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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.


'IS' fighter testifies in Frankfurt - 'I still want to die a martyr'

Kreshnik B. is the first 'Islamic State' fighter to stand trial in a German court. He wants to testify and is hoping for a lenient sentence. But in Frankfurt's Higher Regional Court, he talked his way into trouble.


Nigerian kidnappers 'free German national'

Nigerian gunmen have freed a German citizen whom they kidnapped almost a week ago, according to the construction company the man works for. Another German employee was killed in last week's raid.

Court Cases

German motorway sniper receives ten-and-a-half-year prison sentence

A German long-haul trucker has been sentenced to ten-and-a-half years in prison for a series of shooting attacks on vehicles using the motorway. One driver was badly wounded by a ricocheting bullet.


German mission assesses potential training of Kurdish forces in Iraq

A German advance mission has been dispatched to Iraq to scope out the potential for Germany to expand training of peshmerga forces. Germany has already sent weapons to aid the Kurds in the battle against "IS" militants.


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.

Labor Market

German unemployment sinks to three-year low

The number of jobless Germans dropped further than expected in October, reaching its lowest level since November 2011. The robust German labor market appears to defy mounting worries about the health of the economy.

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.


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.