Weimar

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Paul Howard has been writing about the adventures of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly for 23 years. Illustration by Alan Clarke. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Paul Howard has been writing about the adventures of his south Dublin rugby jock for 23 years. As a collection of his best columns is published, he sh(...)

  Greta Thunberg and other young climate activists have forced the world to think again about the catastrophic climate change crisis that is facing us.   Photograph: Susan Walsh/AP

Sibylle Berg was born in Weimar in 1962. She is one of Germany’s most famous and provocative current writers. Her books have been translated into 30 l(...)

Hannah Arendt: The political philosopher reminded us that “the sense by which we take our bearings in the real world – the category of truth versus falsehood – is being destroyed”.    Photograph: Apic/Getty Images

There was nothing conspicuously apocalyptic about the culture of the Weimar Republic that was the German state for almost 15 years after the conclusio(...)

James Ryan is looking forward to being back on a rugby field. Photograph: Inpho

Paul O’Connell reckons more seasoned players will reap the biggest benefits from this extended break. Players in their late 20s and 30s, who’ve been o(...)

Belgravia: the Battle of Waterloo happens offscreen.

When a woman in the 19th century, which is in the olden days, paraphrases a line written by LP Hartley in the 1950s, which is also the olden days, you(...)

Christine Lagarde (centre), ECB president, and vice president Luis de Guindos (left)  following a meeting of the ECB governing board  in Frankfurt. Photograph: Thomas Lohnes/Getty

European Central Bank president Christine Lagarde overruled objections from Germany and the Netherlands to adopt an historic “no-limits” commitment to(...)

Federal police escort a German citizen suspected of terrorism to his arraignment at the Federal Supreme Court in Karlsruhe, Germany. File photograph: EPA

Muslim communities in Germany have called for more police protection following the arrest of right-wing extremists believed to have been plotting larg(...)

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has had a torrid time since becoming Angela Merkel’s anointed successor 14 months ago. Photograph:  Markus Schreiber/AP

An election in Thuringia would not normally garner much attention beyond the borders of that tiny state in eastern Germany. But the breaking of a post(...)

People protest in front of the Erfurt cathedral after the Free Democratic Party  leader Thomas Kemmerich was voted Thuringia’s state premier with the help of votes from AfD. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay

A whiff of Weimar hangs over German politics. That was the growing consensus in Berlin’s corridors of power on Thursday as political parties struggled(...)

Griessmuehle in Berlin. Nightclubs play a huge role in the city’s culture and economy. But real estate investors and infrastructure projects have put many venues at risk. Photograph: Gordon Welters/The New York Times

It’s 5am in Berlin’s KitKat club, and the half-naked crowd is dancing furiously to a deep bass track as a woman performs energetic oral sex on a very (...)

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