German retailers expect Christmas sales to top 90 billion euros this year - a record sum. The season is off to a good start, boosted by the vigorous growth of online sales.
There are 67 shopping malls in Berlin — far too many, says columnist Gero Schliess. To him, these buildings are symbols of artificial consumption that are ruining Berlin's character. His cry: Stop the mall madness!
One of the world's most beloved Christmas carols, "Silent Night" was written nearly two centuries ago, yet keeps resonating in Christmas festivities.
Saxony state prosecutors have attracted anger after ruling that a gallows "reserved for Angela Merkel" could be put on sale, because it was art. Legal experts say the decision betrays a failure of the rule of law.
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