Pro-European protests have continued in Ukraine for days now. It was against this background that Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle arrived in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on December 4. While there, he held talks on the latest developments in the country and attended a Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
Shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall, employees of the former secret police shredded about 40 million pages of documents by hand. The result: about 600 million paper fragments that contain the information about Stasi employees, human assets, and victims. Fraunhofer researchers devised sophisticated software that reconstructs the files, earning it this year's European Innovation Prize.
European Innovation Prize for Fraunhofer
Europeans are beginning to get to grips with the Great War. Three exhibitions in Germany are currently dealing with the subject.
The First World War
December 2013: DW's culture calendar
Pre-Christmas celebrations, mulled wine and scented candles... You get all this in hundreds of Christmas markets throughout Germany. But December in Germany offers even more than that.
Mobile edutainment - the app "Death at Berlin Wall"
The smartphone app “Death at Berlin Wall” belongs to this year’s winners of the competition “Landmarks in the Land of Ideas.” It is an interactive historical adventure app that uses the technology of augmented reality to combine historical images and information with the real surroundings. The user experiences a true conflict of the East-West German separation at the original places.
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