The disclosure came in a closed-door meeting Germany's foreign intelligence agency held with members of the Bundestag last week, media report. North Korea has pursued missile and nuclear programs despite UN sanctions.
Germany's economic minister made his comments before departing for Washington. He said that both Germany and the EU want to avoid a trade war with the US.
Vladimir Putin has used a system of misinformation and cronyism to stay in power for decades. DW takes a look at how an obscure low-level spy became an unbeatable leader.
Young Europeans recently gathered in Brussels for two days of debate and to vote on their vision for Europe. Things were more cheerful than when heads of state and government take part, says Uta Steinwehr from Brussels.
A wartime association has decried a memorial for commemorating Italy's liberation fighters alongside Nazi paratroopers. More than 50,000 Allied soldiers are believed to have died in the Battle of Cassino.
A cross-party parliamentary committee has urged the government to consider a "limited extension" if key issues aren't dealt with. The committee's chair said "credible, detailed proposals" need to be put forward now.
The controversial EU refugee agreement with Turkey has been running for two years. But there are still several hitches, with particularly the question of funding still not completely settled.
Vladimir Putin told supporters in a victory speech in Moscow that Russia was "bound for success." While officials have reported strong turnout, monitoring groups have reported electoral violations.
A crackdown on smugglers who enabled a thousand Albanians to enter Britain, the US and Canada has resulted in 39 arrests. Fighting crime tops Albania's agenda as it prepares for EU accession talks.
The Kremlin has put its faith in one particular group of voters for Russia's presidential election: women. Will a large turnout by female voters propel President Vladimir Putin to an overwhelming victory?
Vladimir Putin is eager to leave his post after his next term, the Kremlin critic and onetime Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky says. He urged Russian voters to send a "message" in Sunday's election.
A boat carrying up to 22 people on board has capsized near the island of Agathonissi, killing six children. The Greek migration minister has called on authorities to "implement safe procedures and safe routes."
Increasingly popular, "golden visas" offer virtually scrutiny-free EU citizenship for rich outsiders. Critics say EU governments are ignoring the risks to collect quick cash. Teri Schultz reports from Brussels.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is seeking to reform the so-called "Weimar Triangle" of Germany, Poland and France. Maas told Warsaw officials that eastern EU states should take a leading role in Brussels.
Huge crowds have rallied across Slovakia to demand snap elections. The resignation of Prime Minister Robert Fico has failed to ease a political crisis triggered by the murder of an investigative reporter.
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Mountaineering legend Reinhold Messner ascended all the world's eight-thousand-metre peaks. The South Tyrolean crossed deserts and Antarctica and published about 50 books. His adventures fill six remarkable museums.
Protesters have gathered to call for Slovak Prime Minister Fico and his government to step down following the murder of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee. The president has warned of a crisis of trust.
Britain is leaving the European Union, but who exactly is directing the drama? DW takes a look at the people involved in the messy divorce.
Lawmakers with Germany's far-right AfD aren't the only ones to have made a controversial "private" trip to Syria. From France to the US, DW breaks down the unofficial visits officials have made.
Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal has made headlines after he was found unconscious from exposure to an unknown substance in the UK. The use of poison in assassinations has a long history.
Thousands of people have gathered at vigils and anti-corruption protests across Slovakia to honor slain journalist Jan Kuciak and his girlfriend. The 27-year-old was investigating the activities of the Italian mafia.
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