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Germany

2018

01

Jun

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Germany: Bavaria’s controversial cross rule goes into effect

The southern German state of Bavaria’s decree about hanging crosses in public buildings has gone into effect. The rule, as well as the motives behind it, has left Bavarians and local authorities scratching their heads. Starting on June 1, nearly all state authorities in Bavaria are required to have a cross hanging in their foyers meaning that […]

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Country: Germany
Source: Deutsche Welle

28

May

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Ozil criticised by far-right party holding anti-Islam rally in Berlin for Erdogan meeting

An anti-Islam rally was held by far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in country’s capital Berlin on Sunday. Speaking to media before the beginning of the rally, AfD board member Beatrix von Storch criticized German football player of Turkish origin Mesut Ozil. “Ozil has German passport but he isn’t a German. He can’t be a […]

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Country: Germany
Source: Anadolu Agency

22

May

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Royal wedding: German broadcaster ZDF accused of racism in its coverage

German public broadcaster ZDF was heavily criticized on Saturday for its sometimes questionable coverage of the royal wedding. Social media users and news commentators found its coverage revealed deep-set racism among German media. The broadcaster responded that it takes viewer concerns seriously. Some of the comments that caused controversy Repeatedly describing Meghan Markle and black guests […]

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Country: Germany
Source: Deutsche Welle

15

May

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German football association (DFB) slams Ozil, Gundogan photos with Turkish president

The head of Germany’s soccer federation has criticized national team players Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan for having their picture taken with Turkey’s president. The Arsenal and Manchester City players posed for photos on Sunday in London with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has taken an increasingly authoritarian stance in recent years. Reinhard Grindel said […]

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Country: Germany
Source: The Washington Post , Deutsche Welle

11

May

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Tens of thousands of Germans protest wider police powers in Bavaria

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Munich on Thursday to protest planned changes to police powers in the prosperous southern German state of Bavaria. Police estimated that around 30,000 protesters turned out on a public holiday to oppose a law approved by state parliamentarians last summer that massively widens the scope […]

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Country: Germany
Source: Daily Sabah , Evrensel

10

May

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Muslim teacher banned from wearing headscarf by German court

A Berlin labour court has found the city was right to bar a teacher who wears a Muslim headscarf from teaching primary school classes, rejecting her discrimination complaint. Justice Arne Boyer ruled on Wednesday that the city state’s so-called neutrality law, which bars the wearing of overt religious symbols and clothing for state employees on […]

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Country: Germany
Source: SBS News , Deutsche Welle

07

May

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Germany’s CSU and CDU want ‘values’ taught to refugee children in schools

Senior German conservatives want to set up new “values lessons” for refugee children in German schools, according to a newspaper report. The standards are to be held above cultural or religious views. German conservatives are set to push for new lessons that would teach both German language and values to children of refugees, the Rheinische Post newspaper reported in its Monday […]

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Country: Germany
Source: Deutsche Welle , TRT Haber

25

Apr

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German state orders all government buildings to display a Christian cross

A German state has ordered that Christian crosses should be placed on the entrance of all government buildings. Bavaria’s conservative government has said the crosses should not be seen as religious symbols, but are meant to reflect the southern German state’s “cultural identity and Christian-western influence.” Crosses are already compulsory in public schools and courtrooms […]

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Country: Germany
Source: The Independent

24

Apr

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Bin Laden bodyguard on German welfare

A Tunisian man who once allegedly protected Osama Bin Laden has lived in Germany since 1997 and gets €1,168 (£1,022) a month in welfare payments. The figure was revealed by a regional government, after the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) asked about the man, known as Sami A. German media have not reported the man’s […]

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Country: Germany
Source: BBC Türkçe , BBC

12

Apr

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Leading German politician: ‘Islam shouldn’t culturally shape Germany’

Alexander Dobrindt, the leader of the Christian Social Union’s (CSU) parliamentary party, defended against criticism on Wednesday that his conservative Bavarian party was seeking to marginalize Muslims while doubling down on the stance that “Islam is not part of Germany.” The comments by a high-ranking politician from the sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats […]

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Country: Germany
Source: Deutsche Welle