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Social Change

German city of Essen pays addicts in beer to clean streets

ImageA project is underway in Essen in which alcoholics are paid in beer to clean up the city's streets. The idea is to help drug addicts pick themselves up and rejoin society. DW went to Essen to see how it's working out.

Consumer Affairs

German consumer confidence stops falling

Not that geopolitical tensions in many regions of the world have become less virulent, but German consumers appear to be less fazed by them now, market researchers say. Household confidence levels are slightly up.

Corporate Reports

BASF lowers 2015 operating profit outlook

Germany's BASF has reported growing sales for the third quarter amid a difficult business environment. But it warned it might not be able to meet earlier operating profit targets next year.

Demographics

Opinion: CDU goes multicultural

Germany's Christian Democrats want more diversity and believe more Muslims in their party will make the Union more open. DW's Volker Wagener believes there is a lot of self-interest involved in this mini-revolution.

Espionage

Opinion: Merkel’s cellphone was a wake-up call

Exactly one year ago it was revealed that the NSA had tapped the German chancellor’s cellphone. The government is now finally starting to address the spying issue - but Marcel Fürstenau believes more should be done.

Formula One

Injured Schumacher making progress, doctor says

Michael Schumacher could recover within three years, says a French doctor treating the former Formula One champion. The German driver is making progress, albeit slowly, 10 months after a devastating ski accident.

Politics

Helmut Kohl embarrassed by ghost writer's new book

A book of candid interviews with former Chancellor Helmut Kohl is to be published this week against his will. He said Angela Merkel "couldn't eat with a knife and fork," and that Gorbachev left a forgettable legacy.

Agriculture

Riesling: A white wine's comeback

Riesling was once among the most expensive wines. Later, wineries focused on quantity, and quality suffered. But in recent years, the pendulum has been swinging back - a boon to Germany's Rheingau Region.

Eastern Germany

East Germany's inescapable Hohenschönhausen prison

The place where Thomas Raufeisen was unfairly imprisoned and interrogated is today his place of work. As a witness who experienced this prison first hand, he guides visitors through East Germany's central remand center.

Refugees

Cologne to open refugee asylum in luxury hotel

Rarely does one need "stars" to rate the amenities awaiting refugees, but exceptions are being made in Cologne. The city is looking to turn a luxury hotel into a refugee asylum.