We visit a company that produces hats for Cologne's annual carnival. They're hand-made out of silk and brocade with exquisite embroidery, and can go for as much as 200 euros apiece.
Borussia Dortmund have bounced back from their disappointing defeat in Liverpool with a solid 3-0 victory over visiting Hamburg. Cologne came back from two goals down to earn an important three points in Mainz.
To understand the "strange" Carnival culture, you'll need to learn a few typical expressions from the Kölsch dialect. If they're new to you, don't start doubting your German skills - most Germans don't know them either.
For weeks now, Germany has had the impression that Cologne is a city in crisis. The authorities have been under pressure since the assaults on New Year's Eve. Will the citizens let these concerns spoil their festivities?
Two parade float organizers are being probed by authorities for allegedly inciting hatred against refugees. One included the words "the plague is coming," referencing the refugee crisis.
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