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Trends and Perspectives

Migration, the digital revolution, the trend towards sharing rather than owning, and a new relaxed attitude to business: many factors are changing the way people live in Germany. In the “Trends and Perspectives” section of the latest edition of “DE Magazin Deutschland” and on, learn about how current trends are affecting society and life in Germany. You can also read a report about the rediscovery of the German forest, and gain some fascinating insights into the everyday work of deep-sea researcher Antje Boetius.

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German Beer - Centuries of Tradition

Some would argue that Germany's beer purity law should be considered a piece of world cultural heritage. German brewers attempts to get the law included on UNESCO's intangible cultural heritage list may have failed. But German beer culture is still very special.

500th anniversary of the Reformation

Ortenburg Bible, German Historical Museum

Five hundred years ago, on 31 October 1517, legend has it that theology professor Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg. The posting of these theses in Wittenberg marks the beginning of the Reformation. The far reaching theological, cultural and political consequences of the Reformation make its anniversary in 2017 not only a church affair, but a central global event in cultural history.

We brought home the Football World Cup!

Wir sind Weltmeister!

Congratulations to our National Football Team, the 2014 World Champions                                                                                                                                 ...

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Feb 17, 2017 1:46 PM

Eight facts about the Munich Security Conference

Each February, Munich takes center stage in global politics. Here are eight important facts about the Munich Security Conference.

Feb 17, 2017 1:37 PM

Rates of notifiable diseases jump 50 percent in Berlin

Germany's vaccination rate for the highly contagious measles virus falls well below WHO targets. Authorities are calling for people to stay up to date with their vaccinations.

Feb 17, 2017 1:05 PM

Films on artists are big at the Berlinale

Andres Veiel's documentary "Beuys" features previously unseen footage of the famous artist. Stanley Tucci’s biopic "Final Portrait” looks at sculptor Alberto Giacometti in his later years. Euromaxx meets the filmmakers. 

Feb 17, 2017 12:56 PM

Germany and France call on Russia to play constructive role in Syria peace talks

The Bonn G20 summit is the first meeting of the so-called "like-minded" nations since US President Donald Trump took office in January. European leaders seem cautiously optimistic about upcoming Syrian peace talks.

Feb 17, 2017 11:50 AM

Trial of Kurdish PKK operative starts in Hamburg

A German court has opened the trial of a top PKK operative on terrorism-related charges. The man is alleged to have been responsible for PKK activities in multiple cities in Germany.

Feb 17, 2017 11:30 AM

Rent-a-Jew project hopes to ward off anti-Semitism in Germany

With a population of 100,000 Jews, Germany is home to the world's fastest-growing Jewish community. And yet many Germans have never met a Jewish person - something "Rent a Jew" aims to change. DW's Kate Brady reports.