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Mar 19, 2015

Pressure mounts on Merkel over Greek war reparations calls

BERLIN (Reuters) – Greek demands for billions of euros in reparations for the brutal Nazi occupation in World War Two may be falling on deaf ears in the German government, but some legal experts say Athens has grounds for a case.

The emotive issue is bound to come up when Alexis Tsipras visits Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin for the first time as prime minister on Monday, in an atmosphere poisoned by charges of broken promises and personal jibes between their ministers.

Mar 12, 2015

German court fines relatives for abducting gay Muslim

BERLIN, March 12 (Reuters) – A German court fined the father
and two uncles of an 18-year-old Muslim citizen for depriving
him of his personal freedom when he was a minor in an attempt,
the victim says, to force him into marriage with a woman despite
his homosexuality.

In a case highlighting the problems Germany faces in
integrating its four-million-strong Muslim community, Nasser
El-Ahmad, who has a Lebanese background, has also told German
media that his family tortured him for being gay.

Mar 11, 2015

Germany brushes off Greek calls for World War Two reparations

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany dismissed Greek demands to pay World War Two reparations after leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras accused Berlin of using legal tricks to avoid paying compensation for the Nazi occupation of his country.

Resurrecting the highly-charged issue has done little to soothe already strained German-Greek relations as Athens strives to persuade euro zone partners to renegotiate terms of a 240 billion euro bailout.

Mar 10, 2015

Germans outraged after far-right rally forces mayor’s resignation

BERLIN (Reuters) – Senior German politicians warned on Tuesday that basic freedoms were threatened after a mayor in an eastern town resigned saying local authorities had failed to stop a far-right protest outside his house.

Markus Nierth, the elected and unpaid mayor of Troeglitz, said on Monday he feared for his family’s safety after the National Democratic Party (NPD) announced the rally against his plans to house asylum seekers.

Mar 3, 2015

German pensioner needs drill to dig for Nazi-looted Amber Room

BERLIN (Reuters) – A pensioner has started digging in Germany’s western Ruhr region for the Amber Room, a priceless work of art looted by Nazis from the Soviet Union during World War Two and missing for 70 years, but says he needs a new drill to help him.

Dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World, the Amber Room was an ornate chamber made of amber panels given to Czar Peter the Great by Prussia’s Friedrich Wilhelm I in 1716.

Feb 27, 2015
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German Jewish leader warns against wearing skullcaps


(A man wearing a kippah waits for the start of a demonstration against anti-Semitism at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate September 14, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Peter)

Germany’s Jewish community leader has advised Jews not to wear skullcaps in areas with a large Muslim population, a warning that underscores fears about growing anti-Semitism in Europe.

Feb 10, 2015
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Jewish groups rap German anti-Semitism commission for omitting Jews


(A woman stands amidst the concrete columns of the Holocaust memorial after heavy snowfall in Berlin March 19, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter)

Jewish groups in Germany sharply criticised a new government commission on anti-Semitism on Tuesday, saying the lack of a single Jewish member on the panel was scandalous and pledging to set up a rival body.

Feb 10, 2015

Wartime raids haunt Dresden, cradle of German anti-Islam group

DRESDEN (Reuters) – Seventy years have passed since Allied bombing raids killed 25,000 people and laid to waste its Baroque churches and palaces but resentment still lingers in Dresden, providing fertile soil for far-right and anti-Muslim groups.

Every year on Feb. 13, neo-Nazis from all over Europe gather to commemorate what they call the ‘bombing holocaust’ unleashed on the German city less than three months before the end of World War Two.

Feb 3, 2015

Merkel, waiting to see Greek debt proposals, insists on troika role

BERLIN, Feb 3 (Reuters) – German lawmakers said Chancellor
Angela Merkel had told them in closed-door talks on Tuesday that
“troika” monitoring of Greece’s bailout programme would not be
scrapped as the new government in Athens has demanded.

Publicly Merkel declined to comment on the new left-wing
Greek government’s plans to tackle its debt including a proposed
debt swap, saying she needed first to see the details.

Jan 21, 2015

German PEGIDA leader resigns after Hitler pose prompts investigation

BERLIN, Jan 21 (Reuters) – The leader of the fast-growing
German anti-Muslim movement PEGIDA resigned on Wednesday after a
photo of him posing as Hitler – and reports that he called
refugees “scumbags” – prompted prosecutors to investigate him
for inciting hatred.

Bachmann, a 41-year-old convicted burglar, had appeared on
the front page of top-selling daily newspaper Bild on Wednesday
sporting a Hitler moustache and haircut. Bild and another paper
said he had called aslyum-seekers “animals” and “scumbags”.

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