Christmas behind bars can be a sad affair - that's why parishes in Bremen make a point of organizing Christmas parcels containing treats and little gifts, which they distribute in jails.
On the Day of the Imprisoned Writer, rights group PEN International remembers writers who have been jailed for their work. DW asks former imprisoned author Enoh Meyomesse about his life after release.
A police raid has prompted Olga Romanova, the head of a Russian NGO fighting for rights of prisoners, to quit Russia and take up a job in Germany. The authorities had accused Romanova of embezzling funds.
With the rise of the Alternative for Germany to the forefront of the national consciousness, calls for remembering the past are loud, but, as Tamsin Walker has discovered, the present could also be a powerful educator.
Germany's Family and Interior Ministries have announced a new national action plan against racism. In tackling extremism, some 100 million euros are to be specifically invested in preventing Islamist radicalization.
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