In Germany, art installation angers Jewish groups

An urn, placed by an artist group called the ‘Center for Political Beauty,” is seen in front of the German parliament building, the Reichstag, in Berlin. The artist group says the urn contains human remains of Holocaust victims _ triggering and angry response from Jewish groups.

Demonstrators gather in Berlin for climate change | AFP

Protesters gather at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin as part of the Fridays for Future climate movement. They are calling on the German government to move faster and further to protect the climate a few days before the opening of the climate conference in Madrid. IMAGES

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Thousands of farmers in mass tractor protest in Berlin | AFP

Thousands of farmers drive their tractors to Berlin’s famed Brandenburg Gate in a mass protest against new environmental regulations they say threaten their livelihoods.

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Merkel: Brexit will place competitor on EU doorstep

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaking at a conference in Berlin, cautioned that Brexit was a “painful outcome” that would make Britain a third country “basically living on our doorstep as a competitor.” Merkel said she is optimistic that Britain would be able to approve a withdrawal deal.

French President Macron meets German President Steinmeier in Berlin | AFP

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier greets French counterpart Emmanuel Macron at Bellevue Palace in Berlin ahead of Monday’s Armistice Day commemorations of the end of World War One. IMAGES of Macron meeting Steinmeier

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Pompeo tells Berlin forum: Freedom not guaranteed

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned on Friday that authoritarianism was on the rise, saying “freedom is not guaranteed”. (Nov. 8)

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Berlin mayor opens week of commemorations marking fall of Berlin Wall | AFP

Berlin’s Mayor Michael Mueller speaks at an event which opens a week of commemorations marking the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. IMAGES

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Giant wave set at Brandenburger Gate to mark fall of Berlin wall | AFP

To mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, American artist Patrick Shearn is completing a 150-metre-long installation composed of 100,000 streamers, on which residents of Germany have written 30,000 messages. The artwork, like a multicoloured wave, will float in front of the Brandenburg Gate and will be open to the public from Monday.

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Streamers mark Berlin anniversary

A rainbow-colored net with thousands of streamers _ many with messages of love and peace _ has been hoisted into the air in front of Berlin’s iconic Brandenburg Gate as part of commemorations for the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. AP Photos by Markus Schreiber.

‘Streetfishing’ craze hits Berlin | AFP

In front of stations, under bridges, young fishing enthusiasts are pulling out their fishing rod in the middle of the city and even take it to university as part of the ‘Streetfishing’ craze. To make it easier for others to fish, they have created an app that shows where fishing is allowed and what fish can be caught.

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AP News Flash – Berlin Wall, Nov. 10, 1989

The AP news FLASH announcing that East Germany has begun tearing down the Berlin Wall was sent over the World Wire from Frankfurt to New York at 6:06 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, 1989. NS and KC in parenthesis refer to Berlin correspondent Nesha Starcevic and Berlin news editor Kevin Costelloe.

Merkel visits an important synagogue in Berlin (2) | AFP

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits a major synagogue in Berlin on Wednesday evening where a rally is held after the attack on the Jewish synagogue in Halle killed two people. IMAGES

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German woman boxer’s fight to wear headscarf in the ring | AFP

Berlin boxer Zeina Nassar’s fighting spirit has won her plenty of titles, but her battle to wear the hijab in the ring has also made her an equal-opportunity champion.

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Fridays for Future and other organisations protest at Brandenburg Gate | AFP

Fridays for Future and other organisations gather at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, calling for action on climate change. Around the world, young people are heeding the rallying cry of fellow teen activist Greta Thunberg in protests for more awareness of climate issues. IMAGES of the protest

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Giant art project transforms East Germany housing blocks | AFP

An enduring reminder of the communist era, the vast, concrete “Plattenbau” tower blocks which surround cities in eastern Germany are usually considered to be more eyesores than works of art. Yet in the city of Halle, 170 kilometres (around 100 miles) southwest of Berlin, a new urban culture project hopes to promote social cohesion by transforming architectural sins into monumental masterpieces.

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