People usually associate Essen with the color gray and think of coal mines and steel. On his tour of the city, Check-in host Lukas Stege found out that Essen also has a surprisingly green side.
Coal, steel and heavy industry all featured prominently in Essen's past. But now the reinvented Ruhr region hub is showing off its environmental credentials as 2017's European Green Capital. Samantha Early paid a visit.
After Stockholm and Copenhagen, another Scandinavian city has won the title European Green Capital, honoring green urban achievements. It is the third time Norway's capital Oslo was shortlisted.
Most of Germany's refugees come to escape death and war. Some are fleeing poverty. Hardly any come to fall in love. But if they are to be integrated into society, some of them will have to. And it won't be easy.
An increase of young Islamists in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia has prompted a draft bill which would enable secret services to save data belonging to 14-year-olds. The proposal has divided critics.
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