Germany

Anti-refugee right-wingers go on rampage in Leipzig

Over 200 masked right-wing supporters, carrying placards with racist overtones, went on a rampage in the eastern city of Leipzig on Monday night, throwing fireworks, breaking windows and vandalizing buildings, police said. Emotions are running high in German cities after gangs of young migrant men sexually assaulted women at New[…]

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No drop in asylum seekers reaching Germany

Germany has seen no drop in the number of people arriving and seeking asylum despite EU efforts to confront a migration crisis, the deputy interior minister said on Wednesday, blaming a lack of controls at Europe’s borders. More than a million people fleeing the Middle East and Africa arrived in[…]

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Germany throws weight behind anti-ISIL fight in Syria

Germany’s parliament has approved Chancellor Angela Merkel’s plan to join the military mission in Syria aimed at defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Germany will send six Tornado reconnaissance jets and a refuelling aircraft to back up the international anti-ISIL coalition, but its military will not[…]

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Merkel vows to stand by refugee policy

Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed on Wednesday to stick to her open-door refugee policy, defying criticism at home and abroad which has intensified due to growing fears about a potential security risk after the attacks in Paris. Conservative Merkel faces splits in her right-left coalition and pressure from EU states, including[…]

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Germany facing a surge in new refugees

Nearly 1.5 million new refugees are expected to enter Germany by the end of the year. Some 500,000 refugees have entered the country since the beginning of September. With no end in sight it does not currently look as though that is a realistic possibility. The situation at Germany’s borders[…]

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Refugees will shake up German Muslim community

In a country where the Turkish culture is dominant, the huge influx of refugees to Germany is expected to shake up the Muslim community, opening new gates of diversity and integration. “Most sermons are held in Turkish,” Yasemin El-Menouar, Islam expert at think-tank the Bertelsmann Foundation, told Agence France Presse[…]

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