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Why Mary Poppins is banned in Germany on Good Friday
Oskar Groening, 'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz', dies aged 96
Kurdish protesters clash with police at German airport, disrupt UK stations
Incoming German minister vows to speed up migrant repatriations
'Fatherland' no more, German equality czar pens gender neutral anthem
Deaths reported in five countries as 'Beast from the East' storm pummels Europe
German village votes to keep ‘Hitler bell’ as memorial
Number of migrants in Germany hits record high
2018-04-12 17:01:29 BERLIN (Reuters) - More people with foreign citizenship live in Germany than ever before, the Federal Statistics Office said on Thursday, putting the 10.6 million record figure down to an influx of people seeking asylum and migrants from other European Union countries. Of the 82 million people living in Germany, roughly one in every eight is a foreign national, the office said   Read More ...
Germany seeks motive after van crashes into crowd, killing 2 - | WBTV Charlotte
2018-04-09 05:14:52 MUENSTER, Germany (AP) - A van crashed into people drinking outside a popular bar Saturday in the German city of Muenster, killing two people and injuring 20 others before the driver of the vehicle shot and killed himself inside it, police said. A top German security official said there was no indication of an Islamic extremist motive but officials were investigating all possibilities in the deadly crash that took place at 3:27 p   Read More ...
Germany seeks motive after van crashes into crowd, killing 2
2018-04-09 05:10:27 By KIRSTEN GRIESHABER and FERDINAND OSTROP Associated Press A van crashed into people drinking outside a popular bar Saturday in the German city of Muenster, killing two people and injuring 20 others before the driver of the vehicle shot and killed himself inside it, police said. A top German security official said there was no indication of an Islamic extremist motive but officials were investigating all possibilities in the deadly crash that took place at 3:27 p   Read More ...
Several killed after van crashes into crowd in Germany
2018-04-09 05:03:23 At least 3 people are dead and 20 injured after a van crashed into a crowd in in the German town of Muenster.   Read More ...
At least 2 dead, 20 injured after van crashes into pedestrians in German city of Muenster
2018-04-09 05:03:06 At least 3 people are dead and 20 injured after a van crashed into a crowd in in the German town of Muenster. USA TODAY. A driver of a delivery truck plowed into a crowd of pedestrians Saturday in the German city of Muenster, killing at least two people and injuring 20 before fatally shooting himself, German officials said. Herbert Reul, the interior minister of North Rhine-Westphalia state where Muenster is located, said the driver of the van was a German citizen   Read More ...
Why Mary Poppins is banned in Germany on Good Friday
2018-03-30 04:46:58 Good Friday is considered a stille Tage or "quiet holiday" in Germany. That is, according to constitutional law on the Protection of Sundays and Public Holidays. It also means that activities which “contradict the character” of the day are prohibited, although they vary from state to state in the country. In Berlin, holiday laws are handled very loosely, which makes the capital an ideal destination for clubgoers – in many states, dancing is not allowed throughout the day   Read More ...
German immigration slowed in 2016 to less than half 2015 level
2018-03-13 10:47:56 BERLIN (Reuters) - German net immigration slowed to 500,000 in 2016 from 1.14 million in 2015, the year of the country's refugee crisis, the Federal Statistics Office said on Tuesday. In 2016, 1,865,000 migrants arrived in Germany and 1,365,000 people emigrated, the office said. The swell of migrants arriving in 2015, many fleeing war in the Middle East, helped fuel the rise of the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which surged into parliament for the first time at last year's national election   Read More ...
Saving the world’s cultural legacy - book hunters | DW Documentary
2018-03-13 00:11:02 Without book hunters, much of the knowledge of antiquity or the Middle Ages would be lost forever. A documentary on saving the world’s cultural heritage. Dominican monk Najeeb Michael has twice saved his library from the clutches of radical Islamists. He is just one of many book hunters. For more than 30 years the American Benedictine monk Columba Stewart has travelled to war-torn regions of the world in search of ancient manuscripts. In Iraq, for example, he has succeeded in digitizing the writings from an ancient monastery. Also in Iraq he supports the work of Dominican monk Najeeb Michael. These intrepid book hunters are following in the footsteps of medieval monks who, with their libraries and copying of manuscripts, helped transmit the literature of antiquity throughout Europe   Read More ...
Oskar Groening, 'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz', dies aged 96
2018-03-12 23:02:58 A former Nazi SS guard dubbed the "Bookkeeper of Auschwitz" has died aged 96 without ever having served his sentence for being an accessory to murder, German media said Monday. Oskar Groening was among the last former Nazis to face trial for their roles in World War II, more than 70 years after the conflict, thanks to a landmark case allowing prosecution for aiding and abetting the German killing machine   Read More ...
‘Bookkeeper of Auschwitz’ dies at 96, before he can serve term
2018-03-12 21:26:38 BERLIN, Germany — A former Nazi SS guard dubbed the “Bookkeeper of Auschwitz” has died at the age of 96, nearly three years after his conviction for being an accessory to murder, German media said Monday. A spokesman of the prosecutor’s office in the northern city of Hanover told AFP that Oskar Groening’s lawyer had informed him of his death, but he was unable to confirm it officially   Read More ...
Oskar Groening dead at 96 – ‘Bookkeeper of Auschwitz’ and former SS man convicted over role in Nazi murder of 300,000 dies in hospital, according to reports in Germany
2018-03-12 19:37:01 Oskar Groening was sentenced to four years behind bars in July 2015, for his role in the murder of 300,000 people at a Nazi death camp in Poland.   Read More ...
Harmless nostalgia or worrying nationalism? Germany split over new ministry
2018-03-12 10:01:32 BERLIN: Is it about lederhosen, bratwurst and beer? Will it stir a healthy patriotism? Or does it hark back to the darkest chapter of German history by championing nationalism and excluding minorities? A new "Heimat", or homeland, ministry to be launched Wednesday by Chancellor Angela Merkel's new government has left Germans deeply divided. Some have poked fun at the term, which can evoke Alpine vistas and black forest cake, on new "Heimat" Twitter accounts that recommend "plain German fare" with "a chilled beer"   Read More ...
Harmless nostalgia or worrying nationalism? Germany split over new homeland ministry
2018-03-12 06:45:17 BERLIN (AFP) - Is it about lederhosen, bratwurst and beer? Will it stir a healthy patriotism? Or does it hark back to the darkest chapter of German history by championing nationalism and excluding minorities? A new "Heimat", or homeland, ministry to be launched on Wednesday (March 14) by Chancellor Angela Merkel's new government has left Germans deeply divided. Some have poked fun at the term, which can evoke Alpine vistas and black forest cake, on new "Heimat" Twitter accounts that recommend "plain German fare" with "a chilled beer"   Read More ...
Kurdish protesters clash with police at German airport, disrupt UK stations
2018-03-12 03:00:44 BERLIN: Pro-Kurdish demonstrators staged protests against Turkey's military offensive in northern Syria on Sunday scuffling with Turks and German police at Duesseldorf airport, while in Britain they temporarily closed two train stations, authorities said. Several people in Germany were left injured after police used pepper spray against some demonstrators opposed to Turkey's ongoing military operation "Olive Branch" against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria's Afrin region   Read More ...
Kurdish protesters clash with police at German airport
2018-03-12 01:30:44 BERLIN (AFP) - Pro-Kurdish protestors demonstrating against Turkey's military offensive in northern Syria scuffled with Turks and German police at Duesseldorf airport Sunday, leaving several people injured, authorities said. Police used pepper spray against some demonstrators, who were protesting Turkey's ongoing military operation "Olive Branch" against the Kurdish People's Protection Units in Syria's Afrin region. The unannounced rally of about 150 people -- one of several Kurdish demonstrations in Germany at the weekend -- turned rowdy and led to "a number of people suffering injuries", federal police told AFP   Read More ...
Kurdish protesters clash with police at German airport, disrupt UK stations
2018-03-11 23:01:16 BERLIN: Pro-Kurdish demonstrators staged protests against Turkey's military offensive in northern Syria on Sunday (Mar 11), scuffling with Turks and German police at Duesseldorf airport, while in Britain they temporarily closed two train stations, authorities said. Several people in Germany were left injured after police used pepper spray against some demonstrators opposed to Turkey's ongoing military operation "Olive Branch" against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria's Afrin region   Read More ...
Incoming German minister vows to speed up migrant repatriations
2018-03-11 21:01:53 BERLIN (AFP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's incoming interior minister on Sunday vowed to take a tough line against convicted criminal migrants and speed up repatriations of rejected asylum seekers. Horst Seehofer, of Merkel's conservative Bavarian sister party the CSU, also promised a broader "zero-tolerance" law and order drive under their new government to be launched Wednesday. Seehofer was long the harshest critic within Merkel's conservative bloc of her decision to open Germany's borders to a mass influx of refugees and migrants since 2015   Read More ...
German minister vows to speed up migrant repatriations
2018-03-11 20:17:50 BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s incoming interior minister yesterday vowed to take a tough line against convicted criminal migrants and speed up repatriations of rejected asylum seekers. Horst Seehofer, of Merkel’s conservative Bavarian sister party the CSU, also promised a broader “zero-tolerance” law and order drive under their new government to be launched Wednesday. Seehofer was long the harshest critic within Merkel’s conservative bloc of her decision to open Germany’s borders to a mass influx of refugees and migrants since 2015   Read More ...
Incoming German minister vows to speed up migrant repatriations
2018-03-11 13:02:20 Berlin (AFP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's incoming interior minister on Sunday vowed to take a tough line against convicted criminal migrants and speed up repatriations of rejected asylum seekers. Horst Seehofer, of Merkel's conservative Bavarian sister party the CSU, also promised a broader "zero-tolerance" law and order drive under their new government to be launched Wednesday. Seehofer was long the harshest critic within Merkel's conservative bloc of her decision to open Germany's borders to a mass influx of refugees and migrants since 2015   Read More ...
German ex-Catholic head Cardinal Karl Lehmann dies at 81
2018-03-11 12:09:40 BERLIN (AP) — Cardinal Karl Lehmann, the former head of Germany's Catholic Bishops Conference, has died. He was 81. The Catholic group said in a statement that Lehmann died Sunday at his home in Mainz. Lehmann had a stroke last year and in recent days, as his death seemed imminent, Catholics across the country had prayed for him. The current head of the Bishops Conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, said that "the church of Germany is bowing humbly in front of a personality who influenced the Catholic church worldwide   Read More ...
German ex-Catholic head Cardinal Karl Lehmann dies at 81
2018-03-11 12:09:31 BERLIN (AP) — Cardinal Karl Lehmann, the former head of Germany's Catholic Bishops Conference, has died. He was 81. The Catholic group said in a statement that Lehmann died Sunday at his home in Mainz. Lehmann had a stroke last year and in recent days, as his death seemed imminent, Catholics across the country had prayed for him. The current head of the Bishops Conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, said that "the church of Germany is bowing humbly in front of a personality who influenced the Catholic church worldwide   Read More ...
German ex-Catholic head Cardinal Karl Lehmann dies at 81
2018-03-11 12:09:10 The Catholic group said in a statement that Lehmann died Sunday at his home in Mainz. Lehmann had a stroke last year and in recent days, as his death seemed imminent, Catholics across the country had prayed for him. The current head of the Bishops Conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, said that "the church of Germany is bowing humbly in front of a personality who influenced the Catholic church worldwide   Read More ...
Germany not ready for a gender-neutral anthem
2018-03-09 19:36:04 National anthems are meant to make everyone feel included, which is why Austria and Canada tweaked parts excluding women. But some lines between tradition and modern society are harder to cross than others. Not all countries are ready to take the gender-neutral plunge, fearing the political risks too great in an era of bitterly divided politics. Last week, Kristin Rose-Moehring, the German Family Ministry official responsible for gender equality, proposed two changes to the lyrics of the national anthem — the last remaining verse of August Heinrich Hoffman von Fallersleben’s Deutschlandlied, written in 1841 to Joseph Haydn’s earlier hymn to Holy Roman Emperor Francis II   Read More ...
No More ‘Fatherland’? Germans Debate Gender-Neutral Anthem
2018-03-09 00:11:24 Photo Kristin Rose-Möhring, the equal opportunities officer for Germany’s Family Ministry, sends a newsletter to staff roughly every six weeks. She probably did not anticipate the reaction that her latest has received. In the newsletter, timed for International Women’s Day on Thursday, Ms. Rose-Möhring proposed some changes to Germany’s national anthem to make its lyrics gender-neutral. The ministry will not release a copy of the newsletter but has confirmed that it was sent last week   Read More ...
Germany's Angela Merkel says much left to do for women's rights
2018-03-08 16:44:46 German Chancellor Angela Merkel says on International Women's Day that while much has been achieved, the struggle for more equality for women in Germany and worldwide must continue. Merkel, considered one of the world's most powerful women, said today in a video message that "many women before us have made sacrifices and fought persistently so that women would have more rights   Read More ...
UPDATE 2-Germany's SAP admits misconduct in South Africa Gupta deals
2018-03-08 14:43:54 JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - German software maker SAP found compliance breaches and “indications of misconduct” in $50 million of public sector deals in South Africa involving the Guptas, friends of former president Jacob Zuma accused of corruption, it said on Thursday. Outlining the findings of an external legal review of five software deals with state-run electricity firm Eskom and rail-freight company Transnet, SAP said three executives suspended last year had resigned without severance pay   Read More ...
UPDATE 1-Germany's SAP admits misconduct in South Africa Gupta deals
2018-03-08 12:17:44 (Adds quote, details, share price) JOHANNESBURG, March 8 (Reuters) - German software maker SAP found compliance breaches and “indications of misconduct” in $50 million of public sector deals in South Africa involving the Guptas, friends of former president Jacob Zuma accused of corruption, it said on Thursday. Outlining the findings of an external legal review of five software deals with state-run electricity firm Eskom and rail-freight company Transnet, SAP said three executives suspended last year had resigned without severance pay   Read More ...
Germany's SAP admits misconduct in South Africa Gupta deals
2018-03-08 11:41:54 JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - German software maker SAP found compliance breaches and “indications of misconduct” in public sector deals in South Africa involving the Guptas, friends of former president Jacob Zuma accused of corruption, it said on Thursday. Outlining the findings of an external legal review of the deals with state firms worth more than $50 million, SAP said three executives suspended last year had resigned without severance pay   Read More ...
Are Palestinian leaders really ready for peace talks? | DW English
2018-03-08 00:10:18 President Mahmoud Abbas wants a Middle East peace conference in 2018, but with his personal support low and disunity rife, are Palestinian leaders really prepared for talks? Tim Sebastian meets Ibrahim Khraishi, Palestinian Ambassador to the UN in Geneva. Conflict Zone is Deutsche Welle's top political interview. Every week, our hosts Tim Sebastian and Michel Friedman are face-to-face with global decision-makers, seeking straight answers to straight questions, putting the spotlight on controversial issues and calling the powerful to account. Twitter: https://twitter.com/dw_conflictzone Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dw.conflictz... More about Tim Sebastian: http://www.dw.com/p/1G7K9 More about Michel Friedman: http://www.dw.com/p/1IMJx For more go to http://www.dw.com/conflictzone.   Read More ...
Far-right Syria trip slammed in Germany
2018-03-07 23:32:05 Syrian refugees and German politicians condemned Wednesday a visit to Damascus by members of an anti-immigrant party, saying their depictions of life in the city as "normal" were especially offensive when a rebel-held enclave nearby was being bombarded.Seven members of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) are currently on a "fact-finding" trip to Syria, which the party wants classified as a safe-country of origin   Read More ...
Germany: Far-right ‘terrorists’ jailed for bomb attacks on refugees and politicians
2018-03-07 20:39:32 to our channel! rupt.ly/subscribe Eight members of the right-wing organization Gruppe Freital were sentenced to four to ten years in prison by the Dresden Higher Regional Court after being accused of attempted murder and bomb attacks on refugee shelters and politicians. The group's leaders Timo Schulz and Patrick Festing were sentenced to 10 and nine-and-a-half years in prison respectively. The other six received custodial terms of between four and eight-and-a-half years. "I think it is clear that the court wants to send a clear message to the outside, not only that attempted murder is punished, but also the creation of such a group has been punished" said Accessory Prosecutor Kristin Pietrzyk   Read More ...
German far-right 'terrorists' jailed for refugee attacks
2018-03-07 18:02:46 DRESDEN, Germany: Eight members of a German far-right group were sentenced to jail Wednesday on terrorism and attempted murder charges for a series of explosives attacks targeting refugees and anti-fascist activists. Based in Germany's ex-communist east, the so-called "Freital group" had sought to create "a climate of fear" at the height of Germany's refugee and migrant influx in 2015, the court was told   Read More ...
Germany imprisons 8 for anti-migrant terrorism
2018-03-07 17:24:52 DRESDEN, Germany (AFP) — Eight members of a German far-right group were sentenced to jail Wednesday on terrorism and attempted murder charges for a series of explosives attacks targeting refugees and anti-fascist activists. Based in Germany’s ex-communist east, the so-called “Freital group” had sought to create “a climate of fear” at the height of Germany’s refugee and migrant influx in 2015, the court was told   Read More ...
Syrian refugees, German government condemn far-right trip to 'normal' Syria
2018-03-07 15:49:25 BERLIN (Reuters) - Syrian refugees and German politicians condemned on Wednesday a visit to Damascus by members of an anti-immigrant party, saying their depictions of life in the city as "normal" were especially offensive when a rebel-held enclave nearby was being bombarded. Seven members of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) are currently on a "fact-finding" trip to Syria, which the party wants classified as a safe-country of origin   Read More ...
Syrian refugees, German govt condemn far-Right's trip to "normal" Syria
2018-03-07 15:48:24 BERLIN - Syrian refugees and German politicians condemned on Wednesday a visit to Damascus by members of an anti-immigrant party, saying their depictions of life in the city as "normal" were especially offensive when a rebel-held enclave nearby was being bombarded. Seven members of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) are currently on a "fact-finding" trip to Syria, which the party wants classified as a safe-country of origin   Read More ...
Syrian refugees, German govt. condemn far-right trip to 'normal' Syria
2018-03-07 15:46:49 BERLIN (Reuters) - Syrian refugees and German politicians condemned on Wednesday a visit to Damascus by members of an anti-immigrant party, saying their depictions of life in the city as “normal” were especially offensive when a rebel-held enclave nearby was being bombarded. Seven members of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) are currently on a “fact-finding” trip to Syria, which the party wants classified as a safe-country of origin   Read More ...
Germans accused of anti-migrant terrorism face verdicts
2018-03-07 08:17:12 DRESDEN, Germany (AFP) — Eight members of a German far-right group face verdicts Wednesday after a year-long terrorism trial over a series of explosives attacks targeting refugees and anti-fascist activists. Based in Germany’s ex-communist east, the so-called “Freital group” had sought to create “a climate of fear” at the height of Germany’s refugee and migrant influx in 2015, prosecutors say. The seven men and one woman, now aged between 20 and 40, modified pyrotechnics they had bought in the neighboring Czech Republic for five explosives attacks   Read More ...
Woman, accomplice freed of murder of German husband
2018-03-06 20:10:11 Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer. The Jamaican woman who along with a St Catherine man were charged for killing her husband, German hotelier Helmut Steiner, today walked free as the high-profile case collapsed. Charmaine Steiner, 44, and 48-year-old labourer, Owen Clarke, were acquitted in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston after the seven-member jury was directed by High Court judge Sarah Thompson James to return a formal verdict of not guilty   Read More ...
Eager to deport migrants, German AfD scouts out Syria situation
2018-03-06 18:01:43 BERLIN: Lawmakers from the Alternative for Germany (AfD) are on a fact-finding trip to Syria, said members of the anti-immigrant group, which wants Syria to be classified a safe country of origin in a move that would make it easier to deport failed asylum seekers. Syrians make up the biggest single group of asylum seekers among the more than a million migrants fleeing war and poverty who have arrived in Europe's largest economy since mid-2015   Read More ...
Eager to deport migrants, German AfD scouts out Syria situation
2018-03-06 17:50:26 BERLIN (Reuters) - Lawmakers from the Alternative for Germany (AfD) are on a fact-finding trip to Syria, said members of the anti-immigrant group, which wants Syria to be classified a safe country of origin in a move that would make it easier to deport failed asylum seekers. Syrians make up the biggest single group of asylum seekers among the more than a million migrants fleeing war and poverty who have arrived in Europe's largest economy since mid-2015   Read More ...