Germany's birth rate rose slightly in 2012 after hitting a record low the year before. But the number of deaths exceeded births by almost 200,000 people.
Abortion can sometimes carry major health risks. The lack of availability of either condoms or contraceptive pills means that many Cuban women undergo several abortions in their lives, the blogger Yoani Sánchez writes.
Instead of "male" or "female," intersex people in Germany can now identify themselves as "diverse" on official ID papers. However, more work lies ahead for better protection and recognition, writes DW’s Pacinthe Mattar.
More children are enrolled in German schools today as a result of higher birth rates and immigration. Still, a stark divide exists between those who are likely to attain a higher education and those who are not.
Germany's low birth rate worried politicians for decades. Now the country has recorded its highest fertility rates since 1973. DW looks at whether family-friendly policies have encouraged more couples to have children.
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