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Merkel to Greece: 'remain part of our story'
Angela Merkel with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in front of Michelangelo's David in Florence. Photo: DPA

Merkel to Greece: 'remain part of our story'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday she wanted Greece to "remain part of our story", ahead of elections this weekend which could sweep the anti-austerity Syriza party to power and determine whether the country stays in the eurozone. READ  

Let's officialize Muslim community: Berlin SPD
Muslims at prayer in Berlin's Sehitlik mosque. Photo: DPA

Let's officialize Muslim community: Berlin SPD

Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader Raed Saleh wants to create a contract with the Muslim community similar to the one between the town hall and Christian and Jewish groups that grants them official status. READ  

Renzi woos Merkel amid Florentine splendour
Angela Merkel and Matteo Renzi speaking in Florence. Photo: DPA

Renzi woos Merkel amid Florentine splendour

The eurozone's deep divisions were set to be given an airing in Florence on Friday as Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi hosted German Chancellor Angela Merkel days before crucial elections in Greece. READ  

Merkel offers Russia free-trade agreement
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Merkel offers Russia free-trade agreement

Germany would be prepared to negotiate a free-trade agreement between the European Union and Russia as a way out of the deadlocked Ukraine conflict, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday. READ  

Ministers agree Ukraine weapons reductions
A Ukrainian soldier rests near the front line in the eastern city of Donetsk

Ministers agree Ukraine weapons reductions

The foreign ministers of Russia and Ukraine, Sergei Lavrov and Pavel Klimkin, agreed at a meeting in Berlin on Wednesday evening that heavy weapons would be withdrawn from front lines in eastern Ukraine . READ  

Pegida leader's Hitler Facebook photo emerges
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Pegida leader's Hitler Facebook photo emerges

New ire has come from the leader of anti-Islam movement Pegida after newspapers revealed on Wednesday that he once posted a picture of himself dressed as Adolf Hitler captioned: "He's back". READ  

Pegida fails to mobilize beyond Dresden
Munich anti-Pegida demonstrators look across police lines. Photo: DPA

Pegida fails to mobilize beyond Dresden

While Dresden was under police lockdown on Monday night after Isis death threats against Pegida organizers, branches of the anti-Islam movement in other cities failed to draw larger crowds than counter-demonstrations. READ  

Isis threat stops Monday Pegida march
Police have received a 'credible threat' against organiser Lutz Bachmann's life. Photo: DPA

Isis threat stops Monday Pegida march

UPDATE: A spokesperson has said that Monday's cancellation of Germany's anti-Islamic Pegida movement on Monday, was not the end of the ogranisation. A death threat against organizers from the Islamic State jihadist group was confirmed on Sunday. READ  

ECB in Germany compromise over QE
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ECB in Germany compromise over QE

The European Central Bank (ECB) will next week announce plans to directly buy government bonds, creating new money to fight off possible deflation despite German objections, according to a media report. READ  

Merkel wants Greece to stay in eurozone
Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras greets Angela Merkel in Athens in April, 2014. Photo: DPA

Merkel wants Greece to stay in eurozone

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday she wants Greece to stay in the eurozone, 10 days before a snap Greek election likely to be won by an anti-austerity party. READ  

Hooligans join Cologne Pegida demo
Kögida marchers in central Cologne on Wednesday. Photo: DPA

Hooligans join Cologne Pegida demo

Around 150 people marched through Cologne on Wednesday in the name of anti-Islam movement Pegida, including hooligans and members of far-right party Pro NRW, significantly fewer than last week's 500. READ  

Government to issue jihadi ID cards
A picture released by a jihadist Twitter account allegedly showing Isis fighters on the Iraqi-Syrian border. Photo: DPA

Government to issue jihadi ID cards

The cabinet agreed on Wednesday to push for a new law aimed at stopping people from leaving Germany to fight for Islamist movements in the Middle East. READ  

Gauck tells Muslims 'we are all Germany'
President Gauck addressing the rally. Photo: DPA

Gauck tells Muslims 'we are all Germany'

German President Joachim Gauck told the country's Muslim community Tuesday that "we are all Germany" at a rally to condemn the Paris jihadist attacks and take a stand against rising Islamophobia. READ  

Inside Dresden's 25,000-strong Pegida march
The front line of the Pegida march in Dresden on Monday. Photo: DPA

Inside Dresden's 25,000-strong Pegida march

Despite efforts by counter demonstrators on Monday night, Pegida completed its 12th march around Dresden, attracting its largest crowd to date in the wake of last week's Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris. READ  

Talks fail to set Ukraine peace summit date
Sergei Lavrov, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Pavlo Klimkin and Laurent Fabius

Talks fail to set Ukraine peace summit date

The foreign ministers of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France ended a meeting Monday without being able to set a date for a hoped-for peace summit on ending the Ukrainian conflict. READ  

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