Better conditions for Germany's armed forces personnel have been promised by Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen after a damning report. Many barracks are "dilapidated," says the commissioner for Bundeswehr personnel.
Last summer, three Palestinians committed an arson attack on a synagogue in Wuppertal. Their trial is nearing its end, but the wounds within the Jewish community here remain. DW's Sven Pöhle went to the synagogue.
DW's Berlin columnists - all English-speakers who have lived in the German capital for many years - bring you an insider's perspective on cultural life in one of the world's most vibrant cities.