Former US president Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have been discussing democracy, faith and politics, in front of a large crowd in central Berlin. The event was part of the regular Protestant church convention.
Former US President Barack Obama addressed the church congress saying "we can not hide behind a wall." This year, the 500th anniversary of the Reformation is the featured topic, with many big names making an appearance.
A biennial conference of the Protestant Church in Germany has so far attracted some 136,000 people, organizers say. But religion is sometimes being upstaged by politics at the event.
Germany's protestant church has secured a coup: Barack Obama will address the annual assembly to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. It could be Obama's first major appearance since leaving the presidency.
Nine men - four of them linked to the German capital's "violent Islamist" scene - are being held after multiple early morning raids. Police say they confiscated weapons, electronics and narcotics.
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