Thuringia is a federal state in the central part of Germany with a population of just over two million. It is known as "The Green Heart of Germany" for its dense forests.
Thuringia is known also for winter sports. During the Middle Ages Thuringia was situated at the border between Germanic and Slavic territories. Its capital is Erfurt, but its most famous city and cultural hub is Weimar, where poets Wolfang Goethe and Friedrich Schiller lived in the 19th century. This page contains recent DW content on Thuringia.
Hundreds of German Reichsbürger still own firearms despite police efforts to disarm the movement. The group, which refuses to recognize the federal government, gained traction after a member killed a policeman in 2016.
The stage was already set up for a white supremacist rock concert in Thuringia, but organizers were forced to move after an access road was blocked. Police still expect thousands of neo-Nazis to attend the two-day event.
Police are closer to solving one of Germany's most mysterious missing-person cases. A man has confessed to transporting the corpse of a 9-year-old girl who vanished 17 years ago to the forest where it was found in 2016.
Thuringia's state security agency wants to determine how much the AfD distances itself from right-wing extremism — if at all. The review will be used to later determine whether the party should be put under surveillance.