German auto giant Daimler has made legal threats against an environmental group after it tested diesel cars. The results appeared to show that Mercedes and BMW models are also cheating on emissions tests.
The German Family Ministry wants to double its budget for anti-radicalization projects, particularly against Islamism. Some say it’s an effort that has been neglected for too long – and needs even more backing.
Lawyers have filed a lawsuit against Berlin’s social affairs minister over dangerous conditions for refugees waiting at the city’s LaGeSo authority. There have been several injuries, exhaustion and cases of hypothermia.
Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union has been forced to publish a list of lobbyists it gave Bundestag passes to, ending a legal battle. Parliamentary watchdogs think it’s time for a full obligatory lobby register.
The “Bild” newspaper has claimed that the guns used in the Paris attacks were bought in Germany. But the connection is speculative. Experts say the Kalashnikovs could have been bought anywhere on Europe’s black market.
The German parliament has begun a new investigation into the NSU affair. Even though the Bundestag published a 1,300-page report two years ago, many questions on the neo-Nazi terror group remain unanswered.
An MP who works for a law firm representing Volkswagen in the emissions scandal voted to remove the item from a parliamentary committee’s agenda. According to the Bundestag, there’s no rule preventing him from doing so.
One of Germany’s most important film schools, the DFFB, has appointed UK producer Ben Gibson as its new director. But many students fear the choice means sacrificing creative freedom in favor of “market orientation.”
Tempelhof airport has already been repurposed as a refugee shelter for the thousands arriving in the German capital. Now a proposal to build shelters on the airfield has raised suspicions among local campaigners.