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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
BERLIN, Jan 21 (Reuters) – German prosecutors opened an
investigation into a leader of the anti-Muslim PEGIDA movement
on Wednesday for inciting hatred after a newspaper printed a
photo of him posing as Hitler and reported that he had described
refugees as ‘animals’ and ‘scumbags’.
‘Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West’
(PEGIDA) has forced itself onto the political agenda with
anti-immigrant slogans that have attracted tens of thousands to
regular rallies in Dresden.
DRESDEN, Germany (Reuters) – Weekly marches by the German anti-Islam movement PEGIDA may not spread much beyond the city of Dresden where they began, but their message is having a profound impact on mainstream political parties.
The sight of 25,000 people waving German flags in the dark and chanting “Luegenpresse” (Lying press), a Nazi term, and “Wir sind das Volk” (We are the people), taken up before the Berlin Wall fell, leaves a strong impression.