Popular Pariah

Germany’s Alternative for Germany (AfD) was expelled from the Identity and Democracy (ID) political group in the European Parliament this month following a series of scandals that have damaged the far-right party’s popularity and sparked concerns about rising extremism in the movement, Politico reported. The expulsion...

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No Moon Unit Here

Germany’s upper house of parliament approved a new reform that would relax strict rules on family names, including allowing parents to give their children hyphenated last names, the Associated Press reported over the weekend. Current naming rules require parents to give their children one of their...

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No Going Back

Hundreds of thousands of people marched in cities across Germany over the weekend to protest against the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, after members of the far-right group met with an ethno-nationalist figure to discuss the mass deportations of people of foreign origin including German...

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A New Wall

Over 10,000 farmers and their tractors blocked traffic in Germany’s capital and main highways on Monday to protest government plans to raise taxes – amid political debates on the rise of the far-right, CNN reported. The rally was the climax of a week of demonstrations that...

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Germany Divided

The far-right, xenophobic Alternative for Germany political party has long concerned observers who fear a resurgence of the fascistic spirit in Europe’s largest, wealthiest country. Now, not to be outdone, German politician Sahra Wagenknecht is launching a new political party that is far-left and xenophobic. She...

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A Loud Message

Germany’s ruling three-party coalition suffered a bitter electoral defeat in two key state elections this week, while the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party saw a significant increase, a result that underlines its growing national power, Bloomberg reported. Sunday’s elections saw the governing Social Democratic Party...

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Boilergeddon

Many environmentalists, including the eco-minded politicians in the Green Party in Germany, believe heat pumps will save the world. As National Public Radio explained, heat pumps draw heat from the outside to warm homes. Powered by electricity, they are around a third cheaper than heating systems...

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No Rush, Please

Germany’s coalition government announced it will delay the vote on a contentious energy bill, a day after the country’s top court shot down plans to push the draft law through parliament this week, the Associated Press reported Thursday. Lawmakers of the ruling three-party coalition said Thursday...

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In a Pickle

Violent scuffles between German police and far-left protesters in the eastern city of Leipzig left dozens of people injured this week, unrest that ignited days after a court sentenced a woman to prison for participating in attacks on neo-Nazis and other extremists, the Associated Press...

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‘Green Mafia’

German police raided the homes of members of the “Last Generation” climate advocacy group Wednesday, over allegations that some of its activists are part of a criminal organization, Politico reported. Raids took place in 15 properties across Germany, with authorities saying the goal of the searches...

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Bye, Nukes

Germany shut down its last three nuclear plants Saturday, ending its nuclear energy era even as other countries are looking to build plants following energy concerns sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Washington Post reported. The shutdowns conclude a long-running debate about nuclear energy in...

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