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Stories about Germany

31 August 2015

One Syrian Refugee's Long and Dangerous Journey to Europe

Before the war began, Thair Orfahli studied law in Lebanon and regularly visited his family in Syria. But as the violence intensified, he decided he had to leave.

18 August 2015

How 1,500 People Temporarily Shut Down Europe’s Biggest Source of CO2

One participant came back from the action saying that for the first time in his life, he felt truly powerful.

30 July 2015

German Digital Rights Pioneers Investigated for Treason

Global Voices Advocacy

The last time a German journalist was charged with treason was in 1962, when the editor-in-chief of Der Spiegel was prosecuted for publishing secret documents about the German defense forces.

14 July 2015

The German Voices on the Greek Crisis You Aren't Hearing

Within German online communities anti-austerity voices -- that align themselves with the Greek people -- are loud and clear.

19 May 2015

The Profitable Patriotism of Vladimir Putin's Biker Bromance

RuNet Echo

Putin’s biker bromance admittedly isn’t radically new, but the prominence—both in Russia and abroad—of the "Night Wolves" motorcycle gang is exploding like never before.

12 May 2015

‘Stop Destroying Our Communities For Coal We Cannot Use’

The Bridge

We were united in our message to end coal reliance and accelerate the transition to renewable energy that should have begun yesterday.

3 May 2015

Private Initiatives Take the Helm in Solving Europe's Shipwreck Crisis

"With this project, we want to draw attention to the fact that it shouldn't be our aim - but that of the EU."

21 March 2015

Are These Wild Ideas Our Last Hope for Saving Africa's Rhinos?

From fake horns to relocation, today’s wildlife protectors are enlisting new — and often unproven — strategies to save endangered species.

9 March 2015

Need a Creative Commons-Licensed Image? Germany's Saxon State and University Library Has a Million

The library in Dresden has given CC BY-SA 4.0 licences to parts of its collection, meaning images can be used for commercial purposes, as long as the source is cited.

26 February 2015

Did Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung Newspaper Let Advertisers Dictate Its Content?

Former contributor Sebastian Heiser accused Süddeutsche Zeitung on his blog of letting advertisers influence editorial content, saying he witnessed it happening firsthand when he worked on the services supplement desk.

20 February 2015

Cologne's Carnival Parade Tones Down Its Charlie Hebdo Satire

Germany's Carnival is famed for no-holds-barred satire poking fun at politicians or social events. Festival organizers in Cologne mocked themselves for making the decision to tame its Charlie Hebdo float.

14 February 2015

Are We Witnessing the Death of ‘Uh'? Um, Maybe — and Not Just in English

We humans have been using expressions of hesitation for a long time. Linguists are now noting a shift in usage across a number of Germanic languages from "um" to "uh."

6 January 2015

The #Heimkino Project Crowdsources a Warm ‘Willkommen’ for Refugees in Germany

#Heimkino asks Germans to film themselves saying basic words and phrases as part of a short videos support a German language course at a refugee centre in Siegen.

28 October 2014

GV Face: Asylum Seekers Are Fleeing Conflict to Face Brutal Politics in Europe and Australia

GV Face

According to the UNHCR, 612,700 applied for asylum in North America, Europe, East Asia and the Pacific last year – the highest since 2001.

16 October 2014

It's Blog Action Day: Let's Talk About Inequality

Global Voices is an official partner for the event, which tackles the issue of inequality this year.

5 September 2014

EXCLUSIVE: German Companies Are Selling Unlicensed Surveillance Technologies to Human Rights Violators – and Making Millions

Global Voices Advocacy

Data analyzed by two leading researchers on surveillance and digital security technology suggests the majority of surveillance technologies produced by German companies have been bought and sold under the table.

26 August 2014

Scholars and Experts Are Urging the German Government to Rethink Its Unconditional Support of Israel

Due to several anti-Semitic outbursts from some protesters, reporting on Gaza in Germany over the past few weeks has been overshadowed by a debate on anti-Semitism.

13 August 2014

100 Young People Are Vying for the Title of World's Best German Language Student

The Goethe-Institut's German Olympiad has attracted competitors from Afghanistan, New Zealand, Cameroon, China, Romania, Iran and many other countries this year.

10 August 2014

Leaked Data Suggests Bahrain's Government Hacked Its Own Fact-Finding Commission

The government's bloody crackdown against a popular uprising spurred the creation of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Investigation, which concluded authorities have practiced systematic torture against dissidents.

30 May 2014

German Graduates Fight Back Against Woefully Paid Internships: ‘Have You No Shame?’

A letter of complaint gives rise to debates among social science students and graduates through mailing lists and Facebook. The topic: unpaid and badly paid traineeships and internships.

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