Author Archives: Bernadette Behrends

About Bernadette Behrends

Bernadette is a Biology major who also has a deep understanding of German and international politics. In her lifetime she has gained an intimate understanding of economics, politics and science, and is a very valued contributor to us. She was a medical researcher and academic before joining this website. Mailing address: Genterstrasse 89, Kiel Schleswig-Holstein, 24122 Phone Number: 0431 91 71 91 Email address: [email protected]

Merkel thanks Hungary

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The relationship between Germany and Hungary is difficult. Now Merkel has visited the country for a ceremony to commemorate the flight of GDR citizens. But she also appealed indirectly to Orban. Chancellor Angela Merkel thanked the Hungarians for their support in the opening of the borders in 1989 and in the subsequent German Unification. The “Pan-European Picnic” made possible by… Read more »

Germany gets IS children from Syria

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After the victory over the so-called IS, they lived in a refugee camp in Syria, and now they are to come to Germany: four children of German IS fighters are on their way to the Federal Republic. On the border between Syria and Iraq, children from German IS supporters have been handed over to the Federal Republic for the first… Read more »

Social housing is disappearing despite billions in funding

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In the past year, significantly more apartments with subsidized rents fell than new ones were built. At the end of 2018, there were almost 42,500 social housing in Germany fewer than a year earlier, a drop of 3.5 percent. This emerges from the response of the Ministry of Interior to a request from the left-wing fraction, which is available to… Read more »

Council of Europe: Germany must do more against corruption

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According to the anti-corruption body of the Council of Europe (GRECO), Germany does not take sufficient precautions against bribery in the Bundestag and must rectify it. The German Council of Europe delegation must submit a report to the committee on this issue no later than June 2020, in which it shows that GRECO recommendations in the fight against corruption in… Read more »

Migrants from Turkey and Iran often have higher educations

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More and more Turkish and Iranian migrants visited a university in their homeland before coming to Germany. Now, they should be integrated into the education system accordingly. More and more asylum seekers with higher education are coming to Germany from Turkey and Iran. According to a report by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees on the “Potential of Asylum… Read more »