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New Berlin museum confronts fate of Germany′s WWII refugees  | Germany| News and in-depth reporting from Berlin and beyond | DW

Chancellor Angela Merkel is to open the Center for Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation on June 21, an exhibition that takes pains to put the experiences of Germany’s 14 million World War II refugees in the context of Nazi atrocities, and of the experiences of refugees throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. The permanent exhibition begins with eyewitness videos and information panels as well as …

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Germany′s Left party plans to scrap NATO, end troop deployments | News | DW

Germany’s Left party (Die Linke) on Sunday adopted a national platform with a focus on social care that also calls for the NATO alliance to be scrapped. Although the party has no realistic chance of forming a government, it could have a say in policy as part of a future coalition. What is the Left party …

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TRAVEL: Germany plans to maintain border restrictions after pandemic laws end

The move means that international travellers from countries with high infection levels, or from areas where a new strain of the virus is spreading, are likely to face entry restrictions into Germany for a further year. “We intend to decide next week that entry conditions set by decree by Health Minister Jens Spahn can continue …

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Euro 2020: AfD lawmaker′s homophobic tweet criticized | News | DW

A state lawmaker with the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party faced criticism on Twitter over a homophobic slur and criticism of the national team’s use of LGBT+ rainbow colors. As Germany celebrated their 4-2 win against Portugal on Saturday evening, Uwe Junge — former leader of the AfD’s Rhineland Palatinate parliamentary group — took to Twitter using a …

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How a new Berlin museum is carefully exploring Germany’s wartime suffering

Perhaps reflecting what its founders call their delicate “balancing act”, the new institution in Berlin carries the unwieldy name of Documentation Centre for Displacement, Expulsion and Reconciliation. Some 14 million Germans fled or were ejected from what is today’s Poland, Russia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, the Baltic states, Romania, Slovakia and the former Yugoslavia between …

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German government agrees to ban Hamas flag after antisemitic incidents | News | DW

All parties in Germany’s grand coalition government have agreed to ban the flag of Palestinian Islamic fundamentalist group Hamas, the Welt am Sonntag newspaper said in a report published Sunday. The move comes after several antisemitic incidents occurred last month in Germany during anti-Israel rallies. What did the German government say about the ban? A proposal to …

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EU fails to speed up vaccination deliveries as AstraZeneca wins legal case

The Anglo-Swedish company said the EU had lost a legal case against it, but European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the court ruling supported its view that the medical firm had failed to honour its commitments, reported Reuters. AstraZeneca had committed to do its best to deliver 300 million doses to the 27-nation …

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Long COVID in Germany: Recovered, but still not healthy | Germany| News and in-depth reporting from Berlin and beyond | DW

Most people in Germany are focused on when they can take off their masks or go on vacation. Calls to end pandemic measures are getting louder. But not from Edith Schmitz. She pulls out a handful of long, black hair from a plastic bag — a memory of her pre-COVID life. Before she was infected …

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Opinion: World War II reconciliation gesture still needed in Eastern Europe | Opinion | DW

Germany claims to recognize the immense moral responsibility it carries for World War II. It believes it has faced up to and taken accountability for its past, the murder of millions of Jews, and the death and destruction wrought by war. This narrative is ubiquitous, yet reveals an inherently westward orientation. Speaking to mark the …

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German interior ministers to tackle antisemistism | News | DW

Germany’s federal and state interior ministers unveiled plans Friday to develop a standardized policing and prosecution campaign against antisemitism nationwide as they wound up one of their regular joint consultations. “We will substantially increase the penalties for antisemitic crimes,” said Thomas Strobl, the interior minister for the state of Baden Württemberg and host of the meeting. He stressed that Jewish …

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