As German parliamentary elections draw closer, DW is taking the country's pulse. The first stop of Sumi Somaskanda and Nina Haase's summer road trip is Dresden, where the anti-immigration movement is still strong.
Some 10,000 people joined demonstrations in Dresden opposing a celebratory PEGIDA rally. The far-right group held its first "evening stroll" four years ago.
Did Dresden police, at the behest of far-right protesters, block reporters from doing their work? The accusations are under investigation. Journalists in Germany, it seems, are increasingly being targeted by opponents.
Saxony authorities have admitted that the man who berated a camera crew during a far-right PEGIDA protest last week was a state police employee. German broadcaster ZDF called the incident a violation of press freedom.
Angela Merkel has just returned from her summer holidays and she's already braving enemy territory. DW followed her to Dresden, a stronghold for far-right populists who have no affinity for the German chancellor.
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