The German state is undermining constitutional civil rights, according to a report by eight civil rights groups in Germany. No lessons had been learned two years after the Snowden revelations, it claims.
The German parliament has passed a contentious bill curtailing small unions' powers to negotiate separate wage agreements. It comes after strikes by niche unions severely disrupted rail and air travel in recent months.
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.