Air France allows crew to avoid Tehran route after headscarf row

April 5, 2016
An Air France staff member waits at a check-in counter at the Marseille-Provence airport September 16, 2014. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

(An Air France staff member waits at a check-in counter at the Marseille-Provence airport September 16, 2014. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier)

Visits to Berlin’s Islamic Museum restore pride in Syrian refugees

March 31, 2016
(The Aleppo room, one of

(The Aleppo Room from 1600-1601, one of the examples of Arab wall panels in Berlin’s Musuem of Islamic Art, photographed on 22 August 2013 by Jean-Pierra Dalbera)

from The Great Debate:

There are good reasons why Europe’s Jews are so worried

February 11, 2016

Members of LEGIDA, the Leipzig arm of the anti-immigrant movement  Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (PEGIDA) march past anti-LEGIDA protestors (top R) during a demonstration in Leipzig January 21, 2015. The weekly PEGIDA demonstrations began last October as a local protest against the building of new shelters for refugees, and have been growing in size. Counter-marches have taken place across Germany, with far larger numbers, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel has condemned the group in unusually strong language as racists "with hatred in their hearts." PEGIDA leaders deny they are racist and say they distinguish between the secular majority among Germany's 4 million Muslims and those trying to spread Muslim values.           REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke (GERMANY  - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY IMMIGRATION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Members of LEGIDA, the Leipzig arm of the anti-immigrant movement, Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West (PEGIDA) march past anti-LEGIDA protestors (top R) during a demonstration in Leipzig, January 21, 2015. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

Anti-Islam movement PEGIDA stages protests across Europe

February 9, 2016
Activists against migrants shout slogans as they participate in a protest organized by the anti-Islam group PEGIDA, in Calais, France, February 6, 2016. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol - RTX25QPS

(Activists against migrants shout slogans as they participate in a protest organized by the anti-Islam group PEGIDA, in Calais, France, February 6, 2016. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol)

German Jews fear rising antisemitism during Mideast refugee influx

January 30, 2016
Nina Peretz, head of Jewish initiative "Friends of the Fraenkleufer Synagogue", plays drums with migrant children at a refugee shelter in Berlin, Germany, December 20, 2015. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

(Nina Peretz, head of Jewish initiative “Friends of the Fraenkleufer Synagogue”, plays drums with migrant children at a refugee shelter in Berlin, Germany, December 20, 2015. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke)

Merkel opens exhibition of Yad Vashem’s Holocaust art in Berlin

January 26, 2016
German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands with Holocaust survivor, artist Nelly Toll (R) at the exhibition "Art from the Holocaust" at the Deutsches Historisches Museum  (German Historical Museum) in Berlin, Germany, January 25, 2016. REUTERS/Britta Pedersen/Pool

(German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands with Holocaust survivor, artist Nelly Toll (R) at the exhibition “Art from the Holocaust” at the Deutsches Historisches Museum (German Historical Museum) in Berlin, Germany, January 25, 2016. REUTERS/Britta Pedersen)

Three asylum seekers from Syria seek refuge in Arctic Norway church

January 22, 2016
(Kirkenes Church with roadsigns in Norwegian and Russian, 2008 Date18 April 2008, 01:58:04 Source	Own work Author	Bair175)

(Kirkenes church with roadsigns in Norwegian and Russian, 18 April 2008/Bair175)

Pope Francis says Europe can rise to challenge of integrating migrants

January 11, 2016
Pope Francis speaks during a baptism ceremony in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican, January 10, 2016. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano/Handout via Reuters

(Pope Francis speaks during a baptism ceremony in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican, January 10, 2016. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano)

Demand for reprint of Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ overwhelms German publisher

January 9, 2016
A copy of the book 'Hitler, Mein Kampf. A Critical Edition' is displayed for media prior to a news conference in Munich, Germany January 8, 2016.   REUTERS/Michael Dalder

(A copy of  “Hitler, Mein Kampf. A Critical Edition” is displayed for media prior to a news conference in Munich, Germany January 8, 2016. REUTERS/Michael Dalder)

Christmas trees around the world | The Wider Image

December 23, 2015

The Christmas tree has a rich history, from evergreen trees to symbolise eternal life in Ancient Egypt to tree worship by pagan Europeans. The modern version has its origins in Germany, where the song “O Tannenbaum” is still a festive favourite.