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14.07.2019

[Germany] No to War and Military Bases – first thoughts afterwards

[Germany] No to War and Military Bases – first thoughts afterwards

For many it was the threat of a war with Iran and the stationing of new nuclear weapons that led thousands of people to the streets to protest against the US Air Base in Ramstein on June 29th2019. The more than 5,000 participants that took part in the demonstration were… »

24.06.2019

1000s of Climate Activists Block German Coal Mining Operation

1000s of Climate Activists Block German Coal Mining Operation

Hundreds of activists entered and occupied an open-pit coal mine in the western Rhineland region of Germany Saturday to protest Europe’s dependency on fossil fuels amid the mounting climate crisis. The protest ended on Sunday after police repeatedly ordered them to leave, citing life-threatening danger. Some of the protesters were… »

04.04.2019

Safe harbours: the cities defying the EU to welcome migrants

Safe harbours: the cities defying the EU to welcome migrants

With the EU deadlocked over migrant reception, the German Seebrücke movement offers a model for bypassing it. By Helge Schwiertz  and Felix Keß for openDemocracy This weekend, thousands of people marched in Berlin, and several other German cities including Nuremberg and Cologne, to protest a bill, proposed by… »

30.03.2019

Groundbreaking judgement on Germany’s role in US drone program

Groundbreaking judgement on Germany’s role in US drone program

YEMENI CLAIMANTS WIN CASE IN GERMANY: GERMAN GOVERNMENT MUST ENSURE THAT US RESPECTS INTERNATIONAL LAW AT RAMSTEIN Münster/Berlin, 19 March 2019 – In the case Bin Ali Jaber v Germany, the Higher Administrative Court in Münster found in favor of the claimants from Yemen on key aspects. Germany must now… »

26.02.2019

Germany’s SPD to extend freeze on arms sales to Riyadh

Germany’s SPD to extend freeze on arms sales to Riyadh

The Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), which is part of the ruling coalition, says it has plans to extend an embargo on arms supplies to Saudi Arabia despite pressure from major European countries not to do so. Rolf Muetzenich, the deputy leader of SPD in Germany’s parliament, said the… »

31.01.2019

Youth climate strike grows: images from Germany and Belgium

Youth climate strike grows: images from Germany and Belgium

Within the last ten days alone around 75,000 school children and students have filled the streets in European cities. Instead of going to school or university they went on strike saying they won’t stop until governments take real action against climate change. School strikes have been taking place since… »

26.11.2018

Staunch EU critic Yanis Varoufakis to run in European election — in Germany

Staunch EU critic Yanis Varoufakis to run in European election — in Germany

The ex-Greek finance minister, who opposed deep austerity imposed by Brussels and Berlin, is to stand in the European elections next year. Announcing the run, Varoufakis said it was time for a European Spring. Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has announced he will stand in next May’s European elections… »

15.10.2018

Indivisible – 240,000 demonstrating for solidarity instead of exclusion in Berlin

Indivisible – 240,000 demonstrating for solidarity instead of exclusion in Berlin

The call of #unteilbar (indivisible) is that: “We will not allow the welfare state to be played off against asylum and migration. We will stand in resistance when fundamental rights and freedoms are in danger of being further restricted. They expect us to accept the deaths of those seeking… »

27.09.2018

ICAN activists unroll 20 meter long banner on top of BNP Paribas building in Germany

ICAN activists unroll 20 meter long banner on top of BNP Paribas building in Germany

This morning, in a spectacular action for Nuclear Abolition Day, three German ICAN activists protested against BNP Paribas Bank’s investments in nuclear weapons. They unrolled a 20 meter banner with the slogan “Stop Investing in Nuclear Weapons” on the roof of the building where BNP Paribas has their offices. The… »

16.09.2018

Germany’s heated asylum debate has dark parallels to events 30 years ago

Germany’s heated asylum debate has dark parallels to events 30 years ago

Constantin Eckner, University of St Andrews for The Conversation It was a moment that has defined Angel Merkel’s chancellorship of Germany ever since. In early September 2015, she allowed thousands of refugees fleeing violence in Syria and Iraq to enter Germany. Merkel promised her people that Germany… »

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