Germany is a 16-state affair. But when it comes to working out finances, they quickly devolve into a family of squabblers. Reforming the system to reduce the number of states is long overdue, says DW's Volker Wagener.
A project is underway in Essen in which alcoholics are paid in beer to clean up the city's streets. The idea is to help drug addicts pick themselves up and rejoin society. DW went to Essen to see how it's working out.
The German author and poet Jürgen Becker has been presented with the Georg Büchner Prize, one of the most important literary awards for the German language. Becker received the prize for his lifetime achievement.
The Salafist scene in Germany is rapidly growing, according to Germany's domestic intelligence chief. Radical Islamists have been adept in recruiting disaffected young Muslim men from families with migrant backgrounds.
The Netherlands and Germany have long disagreed about where exactly their shared nautical border lies in the North Sea. A meeting of the two nations' foreign ministers finally put an end to the dispute.
Not that geopolitical tensions in many regions of the world have become less virulent, but German consumers appear to be less fazed by them now, market researchers say. Household confidence levels are slightly up.
Germany's BASF has reported growing sales for the third quarter amid a difficult business environment. But it warned it might not be able to meet earlier operating profit targets next year.
A book of candid interviews with former Chancellor Helmut Kohl is to be published this week against his will. He said Angela Merkel "couldn't eat with a knife and fork," and that Gorbachev left a forgettable legacy.
In the autumn of 1989, the Berlin Wall came down. DW looks back at how it happened.
Germany's Christian Democrats want more diversity and believe more Muslims in their party will make the Union more open. DW's Volker Wagener believes there is a lot of self-interest involved in this mini-revolution.
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.
The place where Thomas Raufeisen was unfairly imprisoned and interrogated is today his place of work. As a witness who experienced this prison first hand, he guides visitors through East Germany's central remand center.
Rarely does one need "stars" to rate the amenities awaiting refugees, but exceptions are being made in Cologne. The city is looking to turn a luxury hotel into a refugee asylum.
On this edition we hear how unexploded bombs from World War II are slowing down the construction of an offshore wind farm, pay a visit to Germany's first multicultural retirement home and meet a Berlin doctor who restores old pianos.
A DW special on youth in Germany - from World War I to the present.
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