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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 deutschland.de, 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

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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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All the top news from the German Bundesliga at a glance: fixtures, results, clubs, players and much more.

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May 25, 2017 4:05 PM

Merkel threatens to pull troops from Turkey's Incirlik military base

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has threatened to withdraw German soldiers from the Turkish air base in Incirlik. The statement follows a year-long row over allowing German lawmakers to visit soldiers stationed there.


May 25, 2017 3:16 PM

Obama in Berlin for landmark church assembly

Former US President Barack Obama addressed the church congress saying "we can not hide behind a wall." This year, the 500th anniversary of the Reformation is the featured topic, with many big names making an appearance.


May 25, 2017 12:56 PM

Happy Father's Day in Germany to all fathers

On the 40th day after Easter - Ascension Day in the Christian world - Germany also marks Father's Day. It has been celebrated as such in the German-speaking world for more than a century.


May 24, 2017 4:02 PM

Islamist suspects detained in Berlin drug raids

Nine men - four of them linked to the German capital's "violent Islamist" scene - are being held after multiple early morning raids. Police say they confiscated weapons, electronics and narcotics.

May 24, 2017 12:02 PM

Germany's Gabriel sees 'deal' with China on e-car quota

Germany's top diplomat Sigmar Gabriel is expecting Beijing to relax its new rules on electric cars. After China announced strict e-car quotas, Berlin sought compromise to protect the interests of its powerful carmakers.


May 24, 2017 11:08 AM

How Cannes finally discovered German film

A year after Maren Ade's "Toni Erdmann" took Cannes by storm, the world's most important film festival is paying closer attention to German cinema than it has in a long time - including Diane Kruger's first German film.