Bullies, bishops, big gaps, and The Hoff
Published: 08 Mar 2013 09:46 GMT+01:00
In The Local's latest Weekly News Roundup, Ben Knight looks at the government's purportedly whitewashed poverty report, a fake bishop in the Vatican, some bullied soldiers, and how David Hasselhoff will save the Berlin Wall.
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A plucky sunbather brought train services in North Rhine-Westphalia to an abrupt halt at the weekend - after deciding to catch some rays on the tracks.
Angela Merkel. Photo: DPA
According to Germany's most influential political magazine, Spiegel, Angela Merkel has decided to run for a fourth term in power and has already started talks on who will run her campaign.
Refugees at a temporary reception centre in Baden Württemberg. Photo: DPA
Several state leaders called for more investment in processing asylum applications over the weekend as the backlog continues to put severe strain on current infrastructure.
Roger Klueh. Photo: Ernesto Mastrascusa / DPA
A German businessman and power boating fanatic on Saturday broke a 57-year-old record for the fastest boat crossing between the United States and Cuba.
Migrants on a train on their way to the EU. Photo: Djordje Savic / DPA
Germany has hosted more than 300,000 asylum seekers since the start of the year, said the daily Die Welt on Saturday, nearly 50,000 more than first thought, as Berlin prepares for a record influx of refugees in 2015.
A Guinean migrant who caused a brawl in a home for asylum seekers in Germany was shot and seriously wounded by police, local media reported.
An asylum seeker reception centre in Trier. Photo: DPA
More people applied for asylum in Germany in July than in any previous month on record, the Ministry for Immigration and Refugees announced on Friday.
This Week in History
Germans fleeing from eastern Europe after the Second World War. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Seventy years ago on Friday, a munitions depot exploded in the Czechoslovakian town of Ústí nad Labem. For the thousands of Sudeten Germans who lived in the town, the event was a death sentence.
In the center, Nazi lawyer Roland Freisler, who wrote laws that are partially still in existence today. Photo: German Federal Archive / Wikimedia Commons.
Germany has made great efforts to purge legal system of remnants of Adolf Hitler's regime, but some laws still bear traces of the Nazi past. The Justice Minister wants to change this.
Netzpolitik published documents outlining the internal spy agency BfV's spy programmes and budget. Photo: DPA
Update: Federal prosecutors announced on Friday they are suspending investigations of treason against 'digital rights' website Netzpolitik for 'the greater good' of upholding freedom of the press.