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.
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.
Editorial boards and TV networks have spent the last two days struggling with the dilemma of whether to air or print Charlie Hebdo’s contentious Muhammad cartoons. DW examines a legal and ethical minefield.
There has been much talk of a rightward shift in European politics this year, though Germany’s has been relatively mild. Here’s a rundown of the right-wing scene and its influence on Germany’s conservative parties.
German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel defied Angela Merkel by refusing to sanction the sale of battle tanks to Saudi Arabia. But this is just a minor corrective for the world’s third biggest arms exporter.Read it in Deutsche Welle
Germany’s newest party, the euroskeptic Alternative für Deutschland, is routinely dismissed as the German Tea Party. The AfD balks at the comparison, but its “party of reason” approach is not convincing pundits.