A 32-year-old Syrian man appeared on German media this week thanking German Chancellor Angela Merkel for allowing him to reunite with his other wife and children despite polygamy being illegal in Germany.
Bankruptcy, wrote Ernest Hemingway, happens in two ways — ‘gradually and then suddenly’. By now, Angela Merkel will be beginning to fear that her remarkable career is about to move into that second motion. Barely a year ago, she was being talked about as the leader of the free world. Now she is blamed by her own party for upending German politics and, in the process, allowing the far-right to become a real political force for the first time since the 1940s. The cover of Der Spiegel, Germany’s main weekly, last week summed it up in one word: ‘Crisis.’
A documentary about a Syrian refugee in Germany, who happily lives on state handouts with his two wives and six kids, has angered many in the country where polygamy is against the law.
The Spiegel TV film was aired over the weekend, telling the story of 32-year-old Ahmad A. who fled the fighting in Syria’s Aleppo back in 2015 with his large family, and found a safe haven in Schleswig-Holstein, northern Germany.
The man lives in a two-story house provided by the community with two wives and six children. Despite polygamy being illegal in Germany, Ahmad was allowed to bring his second wife into the country as she is the mother of four of his kids.
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Chancellor Angela Merkel has sparked a mutiny from within her own party over a controversial coalition deal that allows her to remain in office for a fourth term. The deal, in which Merkel agreed to relinquish control over the most influential government ministries, has led a growing number of voices from within her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) to say — publicly — that it is time to begin looking for her successor.
A Turkish group in Germany said Thursday it was taking legal action against a state leader of the far-right AfD who defamed the ethnic minority as “camel drivers”.
The latest controversy sparked by the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany party came as Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim was Thursday due to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on a visit meant to improve frayed relations.
Women are not allowed to enter a bar in one of Berlin’s migrant suburbs, newspaper the Berliner Kurier reports.
One of the newspaper’s reporters was waiting in front of the bar when a woman asked if he could buy her some cigarettes. When the reporter asked why she couldn’t do it herself, she said: “Women are not allowed to go inside.”
The reporter asked the woman if she wasn’t even allowed to buy cigarettes. The woman said, “No that won’t work” and added “Some Turkish men are like that.”
Olaf Scholz, tapped to be Germany’s next finance minister, said Berlin will not lecture other EU states about their finances. His comments hint at an about-face in the eurozone’s policy of strict fiscal discipline.