Judgment against members of the "Free Comradeship Dresden"

The verdicts have now been pronounced against three members of the right-wing comradeship. The background was violent attacks on a refugee shelter and on an alternative housing project.

The defendants were sentenced to imprisonment or suspended sentences.

Germany: Berlin selected as new location for national cancer center
Germany: Berlin selected as new location for national cancer center
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A new center for the fight against cancer is to be built in Berlin. The German capital has been chosen as one of four new locations for the National Center for Tumor Diseases, as the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) announced on Wednesday. Existing locations are Heidelberg and Dresden.

The Governing Mayor Michael Müller has stated that Berlin "plays a key role in decisively advancing cancer research and developing new approaches in the early detection and treatment of cancer". The new center will have 10,000 square meters and contain research laboratories, an outpatient clinic and an information center.

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German soccer player Leistner attacks fan of opposing team
Toni Leistner 2016
Toni Leistner 2016 Credit: Textilvergehen from Berlin, Deutschland (DE) (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

After the DFB-Pokal (German Cup) between Hamburger SV and Dynamo Dresden had concluded, the HSV player Toni Leistner went to the spectator stands, grabbed a Dresden fan by the upper body, and pushed him to the ground.

He later stated on his Instagram that he had been "massively insulted after the game from the stands in my home town. I can usually handle that. But then it went extremely below the belt against my family, my wife and my daughter. At that moment, my fuses blew".

He added an apology stating that he formally apologizes for his "behavior and can only promise that no matter what insults are thrown at me, nothing like this will ever happen again".

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Germany, Burglary at "Green Vault": Technical deficiencies known since 2018
Grünes Gewölbe
Grünes Gewölbe Credit: Jörg Blobelt (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

The technical shortcomings at the Green Vault (German: "Grünes Gewölbe") in Dresden were known longer than previously thought. The managing director of the Saxon Real Estate and Construction Management (SIB) announced in a press interview that an exchange of the surveillance cameras had already been decided at the end of 2018. Due to complicated planning and ordering conditions, the exchange was only possible one and a half years later.

According to the current state of the investigation, the public prosecutor and the police assume that the perpetrators knew about this security vulnerability and were actively exploiting it. In 2019, 20 single pieces of the three larger jewel sets containing 100 pieces in total were stolen.

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Brandenburg parliament: There will be no statewide security concept for museums

The parliament of Brandenburg answered on Friday, that there will be no statewide security concept for museums. Reasons for this decision were, that all buildings and art collections are too specific in the architecture and the way how to secure them.

The party "Freie Wähler" called for measures after the burglaries in the "Bode Museum" in Berlin and the "Grünes Gewölbe" in Dresden.

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German second-division club Dynamo Dresden confirms two Covid-19 cases

Bundesliga second-division club Dynamo Dresden has reported two Covid-19 cases after the third round of tests, and the whole squad and coaching staff will be required to go into quarantine for 14 days.

The club has a match scheduled against Hannover on May 17, unlikely to happen according to sporting director Ralf Minge: "Fact is that we can't train or compete in the next 14 days."