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Federal President Gauck Urges “Firm Trust in Ourselves”

Jan 18, 2017 |
Giving final speech

"It is with true confidence that we let our deeply held conviction be heard: We will preserve, develop and defend what we have achieved and what we hold dear to our heart," Federal President Gauck said in his final speech in office.

German paddler Freya Hoffmeister to Circumnavigate North America

Jan 18, 2017 |
Paddler Freya Hoffmeister

German paddler Freya Hoffmeister has announced her plan to circumnavigate the North American continent by sea kayak. The trip itself will cover 30,000 miles and take her between eight and ten years to finish.

Ambassador Wittig: We Need A Robust Transatlantic Alliance

Jan 17, 2017 |
NATO Headquarters in Brussels

In an op-ed published in the Huffington Post and in light of recent interview comments made by the President-Elect, Ambassador Peter Wittig promotes the transatlantic alliance.

Security, Legal Measures Proposed in Response to Berlin Attack

Jan 13, 2017 |
Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière and Justice Minister Heiko Maas

In the wake of the deadly attack in Berlin in December, Interior Minister de Maizière and Justice Minister Maas presented 10 security and legal measures.

Word of the Week: Saukalt

Jan 13, 2017 |

Feeling a bit cold? Or are you frozen stuff? In German, there's a word to describe what it's like when it's really, really cold -- Saukalt, which means "pig-cold"!

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Jan 19, 2017 11:08 AM

Yolocaust art project challenges how the Holocaust is remembered

Combing superficial snapshots with stark historic Holocaust images, satirist Shahak Shapira has critiqued the selfie obsession and Germany's culture of remembrance, days after an AfD leader's divisive Holocaust remarks.

Jan 19, 2017 9:30 AM

Many more family members join refugees in Germany

The number of family members from non-EU countries who have moved to Germany to join their partner or relative has risen by roughly 50 percent in the past year. The Foreign Ministry released the figures on Thursday.

Jan 19, 2017 9:29 AM

VW's ex-CEO grilled over Dieselgate

Former Volkswagen boss Martin Winterkorn has told a parliamentary inquiry that he didn't new of the carmaker's emissions cheating before the scam broke. He stands accused of colluding to cover up the scandal.

Jan 19, 2017 5:39 AM

Germany raises defense spending as it demands clear agenda from US

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has called on the US to clarify its foreign policy agenda. Questions on transatlantic relations abound as Donald Trump prepares to take over the White House.

Jan 19, 2017 3:47 AM

German authorities 'lose sight' of three Islamists flagged as threats

Authorities in Germany have reportedly lost track of three radical Islamists who have been deemed a security risk. The government is under pressure to prevent a repeat of last month's deadly attack on a market in Berlin.

Jan 19, 2017 3:04 AM

Auschwitz museum asks for donation of items from Germans, Austrians

Until now the museum has pieced together its historical perspective mostly from camp documents and prisoner accounts. Now museum directors are making an open call for relevant personal documents, such as family letters.