Germany

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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Germany draft bill allows circumcision

By Anna Sheinman, September 28, 2012

Germany’s Justice Ministry on Wednesday moved to protect the rights of Jews and Muslims to carry out circumcisions, issuing a draft bill which allows the operation.

The development follows months of uncertainty following a Cologne district court ruling in May which banned religious circumcision.

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Jews demonstrate over threat to circumcision in Germany

By Jennifer Lipman, September 10, 2012

German Jews were joined by Christians and Muslims on Sunday evening for a demonstration calling for circumcision to remain legal.

Around 500 people attended the rally, which was held in Bebelplatz in Berlin, a public square notorious as the site of book-burning ceremonies by the Nazis and their supporters in May 1933.

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Nazi slogans sprayed on Jewish graves on Germany

By Jennifer Lipman, September 7, 2012

A Jewish cemetery has been desecrated by vandals in Germany.

Six tombstones were targeted by the vandals, who sprayed graffiti including the Nazi slogan “Sieg Heil” and the phrase “S**t Jews” on them.

Police are now conducting an investigation into the attack on the graveyard in the northeastern city of Rostock and have said they have a good idea of who was behind it.

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