A Left Party politician has been accused of calling for the return of the Stasi as protection against “reactionary forces.” Christel Wegner, Left Party representative in the state parliament of the western German state of Lower Saxony, appeared to suggest this return to East German policy in an interview with German broadcaster ARD.
Norway has taken far-right clothing brand Thor Steinar to court for allegedly abusing the Scandinavian country’s national symbols. Scandinavia is cherished by neo-Nazis as a source of Aryan purity.
Deutsche Post, Germany’s former mail carrier monopoly, now the world’s largest logistics group, confirmed on Thursday that CEO Klaus Zumwinkel is being investigated by prosecutors and his offices have been searched. The public prosecutor’s office is investigating whether or not the high powered business man has evaded taxes by placing €10 million in Liechtenstein.
A woman from the eastern German state Brandenburg told a court that isolation and alcoholism drove her to kill nine of her newborn babies over the years.
Public clinics across Germany will be staffed only by essential personnel on Thursday due to a strike by health workers. The strike by members of the Ver.di united services union has been called to press for an eight percent pay rise. The German Business Institute calls the claim “unserious.”
The German government announced that it intends to lead a €1.5 billion bail-out of the German small business lender IKB. Minister of Finance Peer Steinbrück (SPD) said that the state would contribute €1 billion to save the bank.