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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.

Bavarian AfD populists call for all mosques to close
A mosque in Esslingen, Baden-Württemberg. Photo: DPA.

A draft manifesto by a Bavarian branch of the hard-right AfD party calls for all mosques to be shuttered.

Brussels attacks
German woman 'missing' after Brussels bombing
A woman lights a candle outside the Maelbeek metro station in central Brussels where a bomb detonated on Tuesday morning. Photo: DPA

A German woman has been missing for two days after the Brussels attacks, while her husband lies seriously wounded in a coma, media reported on Thursday morning.

Paris terrorist 'planned attacks in Germany'
A French police image used in the hunt for Abdeslam. Photo: DPA

Saleh Abdeslam, the man arrested in Belgium on Friday in connection with the Paris attacks, also had Germany in his sights, Berlin's Tagesspiegel newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Police grab suspected jihadi at Frankfurt airport
Frankfurt Airport. Photo: DPA

A 22-year-old from western Germany has been arrested at Frankfurt Airport over allegations he joined Isis and appeared in propaganda videos for the group.

Muslim witness agrees to lift veil in Munich court
A scene from the Munich court room. Photo: DPA

A small trial in a Munich court took on national significance when a Muslim woman appeared before the judge with her face covered by a niqab - raising questions about religious dress in a courtroom.

No space for Allah as German unis close prayer rooms
Photo: DPA

Three leading German universities have closed down pray rooms used by Muslims, sparking accusations they are singling Muslims out for unfair treatment.

Leaked Isis files on German jihadists likely genuine: police
Photo: Syriadeeply.org/S/dpa

Leaked documents containing names, birth dates and phone numbers of Isis members are very likely to be genuine, German federal police said on Thursday.

Islam-critical French play is huge hit in Hamburg
Edgar Selge in Submission at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg. Photo: DPA

A stage adaptation of French novel "Submission", in which a Muslim president takes power in 2022 France, sold out at its Hamburg premier last weekend.

Leipzig mosque construction site targeted with dead pig
An architect's model of the mosque planned for the Leipzig plot where the dead piglet was found. Photo: DPA

A dead piglet found planted at the site of a future mosque in Leipzig appears to be the latest Islamophobic stain on the eastern state of Saxony.

Police search flats of Mainz 'terror suspects'
A police officer carrying a submachine gun in Mainz. File photo: DPA

German police on Sunday searched the homes of two men suspected of having ties to "a terrorist group" in Syria, federal prosecutors said.

Terror raids in Berlin and NRW
None of 'Isis arrests' were for plotting terror attack: police
A photo released by police on Friday of one of the suspects. Photo: Berlin Polizei

Police confirmed to The Local on Friday that none of the people taken into custody on Thursday were arrested for planning an act of terrorism.

Terror raids in Berlin and NRW
Arrested Islamists may have been targeting Berlin: police
Police leave an apartment in Hannover. photo: DPA

Prosecutors have said that Islamists arrested in Berlin and western Germany on Thursday may have been planning an attack on the capital.

Islamists and neo-Nazis 'more prepared for violence'
Neo-Nazi groups are becoming increasingly popular. Photo: DPA

Both far-right extremists and Islamist radicals are growing in numbers, according to two separate media reports on Monday.

German Jewish groups fear rising anti-Semitism
A man wears a kippah at a demonstration against anti-Semitism at the Brandenburg Gate in 2014. Photo: DPA

Jewish groups pushed back against government insistence that anti-Semitism is not growing in Germany at a gathering on Tuesday, saying that newly-arrived Muslim migrants and the traditional far-right both posed a threat to their safety.

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