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.
The US government has allowed more employers to opt out of providing insurance to cover women's birth control. Some hail the measure as a "religious freedom" win, while others say it harms women's health care.
Sebastian Kurz is set to become Austrian chancellor aged just 31. A German satirical magazine has been heavily criticized for comparing the young politician to one of history's most notorious figures.
Two married men have become the first gay couple to adopt a child in Germany. Gay marriage became legal in Germany on October 1.
A new German study has predicted a massive rise in students due to an influx of migrant children and consistently rising birth rates. The authors warn that Germany is woefully unprepared for the future.
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