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Germany bans neo-nazi organization "Sturmbrigade 44"
Germany bans neo-nazi organization "Sturmbrigade 44"
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German Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer (CSU) banned the neo-Nazi association "Sturmbrigade 44", which also calls itself "Wolfsbrigade 44", on Tuesday.

On Tuesday morning, the police searched objects of 13 club members in Hesse, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and North Rhine-Westphalia. According to Herbert Reul (CDU), Minister of the Interior of North Rhine-Westphalia, the police seized cell phones and drugs, among other things, during the searches.

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German Bundestag has spent €1,4 million to secure private homes of MPs
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After an increase of 15% in attacks on politicians compared to 2019, around 100 members of the Bundestag have resorted to the offer of the Federal Criminal Police Office to secure private apartments or houses.

In the current legislative period, the Bundestag has spent around 1.4 million euros on security technology, each member has a budget of 19,000 euros.

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Germany: New mayor decided by lot after both candidates get exact same number of votes
Germany: New mayor decided by lot after both candidates get exact same number of votes
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In the municipality of Ahnatal in Hesse, the mayoral election has been decided by chance. The candidates from the social democratic party SPD and Christian democratic union CDU had received the exact same number of votes. In this case, Hesse's municipal regulations provide for a decision by lot.

The candidate of the SPD, Stephan Hänes, has subsequently been drawn and won.

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Admissions stop at several Berlin hospitals
Berlin-Borsigwalde Am Nordgraben Humboldt-Klinikum
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The intensive care units of the Emil-von-Behring-Klinikum in Zehlendorf, the Humboldt-Klinikum (Borsigwalde) and the Auguste-Viktoria-Klinikum (Schöneberg) are working to capacity according to a register of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive and Emergency Medicine. Corona sufferers in the capital city are no longer admitted there.

Besides, the "Berliner Morgenpost" reports that the St. Marien hospital in Lankwitz may be started again by rescue services and ambulances only at the beginning of the coming week. Also, the Vivantes hospital in Neukölln is considering a stop of admissions.

The hospitals in Berlin are the first hospitals in Germany to be overloaded and close their emergency rooms.

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Leader of the German Green party criticises potential collaboration of CDU and AfD in controversy about broadcast license fee.
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After warnings from the SPD, the leader of the German Green party, Robert Habeck, also warned the CDU in Saxony-Anhalt to not collaborate with the right-wing AfD in the ongoing discussion about the planned raise of the broadcast license fee.

The CDU in Saxony-Anhalt is strictly against the raise and could prevent it if they joined forces with the AfD in the state parliament of Saxony-Anhalt because every federal state has to approve the raise.

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Motive unclear - car rams into entrance gate of the German Chancellery
Motive unclear - car rams into entrance gate of the German Chancellery
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One photo showed that the dark station wagon was standing directly in front of the closed gate in an otherwise cordoned-off area. Written there was "Stop the globalization policy", on the other side "You damned murderers of children and old people". According to the license plate, the car is registered in the district of Lippe in North Rhine-Westphalia. The motive is still unclear.

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Germany reports record number of Covid-19 deaths
Germany reports record number of Covid-19 deaths
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The number of patients treated in intensive care units in Germany for Covid-19 has reached the highest level since the beginning of the pandemic. In Germany, health authorities have reported 410 new coronavirus-related deaths to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) within 24 hours. The total number of deaths rose to 14,771, with the highest level ever reached in mid-April with 315 reported deaths within one day.

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German State Security searches home of conspiracy theorist Attila Hildmann
German State Security searches home of conspiracy theorist Attila Hildmann
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Attila Hildmann has been searched by the police. State protectors searched the flat of the vegan cook, who calls himself "ultra-right" and a conspiracy preacher, in Brandenburg on Tuesday. A police spokesman said that the search had been ordered by the district court of Bernau (Barnim) at the request of the Cottbus public prosecutor's office for the purpose of security. According to the police spokesman, several investigations are underway at the Cottbus public prosecutor's office against Hildmann, including on suspicion of sedition.

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Almost 200 arrests during anti Covid-19 measures protest in Berlin
Almost 200 arrests during anti Covid-19 measures protest in Berlin
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At the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, the police had declared a rally with several thousand participants to be over at noon after the protestors had not responded to calls to respect social distancing and mandatory mask rules.

In addition the police announced via Twitter that emergency personnel had been thrown at with "bottles, stones and firecrackers and attacked with pepper spray". Around 190 people were arrested. The police used five water cannon vehicles in order to disband the protest.

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Angela Merkel says she is very worried about pandemic in Berlin
Angela Merkel
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The Covid-19 situation in Germany still concerns even with infection numbers not rising as fast as before, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday. The chancellor said she would have preferred to have agreed stricter rules at a meeting with federal and state leaders on Monday, adding she was apprehensive about the uncontrolled spread of coronavirus in some places, including the capital Berlin.

Merkel had proposed additional measures including making it mandatory to wear masks in schools and shrink class sizes, and urging citizens, and children, to limit social contacts to one household or friend.

Federal and state leaders postponed until November 25 a decision on further lockdown measures

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German minister of labour and social affairs Hubertus Heil no longer demands right to home office
German minister of labour and social affairs Hubertus Heil no longer demands right to home office
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In the ongoing discussion inside of the grand coalition about employees' right to home office, German minister of labour and social affairs, Hubertus Heil from the Social Democratic Party said that he no longer demands an enforceable right to 24 days of home office for every employee working in a position in which working from home is possible. Heil says, he tries to meet the coalition partner, the conservative Union halfway with this waiver and hopes for their support for his draft "Mobile Labour Law". The CDU/CSU rejects any legal reglementation of home office.

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Germany: Hotel violates Covid-19 measures
Germany: Hotel violates Covid-19 measures
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After a police operation in a Cologne hotel due to fraud, the deployed officers had to find out that the Covid-19 measures had apparently been violated. In addition to the practice of prostitution (prohibited), rooms were probably also rented for tourist purposes (also prohibited). The police called in the public order office and made reports against hotel guests and the operator.

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Berlin's Tegel Airport closed
Berlin's Tegel Airport closed
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Berlin's Cold War-era Tegel airport finally closed its doors Sunday after the Air France flight AF1235 to Paris took off. Originally built to handle 2.5 million passengers a year, Tegel passed 24 million in 2019.

The shutdown happened one week after Berlin's new BER airport opened southeast of the capital.

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Number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care units nears peak in Germany
Number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care units nears peak in Germany
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Germany reports almost as many corona patients are again in intensive care units as in spring. According to reports, the situation is even more critical than in April as Germany reports record numbers in new cases. On Saturday, an absolute peak of 23,399 was recorded.

The German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive and Emergency Medicine (DIVI) reported that 2904 Covid-19 patients are being treated in intensive care.

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Anti-Covid-19 regulation protest in Germany: More than 20,000 people on the streets

After numerous violations of the assembly requirements, the city of Leipzig has dissolved the "lateral thinking" large-scale rally against the Corona policy. The large-scale demonstration was preceded by a legal dispute: The Higher Administrative Court of Bautzen (OVG) had decided that the rally with 16,000 people could take place on Augustusplatz. The decision of the Higher Administrative Court was an "official admission of a superspreader event with announcement", said Irena Rudolph-Kokot of "Bündnis Leipzig takes a seat".

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Germany reports almost 20,000 new Covid-19 cases

The Robert Koch Institute reports a new peak in new corona infections: 19,990 cases were added within one day.

According to the RKI management report, the reproduction figure was 0.81 in Germany on Wednesday (previous day: 0.94). The RKI also stated that processing times are increasing as well as the number of samples is still growing.

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Covid-19 deniers set off explosive device in Berlin

An explosive device detonated in Berlin's Invalidenstraße this weekend. Apparently, the attack was caused by opponents of the Corona measures in Germany. Nobody was injured, the investigations are ongoing.

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Germany: 16,282 Coronavirus cases, daily record
Germany: 16,282 Coronavirus cases, daily record
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Germany has reported 16,282 new Coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours. This is the country's highest daily case count. Death toll rose by 97. The data comes directly from the regional health authorities and has been aggregated by risklayer.

Previously the highest recorded number of new cases had been 14,964.

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Germany decides on extended restrictions from Monday on due to rising Covid-19 numbers
Germany decides on extended restrictions from Monday on due to rising Covid-19 numbers
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The German federal and state governments agreed on extended restrictions following a rise in Covid-19 cases. The restrictions will take effect in all of Germany from next Monday on and last for four weeks.

Only members of two households - a maximum of ten people - will be allowed to meet in public. "Groups of people celebrating in public places, homes and private institutions are unacceptable in view of the seriousness of the situation in our country", the decision states. Schools and shops will remain open, restaurants and other activities for personal entertainment or leisure will be forced to close.

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Merkel warns that Germany is "on the verge of losing control of virus"
Merkel warns that Germany is "on the verge of losing control of virus"
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German chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that Germany is "on the verge of losing control of its fight against the virus", telling her party in an internal meeting that "the situation is threatening" and that the country has "very, very difficult months ahead."

Germany has seen a steady increase of Covid-19 cases of the past weeks, reporting over 14,000 cases on October 24, the country's highest daily case count.

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Police prohibit demo but do not break it up
Archive image from "hygiene demonstration" 29.08.2020 in Berlin
Archive image from "hygiene demonstration" 29.08.2020 in Berlin Credit: Thomas Neugerriemschneider / Wikimedia Commons

The police spoke of about 2000 people who gathered on Alexanderplatz in the Mitte district to protest the Covid-19 measures in Germany. Many of them ignored the required social distancing and mask rules. The police let most of the participants walk the planned demo route along Karl-Marx-Allee without being disturbed, even though these people violated the conditions of the demonstration.

At about 4 p.m. the demonstration was ended by the organizers, as the Berlin police announced on Twitter.

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Berlin police break up fetish party with 600 guests
Berlin police break up fetish party with 600 guests
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Police dissolve fetish party - a violation of Corona rules Hundreds of people met at a fetish party in Berlin - despite the current Corona contact restrictions.

A fetish party with about 600 guests in a location in Berlin-Mitte came to an abrupt end on Saturday evening. Officials of the Berlin police and the federal police disbanded the event at the Alte Münze. "There were simply too many for too little space," the police said later that evening. The guests were released into the Berlin night and sent home. Close-meshed controls at the weekend On Saturday, the Berlin police used hundreds of task forces to check whether people were following the Corona rules.

About 1,000 police officers were to be on duty during the course of the day, half of them from the federal police.

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The German Health Minister Jens Spahn tested positive for Covid-19
Jens Spahn
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Jens Spahn, the German Health Minister, tested positive for Covid-19 and has gone into immediate isolation.

The healthy ministry confirmed all those in close contact with Spahn had been informed.

Members of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet, that have met Spahn earlier on Wednesday, will not be self-isolating.

According to a government spokesperson: "The Federal Cabinet meets in compliance with hygiene and distance rules, which aim to ensure that even if a person who later tests positive were to participate, quarantining of other or even all participants would not be necessary."

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Handshake denied - Lebanese does not get German citizenship
Handshake denied - Lebanese does not get German citizenship
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The German administrative court of Baden-Württemberg has ruled that anyone who refuses to shake hands with women because of fundamentalist values is not allowed to be made a citizen of Germany.

The Lebanese had signed the leaflet on loyalty to the constitution and the rejection of any form of extremism. He had also achieved the maximum number of points in the naturalization test. But then he refused to shake hands with the responsible official during the planned handover. The district administration office thereupon rejected citizenship, a decision that has been upheld by the German court.

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Berlin court overturn 11 pm Covid-19 curfew for restaurants and bars in the city
Berlin court overturn 11 pm Covid-19 curfew for restaurants and bars in the city
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A Berlin court suspended the 11 pm curfew on bars and restaurants that was in effect for a week. The court stated there was no evidence that establishments sticking to the existing rules on mask-wearing and social distancing contributed to an increase in the infection rates.

The court ruling was in response to a legal action brought by restaurant owners who contested the curfew, but not a ban on the sale of alcohol after 11 pm.

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Germany: Investigation against right-wing extremist chat groups at the Berlin police
Germany: Investigation against right-wing extremist chat groups at the Berlin police
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In recent weeks and months, various right-wing extremist chat groups by police officers have been uncovered throughout Germany. After Hesse and North-Rhine Westphalia, the first such case became known to the Berlin police at the beginning of October.

As it turns out today, Wednesday, not an isolated case. Once again a WhatsApp group, this time from Berlin police students, became known in which right-wing extremist memes and symbols were also sent to each other. Criminal investigations were initiated against the suspects.

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Berlin house project evicted by Police
Berlin house project evicted by Police
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The anarchic-queer-feminist house project Liebig34, in Berlin, was evacuated by court order Friday morning. Protests by opponents of the eviction took place even before the eviction began. The protests continued throughout the day and are still active. Clear clashes between police officers and demonstrators are visible.

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Berlin: First curfew in 70 years amid Covid-19 case surge
Berlin: First curfew in 70 years amid Covid-19 case surge
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Starting Saturday, Berlin's bars, restaurants and local shops will have to close between 11 pm, and 6 am, the Berlin Senate said announcing the first curfew in 70 years. The new curfew-period also forbids private gatherings of more than five people and nighttime meetings in parks. Daytime gatherings of more than 10 people will also be banned under the new rules. Gas stations can remain open during the night but are not allowed to sell alcohol during curfew hours.

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26-year old student attacked in front of Hamburg synagogue
26-year old student attacked in front of Hamburg synagogue
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During the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles on Sunday afternoon, a 29-year-old man dressed in army-like clothing had attacked a 26-year-old man who was about to enter the grounds of the Hohe Weide Synagogue in the Hamburg district of Eimsbüttel.

The police and general public prosecutor's office are investigating the man for attempted murder in a crime with dangerous bodily harm. They assume that the suspect has an anti-semitic motive.

In the trouser pocket of the suspect, a note with a hand-drawn swastika had been found after he had been caught following the attack.

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Potential right-wing terrorist detained in Poland
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According to the Polish counterintelligence agency ABW, a German man was arrested last week in Poland. The suspect apparently has a right-wing background and a history of online hate speech. He was charged with possession of weapons and explosives. A further investigation is underway.