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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.


Opinion: German federalism can also take a different form

Germany is a 16-state affair. But when it comes to working out finances, they quickly devolve into a family of squabblers. Reforming the system to reduce the number of states is long overdue, says DW's Volker Wagener.


Author Jürgen Becker receives prestigious German literature prize

The German author and poet Jürgen Becker has been presented with the Georg Büchner Prize, one of the most important literary awards for the German language. Becker received the prize for his lifetime achievement.


German domestic intelligence chief warns of rapidly growing Salafist scene

The Salafist scene in Germany is rapidly growing, according to Germany's domestic intelligence chief. Radical Islamists have been adept in recruiting disaffected young Muslim men from families with migrant backgrounds.


Germany and the Netherlands end centuries-old border dispute

The Netherlands and Germany have long disagreed about where exactly their shared nautical border lies in the North Sea. A meeting of the two nations' foreign ministers finally put an end to the dispute.

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.


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.

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.

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.