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Scientologists face closer scrutiny

Scientologists in Germany will face closer scrutiny after a decision in a higher constitutional court of North Rhine-Westphalia. The court found that Scientology is engaged in activities that are subversive to freedom and democracy and thus should be subject to further surveillance.

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Unemployed man starved himself to death

A 58-year-old man in the northern German town of Uslar starved himself to death after he stopped receiving unemployment benefits and suffered from isolation. Two hunters found the former sales representative’s mummified corpse in a tree house. The man had kept a dairy outlining his slow death.

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Smoking ban discontinued in Rhineland-Palatinate

Smokers can now light up in small bars in the western German state of Rhineland-Palatinate after a court partially overturned the state’s smoking ban.

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CSU head questions Turkey’s EU entry after Erdogan’s speech

Turkey’s suitability for membership in the EU has been seriously questioned by Erwin Huber, chairman of the CSU, the Christian Social Union of Bavaria, following Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s warning against assimilation and loss of Turkish identity. The CSU operates only in Bavaria and is in alliance with the CDU. Generally, the CSU is the more socially conservative of the two.