Islamist terrorism is the biggest test facing Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in her New Year's address to the nation. She vowed to introduce laws that improve security after a deadly attack before Christmas in Berlin.
Germany's chancellor has warned that differing opinions threaten to tear "a rift" in society in a time of political uncertainty. She has called for more mutual respect and understanding.
Last week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the Turkish offensive in the Syrian enclave "unacceptable." But that has not stopped her government from selling arms to Turkey, German public media reported.
Eight people have been found guilty of numerous crimes including deliberate attacks on refugee shelters in Germany. After a yearlong trial, the legal points hinged on the very nature of the group's structure and intent.
The right wing in southern and eastern Germany often accuses Angela Merkel of betraying conservative values — a potentially big problem for the chancellor. DW went to Ansbach in Bavaria to test the political winds.
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