Germany

A poignant musical emigration

By James Inverne, January 28, 2013

The news this week that Valery Gergiev, arguably the most powerful conductor in the classical-music world, is to leave the London Symphony Orchestra, has sent shock-waves through the British capital's chattering classes.

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Storm over Wiesenthal hate list pick

By Anna Sheinman, January 10, 2013

A row has erupted in Germany after the Simon Wiesenthal Centre included a selection of excerpts from Spiegel Online writer Jakob Augstein’s columns on its list of top ten antisemitic and anti-Israel slurs of 2012.

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Germany votes to keep circumcision legal

By Sandy Rashty, December 12, 2012

The German parliament approved a new bill to protect male circumcision on Wednesday.

The new ruling, which legalises the circumcision of male infants by authorised practitioners, was passed by an overwhelming majority of 434 to 100 votes.

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Germany seeks ban on extreme right party

By Sarah Pilchick, December 12, 2012

The German government is taking steps to ban one of its most prominent far-right political parties despite doubts that the measure will succeed.

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New drive to ban circumcision in Germany

By Toby Axelrod, November 22, 2012

The saga of Germany’s efforts to regulate ritual circumcision of boys continues with a new proposal by liberal and left-leaning legislators that would bar the procedure for those under the age of 14.

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German MPs do business with Iran

By Benjamin Weinthal, November 2, 2012

V European politicians in Brussels and Berlin have unleashed a storm of criticism over their planned trips to meet representatives of Iran’s regime.

A group of five left-wing MEPs had been slated to go to Tehran last Saturday to meet Iranian lawmakers.

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Germany approves law allowing ritual circumcision

By Toby Axelrod, October 11, 2012

Germany’s cabinet this week approved a law that will protect the right of Jews and Muslims to have their sons ritually circumcised.

The law can now go to the German parliament for debate and final approval, which is expected this autumn.

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Germany to make religious circumcision legal

By Orlando Radice, October 4, 2012

Germany is poised to pass a law that will legalise religious circumcision if it is performed by a person who is medically qualified.

The legislation follows a May ruling in Cologne that criminalised non-medical circumcision of minors in that district.

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German draft law permits religious circumcision

By Toby Axelrod, October 4, 2012

Jews and Muslims in Germany have welcomed a new government proposal to secure their right to perform ritual circumcisions on boys.

The proposal follows a May ruling in Cologne that criminalised non-medical circumcision of minors in that district. It comes up for approval by the parliament this autumn.

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Gunter Grass praises whistleblower Vanunu in new poem on Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, September 30, 2012

German poet Gunter Grass has written another poem attacking the Jewish state and praising nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu.

The verse is included in a new compilation of his work published this weekend in Germany, and is called “Hero of our days”.

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