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In the eastern German community of Ostritz a two-day festival was held on 20 and 21 April 2018 at which neo-Nazis from the Czech Republic, Germany and Poland celebrated the birthday of the Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. (PHOTO:  ČTK)
In the eastern German community of Ostritz a two-day festival was held on 20 and 21 April 2018 at which neo-Nazis from the Czech Republic, Germany and Poland celebrated the birthday of the Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. (PHOTO: ČTK)

German Police find right-wing extremists' list of 25 000 "enemies"

8.8.2018 6:01 Deutsche-Presse Agentur (DPA) reported last week that the German Police found a list with the names of 25 000 persons considered political enemies by right-wing extremists during an anti-terrorist raid in the northeast of the country last year. The news was revealed in a response given by the German Justice Ministry to a query posed by an MP in the Federal Assembly.  full story

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Romani students from Czech Republic visit Germany, say they will not allow unfreedom to recur

25.7.2018 15:33 Eight Romani high school and college students aged 15 to 24 from the Czech Republic attended an international youth meeting in Berlin and Leipzig, Germany from 10-18 July. Together with students from Germany and Israel they focused on the subjects of democracy and integration.  full story

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German court says immigrant Romani pupil incorrectly assigned to "special school" deserves compensation

21.7.2018 6:57 News server Spiegel Online reports that a court in Cologne, Germany has decided that a 21-year-old plaintiff named Nenad M., who is a Romani man originally from Serbia, deserves compensation for the fact that he was incorrectly recommended to attend a "special school" for mentally disabled children for 11 years. Nenad M. was first recommended for enrolment into "special school" in Bavaria at the age of seven on the basis of IQ tests that were administered in the German language.  full story

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German court sentences neo-Nazi to life in prison

11.7.2018 17:43 Beate Zschäpe, the main defendant in the trial of members of the National Socialist Underground, a neo-Nazi group, will spend the rest of her life in a German prison according to a sentence handed down against her today by the High Court in the state of Munich, who found her guilty of 10 murders. Deutsche-Presse Agentur reported that her co-defendant Ralf Wohlleben, who supplied the group with weapons, was given a 10-year sentence.  full story

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Germany: Trial begins of Syrian citizen who assaulted man wearing yarmulke

20.6.2018 10:50 Accompanied by great media interest, the trial began yesterday in Berlin of a 19-year-old Syrian who assaulted two youths wearing yarmulkes in the Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood in April. The accused has admitted committing the crime, expressed regret for it, and assured the court that he does not hate Jewish people.  full story

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Germany is coping - three years after the immigration wave, 25 % of refugees have jobs

12.6.2018 7:35 The subject of immigration to Germany has been a "hit" in the Czech media for a couple of years now, mostly in a negative context. The most recent news from there to catch the Czech media's interest was a scandal around the awarding of asylum to insufficiently investigated applicants in Bremen, as well as calculations of how much money it is costing Germany to basically take care of the refugees.  full story

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German Chancellor marks 25th anniversary of xenophobic arson: "Right-wing extremism is the shame of the country"

3.6.2018 8:14 Right-wing extremism is still alive today and is the shame of Germany. That was the message of German Chancellor Angela Merkel on 29 May in Düsseldorf during a commemoration event for the three children and two young women who died 25 years ago during an arson attack on the home of a Turkish family in what was then the West German town of Solingen.  full story

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Germany: Wife of WWII-era Nazi has failed to show up for prison after conviction for inciting hatred

9.5.2018 7:50 An infamous German Holocaust denier, 89-year-old Ursula Haverbeck, was sentenced last year to two years in prison for inciting hatred. She has yet to set foot in jail.  full story

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Germany: 750 neo-Nazis celebrate Hitler's birthday, police confiscate their materials

22.4.2018 6:59 Yesterday German Police confiscated banners, posters, and t-shirts with banned messages at an extensive festival held by neo-Nazis in the eastern community of Ostritz. Law enforcement also regularly checked whether the approximately 750 people in attendance were following a court-ordered ban on alcohol consumption during the event  full story

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Germany: Neo-Nazi terrorists get multiple-year sentences

12.3.2018 21:04 Members of the extremist right-wing group Freital who committed several bomb attacks against their political opponents and refugees have been sentenced to between four and 10 years in prison by a court in Dresden. Seven men and one woman used fireworks bought in the Czech Republic to prepare the bombs.  full story

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Bosnia: Romani actor passes away in poverty after being lauded by Berlinale Film Festival in 2013

26.2.2018 13:01 The Bosnian Romani actor Nazif Mujić became the surprise star of the Berlinale Film Festival five years ago thanks to his role in a docudrama by Danis Tanovič, for which he won the festival's "Silver Bear" award for best actor. Back in Bosnia, however, he returned to a life of abject poverty in which he earned the bare minimum as a scrap metal collector, just like the character he portrayed in the film.  full story

Germany: Romani-inhabited building struck by arson, media strangely quiet

16.1.2018 8:00 Dozens of residential buildings have been struck by arson in Germany in recent years, and the subtext to these insidious attacks has been either a neo-Nazi motivation, or a racist one, or has yet to be identified. Fortunately, the victims of most of these cases have not suffered physical injury, as the targets have been residential hotels slated for accommodating refugees that were not yet occupied at the time of the crime.  full story

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Germany: 14 month sentence for Holocaust denial just the latest conviction of 89-year-old

30.11.2017 8:53 On 29 November an appeals court in Detmold in the German state of North Rnine-Westphalia sentenced Ursula Haverbeck to 14 months in prison for denying the existence of the Holocaust. The 89-year-old woman was found guilty of inciting hatred.  full story

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Germany: Pro-immigration mayor assaulted for political reasons

29.11.2017 18:14 On Monday evening the mayor of Altena in western Germany was attacked by a knife-wielding assailant, apparently for political reasons. Andreas Hollstein, a Christian Democratic politician known for his open approach to immigrants, suffered a 15-centimeter laceration on his neck, according to police.
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Germany compensating Czech and Slovak Roma 72 years after Nazi atrocities

19.6.2017 16:09 "From an inconspicuous article in the newspaper I learned that Germany had begun to compensate Jewish [Holocaust survivors] in the post-communist states. I could not find any mention of Romani people anywhere. That country left such a horrible mark on us Roma and continues to behave as if nothing ever happened to us. That angered me terribly," recalls the chair of the Committee for the Redress of the Roma Holocaust in the Czech Republic (VPORH), Čeněk Růžička, when asked how last year's breakthrough decision came about to compensate Czech Roma for the hardships caused them by their imprisonment in German concentration camps.  full story

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Thorbjorn Jagland Explains How Roma Empowerment Can Educate Us

12.6.2017 23:50 Speaking on 8 June 2017 in Berlin, Council fo Europe Secretary General Jagland expressed his support for the launch of the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC). The Council of Europe views ERIAC as an independent organization through which the Roma can express their cultural achievements throughout history amidst the continual prejudice directed against them.   full story

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George Soros Explains How Negative Stereotypes Against the Roma Affect Us All

12.6.2017 17:30 Speaking in Berlin on 8 June 2017, George Soros had several remarks for the opening of the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC). The institute strives to help enable the Roma to become the primary advocates of their own futures.  full story

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Michael Roth Gives Us Reason to Celebrate as ERIAC Launches

12.6.2017 17:20 Germany's Minister of State for Europe, Michael Roth, has expressed confidence in the launch of the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) in Berlin on 8 June 2017. According to Roth, “dealing with Roma issues as Minister of State for Europe has shown [him] there is a great lack of visibility concerning role models."  full story

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Zeljko Jovanovic: ERIAC Empowers the Roma to Share Their Legacy

12.6.2017 16:50 In Berlin on 8 June 2017, Zeljko Jovanovic, Chair of the Board of the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture, welcomed the launch of the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC). ERIAC is about Roma empowerment, but even more than that, ERIAC has been created to empower the Roma to tell their own history and shape their own futures.  full story

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videoEuropean Roma Institute for Arts and Culture launches its work

8.6.2017 12:42 The grand opening of the activity of the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) took place this morning in Berlin. The opening ceremony was conducted by the Alliance for ERIAC, the Council of Europe, the German Foreign Ministry and the Open Society Foundations.  full story

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