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Ukraine

Merkel: Ukraine calmer, but still short of ceasefire

ImageUkrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has traveled to Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. There, he received encouragement from Merkel about Ukraine's path toward peace and reforms.

Ukraine

Ukraine's Yatsenyuk appeals to Germany, EU in Berlin visit

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has traveled to Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Yatsenyuk is looking to drum up support for Ukraine from Germany and the rest of the EU.

Crime

German ex-policemen jailed in cannibalism website killing

Judges in the German city of Dresden has jailed a former police officer who was found guilty of killing a victim he met on a cannibalism website. The court watched a video that was recorded showing the murder.

Environment

German government approves controversial fracking bill

German cabinet has decided to allow shale gas fracking in Germany, but only under strict regulation and for testing purposes. Even so, lawmakers criticized the proposed bill for not being strict enough.

Industry

German factory orders fall on weak demand

Although businesses in Germany remain upbeat, domestic factory orders fell last month, signaling weakening demand for goods made in Europe's largest economy. Industry leaders call on the government for policy changes.

Obituary

Klaus Tschira, co-founder of software giant SAP, dies

Physicist Klaus Tschira, a member of the ex-IBM quintet that went rogue and founded what became Europe's largest software company, has died aged 74. After stepping back from SAP, he turned to philanthropy.

Society

The nicest fast food in Germany

A snack bar owner in the town of Bestwig has invited the needy to eat at his shop and pay him back whenever they can. He says the attention his offer has created hasn’t affected him or his profits.

Refugees

In Tröglitz, a town divided by xenophobia

As conflicts force a record number of refugees to flee to Europe, local communities struggle to accommodate them. Naomi Conrad reports from Tröglitz, whose mayor was forced to resign as far-right protests grew.

Weather

#Niklas in Germany - a storm of tweets

Niklas was one of the strongest storms to hit Germany in recent years. It felled trees, severed rail connections and - well - caused thousands in Germany to reach for their smartphones.

Visit Germany

Illegal Oktoberfest tickets

Reservations for places at tables in the beer tents at Munich's world-famous Oktoberfest this autumn are already changing hands online for thousands of euros. Officials warn: don't buy those tickets!

World War II

Anne Frank died earlier than thought, researchers say

Jewish teenager Anne Frank died in a Nazi concentration camp at least a month earlier than her official date of death, researchers have said. The new study traces the final years of Anne and her sister, Margot.