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'More cameras than flying stones' at Berlin May Day
Police in Kreuzberg, Berlin. Photo: DPA

Berlin is a traditional hot spot of trouble during Labour Day demonstrations on May 1st. But the situation remained relatively calm this year with only a short outbreak of violence from the far left.

Israel ‘exploiting’ German friendship: govt insider
Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo: DPA

A leading member of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) has accused Israel of exploiting German friendship, as Spiegel claimed Berlin is becoming ‘sceptical’ about its relationship with the Jewish state.

 Germany's right-wing AfD adopts anti-Islam manifesto
Co-leader Jörg Meuthen said the AfD stood for a "modern conservatism" and a "healthy patriotism". Photo: DPA

Germany's right-wing populist AfD Sunday adopted an anti-Islam policy in a manifesto that also demands curbs to immigration, as a poll showed it is now the country's third strongest party.

400 arrests outside German far-right AfD party congress
"No rights for Nazi propaganda," cried one group of demonstrators. Photo: DPA

Clashes broke out between party members and left-wing protestors.

Cologne mayor tells court of being stabbed in neck
Henriette Reker. Photo: DPA

Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker, described in court on Friday how she was attacked during campaigning last autumn and almost lost her life.

US Presidential election
Germany scratches head over Trump's zany foreign policy
Donald Trump (l) didn't impress Frank-Walter Steinmeier (r) with his foreign policy nous. Photos: DPA

US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump's explanation of his foreign policy got a polite but decidedly critical reception from Berlin on Thursday.

Brussels threatens Berlin over Autobahn toll on foreigners
A stretch of the Autobahn in Baden-Württemberg. Photo: DPA.

The European Commission demanded Germany make changes to its plan for an Autobahn toll on foreign drivers - or else face a challenge before the Court of Justice.

Germany, France want 'brake' on visa-free travel from Turkey
File photo: DPA

Berlin and Paris have crafted a plan that would allow them to put an 'emergency brake' on visa-free travel from Turkey as the EU negotiates a deal for Turkish citizens.

Germany ‘to block EU citizens from welfare for 5 years’
People walking into an employment office in Germany. Photo: DPA

EU citizens moving to Germany could be shut out from welfare payments for five years under a draft law seen by German media outlets on Thursday.

Berlin axes scandal-hit foreign spy chief
Gerhard Schindler, outgoing head of the BND intelligence agency. File photo: DPA

The German government confirmed on Wednesday that the head of its foreign intelligence service would be replaced two years ahead of schedule, triggering mass speculation about the cause.

In pics: Obama and Merkel's rollercoaster romance
Photo: DPA

Barack Obama's stop off in Hanover this week was his last visit to Germany as President. One person is likely to miss him more than most.

Scandal over TV comedian
Prosecutors to interview comic over Erdogan poem
Photo: Ben Knabe/ZDF/dpa

State prosecutors plan to interview TV satirist Jan Böhmermann before deciding whether to go ahead with a case against him under a little-used law against insulting foreign heads of state.

Merkel dismisses Bavaria's refugee letter 3 months later
Horst Seehofer and Angela Merkel. Photo: DPA

In January Bavarian leader Horst Seehofer wrote Chancellor Angela Merkel a letter threatening to take the government to court over its refugee policy. On Monday he finally received an answer.

Obama in Germany
'Keep Germany at heart of united Europe': Obama
President Obama stands in front of European, US and German flags at the Hannover Messe on Monday. Photo: DPA

Germany and its European allies must not give up on the values that have brought the continent unparalleled peace and prosperity, US President Barack Obama said on Monday.

Germany to build air base in Turkey for Isis campaign
A Tornado jet. Photo: DPA

Germany's air force is to spend tens of millions of Euros on a base in Turkey - in the expectation of a long battle against Isis.

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