In his Christmas message from Bellevue Palace, German president Joachim Gauck stressed the potential for positive change resulting from the refugee crisis. He praised the efforts of volunteers and emphasized that violence would not be tolerated.
Birthdays, jubilees or official visits - the Queen is constantly showered with presents. Elizabeth II has been on the throne so long, by now, her collection of gifts contains some oddities indeed.
After over two years, Berlin said it's still not ready to stop temporary passport controls at the Austrian border. The Interior Ministry cited fears of a terrorist attack and unbridled migration for the prolonged checks.
When hundreds of thousands of refugees made their way into Europe in August and September 2015, German Chancellor Angela Merkel decided to engage in an open-door policy toward the newcomers. What's happened since then?
German authorities now have the legal right to analyze asylum seekers' smartphone data as a means of determining their identity and country of origin. It is a step long past due, writes Christoph Hasselbach.
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