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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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50.000 Germans sign petition to demand study about racial profiling at the police
50.000 Germans sign petition to demand study about racial profiling at the police
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A petition that "calls for a study on "Racial Profiling" to be carried out by federal and state police authorities" has reached the quorum of 50.000 needed signatures on the official petition platform of the German state. The threshold has been met five days before the official deadline on the 20.08.2020. Each public petition has four weeks from the moment it is published online to gather the required amount of signatures.

The Petitions Committee will now, as the quorum has been met, invite the petitioner to a public hearing about the petition to further present their concern directly to the members of the Committee.

Federal Minister of the Interior, Building and Community Horst Seehofer has previously blocked a study about racial profiling and racism inside the German police.

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Germany: Seehofer continues blockade against racism study within the police
Horst Seehofer
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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.

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Neo-Nazi group "Nordadler" has been banned in Germany
Neo-Nazi group "Nordadler" has been banned in Germany
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The neo-nazi group "Nordadler" has been banned by Horst Seehofer, the German minister of the Interior, Building and Community. This is the third ban of a right-wing extremist group in 2020, following raids of group members in four different federal German states. The ministry has stated that the group had formed plans to create a community of right-wing extremists in rural areas and that they had pledged allegiance to Adolf Hitler.

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German interior minister Horst Seehofer announces that he will file police report over news article
Picture of Horst Seehofer from 2019
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The German minister of the Interior, Building and Community Horst Seehofer has publicly announced that he plans on filing a formal report to the police over an opinion piece that was published by the Berlin newspaper "tageszeitung" (taz). In the German publication "Bild" he stated that (translated) "A disinhibition of words inevitably leads to a disinhibition of deeds and to excesses of violence, just as we have now seen in Stuttgart. We must not accept this any longer". The satirically meant article in question had discussed the topic of abolishing the police and mentioned the option that they instead could be put on a landfill.

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New regulations for the security industry in Germany
Horst Seehofer being interviewed on November 2018
Horst Seehofer being interviewed on November 2018 Credit: Olaf Kosinsky / CC BY-SA 3.0 DE (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

Horst Seehofen (Minister of the Interior) plans to define new regulations with the change of responsibility for the private security industry.

A change of responsibility from the Federal Ministry of Economics to the Ministry of the Interior had already been agreed in the coalition agreement for the current legislative period and had long been expected by the industry. In particular, training, qualifications and equipment requirements are to be reorganized. The previous point of contention was the "guard register" that the Interior Ministry did not want to take over due to further weaknesses. In the future, the register will be the responsibility of the Federal Statistical Office.

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German government approves easing of border controls from Saturday on
Sunset on Brandenburg Gate
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Germany will begin easing its border controls with France, Switzerland and Austria on Saturday, according to German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer.

Border controls will remain in place, but only random checks will be carried out. Additionally, all border crossings between these countries will be reopened, rather than selected ones at present. The use of spot checks should ease traffic jams for commuters over the border, who have been allowed to cross.