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Five sure-fire ways to impress Germans with your manners
Chancellor Angela Merkel showing up French President François Hollande in a neighbourly battle of table manners. Photo: DPA.

Despite what stereotypes might have you believe, Germans aren't that different from the rest of us when it comes to social interactions. But these tips should at least help guide you through the minor quirks that come with your next dinner invitation.

Bayer's Monsanto bid
Monsanto takeover would be 'diabolical': environmentalists
An anti-Monsanto activist at a protest in Brandenburg in 2014. Photo: DPA

A proposed tie-up between Bayer and Monsanto has inflamed opinion in Germany where most people oppose genetically modified foods.

Far-right AfD turns on itself over failed Muslim meeting
Jörg Meuthen. Photo: DPA

The co-leader of the far-right Alternative for Germany party has criticized his party colleagues after talks with Muslim leaders collapsed after just an hour on Monday.

Extremist violence 'exploded' in record year for refugees
Left-wing violence at the Blockupy protest in Frankfurt in March 2015. Photo: DPA.

It is now official: 2015 smashed all records for political violence, as the far right attacked refugee homes and the far left responded by attacking them in turn, Interior Ministry figures show.

Tornado rips off roofs as storm batters west Germany
A property damages by a tornado in Minden on Sunday evening. Photo: DPA

Five houses had to be evacuated in Minden, North Rhine-Westphalia, after a tornado swept through the town on Sunday.

German prosecutors seek jail for ex-SS Auschwitz guard
Reinhold Hanning stands accused of having watched over the selection of which prisoners were fit for labour, and which should be sent to the gas chambers. Photo: DPA

'We owe it to the victims to pursue the crimes even today,' the chief prosecutor said.

Keep shredding millions of male chicks, court tells farms
File photo: DPA

A German court said on Friday that there was no legal obstacle to the practice of shredding male chicks shortly after they are hatched, in a big setback for animal rights activists.

Migrants try new route to UK through north German port
Cuxhaven harbour. Photo: DPA

A small number of migrants have started trying to reach the UK through Cuxhaven harbour in north Germany. Federal police say they are stepping up security.

Two police raids on journos raise press freedom fears
The raids relate to violent protests in Frankfurt in March 2015. Photo: DPA

Police raided the Berlin homes of two photographers on Wednesday morning. One journalist said he was being treated "like an outlaw."

Alps plane crash
Top doctor blasts Lufthansa over pilots' mental health
Debris from the flight 4U9525 crash seen in the Alps. Photo: French Interior Ministry/DPA

The head of Germany's doctors' association has lashed out at Lufthansa for failing to prevent last year's Germanwings crash by allowing a pilot suffering from severe depression to fly.

German squad target for terrorists at Euro 2016: police
Photo: DPA

Federal investigators have warned that the German national team could be the target of a terror attack at the European football championship this summer.

German chemical giant in talks to buy Monsanto
Photo: DPA

Bayer are in talks to buy controversial US biotechnology firm Monsanto, in an acquisition which could create an agro mega-firm.

China beats Germany in readiness to help refugees
Photo: DPA

Amnesty International’s Refugees Welcome Index shows that China is the country where people are most willing to take in refugees. Germany comes a close second.

'Known Salafist' allowed to work at Berlin airports
Berlin's Tegel airport seen from the air. Photo: DPA

A worker was allowed access to secure areas of both of Berlin's airports for up to 10 months after authorities found out he had links to fundamentalist Islam, media reported on Wednesday.

Dairy farms in crisis as milk now cheaper than water
Photo: DPA

As the price of milk in German supermarkets dips below that of a bottle of mineral water, many farmers fear for their futures. How has this come to pass?

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