In major European nations like the UK and France, populist movements dominate the political landscape. But in Germany, mainstream politics continues to rule.
Fortified with barbed wire and overseen by armed guards who would shoot to kill, the Berlin Wall came down in November 1989, following the collapse of communism.
The fall of the Berlin Wall means a lot to Germans from the former East and West. But 30 years later, they do not seem to be as unified as they first hoped.
For almost a year, mainly American and British pilots created a lifeline to support war-ravaged West Berlin, then encircled and blockaded by Soviet forces, with food and fuel.
How the politics of fear coupled with lack of jobs and a presumed threat to Christian values have pushed hundreds of thousands of Germans into the arms of the right-wing.
In the 60s, Russia took advantage of leftist anti-imperialist movements in an attempt to destabilise the liberal world order. Today, the Russians are trying to repeat the feat with the far-right, only this time, Islamophobia is the rallying cry.
One primary reason for investors' cheer was simply relief that the country's political situation was being sorted out, almost four months after the September 24 election.
Account of Beatrix von Storch, deputy leader of the AfD party's parliamentary faction, was blocked by Twitter for 12 hours following her anti-Muslim post, and the tweet has since been removed.
Owner of Alwine now has a small slice of German history – a place whose empty homes and ageing residents mirror the wider fate of the east German hinterlands since the country's reunification 27 years ago.
Germany's longest serving post-war chancellor from 1982 to 1998, Helmut Kohl was a driving force behind the introduction of the euro currency.
No one was killed or injured in the blasts. Police believe the attacks might be motivated by xenophobia.
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