Debate about refugees and security

After the attack in Berlin – mourning and discussions about refugee and security policy © Michael Kappeler

On the third day after the attack on a Berlin Christmas market, questions about how to deal with radicalized asylum seekers and internal security are at the center of the debate.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's speech to the Knesset drew mixed reactions in the Israeli press. The daily "Haaretz" writes in its Wednesday edition: "It used to be customary to scrutinize speeches by German politicians and watch with suspicion how generous they are in their apologies."Merkel gave an "enthusiastic, Zionist speech," the paper says, quoting her as saying, "The Holocaust fills us Germans with shame. I bow my head before the victims."

Gideon Levy headlines in the TV review of "Haaretz": "Germany above all". Television had repeatedly emphasized that this was a historic visit. "Historically or not – it was pretty boring," Levy said. The event will probably not be remembered in the history books.The daily Yediyot Achronot picked up on the fact that Merkel spoke in the Knesset of Germany's responsibility for the Holocaust. At the same time, 52 percent of respondents to a poll on two German television networks would have answered that Germany no longer needs to have a special responsibility toward Israel today. Only 42 percent had been the catch, the Germans must still feel a special responsibility.Regarding the protests by parliamentarians against Merkel's appearance, the newspaper wrote: "Arab parliamentarians demonstratively avoided applauding after Merkel's speech and left the hall."Haaretz" notes that parliamentarian Arie Eldad held a reading of the poem "To the mound of corpses in the snow" parallel to the Knesset session. Left-leaning Shelly Yechimowitz, daughter of Holocaust survivors, had surprisingly boycotted the meeting; she called the decision to allow a speech in German "obtuseness".

"Discussion about German language long since settled" "Maariv" headlined: "60 years after that war, the chancellor made history."In it, former Knesset chairman and chairman of the Yad Vashem memorial, Shevach Weiss, writes: "Even today there are words in the German language, such as 'Achtung!' that send shivers down my spine." Nevertheless, for him "the discussion about the German language in the Knesset has long been settled," the Holocaust survivor said.Weiss goes on to write: "Times change, and so do the people. 63 years have passed after the Second World War." Merkel was born after the war: "I do not want to adopt the racial doctrine of the Nazis and condemn all subsequent generations of Germans," Weiss said. That would cross the line of hypocrisy.

In Immerath, an entire village including the "cathedral" recently had to give way to lignite mining. The phasing out of open-cast mining has been discussed for some time now. Bishop Wolfgang Ipolt of Gorlitz has two hearts beating in his chest in this regard.

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Ansgar Puff is angry – you can hear it in his voice: In his daily impulse, the auxiliary bishop of Cologne clearly criticizes the Italian Minister of the Interior Salvini and the fact that he invokes Christianity.

"The seniorina will now go to prison for longer," Matteo Salvini commented on the arrest of German Sea Watch captain Carola Rackete.

On Saturday, the 40-year-old sea rescuer had steered her ship with forty rescued migrants on board into the port of Lampedusa despite a ban. After 14 days at sea, the passengers had begun to hurt themselves. The situation had become unbearable.

Against the backdrop of major domestic political problems, Pakistan has. Kenya celebrates its 50th anniversary of independence. In the capital Islamabad, people greeted the national holiday with fireworks. President Pervez Musharraf is under massive prere. Attacks by Muslim extremists have increased, especially in the area bordering Afghanistan, since the army stormed the extremist-held Red Mosque a month ago. On the other hand, Pakistan's international importance is marked by the conflict with India.

Pakistan expert, Christian Wagner of the Foundation "Economy and Politics" explains: "On the one hand, Pakistan has for many years been one of the countries that provide the most blue helmet soldiers for missions at the United Nations. However, of course, the international significance has been noted, especially over the conflict with India over the Kashmir ie. Here, however, it has become clear that in recent years there has been a significant rapprochement. At the moment, bilateral relations are probably as good as they have ever been in the 60-year history of the two countries."Christians in the country represent a vanishing minority, and their situation is not always easy, says Pakistani Dominican Sister Gloria Walter: "Christians in the big cities are safe in churches, and there are interfaith dialogues between Christians and Muslims and Hindus. Especially in the countryside it is problematic: the biggest problems are prejudices, poverty, especially rich Muslims dominate the Christians and they suffer from it. It is true that the government protects us, but sometimes we Pakistani Christians do not feel as free as the Muslims. Even Muslims themselves are suffering, including tensions between Sunnis and Shiites. For example, in northern Pakistan, where my family lives, there are big problems."The nun has mixed feelings about the future: "A Christian always has hope, and so I hope that my country will have a good future. Of course, I am also celebrating our Independence Day today, but inside I am not happy today, because I know the situation in my country, the suffering and misery of the people. Our government is trying its best to bring peace. But unfortunately, the network of terrorism is strong and it keeps spreading inside Pakistan.

"Musharraf calls for fight against extremism a President General Pervez Musharraf appealed to his countrymen to reject extremism in all forms, allowing for free and fair elections in the fall. Pakistan is currently shaken by suicide attacks by Islamic fundamentalists. Dr. Conrad Schetter (Center for Development Research at the University of Bonn) compares the "powder keg" Pakistan in the this site interview with a "runaway train".Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, in his address, stressed that Pakistan was proud to be the only Muslim state in possession of nuclear weapons. He ared the citizens that no foreign power would be allowed to interfere in Pakistan's affairs. In Islamabad, thousands of people took to the streets despite pouring rain.Many waved the national flag and shouted "Long live Pakistan"!". At dawn, 21 rounds of salute were fired. In Karachi, soldiers paraded in front of the mausoleum of the state's founder, Mohammed Ali Jinnah (1876-1948).

With stuffed animals and book of condolence

The artist Hermann-Josef Hack invites people to apologize for their climate-damaging behavior to their own descendants. He talked about his art action "Sorry, 2050" on this site.

Horst Seehofer reaps criticism from his own ranks © Jens Buttner

The former Bavarian Minister of Culture and former ZdK President Hans Maier has sharply criticized his party in the asylum dispute. Threatening to dissolve the parliamentary grouping would mean threatening one's own suicide, according to Maier.

"There's a lifesaver in everyone," German pharmacists are currently advertising: organ donation is once again under discussion. In an interview with our site, Frankfurt moral theologian Josef Schuster explains the church's position and its unease against an objection solution.



Interviewer: Would you like it if in the future it were stated on your identity card or driver's license that you are an organ donor??

Increasing attacks on mosques

Last Friday, there was another attack on an Islamic cultural center in Halle. The human right of freedom of religion is increasingly at stake, according to the Central Council of Muslims.

Supporting single parents

Single parents with two children © Patrick Pleul

The Social Service of Catholic Women has called for improvements in the advance payment of child support. He said it was disappointing that the decision made by the federal-state conference was being questioned because of the unresolved funding ie.