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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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Hesse: Beuth appoints new state police president, focus on NSU 2.0
State Minister of the Interior and for Sports Peter Beuth
State Minister of the Interior and for Sports Peter Beuth Credit: Sven-Sebastian Sajak (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

The new Hessian state police president Roland Ullmann and a special investigator are the reaction of the interior minister Peter Beuth to Udo Münch's resignation and the associated data and threat affair surrounding the right-wing extremist NSU 2.0 network.

In addition, the special investigator is to be integrated into the Hessian anti-terrorism center and the IT standards are to be reviewed and reinforced.

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Hesse, Germany: State Police President resigns
Udo Münch
Udo Münch Credit: Polizei Hesse (Public Domain)

The Hessian state police chief Udo Münch resigns after a lack of investigation into a right-wing network within the police. In the past threatening emails to lawyers and left-wing politicians in Frankfurt and Wiesbaden have been sent by a network that describes itself as NSU 2.0. Münch has reportedly not investigated the possible connection of illegal data requests made from police computers with the threatening emails.

Udo Münch stated that missing out to inform the interior ministry promptly and with the necessary care did not happen with malicious intent, but stated that he will bear the consequences. He has asked to be transferred into early retirement.

Business • Jobs & Careers
Study: Women in Germany are underrepresented in leadership positions in public companies
Study: Women in Germany are underrepresented in leadership positions in public companies
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A study by the Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen shows that public companies have 19,7 female managers. That is an increase of 0.4 percent over the previous year. So only 432 of the total of 2196 management positions in public companies are filled by women.

The study shows that on average only 22% of female applicants are placed on vacant positions.The city of Offenbach in Hesse is remarkable, as it has 56.5 percent women in the top floors of municipal companies. 1469 public companies such as public utilities or hospitals in 69 cities were examined.

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Hessen: Every eighth worker in the prison system has a part-time job

According to a parliamentary request from the SPD, every eighth prison worker in Hessen has a part-time job. Especially in the security service, but also as a driving instructor, waiter or appraiser, around 89.5 percent of employees with part-time jobs are even full-time employees.

According to the union, the main reason is the low wages in the prison system.