Johannes Kneifel was a 17-year-old skinhead when he killed a man. During the five years the young neo-Nazi spent behind bars, he found God and reinvented himself. He has now almost completed his theology studies and is planning to become a pastor.
East Germany made about 200,000 people into political prisoners. For the past 25 years, they have had the ability to sue for damages and have their criminal records expunged. Now an important deadline is approaching.
Germany has restarted family reunifications for refugees with a limited protection status two years after the policy was suspended in a bid to curb new arrivals. The issue has caused tension inside Merkel's government.
The death toll in a bombing of a bus convoy carrying evacuees from Syrian government-held territory has risen, said a monitor. The transfers are part of a massive relocation of people along political and sectarian lines.
The German Cabinet has approved legislation allowing refugees with so-called "subsidiary" status to bring their direct relatives to Germany. The finer details have exposed deep divisions within the governing coalition.
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