Clowns, Berlin Wall luxury and whiny soldiers
Published: 01 Mar 2013 10:45 GMT+01:00
In this week's Weekly News Podcast, The Local's Ben Knight contends with clownish chancellor candidates, the second fall of the Berlin Wall for luxury flats, and Germany's allegedly whiny soldiers.
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Thomas de Maizière. Photo: DPA
Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière ordered the dissolving of salafist organisation Tauhid Germany on Thursday, saying that the group radicalized youth and encouraged them to travel to Syria to fight for Isis.
MPs in the Bundestag (German parliament) fall silent for a minute before beginning the day's work. Photo: DPA
Germans again took a few moments on Thursday to remember those killed in the Germanwings flight 4U9525 plane crash on Tuesday.
Ukrainian refugees arriving in Poland by plane. Photo: DPA
Germany received one of the highest numbers of Ukrainian asylum seekers in Europe last year, according to data released last week by Eurostat and analyzed by The Local.
Narendra Modi. Photo: DPA
Speaking to the The Local ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Germany next month, Amnesty International warned that his poor record on human rights must factor into the talks.
Alps plane crash
Germany defender Benedikt Höwedes held up a sign in memory of children from his home town killed in the Germanwings plane crash before a friendly against Australia on Wednesday night.
Alexander Gerst and Mayor of Cologne Jürgen Roters. Photo: Stadt Köln
German astronaut Alexander Gerst visited the Cologne city hall on Wednesday to present a special gift – a stone from the city's famous cathedral that he'd taken into space with him.
A German flag flying at half mast at the Bundestag (German parliament) Photo: DPA
Flags flew at half mast across Germany on Wednesday in memory of the people killed in Tuesday's crash of Germanwings flight 4U9525.
German business confidence rose to its highest level in eight months in March, as optimism continues to grow about the outlook for Europe's biggest economy, the Ifo economic institute said on Wednesday.
State prosecutors from Düsseldorf and federal police forensics experts are on their way to France to join in the investigation into crashed Germanwings flight 4U9525.
Debra Milke at a press conference in Pheonix on Tuesday. Photo: DPA
A Berlin-born woman who spent 25 years in a US jail accused of participating in the murder of her son spoke publicly about her experience on Tuesday, the first time since her release.