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Regensburg Cathedral, where the Regensburger Domspatzen choir performs, on July 14, 2021. Lena Mucha for NPR hide caption

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Struggling with its past, Germany's 1,000-year-old choir admits girls for the 1st time

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A 1,000-year-old German boys choir is now accepting girls

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Germany announces a multibillion dollar inflation relief package

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Cars and trucks line up for hours at Latvia's Terehova border crossing into Russia on Aug. 3. Rob Schmitz/NPR hide caption

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At Latvia's border with Russia, the line grows long, and tempers short

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Germany's energy options are dwindling as it tries to break ties with Russia

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Long lines of trucks at the Latvia-Russia border show immense toll of war

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A sea of flowers lies at the fenced-off Soviet Victory Monument in Riga, Latvia, on Victory Day, May 9. The site fully named The Monument to the Liberators of Soviet Latvia and Riga from the German Fascist Invaders is a 260-foot concrete spire topped with a star that was built in 1985, in the waning years of Soviet rule in Latvia. Alexander Welscher/DPA/Picture Alliance via Getty Images hide caption

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Latvia plans to destroy a Soviet-era monument, riling its ethnic Russian minority

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A boat is pictured on the shallow Rhine river near Oestrich Winkel, western Germany, on Aug. 12, as the water level passed below 40 centimeters, making ship transport increasingly difficult. Yann Schreiber/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Germany's Rhine is at one of its lowest levels. That's trouble for the top EU economy

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Shallow Rhine River has a devastating effect on commercial traffic

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Latvia is growing its military as Russia becomes increasingly aggressive

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The EU agrees to plan that aims to cut gas consumption across Europe by 15%

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The EU has agreed to cut gas consumption by 15% in order to reduce reliance on Russia

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Germany bails out its largest energy company after Russia cut off gas supply

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Germany rushes to decouple itself from Russian gas

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Germany aims to offset living costs and gas demand with discounted public transport

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