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Unhappy new year
Munich explodes: It's illegal to buy fireworks in Germany any other time of the year. Maybe this is why every New Year’s Eve, locals go, quite literally, crazy with rockets, sparklers and bangers. Pandemonium on the streets at midnight on December 31 is a national tradition and there’s always a mess to clean up. This year there were two fatalities, multiple injuries and burns; emergency services and police also say they were attacked by revelers in several locations. Source:
Person of the day
Beatrix von Storch
German politician Beatrix von Storch, deputy leader of the far-right AfD party, may be charged with offenses against the country’s hate speech laws. After seeing messages in Arabic from the Cologne police on New Year’s Eve, von Storch accused law enforcement of pandering to “barbaric, gang-raping Muslim hordes of men” on Twitter. The platform suspended her account for 12 hours. Local police told German media that they often tweeted in different languages, including Turkish, French and English. “We simply want to be understood,” a spokesperson said. Source:
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Worrying about Donald
In December 2017, over 1,000 Germans were asked what economic and political topics had been of the most importance for them over the past year. Thirty-one percent answered that ongoing coalition talks were "very important". Alongside their own elections, the politician who made the biggest impression? US President Donald Trump, of course. According to a recent survey by the Körber Foundation, Germans see Mr. Trump as a bigger challenge for foreign policy than North Korea, Russia or Turkey.
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Policing social media
German authorities are continuing in their attempts to control social media giants. The Federal Cartel Authority sees the collection of users’ personal data, and sale of it to third parties, as potentially abusive and they want Facebook to come back to them with a solution. If they don’t react, “we will have to prevent the collection and use of data by third parties without the explicit authorization of users,” in Germany, Mr. Mundt said.