A snack bar owner in the town of Bestwig has invited the needy to eat at his shop and pay him back whenever they can. He says the attention his offer has created hasn’t affected him or his profits.
As conflicts force a record number of refugees to flee to Europe, local communities struggle to accommodate them. Naomi Conrad reports from Tröglitz, whose mayor was forced to resign as far-right protests grew.
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