A mural on the side of communist-era apartment blocks shows a father tossing his daughter into the air 5 in Hoyerswerda, Germany. Hoyerswerda was largely built by the communist East German authorities in the 1950s in order to house workers needed for nearby coal mines, power plants and factories, and by 1981 had a population of over 70,000. After the collapse of the communist government in 1989 the factories shut down and coal production declined, resulting in a population that has sunk to around 34,000 today, making Hoyerswerda the city with the starkest population decline in Germany. 25 years since German reunification eastern Germany is struggling with a low birth rate, rural emigration and unemployment rates higher than in western Germany.
A Polish harvest helper poses with German ‘Virgin’ tobacco in a field in Bad Krozingen, Germany on Wednesday
Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi of Italy pulls a wheelie during the first training session of the MotoGP Grand Prix of Germany at the Sachsenring Circuit on Friday in Hohenstein-Ernstthal, eastern Germany.
A model wears a creation of designer Anja Gockel Spring/Summer 2015 fashion collection during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin on Wednesday
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II greets members of the public as she walks across the Pariser Platz square in Berlin, Germany. Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh are on their fifth state visit to Germany
Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures while chatting with US President Barack Obama sitting on a bench outside the Elmau Castle after a working session of a G7 summit near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany
France’s President François Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Union Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, US President Barack Obama, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper attend the third working session of a G7 summit at the hotel Schloss Elmau in Krün, Germany, on Monday
Helpers hold a balloon of the developmental advocacy and campaigning organisation ‘ONE’ depicting US President Barack Obama while it is filled with air on the Odeonsplatz in Munich on Friday
Activists of global anti-poverty charity Oxfam wearing masks depicting leaders of the member countries of the G7 Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, U.S. President Barack Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron, protest prior to the G7 summit, in Munich, Germany on Thursday
Two police officers with the Federal Police Riding Squad ride past a cow in the German-Austian border region near Mittenwald, Germany on Wednesday. Government leaders from the G7 countries are meeting for their summit from Saturday in Schloss Elmau
German Chancellor Angela Merkel receives British Prime Minister David Cameron with military honors at the Federal Chancellery in Berlin, Germany. Cameron is on a tour through the European capitals. He wants to negotiate reforms in the UK’s EU membership before the referendum planned for the end of 2017
German Chancellor Angela Merkel wears a lab coat as she visits the new production facility for sterile glass vials at the Sanofi pharmaceuticals plant in Frankfurt, Germany
Sunrise in Reitwein, (Brandenburg), Germany
A tourist takes pictures of the alpine panorama from a platform on Germany highest mountain, Zugspitze, 2962 meters high, near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany, on Monday
The evening sky in Schwangau, southern Germany, is illuminated by lightning during thunderstorms
Elephant Voi Nam grabs some apples with his trunk at his enclosure at the zoo in Leipzig, eastern Germany
Aerial view of sailing boats that lay in the water of Lake Starnberg which water is covered with pollen near Starnberg, southern Germany
Film dog Tom Tom plays with a camera at a presentation for the dog and cat show in Dortmund, Germany. The eight year old Tibetan terrier played in several TV shows and commercials
Two actors dressed as robots at the launch of the Industry 4-0 platform at the Hannover Messe industrial trade fair in Hanover, Germany
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi look at a UMI robotic arm at the world’s largest industrial technology fair, the Hannover Messe, in Hanover.