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Ukraine

German FM Steinmeier warns Ukraine truce becoming more 'fragile'

ImageGerman Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has praised Ukraine's government for keeping the country's economy in check while fighting separatists in the east. But he's warned a three-month truce was very fragile.

Cyber Attack

Data stolen during hack attack on German parliament, Berlin says

Germany has confirmed data was stolen two weeks ago in a cyberattack on the federal parliament. It’s unclear who was behind the hacking.

Afghanistan

German aid worker kidnapped by Taliban now free in Afghanistan

A German national working for the GIZ is free again after spending more than 40 days in Taliban capitivity. Foreign Minister Steinmeier said he was "relieved" to know the aid worker was in government care.

Refugees

Germany launches 'Welcome to Germany' program for young refugees

A new program launched by the German government aims to support young refugees who enter the country unaccompanied by adult relatives. The aim is to give them a new home in Germany.

Visit Germany

Celebrations for the highest church tower in the world

The Ulm Minster is 125 years old on May 31. The town on the Danube will celebrate the church with the "Ulmer Weitblick" - a 1.8 million euro cultural program.

Demographics

Germany has lowest birth rate in the world, study shows

The results point to a downward trend in the labor force, which could cause Germany to lose its "economic edge." The publishers say that women's participation in the labor market is key to ensuring the country's growth.

Holocaust

Canadian Nazi war criminal Vladimir Katriuk dies aged 93

One of the world's most wanted Nazi war criminals has died in Canada aged 93. Vladimir Katriuk is said to have been involved in a World War II massacre in what is now Belarus.

European Union

Germany wants to build bridges with Britain before Cameron's EU talks with Merkel

British Prime Minister Cameron wants to promote EU reforms when he meets German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin this Friday. Where do mutual interests lie? What are the differences between the two nations?

Court Cases

Suspended sentence for woman who laced supermarket meat with needles

A German animal rights activist who hid sewing needles inside sausages at supermarkets has been convicted of causing grievous bodily harm. The 60-year-old said she only wanted to stop people eating factory-farmed meat.

Visit Germany

The Luther Trail has been completed

The Luther Trail is considered one of the most important tourism projects in the run-up to the Reformation Anniversary in 2017. With the opening of the section in Saxony, the entire Luther Trail is now complete.

Aviation

EU refers Germany to ECJ over airport security controls

The European Commission is taking Germany to court over security lapses at some of its airports. The case is not related to a separate investigation prompted by the crash of a Germanwings flight in March.