Thuringia AfD takes legal action against possible government surveillance

The Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has filed a legal complaint against two senior government officials in Thuringia for advocating that the party be considered for official surveillance over its links to right-wing extremists. The AfD’s Thuringia branch lodged the complaint against state Interior Minister Georg Maier and the president of the Office for the Protection […]

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Germany: Arrest over the murder of 9-year-old Peggy

One of Germany’s most elusive and long-running murder cases came a step closer to a resolution on Tuesday following multiple reports that a man had been arrested over the death of the young girl known publicly in Germany only as Peggy. Peggy was nine years old when she vanished from her home in Lichtenberg, Bavaria […]

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Juliette Binoche named president of Berlin Film Festival jury

French actress Juliette Binoche will head the jury of this year’s Berlin International Film Festival, organizers announced on Tuesday. She has appeared in more than 70 films and won a slew of prizes. “I’m very pleased that Juliette is president of the 2019 International Jury,” said Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick. “The festival shares a strong […]

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Brexit deal: What Germany wants, what Theresa May can get

The EU takes precedence Together with France, Germany is the main proponent and driving force of the European Union. Thus the primary principle in Berlin’s Brexit policy has been to prioritize the welfare of the bloc. The EU, and its chief negotiator Michel Barnier, speaks on behalf of all member states collectively. Individual European nations […]

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Germany: AfD's 'white men' advent calendar sparks controversy and ridicule

The AfD of the Berlin parliament drew criticism for a new Christmas campaign honoring notable white men every day in the month of December, in the tradition of the advent calendar. The far-right populists announced their controversial move with a message on Twitter, using the hashtag “yes to white men” (#JaZuWeißenMännern). “At the most beautiful time […]

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Angela Merkel urges Vladimir Putin to release Ukrainian sailors

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Moscow to release 24 Ukrainian sailors during a call with her Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, government spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a press briefing. “The conversation focused on the situation in the Kerch Strait,” Seibert said late Monday. Late last month, Russian warships captured three Ukrainian naval vessels as […]

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