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Time to pay up
Berlin's fraught relationship with Warsaw has reached another low. Just days after welcoming his newly inaugurated German counterpart Heiko Maas (left), Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz upped the rhetoric and demanded war reparations from Germany — a highly contentious issue between both countries that recently resurfaced. "We will talk about the need to compensate the Poles for the damage suffered during World War II," the right-wing minister said in Parliament in Warsaw. "We will look at legal, political and financial ways." Source:
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Some explaining to do
Despite Germany's notorious obsession with data privacy, the country has been slow to respond to the unfolding Facebook data scandal. But Berlin is catching on. The justice minister, Katarina Barley, wants Facebook Europe to explain itself, saying it is unacceptable that users of social networks are unwittingly targeted with political hate campaigns. "Such methods are a threat to democracy," Ms. Barley said. Other government officials also said they would look into the matter.
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A VIP funeral service
The crème de la crème of Germany's Catholic clergy congregated in Mainz, one of the country's oldest cities and top Catholic hotspots, on Wednesday. They paid their last respects to Monsignor Karl Lehmann, who served as the city's bishop for 33 years until 2016. Father Lehmann, who was elevated to Cardinal in 2001, was one of Germany's most influential religious leaders. Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Chancellor Angela Merkel, both Protestants, were among the 8,000 attendees. Source:
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Milking the state they hate
Some 92 members of the far-right Alternative for Germany, or AfD, entered the parliament last year. Each lawmaker receives €20,870 ($25,715) a month from state coffers to pay their staff. Research by the weekly paper Die Zeit revealed that of the AfD's 297 parliamentary assistants, 27 belong to right-wing extremist groups or unconstitutional organizations, including the NPD party or the HDJ, a banned neo-Nazi youth group. Many more routinely spread conspiracy theories or racist posts on social media.