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Germany has a holiday devoted to women doing whatever they want

The popular event encourages women to assert their power through customs like symbolically storming town halls, snipping off men’s ties below the knot, and compensating them with a festival kiss.

$1 billion of art work stolen by Nazis found in Munich basement

A massive collection of 1,500 works of art, including Picassos and Matisses, have been found in a Munich basement, more than 70 years after they are believed to have been plundered during the Nazi period.

On the Road in Deutschland (In-depth series)

As Germans voted in parliamentary elections on Sunday that will have wide repercussions across Europe, GlobalPost takes a look at some of the major issues. Senior correspondent Paul Ames made a 900-mile roadtrip across all 16 German states to take the measure of the continent’s most influential country.

German central bank believes Greece needs new bailout program in 2014

Germany's central bank expects Greece to need fresh bailout money in early 2014.

Five More Years? Merkel’s Election Pledge Key for Europe

With three months to go before Germans go to the polls, Chancellor Angela Merkel seems to be maintaining her tough stance on austerity for debt-ridden euro zone nations in an election manifesto that could be at the center of EU policy for the next five years.

Merkel raises eyebrows by raising religion

BERLIN — When Barack Obama traveled to the eastern city of Dresden with Angela Merkel in 2009, they stopped at the Frauenkirche, or Church of Our Lady, a towering landmark rebuilt after German reunification. During their visit, the US president and his German counterpart sat together in quiet prayer — something Germans wouldn’t know because photographs of that moment didn’t appear in the press here. That’s because images of politicians praying are rare in Germany’s largely secular society and Merkel has rarely discussed her faith — until this month.

EU leaders arrive in Brussels to hammer out tough budget deal

European leaders arrived in Brussels on Thursday to begin talks over the EU budget.

Merkel unveils Roma Holocaust memorial

  BERLIN — Almost 70 years after the end of World War II, Germany has unveiled a memorial to the up to half-a-million Roma and related Sinti people murdered by the Nazis. However, Roma and Sinti representatives say the memorial should also serve as a warning about ongoing discrimination across the continent today.

Another German minister caught in plagiarism scandal

BERLIN — A close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s is under fierce pressure over claims she plagiarized her doctoral thesis more than 30 years ago. Annette Schavan’s role as education minister, in which she oversees the country’s universities, makes the accusations especially damaging. Opposition politicians have called on her to resign, saying her reputation is in tatters after the leaking of a report from the University of Duesseldorf appeared to back up the allegations.
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