Germany's 10 biggest stories of 2015
The Local · 25 Dec 2015, 12:00
Published: 24 Dec 2015 12:00 GMT+01:00
Updated: 25 Dec 2015 12:00 GMT+01:00
How will 2015 be defined in Germany? The Local takes a look at the biggest stories that impacted the country this year.
This year, Germany was embroiled in heated debates about the refugee crisis, scandals involving intelligence agencies as well as corporations and fears about terrorism as Isis grew in Syria and Iraq.
Only time can tell how future generations will look back on the country's response to major problems this year, but for now we can look back on some of the biggest stories to shake Germany this year.
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A union representing cabin crew for Lufthansa's budget airline Eurowings announced that strikes could take place at any time over the next two weeks, starting on Monday.
First World War U-boat "attacked by sea monster” thought to be found off Scottish coast.
"Risk of injury" from "Gut und Günstig" sparkling apple juice bottles has forced Germany's largest supermarket to recall the product.
Nujeen Mustafa. Photo: HarperCollins-William Collins Publicity/Private
She tackled the gruelling 2,000-kilometre migrant trail in a wheelchair, translating along the way for other refugees using English she learned from a US soap opera. Now this teen is living in Germany and hoping to inspire others with a newly published memoir.
A recently born panda pair at Vienna Zoo. Photo: DPA
The giant bamboo-eating bears will move into a brand new 5,000 square-metre enclosure in the capital's Zoologischer Garten.
Zoropsis spinimana. Photo: rankingranqueen / Wikimedia Commons
It's news every arachnophobe in Munich is no doubt thrilled to hear: two types of spider new to the region have been discovered in the Bavarian capital - and one of them bites!
Franziska S., who went missing 24 years ago. Photo: Hanover police.
A woman disappeared in Hanover 24 years ago, but no one reported her missing. Although her husband has now confessed to her murder, he still may not step foot in jail.
A Bundeswehr Puma tank. File photo: DPA
A Bundeswehr (German army) soldier has been severely injured after the tank he was riding in crashed 50 metres down an embankment after going off course in bad weather.
Police guard the courthouse in Celle. Photo: DPA
A teenage girl stands trial from Thursday in Germany for stabbing a police officer, an assault allegedly "ordered" by Isis but which was not claimed by the jihadist group.
Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin in Berlin. Photo: DPA
Chancellor Angela Merkel created a united front with French President Francois Hollande in Berlin on Thursday to denounce Russia’s “war crimes” in Syria.