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04.01.2017

German state of Brandenburg may not deport far-right victims

German state of Brandenburg may not deport far-right victims

Brandenburg is the first German state to pass a rule forbidding the deportation of asylum seekers who have been victims or witnesses of violent crimes. Authorities hope this could curb the rise in far-right crimes. The German state of Brandenburg will not deport asylum seekers if they have been victimized… »

03.01.2017

Bitcoin becomes best-performing currency 2016

Bitcoin becomes best-performing currency 2016

The virtual currency has continued its breathtaking rise surging past $1,000, after already winning the crown of the best-performing currency in 2016 by more than doubling its value in the course of the year. Bitcoin was trading at a value of $1,024 in afternoon European trading on Monday, after breaking… »

29.12.2016

Finland to test ‘universal basic income’ for the unemployed

Finland to test ‘universal basic income’ for the unemployed

A group of 2,000 unemployed people in Finland will receive a basic income every month from the state, tax-free and with no strings attached. Proponents hope to prove such schemes boost people’s motivation to find work. Starting in January, 2,000 unemployed people in Finland will begin receiving 560… »

29.12.2016

Civil liberties versus law enforcement – hackers debate in Hamburg

Civil liberties versus law enforcement – hackers debate in Hamburg

Can the state collect the data of its citizens in the name of security? Can citizens encrypt their data to combat such an intrusion? Europe’s largest meeting of hackers debates the issues. It is unusually dark in the Hamburg Congress Center these days. Lighting has been dimmed to… »

20.12.2016

Trump officially confirmed as next US president by Electoral College

Trump officially confirmed as next US president by Electoral College

Donald Trump has won the US Electoral College vote, ensuring he will become America’s 45th president. An effort by anti-Trump protesters to persuade Republican electors to abandon the president-elect failed. President-elect Donald Trump has been formally voted the next president of the United States by the Electoral College. »

13.12.2016

German churches call for new law on arms exports

German churches call for new law on arms exports

The two main churches in Germany say a new German law on arms exports is needed, especially those to non-EU countries. They highlighted the frequent gap between declared political principles and actual practice. Germany’s Protestant and Catholic churches on Monday criticized the continuing high level of German weapons exports and… »

13.12.2016

Charges dismissed against journalists in Heckler & Koch case

Charges dismissed against journalists in Heckler & Koch case

A state prosecutor has been given a “slap in the face” by a Munich judge in an infamous illegal arms deal case. She dismissed his charges against journalists who released the documents they had given him to investigate. Press freedom has won a significant victory in an epic legal tussle… »

11.12.2016

Romanian left return to power in triumphant comeback

Romanian left return to power in triumphant comeback

A year after leaving office in disgrace, the Social Democrats scored a victory in parliamentary elections. With no clear candidate for prime minister, however, political uncertainty may continue in Bucharest. One year after exiting the political scene amidst scandal and unrest, Romania’s center-left Social Democratic Party (PSD) staged a major… »

09.12.2016

German Bundeswehr to train Saudi army officers

German Bundeswehr to train Saudi army officers

Germany is about to strike a deal to train Saudi Arabian officers. While the Defense Ministry says such programs are completely normal, it also admits that the Middle Eastern monarchy remains a “difficult” partner. Germany is expanding its military cooperation with the Saudi regime, despite the country’s involvement in conflicts… »

09.12.2016

EU wants states to return migrants to Greece

EU wants states to return migrants to Greece

The EU executive has recommended member states resume returning migrants to Greece next year. The aim is to restore the Dublin accord which fell apart due to Athens’ money troubles and an influx of people seeking asylum. The new policy would only apply to newcomers leaving Greece after March 15,… »

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