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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Surge of British naturalisations in Germany

While the number of naturalised Turks in Germany is decreasing, 2016 saw a marked increase of 361 percent of Britons seeking German citizenship. The number of British citizens applying for German nationality quadrupled after the Brexit vote of 2016. 2,865 Britons were naturalised in 2016, compared...

EU to sanction Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary for treaty violation

In the quarrel over a fair redistribution of refugees within the European Union, the European Commission has decided to launch treaty violation proceedings against Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary. "It is time to act", commented Dimitris Avramopoulus, EU Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs,...

Population in Germany growing younger again

For the first time since the reunification in 1990, the average age of the population in Germany is decreasing again. According to the Federal Statistics Office (Statistisches Bundesamt), the average age of its population in 2015 was 44 years and three months, whereas in 2014...

Green Party to draw “lines in the sand” before September elections

A potential coalition with the Greens would only be possible under certain conditions - such as accepting gay marriage and ruling out a cap for refugee numbers in Germany, announced Green Party top candidate Katrin Göring-Eckardt on the recent party conference. Along with the Greens'...

Helmut Kohl, architect of German reunification, dies at 87

Former Chancellor Helmut Kohl, the architect of Germany's 1990 reunification and mentor to Angela Merkel, has died at age 87, his Christian Democratic Union party (CDU) said on Friday. The mass-selling newspaper Bild reported that Kohl died at 9.15 a.m. on Friday morning in bed...

German ambassador visits Deniz Yücel

For the first time since the arrest of the German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel in February 2017, the German ambassador Martin Erdmann was able to visit Yücel in an Istanbul prison. The ambassador was allowed an hour-long unrestricted conversation with the journalist, who, according to the embassy,...

Rally against terrorism disappoints with low turnout

A demonstration against Islamist terrorism in Cologne disappointed expectations with a participation rate significantly lower than expected. The rally, organised by a liberal German Muslim group under the slogan "Not In Our Name", was intended as a strong sign of Muslim unity against terror,...