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9/23 Activists occupy Berlin’s famous Volksbühne theater

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A group of activists occupied Berlin’s Volksbühne auditorium on Friday evening, declaring the building the “property of the people” and adding another twist to months of intrigue surrounding the capital’s venerable theater. The protesters, reportedly members of an art collective calling itself “Dust to Glitter,” said they had planned the protest months in advance and wanted […]

9/22 Berlin expels second Vietnamese diplomat in row over Berlin park kidnapping

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Germany said Friday it had expelled a second Vietnamese diplomat over what it calls the brazen kidnapping by Hanoi agents of a fugitive state company official in Berlin. The “totally unacceptable” abduction constitutes a “gross violation of international law”, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters. The diplomat, who was not named, has four weeks to […]

9/21 German government adopts international anti-Semitism definition

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The official definition of anti-Semitism was drawn up by the government’s conservative Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière and Social Democratic Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel. It is almost identical to the one proposed by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) used by countries around the world, including, for instance, Britain and Austria. The IHRA definition reads: “Antisemitism […]

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