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Now that the chancellor is really leaving the political stage, many abroad wonder whether Germany will remain predictable. Such concerns are unfounded, says Rosalia Romaniec.
The 67-year-old electrician received an 8.5-year jail term. While the sadomasochist "operations" were conducted at the men's request, the court found their consent to be legally invalid.
Lawmakers have condemned torch-bearing protesters who gathered outside the home of Saxony's health minister. A far-right group protesting the latest COVID-19 measures has claimed responsibility for the rally.
Germany's incoming coalition — made up of Social Democrats, Greens and the neoliberal FDP — has agreed on a political road map. DW takes a look at the key issues they're taking on, including the COVID pandemic.
Germany's new, post-Merkel government is set to take office this Wednesday. Here are the 17 individuals who will shape German politics in the years to come.
It's time to take a fresh look at the man who revived the SPD. Often likened to a robot, Olaf Scholz has never really been popular in his own party. But now he's set to head the next German government.
Christian Lindner may be the leader of the smallest party in coalition talks, but he is set to become finance minister.
With his party in a pivotal position, the Greens' co-chair is set to become vice-chancellor.
Dual citizenship, family reunions for refugees and more visa opportunities are a few of the pledges made by the parties of the new coalition. Activists and state integration ministers alike had long backed such changes.
DW's Luisa von Richthofen met a woman mourning two close relatives who died after getting infected with coronavirus.
What if an electric car could get a 200 kilometer charge boost in 10 minutes — anywhere, without infrastructure?
Lea Schüller, Bayern Women's goal scorer, wants to go to the 2022 European Football Championship as a regular in the DFB team.
Germany's new government is taking shape. But did all three parties get a good deal? Or were the Greens outdone by the smaller neoliberal FDP? Now, the party that has taken pains to stress harmony, sees cracks reappear.
While high-speed internet via fiber-based broadband connectivity has advanced considerably in towns and cities across Germany, rural areas still lag behind. But new competitors are trying to narrow the gap.
"We can do it," Germany's outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel said during the influx of refugees in 2015. One Syrian family named their daughter after her — and six years on, they still hold her in high esteem.
Germany's next government is promising to end homelessness by 2030. First, however, it has to get a handle on how big the problem exactly is — something advocates already know all too well.
The man seen as the architect of the Social Democrats' victory in September's election, Lars Klingbeil, is to become party chairman. Together with leftist Saskia Esken, the moderate will lead Germany's oldest party.
Rising homelessness is a worldwide problem that has been exacerbated by the pandemic. How are cities and architects dealing with the crisis?
Coronavirus infections are surging in Germany. What does this mean for tourists? Here are the answers to some of the most pressing questions.
Now published as a book, Herlinde Koelbl's series of portraits follow Merkel's transformation from an obscure politician to Germany's first female chancellor.
So far, only 14 works were proven to have been looted under the Nazis among the some 1,500 found in Gurlitt's hoard.
Berlin has become a tourist magnet since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. But few people realize that the multicultural city boasts some impressive superlatives. Here are 10 facts about Berlin you may not know.
The Goethe-Institut was founded on August 9, 1951. It quickly developed into Germany's emissary for language and culture.
Germany was divided for years, and much has changed since reunification. Here are some of the biggest changes in pictures from Berlin, Potsdam, Stralsund and other places that have witnessed a remarkable transformation.
Rachel Stewart is back with more English words that have been given a new meaning in Germany.
A city in flux: Photographer Alexander Steffen photo-documents Berlin as it changes.
Affordable housing in Berlin for families, students and single parents is increasingly scarce.
Take a tour to the favorite eateries and samples the comfort food of German political figures.
A witness describes how refugees made it across the Berlin Wall.
As Germany moves into the post-Merkel era, DW's Berlin Briefing newsletter keeps you updated on the country's politics and society.
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