Carnival revellers throw confetti as they celebrate the start of the carnival season in Cologne November. In many parts of Germany, at 11:11am on November 11, people mark the official start of carnival
A tree stands in the morning fog in Dresden, Germany
A crane can be seen over the VW logo on the administrative building of the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg. Thousands of VW diesel cars and gas engines might have used more gas and emitted more CO2 than stated by the manufacturer
A cyclist drives past wafts of mist rising from a tributary of the Weisse Elster river in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on Tuesday
An aerial view of autumn trees along the shore of a quarry pond in Cologne, Germany
A woman adjusts the hat of a member of the honour guards before a welcoming ceremony for the visiting Germany’s President Joachim Gauck outside the national parliament building at Sukhbaatar square, in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
Pale light hangs in a pine forest during a rainy autumn morning
First snow of the season covers trees next to a country road near Zwoenitz, eastern Germany, on Wednesday
Visitors stand in front of the monumental panoramic artwork ‘Great Barrier Reef’, which is printed on cloth widths, of artist Yadegar Asisi during a press preview at the Asisi Panometer in Leipzig, central Germany, Friday. On a 1:1 scale, the panorama presents the unique underwater world of the coral reef off the coast of Australia in all its fragile beauty and complexity
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A worker walks past a bucket-wheel excavator in the Welzow Sued open-pit lignite coal mine on Friday near Welzow, Germany
A Hyundai N 50 Gran Turismo concept automobile, produced by Hyundai Motor Co., sits on display at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany
BMW CEO Harald Krueger is helped after he collapsed at a presentation during the media day at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany
Veiled Infiniti cars are pictured during the media day at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany.
Young seals waiting to be fed at the seal sanctuary in Norden, Germany
The early morning sun shines on columns of smoke rising from the chimneys of the coal power plant in Hohenhameln, Germany, on Thursday
German Chancellor Angela Merkel winks at a colleague in the parliament building in Berlin, Germany. The German parliament continues to discuss the budget for 2016
The so-called “Stone Age”-travellers, Lukas Heinen, Veronika Hocke and Marco Hocke walk in the forest near Altenbeken, western Germany, on their way from Detmold to Bonn
Anky van Grunsven ot the Netherlands competes on Whizashiningwalla BB during the Reining team final at the FEI European Championships in Aachen, Germany, Friday
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Two cyclists and their dog silhouette against the evening sky in Klein Guebs, a village close to Magdeburg, eastern Germany, as Magdeburg’s Cathedral can be seen in the background.
Cyclists reflect in a puddle and silhouette against the sky as sun sets near Guelpe, northeastern Germany