It's been 20 years since East and West Germany reunified, but the terms "typically Ossi" and "typically Wessi" are still bandied about. We've selected some of the most common cliches.
German President Christian Wulff has vowed to focus on the hot button issue of integration of immigrants. And the president made good on that pledge in his speech marking German Unity Day, DW's Volker Wagener says.
In the grand scheme of history, 20 years are a nanosecond. Deutsche Welle's Marc Koch stresses how far reunified Germany has come in such a short time - despite errors and challenges along the way .
The sports doping program carried out by the former East Germany may be decades in the past, but many one-time athletes still carry the scars - physical and mental - from that time.
The head of Germany's populist party AfD has met with high-level Russian politicians in a secretive meeting in Moscow. Petry's office refused to clarify who else attended the talks.
The Bundesbank has singled out seven cities where property prices were particularly overvalued. Investors have turned to real estate as consistently low interest rates negate any benefits from saving.
The cousin of a South Korean woman who died during an attempted exorcism in a Frankfurt hotel has been given a six-year jail sentence. Four other relatives, including the victim's teen son, recieved suspended sentences.
SPD candidate Martin Schulz has proposed a roll-back of the signature labor reforms introduced by the last SPD chancellor, Gerhard Schröder. The move "opens the window wider" for a center-left coalition, some say.
Chancellor Merkel's visit to Algeria has been called off because President Bouteflika is too sick to meet. The two-day trip was part of an effort to stem migration from North Africa in an election year in Germany.
Berlin is under pressure to deport refugees from so-called "safe countries of origin" back to their homelands. But a country like Algeria has other challenges to overcome before it takes back its people.
A US-based auction house says the red phone, complete with Nazi party symbol, was bought by an unnamed bidder. The phone was described as "arguably the most destructive 'weapon' of all time."
Under a proposed law, Germany's Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) would be allowed to examine refugees' mobiles to establish their identity. The bill aims to prevent refugees from giving false identities.
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