In the Rhineland, carnival is called the 'fifth season'. Today thousands of people in Cologne celebrated the beginning of the carnival period, which goes until February, in Germany.
With anti-nuclear banners, polar bear costumes and Carnival-style floats, thousands of protesters took to the streets in Bonn to urge governments to do more to combat climate change.
A system of annual pay raises for parliamentarians, first practiced in 2016, has been extended by Germany’s new Bundestag. Its vote drew protests from the opposition Left party and far-right Alternative for Germany.
Around 50 activists have tried to force their way past security to sabotage logging operations in the Hambacher Forst woods near Aachen. Footage shows police forces using pepper spray to displace the protesters.
Thousands of people have protested in Bonn, where the UN Climate Conference is taking place, demanding Germany immediately phase out its use of coal.
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