The check-in hall of Terminal 1 at Berlin Brandenburg Airport in Schoenefeld, Germany, which is due to open on Saturday. Entire sections of the finished airport had to be ripped out and replaced. Photograph: Hayoung Jeon/EPA

Returning to Berlin’s new international airport after a long absence is like returning to Manderley. The sprawling pile looms large as you approach an(...)

The exterior of Berghain nightclub. Undoubtedly the best techno club in the world, it typifies Berlin’s libertarianism, hedonism, industrial architecture and love of quality electronic music. Photograph: Iain Masterton/Getty Images

For the first-time visitor to Berlin, one of the most striking aspects of the city is how hugely underpopulated and joyfully decrepit the place (...)

Polish MP Anna Grodzka: she was the first transgender MP to be elected by Krakow’s voters four years ago. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Perhaps it was a sign of the times, but Leo Varadkar’s outing on RTÉ Radio made only a modest splash in the world’s media. English-language media outl(...)

Roland Mary, proprietor of Berlin restaurant Borchardt: “I don’t have a missionary zeal to give the city back something it lost, but I see a market for this – otherwise it wouldn’t work.” Photograph: Derek Scally

I’m sitting in the Berlin restaurant Borchardt, marvelling at the deceptive perfection of it all.The tablecloths are white and almost as crisp as the (...)

Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit addresses a news conference in Berlin yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch

Berlin’s Social Democrat (SPD) mayor Klaus Wowereit announced his departure from office yesterday, leaving office after 13 years with his reputatio(...)