The First City To Be Coventried

The Coventry raid has stuck in the collective memory for a variety of reasons

Keep Calm And Carry On Playing

A performance of a modern Israeli classic in a run-down German city put the world’s woes in perspective

The Great Migration

"The ultimate demographic impact on Europe of the present wave of migration is totally unpredictable"

The Meister From Germany

Shunned for his politics, Christian Thielemann reveals more than he intended in a book about Wagner

Albert Speer

The post-war rehabilitation of Hitler's architect was utterly undeserved

Hitler’s ‘Ecological Panic’ Didn’t Cause The Holocaust

The Yale historian Timothy Snyder’s advocacy of a new Cold War has led him to use the Shoah as a tool of contemporary politics

Rattling About In The Philharmonie

The Berlin Philharmonic produced a discordant sound when it tried to elect a new chief conductor

Berlin’s Saviour

"The Humboldt Forum is a spectacular idea. But it will take the right intellectual architect to pull it off. We will have to trust Neil MacGregor"

Peter Schmersal

The bold, atmospheric work of a contemporary German artist

Forgetting History

"The sudden rise of Pegida suggests Germany hasn’t found a way to digest the idea of immigration."

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"