Surveys show the church and religion are becoming less important for people.
The Social Democrats are fighting about their future, while others want a new party to unite the left. The disunity has been long in the making and uncomfortably recalls Germany's past, says DW's Jefferson Chase.
A coalition with Angela Merkel's conservatives? No thanks! That's how the regional SPD conference in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt voted, against its own leaders. Sabine Kinkartz reports from Wernigerode.
German construction companies may no longer be building as many new buildings in the coming years - despite a deepening housing shortage. Experts say there needs to be a "culture change" in how we think about houses.
Germany's government is concerned that proposed changes to EU asylum rules will force it to take in significantly more refugees in the future, according to Der Spiegel. The reforms would also void any caps on refugees.
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