Numerous towns and villages between Cologne, Dusseldorf and Aachen have been abandoned to make way for the region's lignite mining industry. Johannes Twielemeier photographs the towns he calls "lost places" before they're razed.
Two years after a devastating earthquake, the town of Visso still looks as if the disaster happened yesterday. Bureaucratic chaos has forced many to move away, and reconstruction has yet to begin. Ylenia Gostoli reports.
Brandenburg boasts magnificent palaces, medieval town centers and plenty for nature-lovers.
Police have arrested an Afghan man over a triple stabbing in a southwestern German town. The local mayor happened to be passing by and apprehended the attacker after persuading him to put down the knife.
Fifty years ago, West Germany signed a labor agreement with the socialist government of Yugoslavia. Many of the guest workers initially came to the country for one year, but ended up staying the rest of their lives.
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