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The killing of local politician Walter Lübcke, who was shot in the head at his home on June 2nd, sent shockwaves through Germany and raised questions about the country's response to the rising threat of neo-Nazis.

Stephan Ernst, 45, a far-right militant with previous convictions, initially confessed to the murder, but later retracted his confession.

On Wednesday his lawyer Frank Hannig said that Ernst had now revised his account of the crime and told investigators that an...

The victims of a paedophile priest at the heart of the biggest scandal to hit the Catholic church will face their attacker in a French court.

Bernard Preynat, 74, who has been defrocked, is believed to have sexually abused scores of boys over a 30-year period, many of them while they attended catechism classes or Boy Scout camps he ran.

Even after he admitted he was “sick” and had a problem with children, he was allowed to remain a priest in his diocese in Lyon.

He...

Germany's foreign minister has slammed the "disgusting and cowardly" attack on the office of a Senegal-born German MP.

Police have launched a criminal probe after "bullet holes" in the window of the property in Halle, 150 kilometres south-west of Berlin.

The office is used by Karamba Diaby, from the Social Democratic Party, but was reportedly empty at the time of the incident.

Dr Diaby posted an image of three bullet holes on social media.

Police in Halle...

One person was wounded in an attack on a Turkish café in North Rhine-Westphalia. Police launched a large-scale operation to arrest the attackers.

Four people attacked a Turkish café at midnight in Krefeld, Germany's North Rhine-Westphalia state.

Four masked people came to the cafe in the morning, threatened the people in the cafe with the weapons in their hands, then asked for money.

When a person in the cafe argued with the attackers, the 44-year-old was injured in the...

Arnd Focke, the Mayor of Estorf in the state of Lower Saxony in Germany, resigned because of attacks by extreme rightists.

Social Democratic Party (SPD) Focke, the German News Agency (DPA) said in a statement, the swastika was drawn to the tool and the mailbox containing documents containing hateful content, he said.

Focke expressed his resignation to protect his family and not to harm the mayor’s office. “Even though I suffered from this decision, I did what I needed.” he said...

Sener Sahin wanted to run for the CSU as a candidate for mayor. After violent protests from the local association in Wallerstein, Swabia, the 44-year-old Muslim German entrepreneur withdrew his application, as he confirmed on Saturday. “It was never about me, it was always about my belief,” Sahin said on Sunday to the “Suddeutsche Zeitung”. “The C in CSU and I as a Muslim, it doesn’t fit together at all, it was said for example.”

Sahin was asked last year whether he wanted to run for...

 

Unidentified assailants attacked a mosque late Saturday in the Bavarian town of Munchberg in Germany, where Muslims have been exposed to increasing anti-Muslim acts.

A glass door of the Mimar Sinan Mosque, which is managed by the Turkish Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB), was broken during the attack.

The director of Mimar Sinan Mosque, Hikmet Kıylıoğlu, said that people who came for morning prayer immediately reported the incident to police, who said they...

Germany has rejected calls from the European Commission asking the country to take in more unaccompanied migrant children from overcrowded refugee camps in Greece.

Horst Seehofer, the interior minister, on Christmas Eve said while he was concerned about the plight of the migrants, doing so without a concerted European strategy would only encourage people smugglers.

“A solo act by Germany would lead to a pull effect,” he said. German Development Minister Gerd Mueller said that...

A letter was sent to a mosque in Duisburg, Germany, which contained a photograph of a pig and contained insulting statements.

Religious Affairs Turkish Islamic Union (DITIB) attached to the letter sent to the Muradiye Mosque, as well as Islamic religion, including statements that contain heavy insults to Turks and Arabs.

It is estimated that the sender's name and address in the letter sent by mail from Munich is fake.

The letter received by the managers of the mosque...

The number of right-wing extremists active in Germany rose significantly in 2019, the Berlin-based Tagesspiegel newspaper reported on Monday.

Germany's federal domestic intelligence service (BfV) and the state-level intelligence services identified over 32,200 right-wing extremists this year, the paper reported, citing information gathered from security sources.

That figure is a third higher compared to 2018, when authorities counted 24,100 people involved in right-wing...

At least 187 Islamophobia-related crimes occurred in Germany, according to a report by the government.

The government issued the report following a question filed by a leftist group in the parliament.

At least 187 Islamophobic crimes were committed in the third quarter of 2019, however, the number is expected to increase given that previous figures on the first and second quarter had risen.

Twenty-five of the attacks directly targeted mosques or places of worship.

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The suspected attackers, a 16-year-old male and 17-year-old female, targeted the Iraqi national in front of a supermarket in the town of Sebnitz, reported local media, citing the police in Dresden, Saxony’s capital, Anadolu news agency reported.

The female attacker first took off the Iraqi girl’s headscarf and pulled her by her hair to the ground. The male attacker then kicked the girl while the female attacker closed her mouth using her hand.

“What are you doing here? Go back...

Thousands of migrants in Germany have applied for asylum multiple times and return to the country after having been deported, according to a report by German newspaper Die Welt am Sonntag published on Sunday.

There are nearly 5,000 asylum-seekers who have reapplied for asylum after being deported from Germany since 2012, according to the report, which cites official government figures. Some of the asylum-seekers willingly left Germany, knowing deportation was imminent. They then...

Dresden (AFP) Unknown people have perpetrated a color attack on a mosque in Dresden during the night of Friday. As reported by the police in the Saxon state capital, the perpetrators threw two glasses filled with red paint against the façade of the building in the district of Johannstadt. The state police took up investigations.

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Three refugees and a five-month-old baby were targeted in an apparently racist shooting in central Germany, local media reported on Tuesday.

Four suspects fired several shots from the balcony of an apartment, while a group of refugees were walking on a nearby street in the small town Schoeningen in Lower Saxony, Der Spiegel reported.

Police said in a statement that the refugees and their baby, who were from Ivory Coast, were managed to escape unhurt with the help of two...