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Robbers target luxury department store in Berlin in broad daylight

ImageBerlin’s iconic Kaufhaus des Westens, better known as KaDeWe, has been the target of a bold robbery by four masked men. Several people were treated for injuries after reportedly inhaling teargas.


Opinion: Xenophobia can't be clicked away

Bloggers are suggesting de-friending right-wing PEGIDA supporters on social media platforms such as Facebook. While it might seem like the right thing to do, this will not combat xenophobia, writes DW's Michael Münz.


German Council of Jews chairman condemns "immensely dangerous" PEGIDA movement

In light of recent marches by the controversial PEGIDA movement, Germany's Central Council of Jews (ZdJ) has come to the defense of Muslims in Germany. Chairman Josef Schuster has warned to not underestimate the group.


How Saxony's government plans to compete with PEGIDA

As the anti-Islamization PEGIDA movement gains momentum, Saxony's political establishment is on the defensive. The interior ministry has turned to Twitter to boost support for asylum-seekers in the eastern German state.


Dual citizenship law takes effect in Germany

Children of foreign parents living in Germany no longer have to choose a citizenship before they turn 23. But remaining a dual citizen is not automatic, as new legislation sets conditions that must be fulfilled.

Social Change

German city of Essen pays addicts in beer to clean streets

A 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.


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.


Limited win for surrogacy, gay parenthood in Germany

Gay and childless heterosexual German couples seeking to have children by non-traditional means have gained a small victory. If the surrogacy is done abroad, authorities must recognize the couple as the legal parents.

Visit Germany

German holiday resorts miss Russian tourists

Rich Russians have spent winters at European resorts for years, but following the Ukraine crisis and Western sanctions, their numbers have declined. That's led to a drop in business in cities like Germany's Baden-Baden.


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.