Germany

German party under fire over Sarrazin

By Toby Axelrod, May 5, 2011

A prominent member of Berlin's Jewish community has withdrawn from Germany's Social Democratic Party after it became clear that the party would not exclude controversial author Thilo Sarrazin over statements he made last year about Muslims and Jews.

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Violent neo-Nazis on the rise in Germany

By Toby Axelrod, April 28, 2011

The number of violence-prone neo-Nazis in Germany rose by more than 10 per cent in 2010 to 5,600, according to the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution.

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Concern over German Iran policies

By Benjamin Weinthal, April 14, 2011

Only hours before Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu touched down in Berlin for talks last week, Chancellor Angela Merkel's administration announced that it would stop pumping billions of euros' worth of crude oil payments into Iran's coffers.

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Eichmann trial marked in Israel, Germany fifty years on

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2011

The 50th anniversary of the trial of one of the Nazi regime's most notorious figures is being marked with ceremonies around the world.

The eight-month-long trial of Adolf Eichmann, mastermind of the Nazis' Final Solution to eliminate the Jewish population, opened on April 11 1961. The trial was conducted with Eichmann sitting behind bullet-proof glass and in the glare of the worldwide media.

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Germany ups cash for Holocaust survivors

By Simon Rocker, April 7, 2011

The German government has pledged significant increases in contributions towards the care of Holocaust survivors following negotiations with the Claims Conference.

Julius Berman, chairman of the New York-based restitution body, said that the agreement was "vital" to addressing the growing welfare needs of ageing survivors.

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Caught on film: Captain Dreyfus' final humiliating return

March 31, 2011

It is more than a century since these photographs were taken, but the Dreyfus affair still resonates in France.

Alfred Dreyfus, from a wealthy Jewish family, was a captain in the French army in October 1894 when he was arrested on charges of high treason, accused of leaking military secrets to the Germans.

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Duggan mother to sue Germany over son's death

By Robyn Rosen, March 17, 2011

A mother is taking Germany to the Court of Human Rights accusing it of failing properly to investigate the mysterious death of her son, Jewish student Jeremiah Duggan, exactly eight years ago.

Mr Duggan's body was found beside the road in Wiesbaden on March 27 2003. The German police have consistently ruled it was suicide but a British coroner rejected the verdict.

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Boycott in Bremen echoes the Nazi era

By Toby Axelrod, March 17, 2011

A call to boycott Israeli products in Bremen, featuring posters with oranges dripping blood, has drawn reactions of disgust and frustration from Jewish leaders in Germany.

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Poll: Israel unpopular, but not as bad as Iran or Pakistan

By Jennifer Lipman, March 7, 2011

Israel is viewed in a more positive light than this time last year but is still one of the least popular countries in the world, according to an annual BBC poll.

Respondents to the BBC World Service Country Rating Poll gave Israel a 49 per cent negative rating, making the country among the globe’s four least liked nations.

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German Iran-link bank under fire

By Toby Axelrod, March 3, 2011

Protesters in Germany demanded this week the closure of an Iran-owned bank which they claim helps finance the regime's nuclear programme.

The demonstration, which was made up of Jewish, Christian, exile-Iranian and other groups, was organised by Stop the Bomb, a German NGO.

It follows heightened pressure by the US government on Germany to crack down on the European-Iranian Trade Bank.

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