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Germany's far-right: Police to restructure as threat of extremism grows

19 August 2019; DW: Germany's federal criminal police agency wants to overhaul the structures it uses to fight far-right groups and hate crimes, media reports say. The organization sees a growing threat of militant extremism in the country.

Germany's Federal Criminal Police (BKA) wants to set up a new central unit to fight right-wing extremism and hate crimes, research conducted by German media outlets WDR, NDR and Süddeutsche Zeitung showed.    

Merkel successor denies urging ex-spy chief's ejection

18 August 2019; DW: The head of Germany's ruling Christian Democrats insists she has not called for ex-domestic intel boss Hans-Georg Maassen's exclusion from the party. The ex-spy chief has been accused of sympathizing with the far right.

The woman widely tipped to replace Angela Merkel as German chancellor has backed away from an earlier suggestion that the ruling Christian Democrats (CDU) should expel the country's former domestic intelligence chief from the party.

Merkel ally AKK suggests party exclusion for ex-spy chief

17 August 2019; DW: Germany’s ex-spy chief Hans-Georg Maassen faces possible exclusion from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives over his alleged far-right stance. The call comes CDU party chief Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.

Kramp-Karrenbauer told Germany's Funke Media newspaper group Saturday that as Christian Democrat (CDU) chairperson she would not let her party be undermined as the Tea Party movement had done by "radicalizing” the US Republicans.

Germany bars ex-foreign minister from job with Polish firm

17 August 2019; DW: Berlin has reportedly banned Sigmar Gabriel from taking a position on the supervisory board at a Polish investment firm. But an alleged attempt by the US ambassador to keep him from another job seems to have failed.

A Luxembourg-based financial concern, Kulczyk Holding, was interested in hiring German politician Sigmar Gabriel on its supervisory board, but the move was blocked by the German government, German officials said.

Germany's Merkel calls for restarting EU migrant rescue mission

16 August 2019; DW: Several months after the EU's migrant rescue mission in the Mediterranean was suspended, Angela Merkel has called for the operation to be resumed once more. The EU rescues were halted following pushback from Italy.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday called for the resumption of European naval missions to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean.

German Q2 contraction fires calls to boost public spending

14 August 2019; AFP: Germany's economy contracted in the second quarter, figures showed Wednesday, highlighting its vulnerability to trade tensions and stoking debate on higher government spending.

As the US-China trade conflict intensifies, some economists have urged Berlin to fork out cash to avoid a recession.

However, Chancellor Angela Merkel and her ministers have said things were not yet bad enough to warrant loosening the purse strings.

German climate protesters block train carrying Volkswagen cars

14 August 2019; DW: Dozens of climate protesters tied themselves to a train track in front of a freight train to protest the German government's 'failed climate policy.'

A group of environmental activists stopped a train loaded with 200 brand new Volkswagen (VW) cars in the northern city of Wolfsburg for several hours on Tuesday, in protest of the automotive industry's contribution to climate change.

Another German citizen arrested in Turkey for political reasons: German media

07 August 2019; DW: A man has reportedly been arrested in Turkey for posts he shared on Facebook. A series of arrests of German citizens in recent years has strained relations between the two countries.

Another German citizen was arrested in Turkey on charges of spreading propaganda, several news outlets reported on Tuesday.

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