Thuringia is a federal state in the central part of Germany with a population of just over two million. It is known as "The Green Heart of Germany" for its dense forests.
Thuringia is known also for winter sports. During the Middle Ages Thuringia was situated at the border between Germanic and Slavic territories. Its capital is Erfurt, but its most famous city and cultural hub is Weimar, where poets Wolfang Goethe and Friedrich Schiller lived in the 19th century. This page contains recent DW content on Thuringia.
The leaders of Germany's nationalist AfD have asked that Thuringia state party leader Björn Höcke be removed from his position. Höcke caused a stir for his harsh criticism of Germany's culture of Holocaust remembrance.
German police have simultaneously raided a dozen apartments and a refugee center across five states, police in Thuringia have announced. Authorities say the raids are targeting asylum seekers suspected of joining IS.