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Germany’s News in English: September 30 – October 6

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1. Sachsen Heading Towards “Kenia-coalition”

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After nearly five weeks, the CDU, the Green Party, and the SPD have finished their talks in Sachsen.

The group presented a 13-page paper that would be binding to any following coalition talks. The paper includes a commitment to expand the public local transport, build more inter-denominational schools, and involve citizens’s participation. No agreement, however, has been reached so far regarding climate protection.

What else was discussed was whether the inclusion of a parité law (only parties with quoted lists can participate in elections) or if the federal branch of the secret service should be reshaped.

Source: Der Spiegel


2. 1,000 Right-wing Members March Through Berlin

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On Thursday, 1,000 supporters of the right-wing initiative “Wir für Deutschland” (Us for Germany) marched – accompanied by several hundred policemen – through the centre of Berlin. Several dozen counter demonstrations accompanied the march as well.

The police stated that they had arrested eight people temporarily due to bodily injury, mummery and the carrying along of forbidden objects.

Amongst the right-wing demonstrators were also Neo-nazis, members of the so-called “Reichsbürger” (a group renouncing the German republic), members of the islamophobe “German Defence League,” and the youth organization of the NPD.

During a rally at Checkpoint Charlie, the former AfD politician André Poggenburg made an appearance. This is not the first time the right-wing scene has marched through the city on the public holiday of October 3 – the day of German union.

Last year, 2,000 right-wing members marched through the city.

Source: FAZ


3. Government Allows Weapon Delivery to Emirates

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The German government has approved weapon deliveries to the United Arabic Emirates – particularly exporting power sets for the air defence system. The delivering company is Jenoptik Power Systems, a company located in the Bavarian Altenstadt.

This movie is highly controversial since the UAE is involved in the Yemen conflict.

The decision to allow the export could be due to the increased danger in the region due to the Iran crisis.

Source: Die Zeit


4. More than 1,000 Refugees Drowned in the Mediterranean Sea

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By trying to flee over the Mediterranean Sea, more than 1,000 refugees have already drowned this year.

The UNHCR is demanding Europe to face its responsibilities.

Only last year, the United Nations had identified 2,277 dead and missing. Now, the organization demands a better mechanism for people to be saved from drowning, and to evade conditions in which they have to endure several weeks on a ship without being allowed to go on land.

The UNHCR also stresses that these people have the right to plea refugee formally.

Plus the organization has welcomed an agreement between Germany, France, Italy and Malta for sea rescue. The agreement states that the rescued refugees should be divided between EU countries within the first four weeks.

They are campaigning for a new EU regulation that will replace the impossible Dublin regulation, which states that refugees have to stay in the country they first set foot in.

Source: Die Zeit


5. Two Dead Due to Germs in Sausage

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After two deaths following infection with germs from sausage products, a meat producer in northern Hessen had to shut down his production.

During an inspection of the company Wilke Wurstwaren, listeria was found. For healthy individuals, this bacteria is mostly harmless, but can lead to fever, vomiting and diarrhea. For people with a weaker immune system – like the two older people that died – listeria can be deadly.

The health inspector is now trying to identify the source of the listeria within the company, since it still remains a mystery.

Besides the two deaths, 37 cases of illnesses have been identified in the area that could be tied to the sausage products. A recall action for Wilke products is already underway. It includes all products except fully preserved canned products.

Source: FAZ


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