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Germany’s Federal Criminal Police (BKA) are illegally storing masses of data regarding supposed “politically motivated crimes.” As broadcaster ARD reported, data on more than 100,000 people accused of such offenses is being held in a database called “Internal Security,” even though in the vast majority of cases, there has never been a charge, let alone a court proceeding. The ARD report suggests that the BKA is operating a “blacklist” of journalists and political activists classified as “...

The German parliament’s upper house, the Bundesrat, introduced the new law to ‘ensure a driver’s identity can be determined’ if they’re caught speeding. Anyone found with a facial covering, including carnival masks and face-obscuring hoods, will be fined €60 (£52). But many people are interpreting this measure as being a ban on burqas and niqabs. At the moment, the law allows head coverings such as headscarves to be worn by Muslim women when driving.

Nurhan Soykan, of Germany’s...

He has been beaten up, received death threats and hundreds of insulting emails, but Karamba Diaby is not one to give up. After winning a seat four years ago as the first African-born black MP in Germany, Diaby, 55, is now seeking re-election. Germany’s first black African MP is battling against a racist campaign to unseat him in a general election that he has described as the “most aggressive since 1945”.

“To all racists: I’m not your negro!” he wrote on Facebook in exasperation after...

The Alternative for Germany (AfD), a German far right political party which latest polls put in third place for the general elections that will be held on Sept. 24, continues with its hostile anti-Islam policy. The party’s co-leader and top candidate Alexander Gauland in an interview on Monday severely insulted Muslims, revealing his ignorance of Islam. Claiming that Islam does not belong in Germany, “This cannot be seen as merely religious freedom. The Islamic doctrine is incompatible with...

Germany's Federal Prosecutor Herbert Diemer told a Munich court on Tuesday that Beate Zschäpe was complicit in every one of the National Socialist Underground's (NSU) 10 murders, two bombing and 15 robberies, carried out between 2000 and 2007. Diemer told the court that a sentence was due for each individual murder.

The NSU, a right-wing extremist group, murdered eight Turks, a Greek and a German policewoman over the seven-year period. The group also carried out two bomb attacks in...

Germany acknowledges its responsibility for World War II and the "unspeakable crimes" committed by the Nazi regime, said German government spokesman Steffen Seibert on Friday. On the issue of reparations, however, Seibert pointed to the 1953 deal where Poland relinquished its right to compensation. "From our perspective, this issue was settled in a definitive manner, both politically and legally," he added.

Several Polish politicians have disputed the 1953 accord, saying that it was...

No stranger to controversial comments, Alexander Gauland, deputy leader of the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD), made headlines again for remarks that have been labeled "racist" and "dehumanizing" by his fellow German politicians.
At a campaign rally Sunday in the central German town of Eichsfeld in the state of Thuringia, Gauland went after the German government's commissioner for integration, Aydan Özoguz. Özoguz, who has Turkish roots, wrote in an article for the newspaper...

The coach and players of Germany’s football team have condemned rogue fans who snuck into their match against the Czech Republic in Prague and spent the game singing Nazi songs. Officials have also called for spectator access to international games to be tightened.

The fans, thought to number about 200, bought tickets to Friday’s match unofficially, interrupted a minute’s silence for two deceased Czech officials, set off flares, sang provocative chants, and shouted the Nazi salute, “...

European countries are poised to begin the process of returning refugees to Greece, as migrants seeking reunification with their family members – mostly in Germany – step up protests in Athens. In a move decried by human rights groups, EU states will send back asylum seekers who first sought refuge in Greece, despite the nation being enmeshed in its worst economic crisis in modern times. Germany has made nearly 400 resettlement requests, according to officials in Berlin and sources in Athens...

Syrian refugees stranded in Greece chanted "no more waiting!" and protested outside the German embassy in Athens on Wednesday against delays in reuniting with their relatives in Germany. About 150 people, among them young children, marched from parliament to the embassy holding up cardboard banners in English reading "I want my family" and shouting slogans about travel to Germany.

Greek media have reported that Greece and Germany have informally agreed to slow down refugee...

At least 547 children in Germany's world-famous Regensburger Domspatzen boy's choir have been confirmed as victims of sexual and physical abuse, a final report on one of the biggest catholic abuse scandals in the German history showed on Tuesday. There was for decades a "system of fear" with beatings and sexual abuse, according to the report, released after a two-year inquiry that spanned cases between 1945 and the early 1990s.

Seven years after the first cases became public, the...

A German judge has banned a Syrian woman from wearing a headscarf in court during divorce proceedings against her husband, local media reported on Tuesday. The woman's lawyer Najat Abokal told daily newspaper Tagesspiegel that the judge in the eastern city of Luckenwalde sent a letter to her client saying that religiously motivated statements such as wearing a headscarf would not be allowed in the hearing. The judge's letter also warned the woman she would face legal charges if she did not...

The tiny German town of Themar saw 6,000 people flock to what is said to be the country’s largest neo-Nazi rock festival: “Rock against Foreign Domination.” The far-right concertgoers vastly outnumbered the town’s population of 3,000 people. The event, ‘Rock gegen Ueberfremdung’ (Rock against Foreign Domination), took place on Saturday in the small, sleepy town of Themar in eastern Germany. According to various German media, the festival was the largest event of its kind.

The small...

Survivors of the 1941 pogrom of the Romanian city of Iasi will for the first time be eligible to receive a pension from the German government, the Claims Conference said on Thursday. The decision follows negotiations between the Holocaust restitution group and the German government and will also apply to survivors of the so-called "death trains" and those who had lived in the open ghettos of the city following the massacre.

The pogrom against the Jews of Iasi began on June 28, 1941,...

As thousands of refugee children have disappeared in Germany, the German children's fund office (Deutsche Kinderhilfswerk) urged the German government to take concrete steps in searching for refugee children. Germany registered 60,000 unaccompanied child refugees with 4,750 listed as missing in January. Since then, the number of missing refugee children has increased in recent months, hitting 6,000. According to statistics from the country's Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), 945 children...