From Christmas markets and mulled wine to family gatherings and traditional food, find out how Germany celebrates the holiday season.
For most families, Christmas wouldn't be the same without a Christmas tree. They didn't become a widespread tradition until the 19th century, but decorating trees has been going on for longer than you might think. (19.12.2012)
The mood among German business leaders has risen for the second consecutive month in December, the Ifo research group has found. As tensions in the eurozone ease, German CEOs expect a pick up in their business. (19.12.2012)
Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a Tannenbaum. The Tannenbaum may be quintessentially German, but how important are trees in the German capital? DW's Tamsin Walker went to find out. (14.12.2012)
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is Germany's Christmas capital and it's the home of the world's only Christmas museum. It's also the only place you can buy Christmas products at any time of year. (06.12.2012)
In Germany, December is full of festivities, cultural events, artistic offerings and parties of every shape and form - from Christmas markets, to musicals, exhibitions and New Year's Eve celebrations. (01.12.2012)
One day after remembering what they're grateful for on Thanksgiving, hords of Americans flock to the stores to kick off the Christmas shopping season. It's usually the first day of the year that many of these stores go from being in the red on their balance sheets -- to the black -- hence some say, the name Black Friday.
Even predominantly Hindu and Muslim countries deck the halls and department store windows during the traditional Christian holiday. For retailers, especially, this makes the season's profits all the more merry.
Like every holiday season, French retailers are pulling out all the stops to entice customers. But this year, the country's economic woes have depressed takings.
Prostitution is intriguing, but if you don't want to partake first hand, it's difficult to get an insiders' view. The Red Light Secrets museum in Amsterdam now gives tourists the chance to literally get an insiders' view - from the famed windows where sex workers advertise in the red light district.
Russian-born Wladimir Kaminer is a best-selling German author living in Berlin. In an interview with DW, he criticizes Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis and reflects on political disillusionment in his homeland.
Will Germany ever become a truly pluralistic society? German-born Yascha Mounk recently published a book about being a Jew in Germany, and tells DW why his hopes for true integration are reserved.
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