Germany's birth rate rose slightly in 2012 after hitting a record low the year before. But the number of deaths exceeded births by almost 200,000 people.
In 2016, Germany saw 7.4 percent more births and 1.5 percent fewer deaths than in the previous year. But hopes this will translate into a younger population are misplaced.
Rail and air traffic in Germany have slowly resumed after a winter storm with hurricane-force winds slammed into western Europe. Several people were killed by falling trees and dangerous road conditions due to the storm.
Should students in Germany be required to visit to a concentration camp memorial site? DW's Marcel Fürstenau says that anyone who believes such a trip will prevent anti-Semitism needs to do more reflecting.
The court ruled a transgender parent who donated sperm before becoming a woman cannot be the child's mother, a distinction only given to the person who gives birth. Gay and lesbian groups are calling for a law change.
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