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Coalition wrangling looms for Merkel after German poll

Frankfurt Am Main - Chancellor Angela Merkel may be on track to win a fourth term in Sunday's election, but exactly what Germany's next government will look like is anyone's guess as thorny coalition talks loom.

NGO demands Italy release seized migrant rescue boat

Rome - A German NGO whose migrant rescue boat was impounded by Italian authorities on suspicion of collusion with people traffickers said Tuesday it had been the victim of a "despicable smear campaign".

Ex-porn actor German spy guilty of trying to share state secrets

Berlin - A former German intelligence agent who was also an ex-gay porn actor was Tuesday given a one-year suspended sentence for attempting to share state secrets while pretending to be a jihadist online.The 52-year-old named as Roque M.

Greeks brace for more Merkel, and potential sway of liberal allies

Atenas - Germany's bone-hard stance on Europe's response to dealing with Greece's debt mountain has hardly endeared it to a nation labouring under the effects of austerity that multiple bailouts have engendered.

Merkel refugee rallying cry echoes ahead of German vote

Berlin - Syrian student Moataz Ghannam believes many Germans misunderstood Chancellor Angela Merkel when she delivered her now-famous rallying cry at the height of the refugee influx, "We can do it".

Poland's leader condemns anti-Semitism, praises Israel

Varsovia - The powerful head of Poland's governing right-wing party denounced anti-Semitism and hailed Israel at a ceremony Monday honouring Poles who rescued Jews during the Holocaust.

Turkey again summons German envoy in growing spat

Ankara - Turkey on Monday summoned the German ambassador for the second time in just three days, Turkish diplomatic sources said, as an intensifying bilateral crisis showed no sign of ending.

After poll boost, German populists AfD attack Islam

Berlin - Germany's right-wing populist AfD party ramped up attacks Monday against immigration and Islam as its poll ratings jumped in the final stretch of election campaigning, while Chancellor Angela Merkel's party dipped.

Three on trial for murder, abuse at German care home

Frankfurt Am Main - Three care home workers went on trial Monday in Germany accused of killing two elderly residents and abusing a string of others, with prosecutors saying they acted "out of boredom".

Germany's Free Democrats may stall EU reform hopes

Frankfurt Am Main - A week before German elections, the storied Free Democratic Party looks set to recover from a historic 2013 defeat and return to parliament -- where it could make Berlin a much more awkward partner for its European neighbours.

In election battle, eastern Germany's first black MP fights hate

Halle - He has been beaten up, received death threats and hundreds of insulting emails, but Karamba Diaby is not one to give up.After winning a seat four years ago as the first African-born black MP in Germany, Diaby, 55, is now seeking re-election.

World's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest opens in Munich

Munich - The drinking has begun as wet weather and enhanced security did not dampen the spirits of beer enthusiasts at the 184th Oktoberfest which opened in Munich on Saturday.

As Germany ages, 'grey vote' has younger generations worried

Berlin - Save for pensioners or invest in young people?

'Get lost!': How some Germans hope to shout down Merkel

Ostseebad Binz - Chancellor Angela Merkel may appear to be cruising to a victory in next week's elections, but her campaign rallies across Germany have been plagued by rowdy protesters who jeer, boo and even throw tomatoes at her.

Anger as German AfD leader urges 'pride' in wartime troops

Berlin - German politicians voiced outrage Friday after a leader of the rightwing populist AfD party said Germany should be proud of its soldiers who fought in two world wars.

Meet Merkel's hard-right rival on her home turf

Greifswald - Leif-Erik Holm of Germany's right-wing populist AfD party cultivates a radio DJ's smooth, soothing voice, sports fashionable chin stubble and crisp dress shirts, and has one goal this month: ousting Angela Merkel.

Amid bitter feud, Erdogan weighs in on German election

Berlin - In the run-up to Germany's September 24 election, voters in the city of Cologne were surprised to see Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan look down at them from campaign posters.

Five flashpoint issues in German-Turkish crisis

Berlin - German-Turkish ties have plunged to an all-time low since last year's failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the subsequent crackdown on alleged plotters and state enemies.

German, Polish presidents eye 'calm' talks on war reparations

Varsovia - The heads of state of Germany and Poland agreed Thursday that a "calm discussion" was necessary to address the question of reparations from World War II, the Polish presidency said.

Who will tango with Merkel? German poll battle heats up

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is the clear frontrunner in general elections 10 days away, but a sleepy campaign is now heating up as other parties jostle to rule with her.

German birthplace of Nazis' V2 rocket embraces hard right

Peenem - The German town of Peenemuende, population 250, has no school, no supermarket and none of the refugees who have streamed into the country in the last two years.

Berlin in political dog fight over airport chaos

Berlin - Berlin's scandal-plagued BER airport project, now delayed five years with no opening date in sight, has become the laughing stock of Germany, but things are about to get more complicated.As the six-billion-euro ($7.

Life term sought for suspect in Germany neo-Nazi murders

Munich - German prosecutors Tuesday sought life in jail for the surviving female member of a neo-Nazi trio accused of a string of racist murders that targeted mainly Turkish immigrants.

German court drops case against ailing Auschwitz medic

Berlin - A German court on Tuesday said it had dropped a case against a 96-year-old former medical orderly at the Auschwitz death camp because he suffers from dementia, ending one of the last high-profile Nazi prosecutions.

Two years after 'dieselgate', can diesel be saved?

Frankfurt Am Main - Buffeted by scandals and threatened by driving bans, diesel has become the bete noire of the auto industry. But as the second anniversary of 'dieselgate' approaches, is the engine of choice for millions of European drivers really in its death throes?

Dieselgate: timeline of a global scandal

Frankfurt Am Main - It's been nearly two years since Volkswagen admitted to cheating on diesel emissions tests, setting off a scandal that has spanned the globe and reverberated across the car industry.

IAA car show displays industry in throes of reinvention

Frankfurt Am Main - Automakers meet for the biennial Frankfurt car show (IAA) Tuesday, radiating confidence even as they face tougher environmental rules, a rush of pricey new technologies and major players leaving empty seats.

Germany open to Iran-style N. Korea talks: Merkel

Frankfurt Am Main - Germany would lend its weight to a diplomatic push to end North Korean nuclear weapons and missile development along the lines of a past deal with Iran, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday.

Review: Sam Kendricks wins Domspringen pole vault competition in Germany Special

Aachen - American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks won first place in the Domspringen pole vault meeting on September 6 in Aachen, Germany.

Turkey says citizens face 'racist treatment' in Germany

Ankara - Turkey on Saturday asked citizens to be "cautious" in Germany and stay away from political gatherings ahead of this month's election, as tensions ratcheted between the NATO allies.
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A crop circle in Raisting, Bavaria
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A flag mounted on a wall is displayed at Oktoberfest event
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Cooling tower of the Emsland nuclear power plant.
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Schwäbisch Hall has a population of 36,799. The residents of Schwäbisch Hall come from over 100 countries.
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International Tourism Bourse 2010 in Berlin
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Schmute and Maxi, the official Berliner bears.
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The Berlin's Olympic Stadium
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StudyWorld 2010 at the Russian House of Culture and Science in Berlin
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Die Fraktion, a German band creating a song about the World Cup
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Pro-immigration protest in Berlin, Germany. 2015
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