Numerous towns and villages between Cologne, Dusseldorf and Aachen have been abandoned to make way for the region's lignite mining industry. Johannes Twielemeier photographs the towns he calls "lost places" before they're razed.
A new TV miniseries revisits the 1988 Gladbeck hostage crisis. Dubbed the "darkest hour" in postwar German media history, coverage of the event shattered the nation and redefined the rules of reporting.
Thousands of Kurds have staged peaceful protests in Hanover against Turkey's offensive in Afrin and Germany's foreign arms sales. The rallies came as violence has spiked over Afrin in Germany in recent weeks.
At school, Jens Spahn said he aimed to become chancellor one day. At 22, he won a seat in Germany's parliament. Today, critics of Angela Merkel's centrist approach in the CDU are pinning their hopes on the 37-year-old.
Last December, a German teenager was murdered by her former boyfriend, an Afghan refugee. The small town of Kandel has seen its streets hijacked by heated demonstrations of Germany's competing attitudes about migration.
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