The Federal States: political profiles

The Federal Republic of Germany has 16 states - the Bundesl√§nder. The five East German states - Brandenburg,  Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, and Thuringia (as well as east Berlin) - were incorporated into the Federal Republic in 1990 with German reunification. Federalism means that each state has its own parliament and government and is responsible for … Continue reading The Federal States: political profiles

Olaf Scholz: rejected by SPD members but surging ahead in the corona crisis

In a surprise result in December 2019, Finance Minister and Vice Chancellor of Germany, Olaf Scholz, was defeated in his bid to become SPD leader by two little-known left wingers, Saskia Esken and Norbert Walter-Borjans.  Scholz had been tipped to win the leadership with his running partner Klara Geywitz. The leadership defeat was reported … Continue reading Olaf Scholz: rejected by SPD members but surging ahead in the corona crisis

News Digest 28th February

Hamburg election Some rare good news for the SPD came on Sunday, as the party won the election in Hamburg with 39.2%. The Greens came second with 24.2% and the CDU vote sank by nearly 5% to 11.2%. Early indications were that the AfD would fail to pass the 5% minimum to be elected to … Continue reading News Digest 28th February

News Digest 21st February

Right-wing extremism: hatred, racism and violence raise fears inside Germany and abroad On Monday, police arrested a group of right-extremists, who had been planning to carry out a series of attacks on mosques in order to provoke a civil war. In the wake of the arrests, the Deutsche Welle interviewed Abdassamad El Yazidi, the General … Continue reading News Digest 21st February