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Marriage ban for transgender politician

A left-wing politician who changed sex to become a man has protested a ban on marrying his female partner. Christian Schenk, formerly Christina Schenk, was in a registered partnership while he was a lesbian, but now that he is straight, he wants to marry. The Berlin politician underwent a surgical sex change procedure in order to be recognized as a man. The medical procedure was a prerequisite for legal recognition as a man.

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German finance minister says economy robust

Peer Steinbrück, the German finance minister, said that despite the financial crisis, fundamental economic data points to a robust economy for Germany and Europe. On Friday Steinbrüch said on Deutschlandfunk that the credit market crisis that burdens the US economy exists in Germany and Europe as well, but the economic European and German fundamentals are robust.

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Shot German gangster rapper relapsed

German gangster rapper Massiv, who was recovering from a gunshot wound, has been readmitted to hospital after a relapse. He is said to be suffering from high fever, cramps and blood loss. The 25 year old rapper was shot on Tuesday night in the Berlin district of Neuköln by an unidentified gunman.