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31.08.2016

NGOs launch massive lawsuit against EU-Canada trade deal

NGOs launch massive lawsuit against EU-Canada trade deal

German activists have launched the country’s largest-ever civil lawsuit in protest of a planned free trade agreement between the EU and Canada. They argue the trade pact violates the constitution and the rule of law. A group of German NGOs filed a complaint to the Constitutional Court on Wednesday, asking… »

30.08.2016

France to call for an end to EU-US free trade talks

France to call for an end to EU-US free trade talks

Talks over the hugely controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the US are in danger as France pushes for an end to negotiations and a German minister says they have failed. French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday became the latest European leader to speak out… »

29.08.2016

TTIP has ‘de facto failed,’ says German Economic Minister

TTIP has ‘de facto failed,’ says German Economic Minister

‘Negotiations with the U.S. have de facto failed, because of course as Europeans we couldn’t allow ourselves to submit to American demands’ by Nika Knight, staff writer for Common Dreams This post has been updated. Germany’s Vice Chancellor and Economic Minister said that the controversial… »

24.08.2016

Growing protest against TTIP and CETA trade agreements in Germany

Growing protest against TTIP and CETA trade agreements in Germany

Various trade unions and other groups have called for protests against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) across Germany on September 17. A trade agreement with Canada has also come under attack. An alliance consisting of various public organizations across Germany said they expected hundreds of thousands of protesters… »

23.08.2016

Germany mulls bringing back compulsory military service

Germany mulls bringing back compulsory military service

Berlin has said it’s considering changing its position on military conscription. The country is mulling new strategies to deal with possible security threats. Germany’s interior ministry is considering taking steps toward bringing back the country’s compulsory military service, which was suspended five years ago. A confidential draft of the proposal… »

22.08.2016

Berlin, Germany: anti-war protest called for October 8th

Berlin, Germany: anti-war protest called for October 8th

Press release by German anti-war organisations. Down With Weapons!!! Cooperation Instead of NATO Confrontation, Disarmament Instead of Welfare Cuts – Nationwide Demonstration in Berlin / October 8th, 2016 The current wars and military standoff against Russia propel us into the streets. Almost anywhere in the world, one can find Germany at… »

08.08.2016

Chinese tourist mistaken for a refugee after filing wrong German paperwork

Chinese tourist mistaken for a refugee after filing wrong German paperwork

A Chinese tourist in Germany ended up in a refugee home for nearly two weeks after accidentally signing an asylum application form. The man had intended to file a report about his missing wallet. The 31-year-old backpacker from China, who spoke neither German nor English, said he had wanted to… »

22.07.2016

Germany, UN push for new Syria peace talks

Germany, UN push for new Syria peace talks

German Foreign Minister Steinmeier and UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura are attempting to reinvigorate peace talks between warring factions in Syria. A new round of talks could begin as early as August. “The current situation in Syria is anything but satisfactory,” said German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in… »

29.05.2016

Preparations for a World Peace Congress in Berlin

Preparations for a World Peace Congress in Berlin

“The World is over-armed and Peace is under-funded”. With these words from Ban Ki-moon the International Peace Bureau (IPB) is organising a World congress for Disarmament at the Technical University in Berlin from the 30th of September to the 2nd of October. On the 27th of May… »

24.04.2016

Thousands rally in Hannover against TTIP trade deal before Obama’s visit

Thousands rally in Hannover against TTIP trade deal before Obama’s visit

Thousands of protesters have come out onto the streets of Hannover to say ‘No’ to the controversial TTIP US-EU trade deal. Many in Germany fear it will reduce consumer protection and undermine workers’ protection. While the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the US and Europe is set to… »

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