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Intelligence

From Russia - with love?

ImageGermany's domestic intelligence service has reported that Russian secret services have been stepping up spying in political and economic circles in Berlin. But though it may have caused a stir, the news is not new.

Surveillance

Call me! A German satellite and Internet company wants answers from the NSA

The small-scale Stellar communications company in Germany is reeling from revelations that it may have been hacked by GCHQ and the NSA. DW travels to the Cologne suburb of Hürth to try and find out why.

Right-Wing Extremism

Rise in racist activity seen on social networks

In key respects, the advent of social networking sites has aided right-wing extremists. Platforms like Facebook can be used to spread racist propaganda, and such activity appears to be increasing in Germany and beyond.

Military

Germany participates in West African naval exercises

Seeking greater military involvement in Africa, the German navy is participating in the "Obangame Express" military exercise in the Gulf of Guinea. Training local soldiers in search vessels plays a big role.

Arms Exports

Germany's arms exports turn into gamesmanship

German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel defied Angela Merkel by refusing to sanction the sale of battle tanks to Saudi Arabia. But this is just a minor corrective for one of the world's major arms exporters.

Berlin

A burial ground for lesbians in Berlin

Berlin now has its first lesbian burial ground, launched by a German organization for older lesbians, to remember the dead and celebrate living lesbians. Not every gay woman wants to be buried there, though.

Consumer Electronics

Game Boy turns 25: digital revolution in schoolyards

For children of the early 1990s, the Game Boy was what Rock’n’Roll was for their parents 40 years earlier. The small original handheld celebrates 25 years of existence. And it’s still running.

Democracy

Observers take a critical look at elections

German election monitors are at work worldwide. Since 2002, more than 3,700 have been posted on missions, particularly by the OSCE. But not all countries welcome the detailed reports by monitors.

Holocaust

The right approach to Nazi memorabilia

Trading and owning Nazi objects is legal almost everywhere in the world, but a scheduled auction in Paris has stirred up controversy and has brought back the discussion how to best deal with Nazi memorabilia.

Society

Weber 'one of Germany's major intellectual exports'

Max Weber was one of the world's most influential thinkers. Researcher Edith Hanke tells DW how, 150 years after his birth, the German sociologist, economist and philosopher continues to influence the world.

Religion

When Muslims renounce their faith

Fearing ostracism by their family, or even death, many former Muslims keep their disbelief secret. A German organization offers support to people who leave Islam for another religion, or for none.

Film

Living 'La Deutsche Vita:' The adventures of being Italian in Berlin

When you're an underachiever at home, you can move to Berlin and be an underachiever there. That's the narrative of "La Deutsche Vita," a documentary about being Italian in the German capital.