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Why the Chinese love Germany’s National Youth Orchestra

Just as the number of classical music lovers is expanding in China, Germany's National Youth Orchestra has broken records of attendance during its tour there. Some cultural quirks can be surprising for Europeans. It's a mixed crowd: Young women in summer dresses, students wearing T-shirts, and parents with their children flock to Jinan's large concert hall. Li Zhang is among…

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Germany takes over command of EU training mission in Mali

Germany's defense minister Ursula von der Leyen is in in Mali. On Tuesday she was present at a ceremony to mark the handover of command of the European Training Mission in Mali (EUTM). Germany has now replaced Spain as the country in command of EUTM. Spain had previously occupied this role under General Alfonso Garcia-Vaquero Pradal. About 600 EU military…

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Deutsche Bahn earnings slump on strikes

German rail operator Deutsche Bahn has reported a steep drop in its half-year earnings. The company said the poor result was attributable to protracted strike action and spells of stormy weather across the country. Deutsche Bahn on Tuesday reported a 39-percent fall in its earnings for the first half of the year. After-tax profits dipped to 391 million euros ($431…

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Nine reasons Germany is an e-car nightmare

Germany is not only eco-friendly – it's also a car-making country. Although you'd think that would make it heaven for use of electric cars, Germany is way behind. DW reporters share results of a real-world test. Germany is known for its cars: Porsche, BMW and no speed limit on the Autobahn. But if you want to be eco-conscious and drive…

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Bierhoff and Flick seek realism as world champions

After winning the World Cup in 2014, Germany is still considered the leading country when it comes to football. Will that be the case by 2018 in Russia? Both Oliver Bierhoff and Hansi Flick highlight what the plan is. Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff has delivered a warning to the current World Cup holders. "We cannot make the same mistake…

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Opinion: Froome deserved better treatment

There are reasons many people doubt that cycling is completely free of doping. But DW's Joscha Weber says that Tour de France winner Chris Froome didn't merit the attacks to which he was subjected. Imagine the following scenario. Lionel Messi heads to the corner, sets up the ball on the pitch and a spectator dumps a cup of urine on…

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Report: Lufthansa planning ‘budget’ pricing system

Lufthansa is planning a new pricing system to meet challenges from low-budget competitors, a German paper has reported. Meager earnings have spurred the shakeup at Germany's classic airline. Lufthansa's ticket chief Jens Bischof was quoted in the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" newspaper saying that passengers would only pay for what they used, unlike the all-round service that the airline has offered since…

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Wolfburg’s Kevin De Bruyne named Germany’s footballer of the year

Belgian winger Kevin de Bruyne has been voted Germany's footballer of the year by sports journalists. He is just the fifth foreign player to win the award since it was established 55 years ago. Germany's "Kicker" magazine, which organizes the poll of sports journalists, reported that De Bruyne won this year's title easily, receiving 367 of the 814 votes. Bayern…

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FIFA announces 2018 World Cup schedule

Just over a year after Germany clinched its fourth World Cup crown in Brazil, FIFA have announced the match schedule for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Will Germany be at the final again? FIFA have announced the match schedule for the 2018 World Cup in Russia on the eve of the qualifying draw in St Petersburg. Kickoff times for…

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How Germany collaborated with Egypt in arresting Ahmed Mansour

By Jonathan Moremi The arrest in Berlin last weekend of Ahmed Mansour, famous journalist of the Qatar based Al Jazeera network, made headlines all over the world. The fact that Germany with its high reputation as a politically stable democracy acted on behalf of Egypt, a regime that is nationally and internationally accused of ignoring …

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