The number of far-right attacks and Islamists in Germany rose once again last year, new figures have shown. More than half of neo-Nazis are “violence-orientated,” Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said in Berlin.
“I expect that very soon border controls will be activated and that an assistance deployment (by the military) will be requested,” Hans Peter Doskozil told the online edition of the Krone daily on Monday.
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel says he sees the issue of terrorism sponsorship as key to the Qatar crisis. He also called on the Gulf Cooperation Council, of which Qatar is a member, to remain united.
Germany has passed a new prostitution law to fight human trafficking and exploitation. It calls for more control, more regulations and more penalties – and it is not popular in the prostitution industry.
Pope Francis shook-up the Vatican’s administration Saturday by replacing the church’s top theologian with whom he often clashed.
Germany’s parliament voted Friday to punish social media giants with fines of up to €50 million if they systematically fail to remove illegal hate speech.
On Friday morning the German parliament voted to legalize gay marriage, after a large majority of lawmakers voted for the draft law. Chancellor Angela Merkel voted against the bill.
Turkish President Erdogan has been denied a request to hold a rally in front of his supporters in Germany on the sidelines of the G20 summit. German-Turkish relations have sunk from bad to worse over the past year.
No other major US ally has seen public confidence in the American president drop as significantly as Germany since Donald Trump took over in the White House in January.
The Bundestag has voted to rescind all convictions for homosexuality from the post-war period. Germany’s LGBT community has described the vote as “historic,” albeit not without its shortcomings.