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Germany´s voters appear to have fallen right out of love with what started out as a breath of fresh air in politics.For more go to http://www.dw.de/people-and-politics-the-political-magazine-2012-11-08/e-16315065-9798
The forum was meant to promote deep understanding between Germany and Russia. Now the St Petersburg Dialogue may be at an end. Andreas Schockenhoff, the German coordinator and Chancellor Merkel’s commissioner for German-Russian cooperation, has sharply criticized Vladimir Putin, saying the Russian president uses repression and confrontation, and that he views the country’s citizens not as partners but as a threatto the state. For more go to http://www.dw.de/people-and-politics-the-political-magazine-2012-11-08/e-16315065-9798
1952: at four in the morning, East German police rang the doorbells of thousands of people in what is now the state of Thüringen, forcing them to leave their homes immediately. An exclusion zone hundreds of kilometres long was created along the border between East and West Germany. Resistance was brutally suppressed. For more go http://www.dw.de/people-and-politics-the-political-magazine-2012-11-08/e-16315065-9798
The economic crisis in Spain has led thousands of young Spaniards to leave home for Germany. In 2011, the Federal Statistical Office registered a rise of 50 percent. How are young Spaniards in search of work being received in Germany? And are they getting support from Spanish people who have been in Germany for decades? For more go to http://www.dw.de/people-and-politics-the-political-magazine-2012-11-08/e-16315065-9798
Poll: Should Germany take in Syrian refugees?
In 18 months of civil conflict in Syria more than 400,000 people have fled the country. The streams of refugees across Syria's borders continue to grow. Foreign policy experts from all parties in the German Bundestag are calling for some of them to be granted asylum in Germany. But the Foreign Ministry says that any decision by Germany must be within the scope of EU regulations.
The once-revolutionary ideas initiated by the Greens, such as the phase-out of nuclear power, have moved into the mainstream. They are now widely espoused by a well-educated, high-earning segment of the electorate. Take the southern German university town of Tübingen, for example. Boris Palmer of the Greens has been mayor there for years.
German federal prosecutors have brought charges against Beate Zschäpe in 10 murder cases. She is the sole surviving member of the National Socialist Underground, a neo-Nazi group suspected of committing the crimes. It's a vindication for the families of the victims. They are hoping the trial will reveal why the right-wing involvement in the xenophobia-fuelled murders went undiscovered for so long.
Once a year, all the parties find one voice - when caroling in Germany's parliament, the Bundestag. Political feuds are laid aside. Harmony among all lawmakers, across the political spectrum - and the tunes are pretty, too. More you'll find under http://www.dw-world.de/dw/episode/0,,15568059,00.html
The family is still very important in Germany, say 75% of respondents to a new survey.
One of the main tourist attractions in the town of Bad Frankenhausen in Thüringen is a church tower that is even more crooked than the famous tower of Pisa. Last summer "People and Politics" reported how the residents of Bad Frankenhausen were fighting plans to demolish the tower. In December, Germany's Protestant church finally agreed to sell the church to the local community. Now the people of Bad Frankenhausen can hope their steeple will be saved.
New details continue to emerge about a series of racially motivated murders by a group of neo-Nazis in Germany - including a number of indications that officials in the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) may also have been involved.That has prompted state interior ministers around Germany to launch a second attempt at banning the party. Critics fear that it'll be unsuccessful and the NPD will emerge triumphant.
It was the trial of the century: On December 15, 1961, an Israeli court sentenced Nazi official Adolf Eichmann to death by hanging. The case is still fresh in many people's minds, 50 years later.
Friction and disagreement in Germany's coalition government, the eurozone crisis, Fukushima and nuclear power, the defense minister resigns, and more. A fast-forward look at a fast-paced year full of political turmoil.
German President Christian Wulff is in the cross-fire. It has come out that he threatened newspapers in an attempt to bully them out of reporting on a low-interest loan he received from friends. Now support for him is shrinking even within his own party, the Christian Democrats. Many observers say the scandal is damaging the reputation of the office of the President.
Twenty years ago, the citizens of communist East Germany were for the first time able to view the files kept on them by the Stasi, the dictatorship's secret police. Today these files fill 100 kilometers of shelves. And there are also around 16,000 sacks of documents that Stasi agents shredded by hand. Scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute in Berlin are now constructing a super-computer that can put the fragments back together. The "snippet machine" is attracting interest from all over the world.
What do the Germans expect from 2012? Surprisingly enough, they are optimistic and embarking on the new year with confidence.
Many countries in the world are holding elections this year, and major changes are in the offing. But in Germany much will remain the same - at least in top political offices. Schleswig-Holstein is the only German state with parliamentary elections slated for this year. And the coalition between the CDU/CSU and the FDP will probably remain at the country's helm. As a result, many of the issues of 2011 will continue to dominate 2012: the stability of the Euro, phasing out nuclear power, Afghanistan, unrest in the coalition, and the loss of trust in the office of the President.
The scandal-hit German president - how much public support does Christian Wulff still have?
For German interior minister Hans-Peter Friedrich, data retention is an important tool in combating right-wing terrorism. He says storage of telephone details and internet traffic is essential for fighting crime. But that position has put him in direct conflict with his fellow cabinet-member, justice minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger. She sees data retention as a violation of citizens'right to privacy. The longstanding dispute has divided the governing coalition.