Since 2005, almost 400 Vietnamese have set up shop in the Dong Xuan Center in north-east Berlin, selling everything from clothes, to produce, to common drugstore items.
German federal prosecutors have taken control of an investigation into whether Vietnam conducted illegal espionage in Berlin. The probe relates to the alleged kidnapping of a Vietnamese businessman-turned-asylum seeker.
Germany says it is considering punitive measures against Vietnam over the alleged kidnapping of an oil executive turned asylum seeker in Berlin. Sigmar Gabriel described the case as the stuff of Cold War spy movies.
Trinh Xuan Thanh has turned up in Hanoi after reportedly being kidnapped off the street in Berlin by Vietnamese secret services. Vietnam insists he returned of his own free will.
In this city of cultural diversity, one often unsung group is the Vietnamese. Their traditions are bright and rich, and as Tamsin Walker found out, sometimes take some getting used to.
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