BERLIN (AP) – A former member of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s secret police was convicted Wednesday by a German court of facilitating the torture of prisoners in a landmark ruling that human rights activists hope will set a precedent for other cases in the decade-long conflict. Eyad Al-Gharib was convicted of accessory to crimes against humanity and sentenced by the Koblenz state court to 4 1/2 years in prison. It was the first time that a court outside Syria ruled in a case alleging Syrian government officials committed crimes against humanity. German prosecutors invoked the principle of universal jurisdiction for serious crimes to bring the case that involved victims and defendants who were in Germany. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said the trial was a step against impunity in the conflict. His country has given refuge to hundreds of thousands of Syrians fleeing violence and hardship in their homeland, and backed international efforts to collect prosecutable evidence … [Read more...] about Assad Secret Police Torturer Convicted in Germany, Sentenced to 4.5 Years
Netherlands 2-1 Germany, De Koel Stadium (Groenen 16', van de Donk 60' — Freigang 44') In the final showdown of this mini-tournament, Germany were finally made to pay for their imprecision at both ends of the pitch. "We simply have to score goals. I felt like tearing my hair out today," Voss-Tecklenburg said afterwards. After both sides had beaten Belgium — the third nation in this series of friendlies between three countries' bidding to host the 2027 World Cup — the stage was set for the most anticipated game. Unaided by the absence of talismanic centre-back Marina Hegering (muscle problems), Germany's cohesion suffered as a back four with three new faces struggled to gel. The Dutch attack offered a stark contrast. Voss-Tecklenburg had warned beforehand of the Dutch's well-established rhythms, and proof came in the form of Jackie Groenen's opening goal. Vivianne Miedema charged deep into the box to collect a through ball, before finding her unmarked teammate with … [Read more...] about Germany lose to Netherlands as mistakes prove costly
"Germany's Role in World " — In the light of growing expectations of Germany around the globe, the parliamentary parties in the Bundestag wanted to find out what ordinary citizens thought. Citizens were invited to apply to take part in the online deliberations. 154 were selected according to age, gender, education, place of residence, the size of the town or settlement in which they live, and ethnic background. The result, according to t he organization "Mehr Demokratie"(More Democracy), which set up the deliberations, was a council that "reflected the population of Germany" as accurately as possible. The assembly sessions were all held online The chosen members of the citizens' council were furnished with extensive information by a panel of more than 40 specialists. The task given to these specialists was to outline the pro and cons of issues and solutions and provide a basis on which participants could form and formulate their own views. Imme Scholz, deputy director of … [Read more...] about What should be Germany’s role in the world?
Germany reported a record high in NATO defense spending for 2021, submitting a budget of €53 billion ($63.8 billion) for the current year. That figure marks a 3.2% increase over the year before . In 2020, spending was capped at an estimated €51.4 billion. Countries including Germany have hoped that an increase in NATO spending could ease a trans-Atlantic dispute about burden-sharing among members. Former US President Donald Trump had accused Germany of not contributing enough to NATO, and susbsequently withdrew thousands of US forces stationed in the country. Earlier this month, however, US President Joe Biden announced that there would be a freeze on US troop redeployment from Germany. Watch video 03:14 Share NATO in the Trump era Send Facebook Twitter reddit EMail Facebook Messenger Web Whatsapp Web Telegram linkedin Permalink https://p.dw.com/p/3mmvD Will NATO miss Donald Trump? … [Read more...] about Germany reports record €53 billion in NATO defense spending
France on Thursday said it would tighten controls at the German border to curb the spread of coronavirus, which is spreading faster in the eastern Moselle region than elsewhere in France. "Strengthening of health measures at the Franco-German border in Moselle, from March 1," the Ministry of Solidarity and Health tweeted. From Monday, workers commuting between Germany and Moselle will have to submit to a weekly PCR test before being allowed to cross the border, Health Minister Olivier Veran and European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune said in a statement. Watch video 12:01 Share Europeans cross borders to escape tough lockdowns Send Facebook Twitter reddit EMail Facebook Messenger Web Whatsapp Web Telegram linkedin Permalink https://p.dw.com/p/3pZRu Europeans cross borders to escape tough lockdowns The new measures follow a warning from the German government last week that it was considering … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: France announces new border checks with Germany