Germany’s News in English: March 18 – 24

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1. Parliament decides on trade secret law

The parliament has approved a new trade secret law that has been proposed by the government. The goal of this law – implementing an EU guideline – is to protect secret business information from being published illegally. The first draft was heavily disputed due to possible persecution of whistleblowers, but was reworked in parliamentary sessions. The German Journalist Association (DJV), who had also been critical of the first draft, welcomes the finalized version of the law.

The original draft had stated explicitly, that journalists are not an exception to the protection of business secrets. This would have meant that they would have to explain in court why they broke those secrets, furthermore possibly even giving information about their informant. The current law includes an exception for reporting.

Source: Die Zeit


2. Parliament prolongs deployment in Afghanistan

The parliament has prolonged the deployment of German soldiers in Afghanistan for another year. A majority of MPs voted for continuing the placement as intended until March 31, 2020. That means the military will keep deploying up to 1,300 soldiers in the area.

Afghanistan is ridden by a conflict between the Afghan government,  international allies, and radical-Islamic insurgents. Germany has been involved in the Nato operation in the country since 2015. Currently, about 1,200 soldiers are deployed in the area.

Source: Die Zeit


3. Germany would lose Billions in hard Brexit

A study by the Bertelsmann-Stiftung has confirmed that all EU member countries would lose massive amounts of income in the case of a hard BrexitFor Germany, the country would lose up to 9.5 Billion Euro. The areas taking the hardest hit are on an international level, the coastal areas close to the UK, and in Germany areas with medium-sized companies.

The hardest hit would be for the UK itself though. Its income would decrease by 2.4 percent in absolute numbers that are a loss of about 57 Billion Euro annually. For Germany, the 9.5 Billion Euro would make up only 0.3 percent of the income. Countries outside of the EU might profit, however. The U.S. could have an increase of 13 Billion Euro a year, China 5 Billion Euro.

Source: Die Süddeutsche


4. Mass brawl at Alexanderplatz

About 50 people engaged in a mass brawl at Alexanderplatz in Berlin this Thursday. The 50 were part of a group of 400 people that had gathered at the square, according to the police. Most of the culprits were adolescents or young adults. Nine people have been taken into custody, and one police officer was injured.

The trigger for the fight was apparently a fight between rivaling Youtubers. Posts in Social Media platforms had invoked the confrontation. The police are now worried that other online starlets might provoke similar actions to increase their prominence, and gain more followers, and clicks.

Source: Der Spiegel


5. Michael Jackson exhibition in Bonn

 

In light of recent allegations, a new Michael Jackson exhibition is opening in Bonn, titled “On the Wall”. The exhibition includes paintings in oil, print, and collages about and inspired by Jackson. Further exhibits include devotional objects collected by Andy Warhol, or and emotional concert clips.

The exhibition “Michael Jackson: On the Wall” will run until July 14 in the Bundeskunsthalle Bonn.

Source: Der Spiegel

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