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Germany's far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has overtaken the co-ruling Social Democrats (SPD) in voter popularity to become the second-strongest party behind Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, the Deutschlandtrend poll by public broadcaster ARD has shown on September 21.

The AfD moved up two percentage points since the last survey on September 9, bringing it to 18 percent — one percentage point more than the junior coalition partner SPD, which lost a point.

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The European Center for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) published a report on September 20 that found an increase in violence against journalists in Germany. In particular, the report showed a sharp rise in attacks on the press in 2018, when some 28 journalists suffered a total of 22 verified physical assaults so far.

By contrast, there were only five registered attacks against the press in 2017. The year with the most violence against journalists was 2015, with a total of 43 verified...

More than 3,600 children, most age 13 or younger, were sexually abused by Catholic clergy members over the past seven decades, a wide-ranging report has found.

The study, which was commissioned by the Roman Catholic Church bishops’ conference in Germany, found that at least 1,670 church workers had been involved in the abuse of 3,677 children. That is 4.4 percent of the clergy.

The study, conducted by researchers from three universities over more than four years, was an...

The reported attack on a Jewish restaurant in the eastern German city of Chemnitz has shocked the Jewish community in Germany. The government's anti-Semitism commissioner has spoken of a "new quality" of offense.

 A Jewish restaurant in Chemnitz was attacked by a group of neo-Nazis at the end of August, and criticized authorities for downplaying the seriousness of the situation in the city.

"The reports of the attack by neo-Nazis on the kosher restaurant "Schalom" in Chemnitz...

The German minister has claimed migration is at the heart of society's disillusionment with politics. Chancellor Angela Merkel, however, said she would have put it a bit differently and called migration a "challenge."

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, head of the CSU, the conservative sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU, has said that migration was the "mother of all political problems" in Germany and one of the principal reasons for waning support for the...

A Syrian man has been brutally attacked in the German city of Wismar as clashes between anti-migrant demonstrators and counter-protesters sparked another night of violence.

According to Rostock police, the 20-year-old was walking home when he was stopped by three German-speaking people who started hurling racial abuse at him.

Two of the suspects hit him in the face before the third hit him on the shoulder and ribs with an iron chain, knocking him to the ground. The culprits...

A Yazidi teenager who was sold into slavery by ISIS but escaped has fled Germany after coming face to face with the man who abused her.

Ashwaq Ta’lo was 15 when her entire family was rounded up in the Isis attack on the traditional heartland of the Yazidi people in northern Iraq four years ago. She was eventually sold along with her sister and other young women and teenage girls, and lived with a man she knew as Abu Humam.

Eventually she contrived to give her captors the slip...

A plane arrived in the Afghan capital Kabul on 15 Aug. with 46 rejected Afghan asylum seekers deported from Germany, airport officials told journalists.

The collective deportation was the 15th such flight since December 2016.

Including Wednesday's flight, some 350 people have been forcibly returned to Kabul after their asylum applications were turned down.

Last month, a failed Afghan asylum seeker deported from Germany killed himself after arriving back in the Afghan...

Nazi symbols can now appear in video games in Germany, ending a long-running and frequently ridiculed censorship.

Germany bans symbols belonging to unconstitutional groups, which has caused problems in games where the Nazis are a frequent adversary.

In games like the Wolfenstein series, German editions would change Hitler's name, remove his moustache, and replace swastikas with another shape.

The change means Nazi symbols used in an artistic way will be allowed.

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A German study has found that female applicants who wear headscarves or have Turkish names have a harder time landing job interviews. Researchers found that women with both traits only had a callback rate of 4.2 percent.

A new study published the Germany-based Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) found that Muslim women face higher levels of discrimination when applying for jobs - even when the applications contain the same job qualifications.

For the field experiment, study...

Swastikas have been daubed at the spot where a Syrian child was killed in an accident in the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Local politicians condemned the graffiti, which is being investigated by police.

The small town of Schönberg in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has become the scene of an ugly neo-Nazi hate campaign after a young boy was hit by a tractor on June 20. Two men have since been identified in connection with the crime.

In the weeks after the...

Germany's domestic intelligence chief has warned that children growing up in Islamist families in Germany may pose a risk to society. Conservative politicians say authorities should be allowed to monitor kids under 14.

Children from Islamist households in Germany represent a "not insignificant potential threat," the head of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), Germany's domestic intelligence service, Hans-Georg Maassen said on Aug 6.

In a new report cited by...

Citizens in the small Bavarian town of Kaufbeuren voted not to provide public land for a mosque. A local initiative was started by a retired detective and garnered enough votes to stop the negotiations.

In a local vote on July 22, the residents of Kaufbeuren, a small town in Bavaria, decided against providing public land for the construction of a mosque.

At issue was the question of whether the city would provide the local branch of the nationally active Turkish-Islamic...

Two homeless men in Berlin suffered serious injuries after an unknown perpetrator doused them in a liquid and set them on fire. Witnesses reportedly put out the blaze with a fire extinguisher from a nearby snack shop.

Police are looking for clues after two homeless men were set on fire at the Schöneweide suburban train station in Berlin late Sunday night.

Shortly before midnight, the two men were doused in a flammable liquid before being set on fire. Their shelter and...

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has quit international football, citing the "racism and disrespect" he has faced in Germany over his Turkish roots.

The 29-year-old was criticised after being photographed with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a London event in May.

He says he received hate mail and threats and was being blamed for Germany's disappointing World Cup.

"I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose," Ozil said.

German football...