NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL POLITICS
Opening the Borders ‘Not a Mistake’: Merkel Defends Migrant Crisis Decisions
Angela Merkel has again defended her decision to open the borders in 2015, insisting welcoming the influx of more than a million third world migrants was “not a mistake”. Because it was planned afterall
Ex-Nazi Concentration Camp Guard Faces 5,230 Accessory to Murder Charges
A former Nazi concentration camp guard has been charged by German prosecutors with 5,230 counts of accessory to murder.
Fired German Intelligence Boss Slams Merkel Migrant Policy on Hungarian Television
Former German intelligence chief Hans-George Maassen told Hungarian media this week that the door of immigration was “still open” and slammed the asylum policy of Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Measles: German minister proposes steep fines for anti-vaxxers
German Health Minister Jens Spahn is proposing a law that allows for fining parents of unvaccinated children up to €2,500 ($2,800). The conservative lawmaker said he wants to "eradicate" measles.
Human rights group accuses Germany of mistreating rejected Afghan asylum-seeker
A European watchdog raised concerns after German police allegedly squeezed the genitals of an Afghan deportee. While deportations are professionally conducted, there is room for improvement, the rights committee said.
Faggot goes full Marx - Collectivization remarks split German Social Democrats
Kevin Kühnert, the head of the SPD youth movement, has kicked up a backlash in Germany for his socialist remarks. But not all thought his calls for collective control and property-ownership restrictions were out of line.
ECONOMY, FINANCES AND OTHER NEWS
Study Forecasts 50 Percent Drop in German Church Membership
A new study predicts a dramatic decline in German church membership over the next several decades with major financial and cultural implications.
German Business Outlook Darkens AGAIN
An index of German business optimism fell in April as Europe’s largest economy struggles with a slowdown in trade and manufacturing even as it finds support from a strong labor market.
124.3 billion euros less tax revenue by 2023
Government revenues are no longer rising as fast as they have been due to the gloomier economy. Federal, state and local governments have to get along with the current tax estimate with 124.3 billion euros less. "It remains a growth, although as I said a lower growth," said Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD).