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Left aims for the centre in first government
Thüringen party leaders, from left to right: Susann Hennig-Wellsow (Linke), Dieter Lauinger (Greens), Andreas Bausewein (SPD). Photo: DPA

Left aims for the centre in first government

Left-wing politicians in Thuringia have tried to placate centrist voters in their programme for the first state government led by the Linke (Left) party, the former East German Communist Party. READ  

German of the Week
The detective who 'saw the dark side of society'
Jörg Ziercke. Photo: DPA

The detective who 'saw the dark side of society'

Head of the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) Jörg Ziercke hung up his handcuffs this week after an epic ten-year tenure in one of the toughest jobs in Germany. But he faces one last challenge to his robust record as he leaves office. READ  

Bill rising for early pension payout scheme
This could be closer than previously thought for German pensioners. Photo: DPA

Bill rising for early pension payout scheme

Many more people than expected have applied for an early pension at 63 under new rules meaning they won't see a cut in payments. READ  

Zombies, romping parents join climate drive
Recycling is good for the environment too! Photo: Bundesministerium für Umwelt/YouTube

Zombies, romping parents join climate drive

The Environment Ministry raises issues and eyebrows with its racy new climate protection Internet ad campaign. READ  

Charity turns neo-Nazi march into fundraiser
The starting line. Photo courtesy Rechts-gegen-rechts.

Charity turns neo-Nazi march into fundraiser

Year after year, the town of Wunsiedel was the unwilling host to a march of neo-Nazis who would make their way through the town to the grave of Rudolf Heß. When digging up the body didn't deter the unwanted guests, the town came up with a new plan. READ  

Edathy to stand trial on child porn charges
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Edathy to stand trial on child porn charges

A German lawmaker who resigned early this year will stand trial for allegedly downloading child pornography onto his parliamentary work computer, a court said on Tuesday. READ  

Ministry to fight child sex images with Google
Families Minister Manuela Schwesig. Photo: DPA

Ministry to fight child sex images with Google

The Ministry for Families has announced that it will support the “No Grey Areas Online” initiative to fight child pornography distributors, it was reported on Tuesday. READ  

Bundesbank: weak growth to close year
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Bundesbank: weak growth to close year

The German economy, Europe's biggest, will continue to show little sparkle at least until the end of the year, the central bank (Bundesbank) predicted on Monday. READ  

Frankfurt opens chambers to pot talks
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Frankfurt opens chambers to pot talks

Politicians in Frankfurt city hall are opening up the debate to legalising cannabis in the city on Monday. Will other cities soon follow suit? READ  

Russia 'will not prevail' in Ukraine: Merkel
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Russia 'will not prevail' in Ukraine: Merkel

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday called on the West not to lose hope in what may be a long struggle with Russia over Ukraine, but vowed that the Kremlin "will not prevail". READ  

German FM hails easing of Jerusalem tension
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German FM hails easing of Jerusalem tension

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in talks in the West Bank on Saturday hailed the easing of Israeli-Palestinian tensions in annexed east Jerusalem since an intervention by his US counterpart. READ  

Anti-Muslim 'hooligan' rally avoids feared riot
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Anti-Muslim 'hooligan' rally avoids feared riot

A German rally by far-right hooligans against "Islamist extremism" passed off without incident Saturday, amid fears of clashes after violent scenes during a similar rally last month. READ  

German embassy worker expelled from Moscow
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German embassy worker expelled from Moscow

A German embassy worker has been expelled from Moscow in what Berlin sees as a "retaliatory" move, a German foreign ministry source said Saturday. READ  

'Germany is a country of migration': Stats
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'Germany is a country of migration': Stats

New data released from the 2013 Microcensus showed that one in five Germans are from a migration background, Destatis announced on Friday. READ  

German of the Week
Gysi: keeping up the family business
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Gysi: keeping up the family business

He's known for his eloquence and rhetoric, although this week he was just a guy being chased into a bathroom. We're naming Die Linke (Left) party leader Gregor Gysi our German of the Week. READ  

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