Along with choosing Bundestag lawmakers, Berliners are set to vote on whether to keep the city's popular West Berlin airport alive. The issue has sparked passions and raised questions about the role of direct democracy.
Firefighters in the German city of Dortmund have ordered the evacuation of a high-rise apartment building for "fire safety reasons." The evacuation of the complex's 800 inhabitants was described as "unavoidable."
Germany's satirical political party Die Partei and the Bundestag battled it out over a hefty fine leveled at the satirists last year. A fundraiser called "buy money" did not break party finance laws, the court ruled.
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