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Torn Stasi documents, earmarked for destruction, after the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 in the former Stasi HQ. Photograph: Getty

Some 30 years on, the files are still there. Locked away from the daylight in climate-controlled rooms, shelf after shelf of battered orange cardboard(...)

The Stasi files, which in total occupy 111km of shelf space. Despite the open-file approach, the Stasi files remain a specialist interest.

Stack up the files left behind by East Germany’s feared secret police – the Stasi – and you could fill the road from Newry to Dublin. A quarter(...)

German president Joachim Gauck expressed concerns that foreign intelligence services flouted German citizens’ constitutional right of ownership over their private data. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

German president Joachim Gauck has warned that widespread US surveillance of European communications poses a “danger for democracy”.Revelations by NSA(...)