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Germany's Year in Review

What stories gripped Germany in 2004?

The country's economy continued to take a beating, with its envied welfare state under siege and its once-untouchable auto industry feeling the pinch. Immigration and integration were topics very much on everyone's mind, with their shadow story, terrorism, never far behind. In the wake of the Abu Ghraib scandal, the Bundeswehr made headlines when it turned out to have a few bad apples of its own. And the United States renewed the contract of the leader of the free world -- to the great disappointment of most Germans.

On a different note, Michael Schumacher continued to rock Formula 1, paintings from New York's MoMA kept Berliners up all night, and the most gruesome trial in recent German history kept the tabloids flying off the stands.

Interested? We've rounded up the best -- some shocking, some funny, all of them interesting -- must-reads for anyone who wants to know how 2004 looked from a German perspective. Check it out.

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