Many beaches in Germany and the Netherlands were off-limits from March to May as part of restrictions on public life put in place to slow the spread of coronavirus. The North Sea coast is a popular holiday destination for Germans and foreign tourists. … [Read more...] about Germany’s seal population on the rise after coronavirus restrictions clear beaches
"Inner leadership" doesn't exist in this form in any other army. It refers to the responsibility of each individual in the troop, and the individual's loyalty to the constitution. The principle applies to all branches of the armed forces, including the KSK, which was established in 1996. It is a responsibility incumbent not only on senior officers and superiors, but on every soldier of every rank: Anyone who observes a negative development is required to speak up. … [Read more...] about Opinion: A final reprieve for Germany’s elite army force
At the same time, she called on soldiers to speak out if they heard their colleagues making racist or anti-Semitic comments and to inform their superiors if they witnessed extremism. She said both she and Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer were also available to be contacted in such cases. … [Read more...] about Germany: Bring back conscription to fight extremism, ombudswoman says
Jeong, a former rural doctor dubbed “the world’s best virus hunter”, has delivered no-nonsense daily press conferences, including demonstrating the ideal way to cough. While these have won praise, her work ethic – she has left an emergency operations bunker only for quick visits to a food truck – has prompted concern for her health. … [Read more...] about Are female leaders more successful at managing the coronavirus crisis?
I grew up in France, where I was born to a French mother and a German father. Twenty years ago, I moved to Berlin. On a daily basis, I see how this task, known as “coming to terms with the past”, has shaped modern Germany and German society. It guides its actions and behaviours in every sphere, from politics to the media, civil society, education, the judiciary, the police, trade unions, the economic and the intellectual worlds. Respect, dialogue, separation of powers, discernment and nuance are the guiding concepts. A solid social contract between citizens and public authorities has as a result been established, based on transparency and shared democratic responsibility. … [Read more...] about Germans know that toppling a few statues isn’t enough to confront the past