North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) is the most populous federal state in Germany. The biggest metropolitan area of the European continent, Rhine-Ruhr, is located within the state.
The state capital is Düsseldorf. However, the biggest city in NRW is Cologne. The former West German capital, Bonn is there - home to Deutsche Welle's headquarters. This page collates DW's latest content related to North Rhine-Westphalia.
As students protesting around the world demand action in fighting climate change, one German education minister has said she wants students back in classrooms. She said they could be escorted to class or even expelled.
Stun guns, WhatsApp surveillance and expanding police operations: The NRW government says the measures will boost security in Germany's most populous state. Legal experts say otherwise. DW breaks down the draft law.
The election result in North Rhine-Westphalia has confirmed the trend on the federal level: Chancellor Angela Merkel is a big step closer to a fourth term. Her SPD opponent Martin Schulz has been considerably weakened.
Winning Germany's most populous state - the last to vote before September's general election - could provide key momentum. And there are many other reasons why parties want a strong showing in North Rhine-Westphalia.