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The 6 German words you need to know for spring
You might find a few of these guys enjoying the sun in your friend's Schrebergarten. Photo: DPA.

With May 1st now over and the sun finally coming out, The Local looks at essential German words for describing your spring fever (Frühlingsgefühl).

Fare dodger on trial for trying to kill S-Bahn ticket controller
Photo: DPA.

A Berlin man is on trial for reportedly taking his dislike for public transit ticket controllers to an extreme level.

'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.

 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.

German public sector workers dispute settled
President of the Verdi union, Frank Bsirske (2nd from left) and Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere (2nd from right) shake hands after the breakthrough. Photo: DPA

Threat of national disruptions lifted.

German women battle for 'no means no' in rape law
A woman carries a sign reading "no means no" at a demonstration in 2011. File photo: DPA

Germany has long lagged behind other advanced nations when it comes to laws on rape. As parliament discusses a new law, women are using increased public attention to the problem to demand real change.

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.

Neo-Nazis in dock over plan to bomb refugees
The accused in the dock with their lawyers. Photo: DPA

A group of neo-Nazis calling itself the "Old School Society" went on trial Wednesday in Germany charged with forming a terror group that planned attacks against an asylum seeker home.

Airport strikes
Hundreds of flights cancelled as strikes hit airports
Airport firefighters in Frankfurt stand in front of their fire engine with a Verdi union banner. Photo: DPA

Hundreds of flights have been cancelled at airports across Germany as public sector workers walked out in a “warning strike” over pay.

2016 German teens just want to be mainstream
"This map says there's another H&M over there!" Photo: obs/ruf Reisen GmbH

Financial crises and an uncertain future are making young Germans risk-averse and driving them into a cultural mainstream – although they're also the most socially tolerant generation ever, a new study claims.

Sharp fall in number of North African refugees
A policeman looks on as refused asylum seekers are deported to Tunisia in November 2015. Photo: DPA

The number of people arriving in Germany from North Africa seeking asylum has sunk drastically in the months since January, government figures seen by newspapers showed on Monday.

Obama hails Merkel's 'courage' on migrants
Obama spoke out in strong support of Merkel ahead of her high-stakes visit to Turkey. Photo: AFP

US President Barack Obama has hailed German Chancellor Angela Merkel's "courageous" leadership in opening doors to migrants fleeing the Syrian conflict.

Teen 'Salafists' arrested over bomb attack on Sikh temple
A police officer walks past the destroyed entrance to the Essen Sikh temple on Saturday April 16th. Photo: DPA

Police said on Thursday that two teenagers they have arrested in connection with a bomb attack on a Sikh temple in the western German city of Essen are linked to the Islamic fundamentalist scene there.

Queen Elizabeth II at 90
Just one-sixth of Germans want own monarchy back
"Why on Earth don't the Germans want people like us around?" Photo: DPA

Across the English Channel, Britain's royal family (themselves of German origin) are celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday on Thursday. But polls show Germans are content to enjoy monarchy at second hand.

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