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.
Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz was elected leader of the center-right Austrian People’s Party on Saturday, paving the way for his candidature as chancellor in October snap elections.
Pope Francis shook-up the Vatican’s administration Saturday by replacing the church’s top theologian with whom he often clashed.
Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl’s memorial was underway on Saturday, with a cortege of European dignitaries and those from further afield paying tribute to him.
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.
Germany is reorienting itself away from the US and the UK and toward France. Chancellor Merkel made that clear in a speech to parliament about the EU’s future and next week’s G20 summit in Hamburg.
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 move gives gay and lesbian groups reason to cheer while depriving opposition parties of a key campaign issue three months before elections.