Tag Archives: Germany

Germany News | Asylum-Seekers

Report indicates attacks on asylum-seekers down in Germany
  • According to police, there were 704 cases of anti-refugee violence from January to June, down more than a third from 2017.
  • The 2018 attacks included 77 on asylum shelters and 627 direct attacks on refugees, resulting in 127 injuries.
  • The reduction has come as immigration debates continue to erupt along political fault lines, including the introduction of “anchor centers” for asylum-seekers awaiting judicial decisions and the limited restart of family reunifications.
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Fewer attacks on refugees and asylum shelters in Germany” (Reuters | August 2018)

Germany opens refugee ‘anchor centres’ amid criticism” (Al Jazeera | August 2018)

Family reunification for refugees resumes in Germany” (Deutsche Welle | August 2018)

Germany News | LGBT

German parliament votes to legalize same-sex marriage
  • The lower house voted to ratify marriage equality 393-296-4 in a year that has seen Germany attempting to redress historical injustices against its LGBT community.
  • The vote followed Chancellor Angela Merkel’s softening of her party’s position and allowance of a conscience vote, permitting members of her party to break ranks and vote in favor of marriage equality.
  • The vote extends full marriage rights to LGBT citizens, including adoption rights.
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German lawmakers approve same-sex marriage in landmark vote” (Reuters | June 2017)

German Parliament Approves Same-Sex Marriage” (The New York Times | June 2017)

German parliament votes to legalise same-sex marriage” (The Guardian | June 2017)

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Germany News | Muslim Women

Chancellor Merkel endorses partial ban on Islamic veils in Germany
  • Merkel’s announcement is the first public show of support for her party’s call for a ban on full-face veils in public spaces, a proposal Muslim women leaders have pointed out as unnecessary and inflammatory in a nation that already creates strong social pressure not to wear religious veils.
  • The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has proposed barring veils including the burqa and the niqab from public spaces including courts and educational institutions and during events such as traffic stops and police checks.
  • Merkel, who recently announced a run for a fourth term, has increasingly stressed “integration” and “law and order” amidst rising anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, and nationalist sentiments in the country.

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Angela Merkel endorses party’s call for partial ban on burqa and niqab” (The Guardian)
Angela Merkel Calls for Ban on Full-Face Veils in Germany” (The New York Times)
Burqa bans: As Angela Merkel supports prohibition, survey shows how Muslim-majority countries feel about veils” (The Independent)

Related reads:
What’s That You’re Wearing? A Guide to Muslim Veils” (The New York Times, May 2016)

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Global Events: Black Lives Matter Protests

Black Lives Matter Globally

As a series of controversial shootings of African-American men by police has renewed attention to the Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S., people around the world have stood in solidarity with black Americans seeking to root out racial profiling, excessive use of force, and lack of accountability in U.S. law enforcement. For some, the demonstrations have been defined mostly by a kind of international allyism, but in many parts of the world, the American movement has prompted reflection on the treatment of local black communities—native, historical, and immigrant—by law enforcement, politicians, and broader society. Here is a look at the global demonstrations and solidarity movements in the name of Black Lives Matter: Continue reading Global Events: Black Lives Matter Protests

Germany News | Turkish-German Politicians

Turkish-German lawmakers receive death threats following Armenian Genocide resolution
  • Germany’s 11 MPs of Turkish descent received the threats following the passage of a resolution to recognize the 1915 mass killings of Armenians in Turkey as genocide.
  • Targets included Cem Oezdemir, the leader of Germany’s Greens Party who had pushed for the resolution.
  • Officials have been advised against travel to Turkey after Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan publicly accused them of betraying their Turkish heritage.

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After threats, security concerns for German MPs with Turkish roots” (Reuters)
Report: German MPs advised not to visit Turkey” (Deutsche Welle)
German-Turkish war of words intensifies after ‘genocide’ vote” (euronews)

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Germany News | Refugees

Crime report finds sharp uptick in anti-refugee attacks by far-right extremists in Germany
  • German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere reported a 35% increase in politically-motivated crimes by the far-right in 2015, the largest increase since the beginning of record-keeping in 2001.
  • More than 1,000 attacks on refugee shelters were reported, a more than five-fold increase over the previous year.
  • Overall, some 39,000 politically motivated crimes were reported in 2015, including a 31% increase in violent crimes.

Read more:
Germany registers surge in crimes by right-wing radicals” (Reuters)
Germany: right-wing violence rose over 40 percent last year” (AP via U.S. News & World Report)
German Crime Figures May Raise Voter Security Fears” (The Wall Street Journal)

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Germany News | Muslims

German anti-immigrant party adopts anti-Islam manifesto
  • The manifesto from the Alternative for Germany (AfD) states Islam is incompatible with the German Constitution and calls for bans on minarets, full-body veils, and calls to prayer.
  • The AfD holds no seats in the German Parliament, but has members in half of Germany’s state assemblies and polls as high as 14% nationally, causing concern ahead of the country’s 2017 federal elections.
  • Some 2,000 protesters descended on Stuttgart to disrupt the AfD conference, clashing with police during demonstrations.

Read more:
Anti-immigrant AfD says Muslims not welcome in Germany” (Reuters)
Germany’s AfD party adopts anti-Islam manifesto” (euronews)
AfD manifesto criticized as ‘unconstitutional’ for statements on Islam” (Deutsche Welle)

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