The German crime rate has fallen by five per cent since last year, hitting its lowest rate since 1992. The new government figures show that 5.76 million crimes were reported in 2017. As a percentage of the population, crime is now at its lowest level for 30 years. “Germany has become safer,” Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said on Tuesday, as the figures were released, but he warned “much remains to be done,” as 44 per cent of Germans said they felt less secure in Germany than they did a few years ago. Read more Germany set to ban arms sales to Saudi Arabia and Turkey Germany scraps top music prize amid antisemitism row Germany agrees to take in 10,000 more migrants selected by the UN Police baffled over motive as German man ploughs into crowd in Münster The statistics also listed the number of crimes by non-German nationals, which have also significantly declined, falling by 23 per cent since last year, from 950,000 to just over 700,000. Last … [Read more...] about Crime rate in Germany at lowest level in 30 years, but antisemitism is on the rise
Public holidays in germany
The early May Bank Holiday weekend has been and gone, with Coventry and Warwickshire schoolchildren, parents and workers enjoying a well-earned extra day of rest. Bank holidays are public holidays that have been recognised since 1871. Their name comes from the time when banks were shut and no trading took place. We typically get eight bank holidays a year (with special added extras for royal weddings, or Queen's Jubilee occasions). On average, the British worker has 26 days of paid holiday per year - more than employees in the USA (15 days) and Japan (20 days). But, unfortunately, we're worse off than France, Spain and Germany (30 days) - so we need to make the most of our Bank Holidays. Below is everything you need to know about days off and Bank Holidays. When is the next bank holiday in May? Monday May 28 2018 Traditionally, the early May bank holiday, also known as May Day , is an ancient northern hemisphere spring festival spent maypole and Morris dancing. The second … [Read more...] about When is the next May Bank Holiday in 2018?
In some areas of Deutschland on May 1st this year, a range of festivals will take place involving everything from dancing around poles to chasing away evil spirits. SEE ALSO: Germany’s most bizarre May 1st traditions But the reason why banks, post offices and most businesses are closed on this day has to do with the fact that it’s an occasion to celebrate workers’ rights. Germany’s observance of May Day dates back to 1886 America, when a strike involving thousands of workers at Haymarket Square in Chicago began over calls for the legal establishment of an eight-hour work day. Two days later, when the situation escalated, the police killed several picketers. A depiction of the Haymarket riot in 1886 in Chicago. Image: Wikimedia Commons At a protest rally the following day, an unknown person threw a bomb at the police as they tried to disperse the crowds, resulting in the deaths of several police officers and some civilians. In memory of this … [Read more...] about Why is May 1st a public holiday in Germany?
Germany is seen as a pretty liberal country. Alcohol is sold in supermarkets and is practically cheaper than bottled water, kids can buy a large enough quantity of fireworks to blow up a small house, and gay marriage is legal (okay, only since last year, but Christopher Street Day in Berlin attracts such a crowd it's almost a public holiday). But there are some things you can't do – particularly if you're a woman and say, pregnant, or a doctor who carries out pregnancy terminations. According to section 218 of Germany's criminal code, abortion is a crime. It's in the part pertaining to “offences against life”, alongside murder and negligent manslaughter, although a sub-section spells out that it is decriminalized in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, that is, if the woman has a certificate from an authorized counselling service and waits three days before having the procedure carried out. In case you were thinking that the counselling was intended to provide support … [Read more...] about Abortion in Germany
Good news for many of you who live in the north of the country; October 31st has been earmarked by state leaders as an additional public holiday. The ministers-presidents of Schleswig-Holstein, Bremen, Hamburg and Lower Saxony made the recommendation for an extra day off in their respective states at a meeting in Berlin on Thursday, according to a spokesperson from the Hamburg Senate. Before the recommendation is put in place though it needs to be approved by the regional parliaments. “We have taken an important step forward to having a common additional holiday in northern Germany," said mayor of Bremen, Carsten Sieling of the Social Democrats (SPD). October 31st, which is also Reformation Day, is already a public holiday in several other states: Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony and Thuringia. Last year was unique in that October 31st was a public holiday for all federal states in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, … [Read more...] about North German states set to get extra public holiday