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One of these men will be Berlin's next mayor
Jan Stöß, Raed Saleh, Michael Müller Photo: DPA

One of these men will be Berlin's next mayor

Three men are hoping to become Berlin’s next mayor after Klaus Wowereit steps down in December. With nominations closing on Monday, The Local looks at the three politicians who want to lead the city. READ  

Eurosceptics celebrate huge eastern gains
AfD leader Bernd Lucke celebrates on Sunday night. Photo: DPA

Eurosceptics celebrate huge eastern gains

UPDATE: Germany's anti-euro party celebrated huge gains in elections in two eastern states on Sunday night, in a show of strength that spells a growing threat for Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives. READ  

Merkel: 'Jewish life is part of German identity'
Merkel speaking on Sunday at the rally in Berlin. Photo: DPA

Merkel: 'Jewish life is part of German identity'

Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed on Sunday to resolutely combat anti-Semitism, speaking at a rally to condemn a spate of hate speech and attacks against Jews in Germany during the latest Gaza conflict. READ  

UK, US spies can access telecom records: report
Deutsche Telekom's network can reportedly be accessed by the NSA and GCHQ. Photo: DPA

UK, US spies can access telecom records: report

The US National Security Agency and British intelligence services are able to secretly access data from telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom and several other German operators, according to Der Spiegel magazine. READ  

German soldiers head to Iraqi Kurdistan
German soldiers on deployment in Afghanistan. Photo: DPA

German soldiers head to Iraqi Kurdistan

Berlin is preparing to send around 40 soldiers to northern Iraq to train Kurdish fighters battling against militants from the Islamic State, the German army said on Saturday. READ  

Germany officially bans terror group Isis
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Germany officially bans terror group Isis

UPDATE: Germany on Friday officially banned Islamic terror group Isis from any activities in the country, warning that the jihadists, who have captured swathes of Iraq and Syria, also posed a threat to Europe. READ  

Politician compares education reform to 9/11
North Rhine-Westphalia politician Angela Freimuth made the comments while wearing an USA flag scarf. Photo: DPA

Politician compares education reform to 9/11

Politicians in a German state parliament reacted furiously on Thursday when one of their members compared new university regulations to 9/11 on the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. READ  

German export strength prompts Brussels rebuke
Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble at the Bundestag budget debate on Wednesday. Photo: DPA

German export strength prompts Brussels rebuke

Germany continues to export more to fellow Euro members than it imports despite the overall figure shrinking in 2013, new figures showed on Thursday. READ  

Eurosceptics AfD hope for more eastern gains
AfD leader Bernd Lucke campaigns in Jena, Thuringia. Photo: DPA

Eurosceptics AfD hope for more eastern gains

Germany's anti-euro party expects to make further inroads in two state elections in the country's east on Sunday, which would spell a worsening political headache for Chancellor Angela Merkel. READ  

German of the Week
Oettinger: From laughing stock to digital boss
Günther Oettinger (right) blows out the candles on a huge EU cake for his 60th birthday last October. Photo: DPA

Oettinger: From laughing stock to digital boss

His poor command of English made him the butt of jokes on national television and YouTube, but Germany's EU commissioner Günther Oettinger now finds himself in charge of the continent's digital future. READ  

Germany rules out Syria air strikes
Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier ruled out helping the US with airstrikes against Isis. Photo: DPA

Germany rules out Syria air strikes

UPDATE: Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told journalists on Friday that Thursday Germany will not take part in US-led air strikes against Islamic extremists Isis in Syria, following US President Barack Obama's announcement that the air campaign will be extended. READ  

Merkel to tackle anti-Semitism rise at rally
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Merkel to tackle anti-Semitism rise at rally

Chancellor Angela Merkel will speak at a Berlin rally against anti-Semitism on Sunday to condemn hate speech and attacks against Jews that spiked amid the latest Gaza conflict. READ  

Germans want cooler relations with USA
Best of friends? Photo: DPA

Germans want cooler relations with USA

Germans want more independence from the United States in security and diplomacy affairs, according to a major survey released on Wednesday, which showed negative attitudes towards the USA have hardened. READ  

Minister attacks Shell's oil and Adidas' jerseys
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Minister attacks Shell's oil and Adidas' jerseys

UPDATE: Germany’s development minister Gerd Müller attacked the production practices of Shell and Adidas on Tuesday, suggesting indirectly that German consumers should boycott some of the companies' products. Adidas has hit back with a furious response. READ  

Why some Bavarians want a Scottish 'Yes'
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Why some Bavarians want a Scottish 'Yes'

One group in Germany is taking a particularly keen interest in the Scottish referendum on independence - the Bavarian Party. The separatist party's chairman tells The Local why he is rooting for the Scottish nationalists. READ  

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