Andreas Erhard owns three watchtowers originally erected along the Iron Curtain by the East German army. He also invested extra money in cleaning them up. He sees the towers as living history, and has opened them up to the public.
Heiner Geissler has died from a serious illness at his home in Gleisweiler, Rhineland-Palatinate. He served as secretary general of the Christian Democrats from 1977 and 1989.
George Smiley is back after nearly three decades. John le Carre's legendary spy will hit bookshelves in Germany on October 13. His publishers have concocted a clever marketing strategy for his fans in the meantime.
NATO has said it is not expecting a major increase in Russian air activity during the country's Zapad military exercises. However, the alliance has accused Moscow of not "playing by the rules" on the ground.
Not since the Cold War has Germany's foreign policy faced such crucial tests. Ahead of the German elections, DW's Tim Sebastian and a live audience quiz politicians from Germany's six major parties on foreign policy.
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