We visit a company that produces hats for Cologne's annual carnival. They're hand-made out of silk and brocade with exquisite embroidery, and can go for as much as 200 euros apiece.
Cologne's Rose Monday Carnival procession will not feature a Charlie Hebdo-themed float. The parade's committee member said they pulled the feature over concerns about its inclusion in February's festival.
There are so many good aspects to the way German football is run, but clubs hosting open training sessions are a forgotten positive. Jonathan recalls his experience of watching Germany's best train.
How far can you go with satire? After the Paris attacks, organizers of Germany's Rose Monday parades have been asking themselves this very question. In Cologne, they've chosen their theme for 2015: "Je suis Charlie."
People in Germany's Rhineland have kicked off what is sometimes known as the fifth season of the year. Carnival, which runs until mid-February, is marked by much merrymaking and foolishness.
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