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Mein Kampf to Return to German Bookshelves

For the entirety of Germany’s postwar history, Adolf Hitler’s infamous manifesto of hate, Mein Kampf, has been out of print. Thanks to the Bavarian government...

No Cigarettes at Oktoberfest: Bavaria Bans Smoking

Visitors to Munich's world-famous Oktoberfest beer festival will soon be in for a nasty surprise if they decide to spark up a smoke to go with that ale —...

Bavarian Rhapsody

Munich's newly opened Louis Hotel claims inspiration from mad King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Stand in the lobby, though, and the eccentric ruler, famed for his love...

New Report Reveals the Depth of German Poverty

To many on the outside, Germany looks like a big, rich country enjoying the benefits of being Europe's largest economy. Inside, Germans know that looks can be...

Will The Pope Behave in Austria?

Exactly one year ago, the Vatican press corps set out from Rome on a papal trip that wasn't expected to produce major headlines. Yes, Pope Benedict XVI was...

The Pope Tackles Faith and Terrorism

This past Monday it was Sept. 11 in Bavaria too, but you never would have known it if you'd been following Pope Benedict XVI's homecoming visit to his native...

Land of Laptops and Lederhosen

When a four-man company called Switch Biotech was struggling in 1997, it turned to the Bavarian government for help — and help is what it got. A state-funded...

Fighting for the Right

In German politics, the role of Bavaria's Christian Social Union has always been hard to define. It is frequently called the junior sister of the opposition...

Learned Opinion: The Best of Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest began in 1810 as the wedding reception of Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and has evolved into an annual celebration of lager and lederhosen observed...

Down to The Wire

Gerhard Schroder is a survivor. Three years ago, when his Social Democratic Party (SPD) lost six straight local elections because of his government's...

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