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Sep 2, 2015

Migrant chaos at Budapest train station; Germany says EU rules still hold

BUDAPEST/BERLIN (Reuters) – Hundreds of angry migrants demonstrated outside Budapest’s Eastern Railway Terminus on Tuesday demanding they be allowed to travel on to Germany, as the biggest ever influx of migrants into the European Union left its asylum policies in tatters.

Around 1,000 people waved tickets, clapping, booing and shouting “Germany! Germany!” outside the station. Later they sat down, staring at a police blockade erected at the entrance.

Sep 1, 2015

Migrants protest as Hungary shutters Budapest train station

BUDAPEST/BERLIN (Reuters) – Hundreds of angry migrants demonstrated outside Budapest’s Eastern Railway Terminus on Tuesday demanding they be allowed to travel on to Germany, as European Union asylum rules came close to collapse under the strain of unprecedented migration.

Around 1,000 people waved tickets, clapping, booing and hissing, and shouting “Germany! Germany!” outside the station. Later they sat down, staring at a police blockade erected at the entrance.

Aug 23, 2015

Germany vows to fight xenophobia after attacks on refugee home

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s interior minister led calls on Sunday for a crackdown on right wing militants and racists after a second night of scuffles between protesters and police outside a refugee shelter in the eastern German town of Heidenau.

Just one day after 31 police officers were hurt in violent protests against the asylum seekers, a Reuters photographer on Saturday night saw some 200 mostly drunk militants in Heidenau throwing fireworks and bottles at police.

Aug 22, 2015

Riot over refugees in eastern German town leaves 31 police hurt

BERLIN (Reuters) – At least 31 German police officers were hurt in scuffles with about 600 protesters, many hurling bottles and stones, angry about the arrival of asylum seekers in an eastern German town in the early hours of Saturday, police said.

In one of the country’s biggest demonstrations against the influx of refugees, police in Heidenau, near Dresden, used pepper spray on right-wing demonstrators who were trying to stop busloads of asylum seekers reach their accommodation.

Aug 19, 2015

German lawmakers back Greek bailout despite record rebellion

BERLIN (Reuters) – German lawmakers voted in favor of a third Greek bailout on Wednesday despite a record rebellion among Chancellor Angela Merkel’s own conservatives that suggested she would struggle to return to parliament to seek any further aid for Athens.

Heeding a call from Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble to give Greece the chance for a new start, conservative lawmakers rebelled in far fewer numbers than some in the party had predicted.

Aug 19, 2015

German lawmakers back Greek bailout despite record rebellion

BERLIN (Reuters) – German lawmakers voted in favour of a third Greek bailout on Wednesday despite a record rebellion among Chancellor Angela Merkel’s own conservatives that suggested she would struggle to return to parliament to seek any further aid for Athens.

Heeding a call from Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble to give Greece the chance for a new start, conservative lawmakers rebelled in far fewer numbers than some in the party had predicted.

Jul 30, 2015

German Social Democrats fret as ‘Mr Zig Zag’ stumbles

BERLIN (Reuters) – After a string of gaffes from their leader in the last few months, Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) are openly doubting whether Sigmar Gabriel can beat conservative rival Angela Merkel in the next election due in 2017.

One SPD state premier has even quipped that it may not be worth putting up a candidate against the incumbent chancellor, who is near the peak of her powers after 10 years in office.

Jul 22, 2015

After 25 years together, study shows two Germanys still wide apart

BERLIN, July 22 (Reuters) – From the amount they earn to
their religious convictions and cars they drive, gaping
differences between Germans in the former Communist East and the
West persist after almost 25 years of reunification, a study
published on Wednesday showed.

Many don’t even like each other, with a third of East
Germans viewing westerners as arrogant.

Jul 2, 2015

Germany clinches coal deal after months of squabbling

BERLIN, July 2 (Reuters) – Germany has abandoned plans for a
levy on coal-fired power plants but will reduce brown-coal power
generation to safeguard its 2020 carbon-reduction targets,
coalition leaders agreed on Thursday.

The plans, which follow months of wrangling within Angela
Merkel’s government, were welcomed by industry but condemned by
environmental groups which accused the chancellor of selling out
to business interests.

May 21, 2015

Top German court wants higher sentence in Rwanda genocide case

BERLIN (Reuters) – A Rwandan already behind bars for assisting a massacre in Rwanda could face life in prison after Germany’s top court said he was also guilty of the graver crime of actively participating in genocide.

Onesphore Rwabukombe, who has lived in Germany since 2002, was a mayor in north Rwanda at the time of the 1994 genocide, in which an estimated 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed by dominant Hutu forces in 100 days.

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