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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.(...)

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”, (...)

Statue of St Columba (aka Columbanus) in Luxeuil. Photograph: iStock

There are at least two statues of St Columba (aka Columbanus) in Luxeuil, and in both he looks a bit mad. This may not have been unintended. Born in t(...)

A hundred years ago this week, Gen Edmund Allenby of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force entered the captured city of Jerusalem

One hundred years ago this week, Gen Edmund Allenby of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force entered the captured city of Jerusalem. It was the culminati(...)

Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump and Xi Jinping: we may look back on 2017 as the phoney war

For more than 70 years, the United States has led an international order organised around alliances, an open global economy, and multilateralism. This(...)

Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany.

One of the foremost historians on the first World War war has compared US President Donald Trump to Kaiser Wilhelm II. Professor Margaret MacMillan,(...)

Market salesmen arrive with flowers at the Christmas market near the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church on Tuesday. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

The suspect detained over the lorry attack on a Christmas market in Berlin has been released due to insufficient evidence, Germany chief federal prose(...)

 Rescue workers around a truck which  crashed into a Christmas market close to the Kaiser Wilhelm memorial church in Berlin, Germany on Monday evening. At least nine people have died in the incident. Photograph:  Paul Zinken/EPA

Germany is in shock and mourning after a truck ploughed into a Berlin Christmas market on Monday evening in a possible terrorist attack that killed 12(...)

‘While we love Iowa, its culture, people and landscape, is Trump’s United States – or even Clinton’s – a country where we want to raise children? We’ll know in just a few days.’

Every day I refresh the polling websites. Trump to Clinton, Clinton to Trump, back and forth. These last three years have been my real introduction t(...)

Men of Royal Irish Rifles resting in a communication trench during the opening hours of the Battle of the Somme, July 1st 1916. Photograph: Royal Engineers no 1 Printing Company/IWM via Getty Images.

In late 1915, Allied leaders met to decide their strategy for the following year. It had been a year of disappointments characterised by high casualti(...)

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