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German police raid 'hotbed of radicalization'
Police entering one of the residences. Photo: DPA

A mosque and eight residences were searched.

Würzburg axe attack
Calls for compulsory school Islam classes after axe attack

Local authorities are calling for classes on Islam to be brought in at schools across the country after a radicalized Muslim youth attacked passengers on a train with an axe on Monday.

Pupil's refusal to shake hands with teacher leads to walk out
Photo: Flazingo Photos/Flickr

It's not the first time that refusal to shake hands - a central part of German culture - has stirred up controversy over Islam and integration.

Police arrest Isis suspect 'close to Paris attacks planner'
A Memorial at the Place de la Republique in Paris. Photo: DPA

German prosecutors said Thursday they had arrested an alleged Isis militant who had had contact with the ringleader of the November Paris terror attacks.

Muslim woman brutally attacked in northern Germany
Photo: dpa

A man is under investigation for assault after he allegedly beat a Muslim woman over the weekend in the northern city of Kiel.

Young Muslim takes on state on headscarf ban and wins
Aqilah Sandhu in court on Thursday. Photo: DPA

A 25-year-old lawyer has taken on the state of Bavaria over its attempts to stop her from wearing a headscarf - and scored a major victory.

German extremist groups 'getting bigger, more brutal'
A violent demo in Frankfurt in 2015. Photo: DPA

Political extremism rose sharply in Germany last year - among far-right but also far-left and Islamist radical groups - the domestic intelligence agency said Tuesday.

One in 10 Germans wants country to be ruled by 'Führer'
A far-right demonstration in Rosenheim. Photo: DPA

A new study by the University of Leipzig sheds a worrying light on the depth of racist and authoritarian beliefs in German society.

German public pool bans the burqini
A woman swimming in a burqini in Berlin. Photo: DPA.

A town in Bavaria has said ‘nein’ to the burqini for Muslim women.

Düsseldorf terror plotters 'linked to refugee sleeper cell'
Police patrol the streets of Düsseldorf after the arrests of men allegedly plotting to attack the city. Photo: DPA.

The Syrian men arrested last week for allegedly plotting to attack Düsseldorf for Isis may be linked to a sleeper cell of 20 terrorists.

Düsseldorf terror plot ‘bigger than previously realized’
Police patrol the streets in Düsseldorf. Photo: DPA

The Isis plot to attacks the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia was bigger than previously assumed, with ten terrorists supposed to murder people with bombs and guns, local media report.

Four arrested over Isis plot to attack Düsseldorf
The Burgplatz in Düsseldorf's historic centre, which was reportedly the target of the attack. Photo: Andrew Bone on Flickr

Three men were arrested in Germany on Thursday on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack on the city of Düsseldorf under orders from Isis.

'Salafist' Sikh temple bombers were known to police
Two of the suspects in the bombing of a Sikh temple in Essen. Photo: DPA

There was no way of predicting a bomb attack on a Sikh temple despite two suspects being known to police, North Rhine-Westphalia authorities said on Wednesday.

Footballer Özil’s Mecca visit was unpatriotic, say AfD
Mesut Özil. Photo: DPA

When national football star Mesut Özil posted a picture of himself in Mecca on Facebook it received 21,000 ‘likes’. But Germany’s far right party see it is an act of provocation.

AfD meet with Muslim leaders breaks down in acrimony
AfD leader Frauke Petry (l) and Central Council of Muslims president Aiman Mazyek (r). Photos: DPA

A meeting between far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD) and Muslim leaders ended bitterly on Monday after just an hour of talks.

'Known Salafist' allowed to work at Berlin airports
Berlin's Tegel airport seen from the air. Photo: DPA

A worker was allowed access to secure areas of both of Berlin's airports for up to 10 months after authorities found out he had links to fundamentalist Islam, media reported on Wednesday.

Church fights AfD for Muslim right to build new mosque
Photo: DPA

The populist Alternative for Germany want to stop a mosque being built in Erfurt, capital of Thuringia. It would be only the third in the former east, outside Berlin.

Islam doesn’t belong here, say two-thirds of Germans
Photo: DPA

The number of Germans who say that Islam is not a part of Germany has risen sharply over the previous two years, a new poll shows.

First Muslim woman elected speaker of state parliament
Muhterem Aras standing in front of the coat of arms of Baden-Württemberg. Photo: DPA

A Muslim woman will sit in the speaker's chair at sessions of the Baden-Württemberg state parliament from now on in a first for any German state.

German spies want right to keep tabs on teens
A person looking at an image of fighters on a laptop screen. Photo: DPA.

Spies should have the right to keep communications data relating to minors aged under 16, a senior member of Germany's domestic intelligence service has said.

Most Germans don't have any Muslim friends
84 percent of non-Muslims have never seen the inside of a mosque. Photo: DPA

Almost two-thirds of non-Muslim Germans don't know any Muslims personally, a new survey has showed, casting light on increasing unease over the religion's place in society.

'Sharia police' members to face trial in Düsseldorf
Sven Lau. Photo: DPA

The 'Sharia police', a group that patrolled a western German town chastising people for not adhering to Islamic law, are to go on trial.

Germany's first Isis war crimes trial starts in Frankfurt
Photo: DPA

A German jihadist suspect went on trial Tuesday for war crimes in Syria after allegedly posing for photographs holding the severed heads of two victims of the conflict.

Pegida leader found guilty of inciting hatred
Lutz Bachmann. Photo: DPA

Lutz Bachmann, the head of the anti-Islamic group Pegida, was found guilty by a Dresden court on Tuesday of inciting hatred.

Blasting AfD won't win back voters, warns Merkel
File photo: DPA

Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned senior members of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party not to attack Germany's rising populist party too aggressively, Bild reported on Tuesday.

 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.

Merkel party calls for state to spy on mosques
Photo: DPA

Authorities should be keeping an eye on the content of sermons in Germany's mosques, a senior member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's party has said.

Muslims label AfD 'Nazis' over plan to ban minarets
An election poster in Hesse reads "realists vote AfD" in March. Photo: DPA

The Central Council of Muslims responded in unequivocal terms to a hard anti-Islam stance announced by the populist Alternative for Germany party over the weekend.

'German should be language of mosques': conservatives
Girls waving German flags in Hanau, Hesse, at the opening of a mosque there. Photo: DPA.

A leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel's sister party is pushing for a so-called "Islam law" that would impose harsh consequences for Muslims who fail to integrate.

German soldiers 'may have joined Isis in Syria'
A soldier on guard outside a German army base in 2010. File photo: DPA

At least 29 German soldiers have travelled to Syria or Iraq in recent years, an internal military report has found, with some believed to have joined terror group Isis.

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