For the last five years, 250 schools in Bavaria have offered Islamic religion classes. About 11,000 pupils from muslim families have take part in this pilot project. More want to take the classes but there's a shortage of qualified teachers.
Lederhosen were not always popular. They nearly disappeared in the 1880s! But thanks to one Bavarian teacher and his drinking buddies, the shorts will fill Oktoberfest tents. DW presents some surprising lederhosen facts.
Bavarians are known for their independence. The political expression of this is the Christian Social Union — the regional conservative party and feisty southern sibling to Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats.
The German federal government had provided funds to DITIB for counterextremism and refugee aid programs. The Turkish-Islamic group has been under fire over a number of scandals.
Anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders' plan to hold a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest has sparked protests in Pakistan. It comes after a man was arrested in Belgium for threatening to attack Wilders over the competition.
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