colour stands out in the charts after eastern Germany’s weekend elections: a broad, bright strip of Alternative für Deutschland blue. (...)

Brandenburg candidates for the Freie Waehler party  Peter Vida, the Greens’ Benjamin Raschke and the far-right AfD party’s Andreas Kalbitz. Photograph:  Christoph Soeder

Germany’s far-right populist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party surged ahead in two regional elections on Sunday in eastern Germany, increasing p(...)

An election poster of the right-wing Alternative für Deutschland party declares: “Take a chance on more democracy!” Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Some 30 years ago they took to the streets and brought down a regime. Now former East German civil rights campaigners have sounded the alarm, fearing (...)

Cecilienhof Palace in Potsdam in northeastern Germany. The heirs of the former Prussian monarchy are seeking the return of artworks and the right of residence in various properties.  Photograph: Barbara Sax/AFP

Cecilienhof is where, in 1945, the victorious allies set down the terms for post-war European order and set in motion events that led to the cold war.(...)

The site of the new national children’s hospital in Dublin. There are suggestions that the final bill could top €2 billion, making it one of the most expensive hospitals in the world. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The extraordinary overrun in the cost of building the national children’s hospital requires a full explanation and a reassessment of how major public (...)

Alternative for Germany co-leaders Alice Weidel and Alexander Gauland. Photograph: Alexander Becher/EPA

The first time Berlin politician Andreas Wild wore a cornflower on his lapel in public it was, he said, to demonstrate his “links to the fatherland”, (...)

Wendy Carlos: At the time ‘Switched-On Bach’ was released, the composer was  six months into transgender hormone therapy, and still known as Carlos. Photograph: GAB Archive/Redferns

Since its release 50 years ago, Switched-On Bach has been relegated to the realm of kitsch curiosity; blips and blops produced from tinkerings on prim(...)

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