Derek Scally

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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(...)

A reconstruction of the 1970 tunnel beneath the Berlin Wall, now open to the public. Photograph: ©Berliner Unterwelten e.V./Holger Happel

The ragged opening in the sandy Berlin soil looks less like an escape tunnel and more like a ghostly, passage grave. For four decades it sat under the(...)

The fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago tomorrow triggered the most fundamental change in Europe since the second World War. Photograph: AP Photo, File

Three major things I had hoped but never expected to see in my lifetime: the fall of the Iron Curtain, the end of apartheid in South Africa and a stop(...)

File image of Poland’s first president of the supreme court Malgorzata Gersdorf walking next to supporters, in Warsaw. Photograph: Agencja Gazeta/Maciej Jazwiecki via Reuters

Sitting in Malgorzata Gersdorf’s office, deep inside Warsaw’s monumental supreme court complex, there are only two sounds: the tick of a grandfather c(...)

A construction worker lays a row of bricks on a Cairn Homes construction site in Dublin. Irish Institutional Property, a lobby group of which Cairn is a member, wants the Help to Buy scheme to be extended and expanded in scope in Budget 2020. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Women in Ireland accumulate significantly smaller pensions pots than men despite making similar percentage contributions, according to new research fr(...)

Derek Scally in his neighbourhood in the Wilmersdorf area in western Berlin.

Keep a diary, Mae West once advised, and one day it will keep you. Sadly, the red copybook I used as a diary 20 years ago, and rediscovered recently, (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel listens after delivering a keynote speech during a debate on the federal budget at the Bundestag,  in Berlin. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

While Brexit Britain bickers on, German MPs used Wednesday’s budget debate in the Bundestag to discuss what they view as more pressing business: secur(...)

Joshua Wong (R), a leading pro-democracy activist from Hong Kong, speaks to the media in Berlin while visiting Germany. Photograph: Carsten Koall/Getty Images

Almost 30 years after the German capital’s notorious wall fell, political activist Joshua Wong said on Wednesday that Hong Kong is “the new Berlin in (...)

 Chancellor Angela Merkel: facing an economic crisis.  Photograph: Omer Messinger/Getty Images

Germany had a black Christmas in 2008. Three months after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, triggering the global financial crisis, the Bundesbank warn(...)

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.(...)

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