German Social Democrats beat conservatives in vote to decide Merkel successor

Social Democrats (SPD) ahead – projected results SPD’s Scholz claims clear mandate for pragmatic government But conservative Laschet also vows to seek coalition Chancellor Angela Merkel is not seeking a fifth term Germany’s Social Democrats narrowly won Sunday’s national election, projected results showed, and claimed a “clear mandate” to lead a government for the firstContinue reading “German Social Democrats beat conservatives in vote to decide Merkel successor”

Germany to end quarantine pay for those without vaccinations

Germany will stop paying compensation to unvaccinated workers who are forced into quarantine by coronavirus measures as it is unfair to ask taxpayers to subsidise those who refuse to get inoculated, Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Wednesday. The rules, which will be implemented by the governments of Germany’s 16 federal states, will take effectContinue reading “Germany to end quarantine pay for those without vaccinations”

German far-right fails in bid to oust state governor

The far-right Alternative for Germany party failed in an attempt Friday to unseat the left-wing governor of an eastern German state, a long-shot bid that opponents denounced as political theater. Bjoern Hoecke, one of the hardest-right figures in Alternative for Germany, or AfD, won only his party’s 22 votes in the 90-seat state legislature ofContinue reading “German far-right fails in bid to oust state governor”

Germany: Right-wing criminality at a record high

Violent and racist crimes are on the up in Germany, according to official statistics on politically motivated crimes. Crimes by right-wing extremists hit their highest levels since records began in 2001. Germany’s Interior Minister Horst Seehofer presented the official statistics for politically motivated crimes committed in 2020 on Tuesday. The minister expressed concerns over increasingContinue reading “Germany: Right-wing criminality at a record high”

German spy agency watches Querdenker anti-lockdown movement

Germany’s domestic intelligence agency says some parts of the anti-Covid lockdown movement are being kept under observation amid concerns they may be trying to delegitimise the state. They are focusing particularly on some members of the “Querdenker” (lateral thinkers) movement and say they do not fit into previous extremist categories. The BfV agency highlighted linksContinue reading “German spy agency watches Querdenker anti-lockdown movement”

German Police Clash With Anti-Lockdown Protesters

Police clashed with protesters in Berlin on Wednesday as they tried to disperse a rally against the coronavirus lockdown while parliament debated a law to give the national government more powers to fight a third wave of the pandemic. Chancellor Angela Merkel drew up the law after some of Germany’s 16 federal states refused toContinue reading “German Police Clash With Anti-Lockdown Protesters”

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