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.
Germany has told a second employee of the Vietnamese Embassy in Berlin to leave the country after the alleged kidnapping of Trinh Xuan Thanh. Vietnam maintains the former oil executive voluntarily returned home.
Czech authorities extradited to Germany a 46-year-old Vietnamese agent involved in a brazen Berlin kidnapping in July. The man is accused of espionage and being an accessory to the abduction of a Vietnamese businessman.
Day work in a German agency while moonlighting for Vietnam's Communist Party? Such is the alleged double-life of the suspended worker who may have helped Vietnamese spies abduct businessman Trinh Xuan Thanh in Berlin.
Hanoi has seen the continuation of a court trial highlighting one of the largest graft cases in the history of Vietnam. Over 50 bankers in the Asian nation stand accused of embezzlement, mismanagement and corruption.
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