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‘Terror granny’ accused of plotting German coup

David Crossland, Berlin

Members of a far-right group headed by a 75-year-old woman face charges of high treason for allegedly planning to kidnap the health minister and overthrow the government …

Tuesday January 24 2023  |  The Times

Hitler’s horses on display at exhibition of ‘toxic’ monuments at Berlin’s Spandau museum

David Crossland, Berlin

Two majestic bronze horses that once adorned Hitler’s Reich Chancellery went on show in a Berlin museum of “toxic” monuments this week, amid calls for the country to deal …

Friday January 13 2023  |  The Times

Barenboim bows out of Berlin State Opera as health declines

David Crossland, Berlin

Daniel Barenboim, the celebrated pianist and conductor, is stepping down as general music director of the Berlin State Opera after more than 30 years.Barenboim, 80, announced in October he …

Friday January 6 2023  |  The Times

Nazi top trumps card game featuring Hitler stolen from a German museum

David Crossland

A rare “Führer Quartets” card game featuring Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler and other senior Nazi leaders has been stolen from a palace in eastern Germany, prompting the museum to put …

Friday January 6 2023  |  The Times

Fire alarm fetishist thought to be behind German hotel blazes

David Crossland, Berlin

A fire alarm fetishist has been linked to a string of blazes in German hotels, prompting claims about an arsonist on the run who is aroused by blaring sirens and …

Friday January 6 2023  |  The Times

Dinner for One: Germans want the same procedure as last New Year’s Eve

David Crossland, Berlin

No one quite knows why the 18-minute sketch Dinner for One by two English actors has attracted millions of television viewers in Germany on New Year’s Eve for …

Friday December 30 2022  |  The Times

Iron Chancellor’s family fire back after removal of Bismarck name

David Crossland, Berlin

The descendants of Otto von Bismarck, the “Iron Chancellor” who united Germany under Prussian rule and turned it into a European powerhouse, have protested against a decision to drop his …

Thursday December 29 2022  |  The Times

Doner dethrones currywurst in battle of German fast food

David Crossland, Berlin

It has its own 1980s song, a play, a museum dedicated to it, an energy drink and a commemorative coin. Even a former German chancellor campaigned for its survival.But …

Thursday December 29 2022  |  The Times

Officials have a mountain to climb to shut down ‘Germany’s highest brewery’

David Crossland, Berlin

A small brewery on top of a Bavarian mountain has taken on German officialdom and could win — because it controls a cable car that inspectors would need to reach it …

Wednesday December 28 2022  |  The Times

Germany’s AfD accused of fuelling right-wing coup attempt

David Crossland, Berlin

Germany’s right-wing populists have been accused of fuelling the “fantasies” of conspiracy theorists who plotted to overthrow the government.The Alternative for Germany (AfD) party faces growing condemnation …

Thursday December 8 2022  |  The Times

Judge among far-right plotters arrested by German police over Reichstag coup

David Crossland, Berlin

Soldiers, a right-wing judge and an aristocrat with pretensions to become Germany’s new leader were arrested yesterday on suspicion of plotting to storm the Reichstag and overthrow the …

Thursday December 8 2022  |  The Times

Nazi typist sorry but doesn’t accept guilt

David Crossland, Berlin

A 97-year-old Nazi secretary accused of having a role in the murder of 11,380 people at the Stutthof concentration camp, broke her silence this week as her …

Wednesday December 7 2022  |  The Times

Viktor Orban angers neighbours with ‘Greater Hungary’ football scarf

David Crossland

Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban, has angered his country’s neighbours by wearing a scarf featuring a map of pre-World War One “Greater Hungary”, including parts of Austria …

Wednesday November 23 2022  |  The Times

Kyiv faces ‘worst winter since Second World War’, mayor warns

David Crossland, 

The Ukrainian capital faces its “worst winter since the Second World War”, the mayor of Kyiv has warned, as President Zelensky announced the creation of 4,000 centres to provide …

Wednesday November 23 2022  |  The Times

Revealed, site of battle that shook Rome in AD9

David Crossland, Berlin

… of this area.”To Germans, the excavation at Kalkriese is more than archaeological detective work (David Crossland writes).The battle is part of their centuries-long quest for a national …

Monday November 21 2022  |  The Times

‘Tourist trap’ Checkpoint Charlie, Cold War icon of Berlin, is set for redevelopment

David Crossland, Berlin

The authorities in Berlin have announced plans to redevelop Checkpoint Charlie amid warnings that the Cold War site is deteriorating into a tacky tourist trap.More than three decades after …

Tuesday November 1 2022  |  The Times

New battle to put names to unknown soldiers’ faces

David Crossland, Vignacourt

With distant eyes, strained smiles and the mud of the trenches still on their boots, they posed for souvenir photos behind the First World War front lines in the French …

Monday October 31 2022  |  The Times

Germany’s plan to legalise cannabis ‘a model for Europe’

David Crossland, Berlin

Germany’s health minister has presented a plan for the “most liberal legalisation of cannabis in Europe” to the cabinet of Olaf Scholz. Karl Lauterbach said Germany could be a …

Wednesday October 26 2022  |  The Times

Swedish archaeologists shore up identity of lost warship

David Crossland

Swedish archaeologists have discovered the 17th-century warship Applet (the Apple), the sister ship to the Vasa, which was raised more than 60 years ago.Unlike the top-heavy Vasa …

Tuesday October 25 2022  |  The Times

£160,000 to cruise the North Pole in a luxury airship

David Crossland

A Swedish company plans to revive the century-old tradition of luxury airship travel by launching a 36-hour round trip service to the North Pole from Norway.The tickets …

Friday September 23 2022  |  The Times

Ban meat-eating men from sex, animal rights group urges

David Crossland, Berlin

Men who eat meat should be banned from having sex, the animal rights group Peta has demanded, claiming that devouring sausages and schnitzel is a symptom of “toxic masculinity” which …

Wednesday September 21 2022  |  The Times

German charities investigate claims of racist ambulance crews

David Crossland, Berlin

Two Christian relief agencies in Germany have promised to investigate allegations of racism and extreme right-wing attitudes among their ambulance crews after a newspaper reported that ethnic Germans got …

Tuesday September 20 2022  |  The Times

Heating costs ‘could mean exotic snakes and spiders are abandoned’

David Crossland, Berlin

An animal shelter in Germany has warned that surging energy prices could lead to snakes, lizards and tarantulas being abandoned this winter after four baby royal pythons were found outside …

Tuesday September 20 2022  |  The Times

Lockdown weight gain forces Oktoberfest tailors to tinker

David Crossland

Tailors in Munich have been inundated with requests to enlarge dirndls for those who put on weight during the pandemic as the country gears up for Oktoberfest.The world’s …

Tuesday September 13 2022  |  The Times

Germany twists Unesco’s arm to get pretzels listed

David Crossland, Berlin

Germany wants to enshrine the pretzel as a national treasure by having it added to the United Nations’ “intangible cultural heritage” list, alongside Neapolitan pizza, Belgian beer and French multi …

Monday August 29 2022  |  The Times

German prison camp guard charged with war crimes over murder of Soviet soldiers

David Crossland, Berlin

Prosecutors in Germany have broken new ground by indicting a former Wehrmacht soldier who manned watchtowers in a prisoner of war camp in the Second World War in what could …

Tuesday August 16 2022  |  The Times

Hour is getting late to save Berlin Wall watchtower

David Crossland, Berlin

It once overlooked the Iron Curtain, with its concrete barriers, spikes and an electric fence to stop anyone trying to escape. Now the last watchtower of its kind along the …

Friday August 12 2022  |  The Times

Neuschwanstein Castle crowned with new throne room

David Crossland, Berlin

The gilded Throne Hall of Neuschwanstein Castle, the fairytale palace built by Bavaria’s “Mad” King Ludwig II in the 19th century, has returned to its former splendour following a …

Friday August 5 2022  |  The Times

Austrian doctor hounded to death by vicious antivax hate campaign

David Crossland, Berlin

An Austrian doctor who encouraged people to get jabbed has become a tragic martyr in the fight against online hate after committing suicide in her surgery following months of death …

Friday August 5 2022  |  The Times

Putin wants an end to Ukraine war, says his old friend Gerhard Schröder

David Crossland, Berlin

The former chancellor Gerhard Schröder, vilified across Germany for his personal friendship with President Putin, has said that Russia is hoping to find a solution to the war in Ukraine …

Wednesday August 3 2022  |  The Times

‘Sexist’ party hit Layla gets the elbow from German beer festivals

David Crossland, Berlin

A chart-topping song about a “sexy brothel mama” has triggered a sexism row in Germany after it was banned from summer beer festivals even though drinkers are clamouring to …

Wednesday August 3 2022  |  The Times

Seeking justice at last for the blond, blue-eyed babies stolen by the Nazis

David Crossland, Berlin

Now 80 years old, Haymo Heinrich Heyder was a blond, blue-eyed baby called Vili Gorucan when the SS took him from his mother in occupied Yugoslavia in 1942 during …

Saturday June 11 2022  |  The Sunday Times

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