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German police halt armed far-right vigilantes on Polish border

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German police say they have stopped more than 50 far-right vigilantes armed with pepper spray, a bayonet, a machete and batons who were trying to patrol the Polish border to stop migrants entering the country. The vig...

Scandal rocks German media giant on brink of global expansion

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That Axel Springer, a media empire built on digging up stories of sex and sleaze among the rich and famous, should have turned a blind eye to sex and sleaze within its own offices will hardly have come as a shock to i...

Hope and fear in EU as hardliner tipped to be German finance minister

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Germany’s biggest neighbours are watching the formation of the country’s new government with a mixture of hope and fear, amid concerns that a fiscal hardliner hotly tipped to become the next finance minister could dra...

‘Terrible mistake’: German neo-Nazi’s ashes buried in Jewish scholar’s plot

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The church management of a cemetery outside Berlin has said it made a “terrible mistake” by allowing the ashes of a prominent Holocaust denier to be buried in the gravesite of a Jewish-born musicologist. Henry Hafenma...

German singer says hotel staff asked him to hide his Star of David

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German prosecutors have opened an investigation into employees at a hotel after a musician made accusations of antisemitism against them in a video posted on social media. The singer Gil Ofarim said in an emotional vi...

How German coalition wrangling could affect Cop26 mood

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It was called Germany’s climate election. After deadly floods in July sharpened the focus on the climate emergency, all parties vied for green votes. But when it comes to the UN climate talks in Glasgow in November, t...

Olaf Scholz seeks three-way coalition after SPD’s narrow German election win – video

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The conservative rule in Germany under Angela Merkel's centre-right CDU party has ended after 16 years, as official preliminary results show the centre-left Social Democratic party (SPD) secured 25.7% of the vote and ...

German election on knife edge as months of coalition wrangling loom

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Germany is braced to enter a new “Dutch-style” political era after federal elections on Sunday, as a knife-edge vote points to months of complicated coalition wrangling. Outgoing chancellor Angela Merkel joined the ca...

German election too close to call as SPD lead evaporates

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The race to succeed Angela Merkel as German chancellor remains completely open two days before western Europe’s most populous country goes to the polls, with the latest predictions showing the leading parties almost n...

German progressives dare to dream of leftist ‘red-green-red’ coalition

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As Germany heads to the polls this weekend, it is the scenario that haunts conservatives’ nightmares and has progressives daring to dream: that after 16 years of conservative-led rule, Europe’s most powerful economy c...

German parties vague on pension plans as they court older voters

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The churned-up garden of the clubhouse for pensioners is preoccupying Peter Klotsche. “It’s the raccoons,” he says. “They come at night and toss up the earth looking for worms and we really don’t know how best to stop...

The German activists starving themselves to make politicians face the climate crisis

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In a cluster of tents close to the Reichstag building in Berlin are a group of activists who have said they are prepared to starve themselves to death to highlight the lack of ambition among Germany’s main political p...

German election: who is standing, what are the issues and who will win?

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On 26 September, Germany will vote for the 20th parliament of the postwar era, after which Angela Merkel will stand down as chancellor after 16 years. Voting booths in the country’s 299 electoral districts will open ...

Scholz braves conservative attacks to win second German election debate

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Candidates representing the two parties that have governed Germany in a “grand coalition” for 12 out of the past 16 years tore into each other’s record on Sunday night, in a televised election debate that saw centre-l...

‘We had little choice’: volunteers clear up after German floods

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When she heard on the radio just weeks after floods had devastated her family-run restaurant and her home town that German authorities no longer classed it as a disaster zone, Paddy Amanatidis felt like she had been p...

German Covid super-spreader event driven by poor ventilation, study finds

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Airborne viruses recycled through a low-grade ventilation system likely created Germany’s first super-spreader event of the Covid-19 pandemic, a CSI-style analysis of a carnival celebration has found. The event at the...

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