Migration: Germany’s planned immigration reforms
30 November 2022 | 5:36 am
Germany needs hundreds of thousands of new skilled workers, and Olaf Scholz's government is planning a host of reforms to make it easier for them to come. But the political debate will be tough.
Germany has been keen to take responsibility for its Nazi past, while its colonial history barely emerges in the country's public debate. Does Holocaust remembrance overshadow Germany's colonial crimes? Or does it instead inspire the country's fight against racism?
After coalition wrangling over nuclear power, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has decided that all three plants should run throughout the winter. Germany has been scrambling to reorganize its energy mix amid gas cuts.
Germany has upped its ambitions on a global green hydrogen scheme. The fuel has been touted as a solution to help slash CO2 emissions. What is the hype all about?
Germany's conservative opposition has held up a landmark welfare reform to provide basic income to some categories of people drawing unemployment benefits. The bill was blocked in the Bundesrat, Germany's upper house.
The decision is meant to safeguard Germany's energy security. Poland has also announced taking over Russia's Gazprom assets in the country.
Germany is opening a quay adapted to import liquified natural gas as Berlin pursues a rapid change to its energy strategy. Police say the construction site has been guarded amid fears of sabotage.
Germany's gas storage facilities are now at full capacity as the country prepares for a winter of disrupted supplies. Russia has slashed exports to Europe, forcing Berlin to look for other sources.
Germany is deciding whether to completely pull out of the UN's MINUSMA peacekeeping mission in Mali. This comes after Britain and Ivory Coast said they would withdraw their troops.
Talking Europe speaks to a veteran of the European and Italian political scenes, former EU Commissioner and former Italian foreign minister Emma Bonino. She shares her thoughts on the bitter dispute between Rome and Paris over the fate of the migrants on the Ocean Viking rescue ship, and says an EU migration policy won't happen without EU treaty change.
The mood in Germany in the run-up to a football World Cup has never been as subdued. In many pubs, the previously unimaginable is happening: There won't be any soccer matches shown during the World Cup.
German soccer boss Bernd Neuendorf said his team was prepared to be fined for wearing a multi-colored armband in Qatar. He also didn't rule out other protest actions by German players at the World Cup.
Holocaust denial has long been illegal in Germany. A new amendment aims to criminalize denial of other war crimes and genocides wherever they happen and would apply to denying atrocities committed in Ukraine.
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