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.
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.
Amid growing safety concerns over Belgium's aging nuclear reactors, Germany's most populous state has purchased iodine tablets in case of a nuclear accident. Activists insist the best solution is to close the plants.
Ralf Jäger, interior minister in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), has criticized the "concentration" of North African refugees in the western German state. He said many North Africans had been linked to crime in the region.