The vast majority of Germans supports government policy to promote renewable energies in spite of the resulting problems and higher costs. Read More: http://www.dw.de/program/people-and-politics/s-3217-9798
The large sums that Peer Steinbrück, the Social Democrats'designated candidate for chancellor, receives for speaking engagements has reignited debate about politicians'extra sources of income. How much should German MPs be allowed to earn on the side, and for what? Few people want a parliament comprised solely of professional politicians, but where should they draw the line? Read More: http://www.dw.de/program/people-and-politics/s-3217-9798
The German government has set itself high goals when it comes to making the switch to renewable energies: The aim is for 80% of Germany's power to come from the sun, wind, biomass or water by 2050. By then the country's nuclear power plants should have been phased out completely. However the transition to renewables is proving to be more difficult and far more costly than originally thought. Read More: http://www.dw.de/program/people-and-politics/s-3217-9798
A far-right fringe party has said it wants the controversial Mohammed video to be shown publicly in Germany. Most Germans are against the idea but they also say too little is being done to adequately defend German values.Find out more: www.dw.de/dw/episode/0,,16210341,00.html
Officially, the Social Democrats say they're going to wait to name their candidate for chancellor in the 2013 Bundestag election. But grass roots party members are unhappily demanding to know who it will be: Steinmeier, Steinbrück oder Gabriel. At this stage, no member of the so-called troika has a chance of unseating Chancellor Angela Merkel.Find out more www.dw.de/dw/episode/0,,16210341,00.html
The Islamic world is in an uproar over a controversial video that appears to insult Muhammad. Once again radical Islamists, sometimes with government backing, are exploiting the unrest for their own ends. For most Muslims, the video may be insulting but is no reason for violence. In Germany Muslims as well as Christians are taking a rather measured approach.Find out more: www.dw.de/dw/episode/0,,16210341,00.html
The Social Democrats have decided. Former Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück will square off against incumbent Chancellor Angela Merkel next year as the SPD's candidate in the upcoming general election.Find out more: www.dw.de/dw/episode/0,,16239076,00.html
People seeking asylum in Germany are obliged to remain in their place of residence and aren't allowed to move around within the country. But for a couple of weeks now, several refugees who ended up in Bavaria have been on the go, marching on foot to the German capital Berlin.They're protesting their living conditions and demanding more rights and better opportunities themselves and others who share a similar fate.Find out more: www.dw.de/dw/episode/0,,16239076,00.html
Wealth is less equitably distributed in Germany than ever before. The past ten years have seen the richer get richer, while the poor got poorer. Nonetheless, there are some wealthy Germans with a social conscience who want to give their money to good causes. The question of wealth and social equity is sure to be a major topic in next year's general elections.Find out more: www.dw.de/dw/episode/0,,16239076,00.html
Heinz Buschkowsky is a poassionate left-wing politician and the mayor of the Berlin district of Neukölln, which has a large immigrant population.Every day in office, he sees how difficult integration is. But now Buschkowsky has written a controversial book on the successes and failures of his integration work.Find out more: http://www.dw.de/dw/episode/0,,16260532,00.html
Germany could soon be one of the very few countries where the millennia-old tradition of circumcision will be legally regulated.This Jewish and Muslim tradition was a hot topic of debate this past summer, after a district court ruled that the circumcision of a four-year-old boy amounted to bodily harm. Now the federal government wants to get involved, but child protection organizations don’t think much of the draft legislation.Find out more: http://www.dw.de/dw/episode/0,,16260532,00.html
Politicians have given up on the small town of Seifhennersdorf with its 4000 residents. Since the collapse of communism, a third of its population has left. Factories and shops have been closed. Many houses are empty.The police force has been reduced, and the secondary school is to be closed. But citizens are fighting for the survival of their community and learning how to help themselves.Find out more: http://www.dw.de/dw/episode/0,,16260532,00.html
Anger has swept the Arab world in response to an anti-Muslim YouTube video produced in the US. Western embassies have been attacked and diplomatic officials killed. Germany is also a target of violence. Security authorities are on high alert and fear the country faces increasing Islamic radicalization.
Johannes Kneifel was a 17-year-old skinhead when he killed a man. During the five years the young neo-Nazi spent behind bars, he found God and reinvented himself. He has now almost completed his theology studies and is planning to become a pastor.
In terms of their politicaI beliefs, German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble and Oskar Lafontaine, co-founder and former leader of the Left party, have nothing in common. But they both share a deep commitment to shaping German politics, and have suffered similar fates: in 1990, both were targets of assassination attempts. Although the two men dealt with their experiences very differently, it was formative for both of them.
Hans-Joachim Fuchtel, Deputy Labor Minister and Member of Parliament, is heading a special project to mend relations between Germany and Greece and to promote cooperation between the two countries. Rather than bailouts, he’s brought with him new economic ideas and strategic partnerships in hopes of winning over Greece’s beleaguered citizens. This is no easy task in a country where many blame Germany for their economic woes.Read more: dw.de/peopleandpolitics
It is a landmark event in the effort to rescue the euro: the German Constitutional Court has given the go-ahead for Germany to ratify the European Stability Mechanism – with some provisos.Read more: www.dw.de/peopleandpolitics
An enlightening film by German director Andreas Dresen highlights the workings of politics and democracy."Henryk from the Back Row"documents a year in the life of Henryk Wichmann, who became a member of parliament in the German state of Brandenburg. The film was very well received at the Berlin International Film Festival.We meet both the protagonist and the director, whose respect for politicians increased immensely during the course of this project.