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    1. April 17, 2015

      Berlin’s Alexanderplatz goes high-rise as property prices soar

      In the shadow of the Soviet-era Fernsehturm, or television tower, Alexanderplatz is one of Berlin’s less celebrated...

    2. April 16, 2015

      The reel-life struggles of Spain’s footloose millennials

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      April 1, 2015

      Cabinet meeting at the Chancellery

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel arrive at a cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in...

    4. March 30, 2015

      Der Rosenkavalier, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden — review

      For the central opera of its third Easter Festival in Baden-Baden, the Berlin Philharmonic has all its ducks in a row. There...

    5. March 29, 2015

      Parking sensors to go on trial in Berlin and Dubai

      Traffic wardens will have a new ally from this summer when trials of a scanner system that gathers data about parking spaces...

    6. March 23, 2015

      Merkel and Tsipras in bid to defuse tensions as cash fears rise

      Angela Merkel, German chancellor, and Alexis Tsipras, Greek prime minister, pledged to work together on Monday to try to...

    7. FT Photo Diary

      March 23, 2015

      Keeping an eye on Angela Merkel

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras listen to their countries’ national anthems upon his...

    8. Brussels Blog

      March 22, 2015

      Tsipras letter to Merkel: the annotated text

      If you didn’t know what the standoff over Greece’s bailout was all about, Alexis Tsipras, the new Greek prime minister, has...

    9. March 22, 2015

      Greek and German policy makers to meet for Berlin talks

      On Monday, German chancellor Angela Merkel and Alexis Tsipras, the Greek prime minister, will meet in Berlin. The meeting...

    10. March 11, 2015

      La Rondine, Deutsche Oper Berlin — review

      Puccini’s La Rondine can only be pulled off with an all-star cast, a scrupulously rehearsed orchestra and a staging that...

    11. March 9, 2015

      Titans turn attention to Silicon Valley

      The mood at the big SuperReturn private equity conference in Berlin at the end of February was not exactly ebullient. The...

    12. March 5, 2015

      Germany caps rents to tackle rise in housing costs

      German politicians are moving to cap rents as surging housing costs stir anger in a nation of prodigious renters. On...

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      March 5, 2015

      Guest post: how long will I live?

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    14. March 3, 2015

      Sir Simon Rattle to take up baton for London Symphony Orchestra

      Sir Simon Rattle is to return to the UK as musical director of the London Symphony Orchestra, ending speculation over the...

    15. March 2, 2015

      Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi/Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, Komische Oper Berlin — review

      If Calixto Bieito’s new production of Gianni Schicchi and Bluebeard’s Castle makes a strong case for pairing these one-act...

    16. FT Photo Diary

      February 27, 2015

      The Bundestag votes

      Members of the German parliament vote on financial help for Greece at the German parliament, the Bundestag in Berlin on...

    17. FT Alphaville

      February 20, 2015

      FirstFT (the new Cut)

      Athens’ chances of finding itself without an EU financial backstop in one week will come down to a bitter face-off in...

    18. February 16, 2015

      Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London — review

      Almost everything was in place. The string ensemble was immaculate. The phrasing was spot on, sidestepping such vulgar...

    19. FT Alphaville

      February 13, 2015

      This is nuts. Enjoy your trip to the moon.

      Rocket Internet, the German-listed ecommerce investment group, has opportunistically raised about €600m in fresh equity at...

    20. FT Alphaville

      February 6, 2015

      Michael Pettis explains the euro crisis (and a lot of other things, too)

      This is literally the best analysis of the euro area’s problems we’ve ever read. You should take the time to closely read...

    21. January 31, 2015

      Richard von Weizsäcker, German president 1920-2015

      Richard von Weizsäcker, who brought a moral authority to the German presidency and sought to reconcile his compatriots with...

    22. FT Photo Diary

      January 20, 2015

      Eye spike

      A model presents a creation of the designer Rebekka Ruetz at the Berlin fashion week autumn/winter 2015 in Berlin   ...

    23. January 15, 2015

      Pegida people reshape German politics

      Two crowds were rallying on Monday at the Brandenburg Gate in the German capital. To the east, 300 members of the Berlin...

    24. January 13, 2015

      The ‘feelgood managers’ who decode Berlin for expat tech workers

      From gourmet chefs in the kitchen to lavishly equipped games rooms, the perks enjoy­ed by Silicon Valley’s tech company...

    25. January 12, 2015

      Counter protests dwarf German anti-Islamisation rallies

      More than 85,000 people took to the streets across Germany on Monday night in protests against demonstrations held by a...

    26. January 12, 2015

      Deutsches Symphonie Orchester/Roger Norrington, Philharmonie, Berlin — review

      When the public broke that first law of concert-hall etiquette by launching into thunderous applause between movements of...

    27. FT Photo Diary

      January 7, 2015

      Merkel's charity carol singers

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a reception for Sternsinger (carol singers) at the Chancellery in Berlin on...

    28. December 26, 2014

      Prosecutors raid LG over washing machine row with Samsung

      South Korean prosecutors raided LG Electronics’ headquarters in Seoul on Friday amid claims that a team of its executives...

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      December 23, 2014

      Hello 2015: the EM "catch up" themes to watch

      By Jorge Mariscal of UBS Wealth Management Over the past 20 years, 700m people have been lifted out of poverty in developing...

    30. December 21, 2014

      Jörg Widmann’s Trauermarsch for Piano and Orchestra, Philharmonie, Berlin — review

      A piano soliloquy evoking Schumann ceded to a procession of dry string attacks and inescapable cacophony, a power struggle...

    31. FT Photo Diary

      December 5, 2014

      Eyes and ears on Ghani

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Afghani President Ashraf Ghani take part in a press conference at the Federal...

    32. December 1, 2014

      Baal, Deutsches Theater (Kammerspiele), Berlin – review

      Bertolt Brecht’s first full-length play received its belated Berlin premiere here at the Deutsches Theater in 1926, revised...

    33. November 30, 2014

      The Past, Schaubühne, Berlin – review

      A bit of well-judged self-parody seldom goes amiss. About two-thirds of the way through Constanza Macras’s 100-minute...

    34. November 27, 2014

      Die Frau vom Meer, Deutsches Theater, Berlin – review

      The Lady from the Sea goes against the grain of Ibsen’s other female-protagonist dramas. Faced with a choice between...

    35. November 10, 2014

      Tagebuch eines Verschollenen/La voix humaine, Staatsoper Berlin – review

      A Czech villager in love with a gypsy girl. A Parisian woman on the telephone with her ex-lover. The villager must leave all...

    36. November 9, 2014

      Angela Merkel: ‘fall of Wall showed us dreams can come true’

      Angela Merkel said on Sunday that the fall of the Berlin Wall should serve as inspiration in tackling today’s global...

    37. November 8, 2014

      Gorbachev warns world on ‘the brink of a new cold war’

      Former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev warned on Saturday that the Ukraine crisis had brought the world to “the brink...

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      November 7, 2014

      Merkel commemorates Berlin wall anniversary

      Markus Schreiber/AP German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a special session of the German parliament to commemorate the...

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