1. In der Lehrwerkstatt Working, training and studying in Germany
  2. Forschung Science and research in Germany
  3. Heldenplatz Hofburg Wien mit OSZE-Flaggen Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship in 2016 – “Renewing dialogue, rebuilding trust, restoring security”
In der Lehrwerkstatt

Working, training and studying in Germany

Germany is an attractive immigration destination. This country is open to qualified professionals, students and researchers moving here from all over the world. Germany has carried out numerous reforms to make immigration easier. There is a wealth of information about Germany as an immigration destination online. This collection of links and information should help you to get started in your research. You will find all you need to know, from visa requirements to work permits, recognition of foreign qualifications and the most in-demand jobs, to practical tips on living in Germany.


Science and research in Germany

Science and research in Germany are characterized by an excellent infrastructure and well-equipped research facilities with highly qualified staff. Germany offers a host of research locations, from universities, including universities of applied sciences, to non-university institutes, companies and federal as well as Länder institutions.

Heldenplatz Hofburg Wien mit OSZE-Flaggen

Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship in 2016 – “Renewing dialogue, rebuilding trust, restoring security”

On 1 January 2016 Germany has assumed the Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co‑operation in Europe (OSCE). Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will present the details of the Chairmanship’s programme to the 57 OSCE participating States in Vienna on 14 January 2016.

Environmental Management Training Programme For Developing and Emerging Countries - 2016/17 courses

In support of the sustainable development goals of agenda 2030 (SDGs), Technische Universität Dresden is offering a range of environmental management courses in 2016 and 2017.

These courses are designed to prepare the participants for their tasks of environment-related planning, coordination and management within ministries, agencies and local governments as well as NGOs of their home countries. Participants are expected to have several years of course relevant professional experience and to be nominated by their institution in a developing or emerging country.

The program is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. 
Application deadline is June 09, 2016.

Interested? Please visit the application FAQ and apply solely via the website of TU Dresden: www.tu-dresden.de/cipsem

Additional information is provided in the flyers below.

Inauguration ANNEX Medical Center, Jaji

Inauguration of ANNEX Medical Centre in Jaji

The inauguration of the Medical Centre ANNEX at the Nigerian Army Peace Keeping Centre (NAPKC) took place on 25 April 2016 in Jaji, KADUNA. The Medical Center is a project of the AH-P of the German federal government, which has been implemented by the German Advisory Group in Nigeria.

Handing over of Leadership of the German Advisory group

Handing over of Leadership in the German Advisory group

On 19 January 2016 in the Building of the AFEME Mechatronic School. Colonel Wolfgang Bayer, Head of Staff of the Training Centre of Engineers in Ingolstadt handed over the leadership of the German Advisory Group from Lieutenant-Colonel Walter Bartsch to his successor, Lieutenant-Colonel Jens Gliemann.


Rumours about Germany currently circulating in Nigeria

Rumours that all asylum seekers and illegal immigrants in Germany get asylum easily and can stay in Germany are untrue! What is true is that each single case will be examined by the authorities and decided on its own merits. Anyone who is not granted a right to stay must leave Germany. It’s also very important to know that there is no such thing as economic asylum in Germany.

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#RumoursAboutGermany Beware: Human traffickers are not reliable source of information about living conditions in Europe. They are criminals. Human traffickers deliberately spread rumours and false ...

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Nigerian Authors Are on the Best Seller List in Germany

Staff Writer of Face 2 Face Africa, Eric Ojo, writes on the great strides made by Nigerian authors sequel to a book reading held in Abuja which was sponsored by the German Embassy in Nigeria where writer and journalist Abubakar Adam Ibrahim shared selections from his first novel, Season of Crimson Blossoms. To read the full article please follow the link below.

art works from "Haske Zanen"

Cultural program in the month of March in Abuja: Exhibition, Performance, Reading

From 4 to 14 March 2016 the Thought Pyramid Art Centre presented in Abuja the exhibition "Haske Zanen" by the German / Nigerian artist Emmanuel Eni which was brought to Nigeria by the German Embassy. The exhibition was opened by an art performance by Emmanuel Eni and the cultural program of the German Embassy for the month of March was rounded off with a reading by the young northern Nigerian writer Abubakar Adam Ibrahim.

Photo Junctions With Lagosphoto 2016 - Call for Entries

The organising committee of Photo Junctions with LagosPhoto constituted by the Embassies of France, Germany, Spain, and the Thought Pyramid Art Centre and in partnership with LagosPhoto Festival, has the pleasure to inform you that early June we will have the second edition of Photo Junctions with LagosPhoto.

This year it will be lead by the French photographer Sami Trabelsi, from June 4th to 10th. The topic of the workshop will be: “Body, architecture and countryside”. Please follow the links below for more information on the workshop and to register to participate.

Ambassador Zenner during an interview

Interview with Ambassador Zenner: Nigeria needs to develop vocational training

In an interview with the Daily Trust, German Ambassador Michael Zenner speaks on his 37-year diplomatic service and German-Nigerian relations. Read onthe full interview as published in the Daily Trust on March 5th 2016.

Impressions of the ILA Berlin

ILA Berlin Air Show 2016

The aerospace industry will be descending on Berlin at the heart of Europe from 1 to 4 June 2016.

Federal President Gauck and President Buhari

Federal President Joachim Gauck's official visit to Nigeria

Federal President Joachim Gauck and Daniela Schadt undertook an official visit to the Federal Republic of Nigeria from 8 to 12 February. The visit to Nigeria followed the democratic change of government last year in this key West African country.

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Refugees whose asylum applications have been turned down have to leave Germany

The flow of refugees to Germany continues. In 2015, more than a million asylum-seekers registered here... that’s the highest number ever. However, not all of them are granted residency.

Energiewende-Konferenz März 2015

Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2016 on 17-18 March

The German Government will host the international Energy Transition Dialogue at the Federal Foreign Office from 17 to 18 March. The event is aimed at government and business decision-makers, scientists, interest groups and civil society.

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World Climate Conference COP21 in Paris

During the World Climate Change Conference COP21 held in Paris earlier this month, Deutsche Welle (DW) and Channels TV decided to further strengthen their cooperation by producing a joint environmental magazine titled Eco@Africa.

computers donated by the German Missions in Nigeria are set up in the school

Handing over of Computers to Girls' school in Ogun State

Consul General Herbert inaugurated a new computer room at the Muslim Girls High School in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, which was equipped as part of a small project. The micro-project was made possible jointly by the German Embassy Abuja and the German Consulate General Lagos with the support of GIZ and was initiated by German Federal Minister Müller during his visit to the school.

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Bilingual DW Traineeship 2016

Deutsche Welle’s traineeship takes you around the world in just 18 months. Internships with our editorial departments give you a chance to look into economic and cultural issues as well as news and sports. The traineeship is paid (around EUR 1,600 per month) and can lead to employment with Deutsche Welle.
At the core of the training is a total of six months of theory and practice-oriented seminar blocks looking at everything from journalism basics and live reports to data-driven journalism and mobile reporting. Multimedia is not just a buzzword here – it’s how DW works. And it will be the way you work, too – in seminars, editorial departments as well as with your final project. By the end of the traineeship you will be an expert in multimedia storytelling.

Interested? Please read the information sheet below.

The next traineeship starts in September 2016. Applications will be accepted via DW's online application system between January 11 and February 29, 2016. Applications will not be accepted at any other time.

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Afrika Kommt! Fellowship program 2015 - 2017

An Initiative of German Industry for Future Leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa: the heart of the AFRIKA KOMMT! fellowship program is an eight-month practical training in a leading German enterprise benefiting both, fellows and partner companies.

Interested? Please read the pdf with all information on the fellowship program. Still want to know more? Visit www.afrika-kommt.de!

German humanitarian aid in Nigeria through the UNHCR

German humanitarian aid in Nigeria through the UNHCR

German has increased the support for the UNHCR in Nigeria with an addition 1,000,000 € to further strengthen and expand the humanitarian aid for refugees from Nigeria to Comeroon, Chad and Niger and IDPs in Nigeria.

invitation to the screening of "Stigma"

World AIDS Day: Film screening and reading in Abuja

On December 1, the international World AIDS Day, the German Embassy Abuja invited all to a cultural evening on the subject of "The fight against the stigmatization of HIV-positive people". The Nigerian author Safiya Ismaila Yero first read excerpts from her novel "When There is Life", a gripping novel about a woman who learns of her HIV status and must then fight against exclusion and stigmatization.This was followed by the screening of the German-Nigerian film "Stigma".

Fashion show of Bobby Kolade from Berlin

German Embassy holds Fashion Show in Abuja

The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Nigeria  consistently continues to explore and leverage opportunities aimed at promoting cultural ties between Germany and Nigeria. The Embassy upped Thursday 26 of November  by partnering with Fashion Designers from Germany and Nigeria to showcase some of the latest designs in the fashion industry in both countries.

Deep Schrott in concert

The only Bass Saxophone Quartet of the universe - "Deep Schrott" – performs in Abuja

Deep Schrott, the only bass saxophone quartet in the universe consisting of Andreas Kaling, Wollie Kaiser, Jan Klare and Dirk Raulf, began its West African tour on 12 November 2015 at the invitation of the German Embassy with a phenomenal concert in ThoughtPyramid Art Centre.

Dr. Jan Steckel during his lecture

Lecture on the international fight against climate change and the role of developing countries

Set against the backdrop of the ongoing Georg Baselitz exhibition, Dr. Jan Steckel, head of the working group "Climate Protection and Development" at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change in Berlin, at the invitation of the German Embassy Abuja held a lecture on the topic "The International Fight against Climate Change and the Role of Developing Countries ".

works of the Baselitz exhibition

Georg Baselitz Exhibition in Abuja

From 3 -16 November 2015, the German Embassy Abuja with the support of the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations in ThoughtPyramid Art Centre in Abuja, presented an exhibition of 11 works by Georg Baselitz.

Seminar on "Energy Efficiency"

Seminar of the German Consulate General on "Energy Efficiency" on 2 November 2015

On November 2nd, 2015 the German Consulate General organized in collaboration with the Energy and Environmental Desk of the German Delegation of Commerce and Industry (DGIC) in Lagos an interactive seminar on “Energy Efficiency”. The event took place at the Westwood Hotel in Lagos and was attended by more than 90 participants.

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German Federal Ministry of Education and Research celebrates ‘Green Visionaries’ from around the world in Berlin

The 7th "Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development” culminated in a festive awards ceremony today. Mr Wilfried Kraus, Head of the BMBF Directorate "Sustainability, Climate, Energy", honoured 27 young scientists from 20 countries.

NDLEA equipment aid

Consul General Ingo Herbert hands over Equipment Aid to NDLEA Nigeria

Following a three day German Federal Government sponsored Bundeskriminalamt training course, Mr. Ingo Herbert, the German Consul General, visited the National Headquarters of the “Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency” (NDLEA) to meet NDLEA-Chairman Ahmadu Giade.

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The Refugee Crisis and the work of Germany’s Diplomatic Missions

The rising number of people fleeing to Germany from crisis regions is a major challenge - for everybody in Germany. For volunteers, institutions, ordinary citizens, and for the refugees themselves. Outside of Germany too, there are lots of people working to cope with the crisis. Germany’s embassies abroad are making a decisive contribution.

DHL's logistics hub

Meeting at DHL Logistics Hub in Lagos

Members of the Consulate General visited DHL's logistics hub at Murtala Muhammad International Airport in Lagos on October 20th. Managing Director Randy Buday explained the handling procedures at DHL's largest base in Africa.

Onatteni Remet (8 years) hands over her picture to the Consulate General

Child painter donates work of art to Consulate General

Onatteni Remet (8 years), the sister of Africa's most famous child painter, Onarietta Remet, visited with her parents the Consulate General on 14 October 2015 to donate to the Consulate a painting of her symbolizing the Nigerian-German friendship.

Interview - Salamatu Sule

Performance poetry is giving more depth to poems – Salamatu Sule

Salamatu Sule is representing Nigeria at the upcoming Frankfurt Book Fair in, Germany. Miss Sule was interviewed by Adie Vanessa Offiong of the Nigerian newspaper Daily Trust. To read the full interview please follow the link below.

Consul General Ingo Herbert congratulates MAN at its opening ceremony in Lagos

Consul General Ingo Herbert congratulates MAN at its opening ceremony in Lagos

MAN Nigeria Ltd., subsidiary of the German brand opened on September 30th in Lagos, wants to introduce more of its electricity solutions to the Nigerian market.

AMPION Venture Bus Final Event in Lagos

Ampion Venture Bus West Africa finals in Lagos

The Consulate General was part of the jury for this year’s Ampion Venture Bus West Africa finals, held in Lagos on September 23rd.

Ambassador Zenner during an interview

Improve Power Supply to boost Foreign Direct Investment, German envoy urges Nigeria

The Ambassador of Germany to Nigeria, Michael Zenner has reiterated the need for the Nigerian government to improve power supply and enact more investor-friendly laws and regulations in order to attract additional Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to the country.

Meeting of the President of the German Bundesrat, Volker Boffier, with Nigerian Senate President Bukola Saraki

President of the German Bundesrat met the President of the Senate of Nigeria, Abubakar Saraki, in New York

President of the German Bundesrat Volker Bouffier also met with the President of the Senate of Nigeria, Abubakar Saraki, on the periphery of the World Conference of Parliament Presidents in New York.

Ambassador Zenner and Consul General Herbert meeting with the Govenor of Lagos

Meeting of Ambassador Zenner and Consulate General Herbert with the Governor of Lagos, S.E. Akinwunmi Ambode

Ambassador Michael Zenner and Consul Ingo Herbert met with the Governor of Lagos State, S.E. Akinwunmi Ambode, on September 14.

Consul General I. Herbert and participants

Seminar: "Project Financing in the Field of Renewable Energies"

On 7 September 2015, the German General Consulate in Lagos in cooperation with the delegation of the German economy continued the series of seminars on the theme "Renewable energy". "Nearly 100 people including many representatives from business, academia, civil society and the diplomatic community accepted the invitation of the new Consul General, Ingo Herbert, and participated in this year’s second seminar on the topic "Project Financing in the Field of Renewable Energies" in Westwood hotel in Lagos.

After signing the agreed minutes, Mrs Monika Schmitt-Vockenhausen and Amb. Rabiu Shehu

First Meeting of the Sub-Working Group "Migration" of the Binational Commission

On the occasion of the first meeting of the Sub-Working Group “Migration” of the German-Nigerian Binational Commission (BNK), a German delegation consisting of colleagues from the German Federal Ministry of Interior, the Federal Police and the Federal Foreign Office was in Abuja from 5th to 7th of August 2015.

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How Germany, through KfW, helps eradicate wild polio infections

In Nigeria and on the African continent, July 24, 2015 marks one year since the last reported case of wild polio. What a turn-around after the country had reached the peak of 1.122 wild polio cases in 2006. This is a significant milestone and could lead to the end of polio in Africa, pending final laboratory classification from all samples expected by September 2015. This progress is due to the coordinated efforts of donors, African governments, health workers, partners, religious and community leaders.

Ambassador Mr Michael Zenner

Germany and Nigeria have excellent bi-lateral relations - Amb. Zenner

In an interview with the Guardian, Ambassador Michael Zenner highlighted the excellent political, economic and cultural relations between Germany and Nigeria. Numerous bilateral meetings testify to the good state of relations. In the energy, the industrial sector and in the security cooperation there is enormous potential for development. The cooperation between the two countries is on the right track.

Audience at seminar "Stand-alone Renewable Energy Solutions"

Seminar of the German Consulate General on “Stand-alone Renewable Energy Solutions” on 30 June 2015

On 30 June 2015, the German Consulate General organized jointly with the Energy and Environmental Desk of the German Delegation of Industry and Commerce in Lagos an interactive seminar themed “Stand-alone Renewable Energy Solutions”. The seminar on 30 June was the opening event for a series of seminars organized by the German Consulate General in Lagos in 2015, focusing on the Potentials of Renewable Energies in Nigeria. Three more seminars are planned.

German Advisory Group Inauguration

German Advisory Group Nigeria: Further Step Accomplished

Exactly one month after the inauguration of the Medical Centre at the Nigerian Army Peace Keeping Centre in Jaji, the German Advisory Group Nigeria was able to announce the achievement of another milestone - the inauguration of the training facility for maintenance work in the capital Abuja.

German Missions welcome BOSCH to Nigeria

10 June 2015 marked the official opening of the new sales and service office of German company BOSCH in Lagos. The German Missions in Nigeria welcome the presence of another important German company in Nigeria. 

hospital ward in Jaji

German Advisory Group Nigeria: Inauguration of a Medical Centre

On the 19th of May 2015, the German Advisory Group in Nigeria announced the ceremonial inauguration of the medical centre at the Nigerian Army Peace Keeping Centre (NAPKC) in Jaji. The Chief of staff of the Nigerian Army, Lieutenant-General Minimah, cut the Ribbon at the entrance of the new dispensary in the presence of the German Ambassador in Nigeria, Mr. Michael Zenner, in addition to numerous high-level guests.

Berlin Polica Journal

Berlin Policy Journal

BERLIN POLICY JOURNAL is a new bimonthly app magazine on international affairs, edited in Germany’s capital. Each issue sets a theme and reports on a diverse range of current and emerging foreign policy topics, aiming at making German and European foreign policy.

BERLIN POLICY JOURNAL furthers debates and takes a look behind the curtain in Berlin, Brussels, and beyond. Get to know who is shaping the future of international relations from the heart of Europe!Published by the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)

Ambassador Zenner during his speech at the closing ceremony of the DVT

Award of certificates to trainers of the Dual Vocational Partnership with Nigeria

On April 15, 43 instructors who participated in the "Dual Vocational Partnership" received their graduation certificates in Abuja – and can now train others. The Dual Vocational Training Partnership (DVT) was launched by the Delegation of German Industry in Nigeria (AHK Nigeria) and the Chamber of Commerce Giessen-Friedberg with the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in December 2012.

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German News Service - Discover Germany firsthand

The German News Service is a free news wire of the Deutsche Welle in cooperation with the German Press Agency (dpa) especially for media representatives as well as for everyone who is interested in Germany and wants to know more about German lifestyle, business and culture.

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German support for Nigerian Development Bank

On the 24th of March 2015 the Nigerian President Jonathan gave the go-ahead for the new development bank in Nigeria, the Development Bank of Nigeria, that is largely supported by the German development bank KfW.

Contact details of the German missions in Nigeria

Please find the contact details and opening hours of the German Embassy in Abuja and the German Consulate General in Lagos here.

Contact details of the German Embassy in Abuja

Opening hours

08.30-12.00 a.m.

Access out of opening hours on appointment only!

German Embassy in Abuja

9, Lake Maracaibo Close, off Amazon Street

Abuja F.C.T.

P.O.Box 5177
Abuja, F.C.T

00234 9 220 8010/11/12
00234 706 410 8800 or -805 880 8800

Contact details of the Consulate General in Lagos

Opening hours of Consular Section

8.00-12.00 a.m.
Emergencies only

Opening hours of Visa Section

7.00-12.00 a.m.

Visa applications can be submitted upon appointment only!  visa information

German Consulate General in Lagos

15, Walter Carrington Crescent

Victoria Island



00234 1 280 9966
00234 1 280 9969
0049 30 1817 67232

The Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs

Federal Foreign Minister Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Ambassador Michael Zenner

Ambassador Mr Michael Zenner

Mr Michael Zenner is the German Ambassador to Nigeria in Abuja. He arrived in Abuja in August 2014 after serving as Ambassador in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Consul General in Lagos

Ingo Herbert, Generalkonsul der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in Lagos

Since September 2015, Ingo Herbert has been the German Consul General in Lagos.

Important Information for visitors!

Dear visitors to the German Embassy Abuja and the German Consulate General in Lagos, please read the following important information.

Deutsche Welle's new English-language TV channel

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Starting June 22, 2015, Deutsche Welle will broadcast its new TV-Channel including German-language news program "DW Nachrichten" around the clock. The newly structured TV channels will include among others DW in English, Spanish and Arabic.

The impact of foreign policy

Whether refugee crisis, natural disasters or military conflicts, foreign policy activity defines how Germany is perceived in the world. The special feature on “The impact of foreign policy” in the latest issue of DE Magazin Deutschland and on the deutschland.de website presents articles, interviews and portraits that explain Germany’s foreign policy commitment and how it changes people’s lives. There are interviews on this subject with Bärbel Kofler, the new Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy, and with Antoine Gérard, Chief of the Secretariat of the first World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in May 2016.

E-paper edition

Topical dossier on “The impact of foreign policy”


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Information portal for foreign professional qualifications

LOGO Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Enlarge image (© BMWi) The BQ-Portal is the central information service for foreign professional qualifications in Germany. In this work platform competent bodies, companies and interested immigrants with training can better assess and evaluate foreign educational and training qualifications.

Foreign applicants may request a certificate of equivalence of their vocational or university qualification here.

Deutsche Welle - Germany's international broadcaster

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Deutsche Welle, or DW, is known for its in-depth, reliable news and information in 30 languages – among them English and Hausa! Culture, education and Europe; those are some of the focal points. Via television, radio and the internet DW classifies facts, explains contexts and analyzes background information.

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Germany is the Land of Ideas, but also a cultural, educational, sporting and environmental hub in Europe. It also retains a prominent profile on the world's economic and political front. Keep up with the fast-paced and multifaceted changes of this dynamic nation on this newsfeed.

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May 26, 2016 10:53 AM

Merkel coalition partner SPD to propose new immigration draft law

Germany's SPD has unveiled plans for a new law to "better control" the immigration of skilled workers. The news follows the approval of a new integration law which seeks to ease access to the labor market for refugees.

May 26, 2016 10:26 AM

Boost world infrastructures, urges G7 host Japan

Global economic woes and China's claims to the South China Sea have set the tone at the G7 summit in Japan. Overshadowing the annual event is a planned visit to Hiroshima by US President Barack Obama.

May 25, 2016 11:04 PM

French Open: Andy Murray struggles again, young Germans advance

For the second straight round, Britain’s Andy Murray needed five grueling sets to beat his opponent. Meanwhile, Alexander Zverev and Annika Beck advance as Dustin Brown’s grand slam dreams ends.

May 25, 2016 7:50 PM

German populist AfD leader Petry accused of perjury

The head of the AfD party is being investigated over allegations she lied under oath to the Saxon state parliament. The case revolves around statements she gave concerning loans made to the party.

May 25, 2016 6:30 PM

Homeopathy - medical therapy or superstition?

Homeopathy is often presented as a legitimate drug treatment. It's not, however, because the remedies don't have any medical effect. So what exactly is it? Eight questions and answers.

May 25, 2016 6:22 PM

German prosecutors investigate neo-Nazi edition of 'Mein Kampf'

A German paper has published an e-mail from a far-right group claiming it will publish a version of Hitler's book free of "tedious" scholarly commentary. This could possibly violate laws against spreading Nazi ideology.

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