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Some 800 British bombers dropped 1,400 tonnes of explosives and phosphorous bombs over the Saxon capital. About 25,000 died, many asphyxiated as the flames sucked up all  oxygen. Photograph: AFP/Slub Dresden  Deutsche Fotothek/ RIchard Peter Sen

German president Frank Walter Steinmeier has urged his country to challenge efforts by political extremists to hollow out democracy and relativise Naz(...)

A file photograph of the jewellery showcase targeted in a raid on Dresden’s  Green Vault  treasury, in  Germany. File photograph: David Brandt/Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden/EPA

Dresden’s Green Vault treasury is to remain closed for an unspecified period after a spectacular heist early on Monday morning saw priceless objects s(...)

 Historic grape cups on display in the Green Vault in Dresden. The royal jewels were  collected in the 18th century by King August. Photograph:  Ralf Hirschberger/EPA

Jewels thieves have carried out a spectacular heist in Dresden, stealing dozens of priceless objects from the Saxon crown jewels. At about 5am two th(...)

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and German chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Friday.  Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said on Friday that Nato must grow and change or risk becoming obsolete, a day after French president Emmanuel Macro(...)

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Sinéad Morrissey, John Banville and fellow writers salute a great man and a great poet Sinéad Morrissey “It’s not about you, it’s about the lang(...)

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. (...)

Passengers often complain that public transport can be expensive, overcrowded, slow and lacking reach. Photograph: iStock

As pollution released by vehicles and industry continues to have severe consequences for our health and the environment, sustainable transport has nev(...)

An honour guard stands at the coffin of murdered German politician Walter Lübcke at his memorial service at St Martin church  in Kassel. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

It was 2.30am on Saturday when a 50-man SWAT team raided a home in the western German city of Kassel. A woman and her two young children living inside(...)

Soprano Anne Devin performs strongly on the latest CD from the Irish Baroque Orchestra.

It is extraordinary how laggardly the development of classical music has been in Ireland since the foundation of the state. There was no full-time sym(...)

A pile of rubble inside Notre Dame Cathedral today after the devastating fire overnight. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

French president Emmanuel Macron has given an address on television on the burning of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, claiming the edifice will be reno(...)

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