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EU leaders have been debating the potential dangers of imposing punitive sanctions on Moscow. But Brussels has so far been reluctant to follow the lead of the US which is threatening with economic sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine. So far Germany has opposed such measures. Berlin fears Moscow could retaliate against German companies, which have invested billions in Russia.
On this edition, we talk to a woman who runs a bank branch despite working part time. We also find out how helicopters clean wind turbines, visit a Berlin baking school and catch up with a group of lower-division soccer fans originally from Gambia.
There are more and more wind turbines in Germany, and one challenge is keeping them clean. In western Germany, a helicopter has been developed to this end - it's cheaper and more efficient than cleaning by hand.
Do you dream of baking a perfect custard pie with marzipan trimming? The Cake School in Berlin teaches ambitious amateur bakers the secrets of creating sugary treats.
African soccer fans are known for their enthusiastic - and loud - support for their favorite clubs. Four refugees from Gambia in the city of Freiburg are trying to drum the local fifth-division club on to promotion.
For women in Germany, combining family and a career isn’t easy. Bank manager Claudia Hatje from Hamburg has found an innovative solution - she runs her bank branch for part of the week, and then hands over the job to a colleague for the rest of it.
European Union leaders have been meeting in Brussels to decide the way ahead on Ukraine. Interim Ukrainian Prime Minister, Arseny Yatsenyuk was also invited to the meeting.
Western powers have condemned as "illegal" Crimea's decision to hold a refernendum on joining Russia. Earlier, dozens of observers from the Organistaion of Security and Co-operation were forced to abandon their mission on the peninsula.
German President Joachim Gauck is on a state visit to Greece. In the village of Ligades he will lay a wreath in memory of the victims of a massacre committed by German soldiers in World War II.
Russian President Vladimir Putin once described the collapse of the Soviet Union as "the greatest geopolitical catastrophe" of the 20th century. The crisis in Crimea once again illustrates Russia's efforts to maintain its sphere of influence in a post-Soviet world.
Foreign Ministers from Western powers and Russia have failed to make any headway on resolving the Ukraine crisis.
The German economy is heavily dependent on exports. The country had the world's largest export surplus in 2012. Now the EU says Germany's massive trade imbalance could jeopardize the recovery of other, less robust eurozone economies.
The end of the carnival season is also the beginning of Lent, with many Christians going without meat, alcohol or cigarettes. In Trier, some 2000 people are giving up using their cars.
Almost half of the rural doctors practicing in northern Germany will be retiring in the coming years. An initiative offering apprenticeships to medical students is hoping to combat what could become a serious shortage of physicians.
Coffee, tea, red wine, smoking and certain drugs can change the color of teeth. Bleaching can lighten them again. Veneers are another way to change the appearance of teeth.
On this edition, we meet some people from Trier who are giving up their cars for Lent, investigate the lack of rural doctors in northern Germany and have a listen to a German-Ethiopian soul singer.
Many people want to have shiny white teeth. Dr Falk Schwendicke is in the studio to discuss ways to brighten discolored teeth. We also take a look at a pacemaker that helps with heart failure, talk about bacteria, and explore one cause of lower-back pain.
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