North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) is the most populous federal state in Germany. The biggest metropolitan area of the European continent, Rhine-Ruhr, is located within the state.
The state capital is Düsseldorf. However, the biggest city in NRW is Cologne. The former West German capital, Bonn is there - home to Deutsche Welle's headquarters. This page collates DW's latest content related to North Rhine-Westphalia.
The election result in North Rhine-Westphalia has confirmed the trend on the federal level: Chancellor Angela Merkel is a big step closer to a fourth term. Her SPD opponent Martin Schulz has been considerably weakened.
Winning Germany's most populous state - the last to vote before September's general election - could provide key momentum. And there are many other reasons why parties want a strong showing in North Rhine-Westphalia.
A state parliamentary inquiry has found police did not intervene fast enough in the 2015 New Year's Eve attacks. According to the report, officers could have prevented hundreds of alleged robberies and sexual assaults.
An increase of young Islamists in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia has prompted a draft bill which would enable secret services to save data belonging to 14-year-olds. The proposal has divided critics.