Clowns, Berlin Wall luxury and whiny soldiers
Published: 01 Mar 2013 10:45 GMT+01:00
In this week's Weekly News Podcast, The Local's Ben Knight contends with clownish chancellor candidates, the second fall of the Berlin Wall for luxury flats, and Germany's allegedly whiny soldiers.
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President Gauck addressing the Bundestag on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Photo: DPA
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Manuel Neuer at the inauguration of his double in Berlin. Photo: DPA
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EVG members outside a station during a 2013 strike. Photo: DPA
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"Work will set you free," the gate at Auschwitz-Birkenau tells inmates. Photo: DPA
Chancellor Angela Merkel joined survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Berlin on Monday to open a series of events dedicated to the end of the Holocaust camp regime 70 years ago.
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