Weimar’s art festival opened today, celebrating 100 years of Bauhaus with shows and exhibitions about the design movement that started there.
Berlin and Athens agreed that Greece will take back refugees who have already registered in the Mediterranean country, as Germany toughens its asylum policy.
The Montenegrin premier, Duško Marković, visited German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday. The pair discussed the criteria and prospects for Montenegro to join the EU.
Ms. Merkel said there wouldn’t be a repeat of the 2015 influx of refugees into Germany. In Saxony, where people oppose her policy, the chancellor emphasized that rejected asylum seekers would be deported faster.
A record 4.6 million people took part in an EU survey about whether clocks should go forward in summertime.
Verdi, a German labor union, called for a nationwide contract to stop wage dumping in the eldercare sector.
Bavaria’s commissioner for anti-Semitism wants to set up an Israeli-Bavarian foundation for young people, which would include a helpline and an ongoing round-table discussion to address prejudice.
Chancellor Merkel rejected calls to speed Germany’s exit from lignite coal for power generation, echoing the coal board’s concerns about the impact on workers.
The German Bishops’ Conference rejected accusations that Catholic churches hadn’t been transparent enough about cases of sexual abuse, after politicians said some hadn’t opened their archives for a study.
After seven illegal repatriations this year, Green Party politicians said too many people are being wrongfully deported. The German government is trying to bring back five of them.
Germany’s Bundeswehr will send 8,000 soldiers, 200 tanks and 2,000 vehicles to the Trident Juncture NATO maneuver in Norway that runs October 25 through November 7.
German politicians continue to argue about the return of Sami A. after he was deported despite a court ban. He is suspected of having worked for Al Qaeda as a bodyguard but could face torture in Tunisia.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet Russia’s Vladimir Putin outside Berlin on Saturday. They will discuss Ukraine, Syria, and natural gas, and likely also Trump, the US trade war and the situation in Turkey.
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer’s new draft for an immigration law was greeted by business and politicians alike, amid a shortage of skilled labor and given Germany’s aging population.
Niger, one of the refugee transit countries in Africa, wants more military aid from Germany. President Mahamadou Issoufou asked for help in combating terrorism and organized crime during a visit to Berlin. (Reuters)
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