Germany has issued nearly 600,000 basic weapons licenses, representing an increase of 130 percent since 2014, according to figures published on Friday by Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND), which supplies a number of German dailies with content. In 2014, only 261,332 licenses were in use.
With the license, Germans can carry gas pistols, flare guns and other weapons not intended for deadly use.
The rise has been partially attributed to a growing sense of public insecurity, most notably with an increase in terror attacks on European soil since 2015. But some are afraid that more weapons in citizens’ hands could make things worse.
That’s how many crimes one single Syrian migrant had allegedly committed since entering Germany four years ago. He had already been wanted for drug trafficking and had been investigated for a rape last year. And then he struck again, this time in a case that has once again torn apart a sleepy college town.
Freiburg is a German city of 226,000 people. Foreigners make up 36,800 or 16% of the population. Of the foreigners in Freiburg, whose name means fortified city of free people, 18,750 or 8.5% are men.
Even though foreigners are only a small percentage of the population, they commit 42% of the crimes.
A group of political artists has called on the public to name right-wingers who took part in violent anti-immigrant protests in eastern Germany earlier this year.
As part of its “Special Commission Chemnitz” campaign, artists at the Center for Political Beauty (ZPS) said they would offer a cash reward for anyone who reveals the identity of some 7,000 protesters and their employers using pictures uploaded to the group’s website.
“Denounce your work colleagues, neighbors or acquaintances today and collect instant cash,” the group said. “Help us to remove these problem Germans from the economy and public office.” Rewards currently range from around €30 to €120 ($34 – $136), though users have the opportunity to increase rewards by donating money.
Looks like the Global Compact on Migration has inspired “grassroots” support.
Google Translate: Yesterday evening at the Christmas market in Witzenhausen arrest of a 38-year-old foreign citizen from Bornhagen, who threatened considerably alcoholized with a Hackebeil visitors to the Christmas market.
At 8.30pm, several phone calls were received to the police, after which the suspect, arm in hand, was walking from the pedestrian zone towards the Christmas market. There he “waved” with the hatchet and shouted “Allahu Akkbar” several times, whereupon several visitors to the market felt threatened. According to the current state of investigation, the 38-year-old did not carry out any concrete striking movements with the hatchet. As a result, no one was injured.
The candidate for the CDU presidency, Friedrich Merz, expects an unconditional commitment to the German legal system from the approximately 4.5 million Muslims in Germany, he said at a regional conference in Düsseldorf on Wednesday evening.
The former head of the Christian Union (CDU) faction took centre stage on Wednesday evening at a CDU regional conference in Düsseldorf, where the three most promising candidates presented themselves.
“There is no Sharia law on German soil,” Merz said. Freedom of religion also applies to Muslims, he said, but they are subject to Germany’s secular law.
Merz, who has been dubbed by German press as the ‘anti-Merkel’ due to his differing stances to the Chancellor and contrasting political style, also called for better state supervision of religious schools for Muslims
That horse has left the barn. Below, recent news items.
German court jails Syrian “refugee” for planning car bomb attack
Police arrest further suspect in connection with Freiburg gang rape case
Far-right activist Mario R. went on trial in Berlin on Thursday, facing charges of making 193 illicit gun sales to customers in Germany.
The 35-year-old German national is suspected of running a website called “Migrantenschreck,” which roughly translates to “Scourge of Migrants.” The portal sold gas-powered pistols, crossbows, rubber ammunition and similar weapons. It also featured a ticker on sensationalist anti-immigrant stories.
According to the indictment, Mario R. sold €110,000 ($125,000) worth of guns to buyers across Germany between May and November 2016.
Two Afghan men are alleged to have held down and raped a 15-year-old girl in the state of Brandenburg last Tuesday.
Police arrested one man on Friday evening but are still searching for his accomplice, reportedly a refugee who entered Germany as an unaccompanied minor.
A 21-year-old man identified only as Mohammad F. and an acquaintance, 18, are said to have followed the victim and dragged her into the public toilet at a playground in Königs Wusterhausen, a few kilometers outside Berlin.
As Germany still struggles to balance its migration policy, the Interior Ministry has apparently decided to take one of the issues into its own hands and, through an ad campaign, boost the numbers of voluntary repatriations.
The ministry, led by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Bavarian ally Horst Seehofer, decided to lure potential repatriates with a supposedly bright future awaiting them in their countries of origin – as well as a sort of a complimentary gift should they agree to go home voluntarily.
The ads, which were placed on the billboards in major German cities in mid-November, featured a cheerful slogan that read: “Your country! Your future! Now!”
Two years after a deadly attack on a Berlin Christmas market left 12 people dead, imposing blockades have led to this year’s market being dubbed Fort Glühwein.
Christmas markets are an iconic symbol of the holiday season in Germany. They represent warmth, community and regional pride, and can inspire a sense of childlike wonder. This is partly why the 2016 terrorist attack cut so deep into the German psyche.
Cities and their police forces are determined to prevent another attack. And this year, Berlin has gone all out.
All week, workers have been installing 160 giant, square, lattice-work frames on the perimeter of Charlottenburg’s Breitscheidplatz, the site of the fatal attack.
…Merkel’s decision to open borders and her handling of the migration crisis, which hit Europe and Germany in particular in 2015 due to an influx of hundreds of thousands of people fleeing crises in the Middle East and North Africa, has caused discontent among Germans.
July’s YouGov poll revealed that a total of 72 percent in Germany think that the country’s migration policy is too careless, while only 12 per cent of respondents expressed satisfaction with the country’s migration policy.