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Germany begins new parliamentary era | Germany | News and in-depth reporting from Berlin and beyond | DW

A light-hearted, first-schoolday atmosphere settled inside the historic Reichstag building in Berlin on Tuesday, as Germany’s 20th legislative period began with a five-hour session in the Bundestag.  Chancellor Angela Merkel was watching from an unfamiliar vantage point: The spectators’ gallery, alongside Germany’s head of state, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Though she remains in office, Merkel’s normal seat at the front of the government benches was empty — waiting to be filled by a successor who is being negotiated in the ongoing coalition talks. The session was led by outgoing Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble (formally the second-highest office

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Opinion: IS bride sentence an important sign to Yazidis | Opinion | DW

Is this the justice Yazidis were hoping for? The Higher Regional Court of Munich found a workable compromise between individual guilt and collective trauma when it sentenced Jennifer W. to 10 years in prison on Monday, ending a trial that gained worldwide attention. It was the first time that a member of the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) terrorist militia had been charged with crimes against international law in connection with the genocide of Yazidis. Using religion as a front, IS fascists denounced minority Yazidi living in northern Iraq as “devil worshippers,” declaring them subhuman. Thousands of Yazidis have been killed, abducted and displaced. The

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Who are Germany′s extreme-right group ′the Third Path′? | Germany | News and in-depth reporting from Berlin and beyond | DW

The small German neo-Nazi party the Third Path, which numbers just a few hundred members, attracted international at the weekend when it rallied people to the German-Polish border in the state of Brandenburg in an attempt to stop migrants entering the country. Police seized a number of weapons from the more than 50 people it stopped – including pepper spray, batons, a machete and a bayonet — and ordered them to clear the border area. Foundation and membership The Third Path was founded in September 2013 in Heidelberg, southwestern Germany, as a splinter party from

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