Lower Saxony is Germany's second largest federal state, situated in the northwest with a population of 8 million.This is where the German environmentalist movement began in protest against nuclear waste disposal.
Lower Saxony is the only German state that has maritime and mountainous areas, as it stretches from the North Sea to the low mountains of the Harz in central Germany. Agriculture is an important factor in the state; wheat, potatoes, rye, and oats as well as beef, pork and poultry are the state's main agricultural products. Mining has been an important source of income - since the 1980 radioactive waste has beeb transported to defunct mines. DW coverage on Lower Saxony is collated below.
The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) is set to be excluded from a foundation that oversees the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp memorial. The foundation's director told DW the move was "the lesser of two evils."
Politicians from the far-right AfD could soon be represented on a board that oversees former Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen. Survivor groups are appalled. But some observers say excluding the party could backfire.
Is Angela Merkel already under pressure less than a month after re-election? The German chancellor has fought back after her party's poor performance in Lower Saxony and the rise of a "new" conservatism in Austria.