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Judges ordered the release of a key accomplice to a German neo-Nazi gang that murdered 10 people over a seven-year campaign of racially-motivated violence, saying that he had served enough of his sentence to no longer pose a flight risk pending his appeal.

The order to release Ralf Wohlleben, sentenced to 10 years in prison for procuring the weapon used to commit nine murders, comes a week after Beate Zschaepe, one of the gang's ringleaders, was jailed for life.

They were both...

An Afghan man deported from Germany has been found dead in a hotel room in Kabul after apparently committing suicide. The case highlights the adverse circumstances faced by Afghan returnees.

A failed Afghan asylum seeker deported from Germany on July 4, 2018, killed himself in a Kabul guesthouse on July 10, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) told DW.

The 23-year-old man was staying at a hotel used by the IOM as temporary accommodation for returnees.  

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A German court has found the main defendant in a high-profile neo-Nazi trial guilty of killing 10 people 8 of them Turks who were gunned down between 2000 and 2007 in a case that has shocked Germany and prompted accusations of institutional racism in the country’s security agencies.

The judges sentenced Beate Zschäpe to life in prison for murder, membership of a terrorist organisation, bomb attacks that injured dozens, and several lesser crimes including a string of robberies.

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German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has confirmed his offer of resignation, rather than back down from his stance on migration. He will meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU on July 1 for last-ditch talks.

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has confirmed his offer of resignation from both from the cabinet and as CSU leader within the next three days, after unexpectedly re-escalating his standoff with Chancellor Angela Merkel over Germany's asylum policy.

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The car of German footballer of Turkish descent Ilkay Gundogan was vandalized in German city of Cologne, local police reported on June 16.

The Cologne police confirmed that Gundogan filed a complaint against unknown persons after his car was vandalized during a friendly game on June 7 against Saudi Arabia.

The windows of his car, which was parked in front of a hotel in Cologne, were broken late at night, police said.

Local media linked the attack on Manchester City...

The EU will give Germany some €4.5 billion in compensation for having taken in hundreds of thousands of refugees since 2013, according to a media report. Each non-EU citizen accepted will bring in nearly €3,000.

The European Union is set to give Germany some €4.5 billion ($5.26 billion) in the next budget period running from 2021 to 2027 as compensation for the financial burden of taking in some 1.7 million refugees since 2013, a German newspaper reported on Friday.

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The southern German state of Bavaria's decree about hanging crosses in public buildings has gone into effect. The rule, as well as the motives behind it, has left Bavarians and local authorities scratching their heads.

Starting on June 1, nearly all state authorities in Bavaria are required to have a cross hanging in their foyers meaning that anyone turning in their taxes, reporting something to a police station, or entering an administrative court will be greeted by a cross in the...

An anti-Islam rally was held by far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in country's capital Berlin on May 27.

Speaking to media before the beginning of the rally, AfD board member Beatrix von Storch criticized German football player of Turkish origin Mesut Ozil.

Currently playing for English giants Arsenal, Ozil, 29, was born in German city of Gelsenkirchen with Turkish parents. Ozil has also been playing for German national football team since 2009 and the Arsenal star...

ZDF commentators consistently described Meghan Markle and her guests as "exotic" and were fascinated by her black hair. The public broadcaster has been roundly condemned by news outlets and people on social media.

German public broadcaster ZDF was heavily criticized on Saturday for its sometimes questionable coverage of the royal wedding.

Social media users and news commentators found its coverage revealed deep-set racism among German media. The broadcaster responded that it...

The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) was informed about possible improprieties in the approval of asylum applications at its branch in the northern city of Bremen earlier than it admitted, German media reported on May 21.

The news magazine Der Spiegel reported that emails it had seen suggested that BAMF head Jutta Cordt had received internal information regarding "massive irregularities" in Bremen as early as February 2017.

Broadcaster NDR and the daily ...

Hamburg-born fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has said he may rescind his German citizenship, saying he "hates" Chancellor Angela Merkel for paving the way for the resurgence of neo-Nazism with her open-door migrant policy.

Lagerfeld, the long-time creative director of Chanel often referred to as the Emperor of fashion, took a new swipe at Merkel over her controversial migrant policy that enabled an influx of refugees into the country of a scale that has never been seen since the end...

A Berlin court on May 8 ruled that city authorities took the right decision to uphold the state's neutrality law by barring a primary school teacher from wearing a headscarf during classes.

Under the city state's so-called neutrality law, public employees are prevented from wearing overt religious symbols and clothing. Justice Arne Boyer said such neutrality takes precedence over the right to free religious expression.

"Primary school children should be free of the influence...

Senior German conservatives want to set up new "values lessons" for refugee children in German schools, according to a newspaper report. The standards are to be held above cultural or religious views.

German conservatives are set to push for new lessons that would teach both German language and values to children of refugees, the Rheinische Post newspaper reported in its Monday edition.

According to the report, senior lawmakers from the ruling CDU and CSU parties have prepared...

German police are investigating an assault on two young men in Berlin, in which the attacker was filmed shouting anti-Semitic abuse.

The men say they were harassed in the Prenzlauer Berg area on Monday while wearing Jewish skullcaps (kippahs).

A video of the incident, which was later shared on Facebook, shows the attacker hitting the men with his belt.

He is heard shouting "Yahudi", an Arabic word for Jew, before being dragged away by another man.

One of the...

A former bodyguard of Osama bin Laden is being supported to live free in Germany at a cost to taxpayers of more than £1,000 a month. 

Although classified as dangerous and required to report to police every day, authorities say the man, known as Sami A, cannot be sent back to his Tunisian homeland because the risk that he would be tortured was too high.

A court in Münster branded Sami A, 42, as “an acute and considerable danger for public security”, and he had an asylum...