Weatherwatch: Hitler’s plan for intuitive meteorologists

Nazi leader wanted to recruit corps who would call in forecasts based on emotions and natural signs “Weather prediction is not a science that can be learned mechanically,” said Adolf Hitler in October 1941. Germany had invaded Russia, and forecasting was becoming an important issue. Hitler, who had not completed secondary school, believed weather prediction […]

Facing Britain: documentary photography since the 1960s – in pictures

Facing Britain, a photography exhibition opening in Germany, showcases important representatives of British documentary practice. The show focuses on the period of Britain’s membership of the European Union and its forerunner, between 1963 and 2020. It runs from 27 September to 7 November 2020 at Museum Goch Continue reading…

The big picture: Jürgen Schadeberg’s portrait of singers in 1950s South Africa

The German-born photographer, best known for his images of Nelson Mandela and coverage of apartheid, died last weekend Jürgen Schadeberg, whose death at the age of 89 was announced last week, grew up in wartime Germany before emigrating to South Africa in 1950. Though perhaps best known for his portraits of Nelson Mandela, he leaves […]

Police suspect mother as five children’s bodies found in German flat

Three girls and two boys aged between 18 months and eight years discovered in Solingen The bodies of five children have been discovered in a flat in western Germany with their mother the main suspect in their killings, police have said. The bodies were found on the third floor of a building in the city […]

How Angela Merkel’s great migrant gamble paid off

Five years ago, as more and more refugees crossed into Europe, Germany’s chancellor proclaimed, ‘We’ll manage this.’ Critics said it was her great mistake – but she has been proved right Mohammad Hallak found the key to unlock the mysteries of his new homeland when he realised you could switch the subtitles on your Netflix […]

German library pays £2.5m for ‘friendship book’, 400 years after it first tried to buy it

Philipp Hainhofer’s Das Große Stammbuch, signed by influential 17th-century Europeans, acquired by Herzog August Bibliothek Almost 400 years after Augustus the Younger tried and failed to buy the “extraordinary” Das Große Stammbuch – a “friendship book” signed by some of the most powerful figures of 17th-century Europe – for the library he was building in […]

Germany finds it hard to love Hegel 250 years after his birth

New books try to lighten up the intimidating reputation of Germany’s ‘most difficult’ philosopher In March 1807, aged 36, a towering giant of German philosophy was struggling to come to terms with a career dip. With an illegitimate son to support and a patrimonial inheritance run dry, George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel had chucked in an […]

Alexei Navalny arrives in Germany for treatment for suspected poisoning

Russian opposition leader flown to Berlin after doctors allow discharge from Siberian hospital Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny has been evacuated to a hospital in Berlin to be treated for suspected poisoning, after his wife and supporters begged Vladimir Putin to let him leave a Siberian hospital. Doctors in the city of Omsk had initially […]

Share your experiences of returning to the workplace after lockdown

Whether you work in the UK or in Europe, we want to hear your views about going back to the workplace and commuting during the coronavirus pandemic While many people in countries like France, Germany, Italy and Spain have returned to the office, those in the UK have been slower to return to their desks. […]

The big picture: shadow play in 1930s Germany

Paul Wolff’s 1930s images of a tennis match in silhouette have a graceful life of their own In 1930, Dr Paul Wolff took a series of pictures of tennis players’ shadows for the German magazine Die Dame. The pictures captured a whole tennis match in silhouette – serve, return, volley, forehand, backhand – so that […]

Summer in Germany: Three regions for a laid-back, crowd-free holiday

Canny visitors could find they have the Black Forest, ‘Saxon Switzerland’ or the Baltic coast almost to themselves Germany usually comes a little lower on British holidaymakers’ wishlists than heavyweights such as France, Italy and Spain – which means fewer tourists, and more space for clued-up Britons to enjoy. The country is getting back on […]

‘Mum’s day off, is it?’: what adopting as a same-sex couple taught us

When my husband and I adopted our son, we were like all new parents, dazed and underslept. But then we began to notice some big differences… In 2018, my husband and I became one of the first married same-sex couples to adopt in Germany. We had moved from London back to Berlin three years earlier, […]

Bouncing back: European dance is kick-started with huge state support

Dancers are taking tentative steps back to work, giving socially distanced performances outdoors in Germany, France and the Czech Republic Tamas Detrich, director of Germany’s Stuttgart Ballet, had been planning two big programmes of modern ballet for the summer season when the coronavirus crisis hit. “We were on tour, and had to return to Stuttgart,” […]

Bild, Merkel and the culture wars: the inside story of Germany’s biggest tabloid

The newspaper Bild has long poured vitriol on the country’s left-wingers and ‘do gooders’. But now it has a new target: the chancellor. By Thomas Meaney ‘It would be ideal if you could hit a deer,” Julian Reichelt, editor-in-chief of Europe’s largest tabloid, Bild Zeitung, told his chauffeur. “Guardian readers could do with a bit […]

Sinking Dutchman: world’s largest historical sailing fleet threatened by Covid-19

Lockdown is keeping ships in port – and as bankruptcy looms for many skippers, an ‘irreplaceable’ part of the Netherlands’ maritime heritage is at risk If it weren’t for Covid-19, Sven Timmann would be sailing the relatively calm inland waters of the Netherlands with groups of schoolchildren, businesspeople and families. Instead, his ship, the Ambiance […]

What kind of revolution can follow the Tories’ education crisis?

Too popular, too hopeless, too dead-end – Gavin Williamson awards low marks to England’s universities during adult learning speech Gavin Williamson was aware of at least one thing in his speech today in which he promised a revolution in England’s further education sector. “A lot of education secretaries across the years have said they want […]

Germany’s new sculpture garden – the perfect post-lockdown attraction

A contemporary art collection in the grounds of a castle north-west of Berlin is a bold addition for a quiet part of Brandenburg Dr Loretta Würtenberger – tall and clad in a flowing black summer dress – greets me with a casual coronavirus-style elbow-bump on the grounds of her new home, Schlossgut Schwante: an 18th-century […]

Good jeans: the man who gave Levi’s a social conscience

Whether it’s climate change, homophobia or hidden talent, one of the best known brands in the world is stepping up to give people a voice Some brands are so big, so ubiquitous, that it’s hard to imagine that they were once small businesses, or that the name on their instantly recognisable logo belonged to a […]

The antidote: your favourite reads beyond coronavirus

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by coverage of the pandemic, try this daily list of non-coronavirus articles our readers spent the most time with ‘In more than 25 years, he flitted between Germany and Portugal, often escaping various criminal proceedings against him for the sexual abuse of children, but also drug-dealing, falsifying documents and driving without […]

‘For climate protesters, we are like filth’: the German village where coal is still king

Europe is going coal-free, but a vast lignite mine is expanding in eastern Germany and coronavirus has delayed new climate laws The landscape makes you think of the surface of the moon. As far as the eye can see, deep gashes scar the earth. At the spot where the giant machines stand, ancient layers of […]

‘Exploitative conditions’: Germany to reform meat industry after spate of Covid-19 cases

Ban on use of subcontractors and fines of €30,000 for slaughterhouses breaching new labour regulations a ‘historic moment’, say campaigners Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The German government has announced a series of reforms of the meat industry, including a ban on the use of subcontractors and fines of €30,000 (£26,000) […]

Covid-19 track and trace: what can UK learn from countries that got it right?

Pledge of ‘world-beating’ system will have to look to likes of South Korea and Germany Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Boris Johnson’s insistence that the UK will be able to roll out a “world-beating” coronavirus test, track and trace regime by 1 June has inevitably drawn comparisons with countries around the […]

Slaughter on site and no supermarkets: how Germany’s mobile butcher is keeping meat local

With ever larger meat plants in the spotlight over coronavirus clusters, one butcher has profited by going in the opposite direction Inside the white trailer parked up by the farm, the small team headed by Matthias Kürten are moving fast. Their work has a rhythmical soundtrack: a bandsaw cutting through bones, fat slopped into buckets, […]

I flew to Greece and began solo IVF. Then the world shut down

Undergoing fertility treatment at any time is a peculiar experience. In the midst of a pandemic, it becomes surreal It is 7.53am, the last Wednesday in March, and at a courier depot in Athens, the sperm of a Bermudian mechanical engineering student arrives, carried in a nitrogen tank. For the last three days, I have […]

Cross-border love – a photo essay

Photographs of an unusual situation by Roland Schmid. Switzerland and Germany have been divided by the coronavirus pandemic. Fences, concrete obstacles or barrier tapes separate them after the borders were closed to slow the spread of the virus. But love cannot be locked away “Look, we even marked the border on our blanket,” laughs Sabrina. […]

Ex-pope Benedict XVI accuses opponents of wanting to silence him

Comments in authorised biography also associate gay marriage with the Antichrist The former pope Benedict XVI has accused opponents of wanting to silence him, while associating gay marriage with the Antichrist and attacking humanist ideologies in an authorised biography published in Germany. The 93-year-old, whose original name is Joseph Ratzinger, said in Benedict XVI – […]

Exhausted, relieved, yearning for change: Britain on VE Day

As the UK celebrated wartime victory against Germany in May 1945, a landslide Labour poll win was only weeks away It is through the photographs that we’ll imagine VE Day this week. Cheerful London crowds, thronging Piccadilly, packed down Whitehall, or pressing together down the Mall. Young men and women, their uniforms unbuttoned and their […]

Is comparing Covid-19 death rates across Europe helpful?

Belgium appears hardest hit on paper, but not all countries count non-hospital fatalities Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Every day, the statistics bring more grim headlines: “Italian death toll passes 20,000”, “Record UK daily death toll”, “Europe’s fatalities pass 100,000”. Across the world, people await national updates on the coronavirus – […]

Football quiz: England at Euro 96

England reached the semi-finals but do you remember the details? More quizzes: iconic photos, assists, English managers and rants How many goals did Alan Shearer score in the tournament? One Three Five Seven Of the players who did not make the Euro 96 squad, who made the most appearances under Terry Venables? Peter Beardsley Rob […]