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Bavarian Governor to Step Down in German Power Struggle With Merkel

BERLIN (AP) — An often-awkward conservative ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel is to step down as Bavarian governor in favor of a younger rival, attempting to end a power struggle that has been an unwelcome distraction as Merkel tries to form a new government.

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German Pool Bans ‘Burkinis’ On Hygiene Grounds

The stereotype of Germans’ love of bureaucracy has finally got in the way of all-embracing multiculturalism as a Bavarian pool has banned the “burkini” swimsuit on the grounds of hygiene. But not everyone is pleased with the decision. Bathers complained after


Media Smears AfD Over ‘Hitler’ Beer Hall Event

At least one media source has drawn comparisons of the AfD to the Nazis because they want to hold an event at a Munich beer hall. The anti-mass migration Alternative for Germany party (AfD) has been embroiled in a row

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Teachers Association Demands Islamic Studies

A teachers association in Bavaria has said it wants to see Islamic studies lessons being made mandatory in all schools in the region. In 2009 the Ministry of Culture in Bavaria introduced a pilot program for the teaching of what they call

BERLIN - OCTOBER 03: Muslim men study the Koran at the Sehitlik Mosque on open house day at German mosques October 3, 2007 in Berlin, Germany. The day coincides with German unity day (Tag der deutschen Einheit). The Sehitlik Mosque is Berlin's largest and serves a mostly Turkish-speaking congregation.

Merkel Ally Threatens Legal Action Over Refugee Policy

A prominent ally of Germany’s Angela Merkel has threatened to take her government to court over its open door refugee policy as political pressure grows for the chancellor to reduce the number of new arrivals. Bavarian state premier Horst Seehofer

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Germany Should Limit Migrants to 200,000 Annually: Bavaria

BERLIN (AFP) – Germany only has capacity for a maximum 200,000 asylum seekers a year, about a fifth of the number it received in 2015, Bavarian premier Horst Seehofer said Sunday. “In Germany, the arrival of 100,000 to a maximum 200,000 asylum

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Anguish as Reprints of ‘Mein Kampf’ Planned For New Year

BERLIN (AFP) – The copyright of Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” expires Friday, with plans by several publishers for annotated reprints sparking fierce debate over how one of the world’s most controversial books should be treated seven decades after the defeat of the Nazis.

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Merkel Warns Of Balkans War If Europe Builds Border Fences

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that building border fences across Europe could spark war in the Balkans as she ups her rhetoric justifying opening Germany to an unstaunchable invasion of Middle East migrants. Speaking at a conference in Darmstadt in the south


RIFT: Merkel Ally Urges ‘Self Defence’ Measures To Stem Migrant Flood

The Bavarian president has spoken in uncompromising terms about “emergency measures” for self defence, including migrant turnbacks, but his suggestions have angered senior figures in Berlin and Vienna. No stranger to controversy, Bavarian premier Horst Seehofer is the leader of German

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