Lower Saxony

Business • Health Care
Germany: Slaughterhouse reopened after 112 Covid-19 cases became known

After several Covid-19 cases became public, a slaughterhouse in Lower Saxony is now resuming operations. The reason for this is the pressure of the farmers and agricultural lobby on politicians. 

Measures to contain the virus have been taken with workers' quarantines. Health and safety organisations criticise these measures.

Regional News • Europe • Germany
Germany: Seehofer continues blockade against racism study within the police
Horst Seehofer
Horst Seehofer Credit: Martin Rulsch (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

According to information from SPIEGEL, Horst Seehofer maintains his blockade against an independent racism study within the police. He sees no structural racism problems that should be examined. The German Police University had submitted a project application to the Interior Ministry to investigate "right-wing extremist attitudes and actions", but the three-year project is now on hold.

Not only Seehofer, but the CSU is also opposed to a study recommended by the EU.

Lower Saxony's Minister of the Interior Pistorius now wants to commission a study in cooperation with other federal states.

Regional News • Europe • Germany
Stuttgart: Investigation after racist WhatsApp voice message by police officer
Stuttgart: Investigation after racist WhatsApp voice message by police officer
Credit: Christian Wiediger

After the riots in Stuttgart, a voice message with racist content by a police officer appeared on social networks. The official describes the events in Stuttgart city center and draws a direct parallel to refugee policy and migrants. The police have confirmed the authenticity and have initiated an internal investigation against a known police officer.

Science • Medicine
Stuttgart: Criminologist sees Corona as factor for the riots
Stuttgart: Criminologist sees Corona as factor for the riots
Credit: NTV (Reproduction)

Christian Pfeiffer, the criminologist and former SPD Minister of Justice of Lower Saxony, sees the corona restrictions as a possible cause for the riots in Stuttgart. Pent-up anger from the contact restrictions and frustration are apparently the cause of the events, but not political motives.

Law
Verdict: Basically no universal statutory accident insurance in the event of a terrorist attack
Verdict: Basically no universal statutory accident insurance in the event of a terrorist attack
Credit: Maximilian Scheffler

Business travellers who fall victim to a terrorist attack while visiting a restaurant are not generally entitled to benefits from statutory accident insurance.

The State Social Court in Lower Saxony decided that a restaurant visit was private, even if the business trip was ordered. A worker sued and was the victim of the Ansbach attack in 2016. He justified his claim that the restaurant visit would be directly related to the posting.