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Germany, land of woefully slow internet

A new report has found that only a small fraction of German users get the internet speeds that providers promise. And, according to a study of service providers, the problem is only getting worse. Elizabeth Schumacher reports. A new report from Germany’s Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has revealed that the country — known the world over for ingenuity and efficiency …

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Britain appoints first-ever ‘minister for loneliness’ to tackle social isolation

The UK has created a “minister for loneliness” position to tackle modern public health problems associated with social isolation. The government of Prime Minister Theresa May said Wednesday it appointed Tracey Crouch after research showed as many as one in ten people felt lonely “always or often” and that hundreds of thousands of elderly people hadn’t spoken to a friend …

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Germany: Another Kenyan found dead in Essen, police calling for information

As the Kenyan community is still mourning one of their own, Brian Nyawade Owino, an asylum-seeker whose death was announced in Berlin on 5 January, the police found the remains of a Kenyan woman in the western German city of Essen on Wednesday (17 January). The body of the 27-year-old Mary Waithera Kamathi, popularly known as Carrie Jones, was discovered in …

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Netherlands expels Eritrea’s top diplomat over ‘diaspora tax’

The Dutch government has declared the head of the Eritrean embassy’s office in The Hague ‘persona non grata’ and has demanded his immediate departure. The decision followed a motion issued by the Dutch parliament to close the consulate. The decision to expel Tekeste Ghebremedhin Zemuy, Eritrea’s Chargé d’Affaires in the Netherlands, was made after reports of the intimidation and coercion, …

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Asylum seeker from Kenya found dead at Ostkreuz Bahnhof Berlin

Brian Nyawade Owino, who went missing in Berlin on 29 December 2017, was reported dead on 5 January. Circumstances surrounding his death are still not clear. Following is the Press and Community Communiqué of the Kenyan Community, PEACE and The VOICE Refugee Forum Berlin on the sad event: Brian Nyawade Owino (26), an African asylum seeker from Kenya went missing …

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German doctors give private patients special treatment, says study

German doctors shut their doors to state insurance patients at the end of each quarter to save money, a new study has shown. Germany’s profit-driven health care system is increasingly attracting criticism. State health insurance patients are struggling to see their doctors towards the end of every quarter, while privately insured patients get easy access, according to a study released …

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Thousands of demonstrators demand justice for Oury Jalloh

Several thousands of protesters turned out in Dessau on Sunday to demand justice for Oury Jalloh who died in mysterious circumstances in police custody in the eastern German city 13 years ago. Oury Jalloh died in a police cell in Dessau, Saxony-Anhalt, thirteen years ago, but the circumstances surrounding his death remain unclear until today. More than four thousand supporters …

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Boris Becker speaks out on AfD politician’s racist comment about his son

After several days of public silence, tennis living legend Boris Becker has finally spoken up on the controversy surrounding AfD politician Jens Maier’s racist comment about his son. The member of the German parliament had attacked Noah Becker, calling him a “little half-negro” on Twitter over an interview in which the son of the former Wimbledon champion compared Berlin with …

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Germany’s Black Community condemns AfD politician for insulting Noah Becker

The Association of Black People in Germany (Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland or ISD Bund e.V.) has condemned Jens Maier, a member of the far-right, anti-immigrant party Alternative for Germany (AfD), for his racist Twitter comment on Noah Becker (23), son of former tennis star Boris Becker. The member of the Bundestag or German parliament had attacked Noah Becker, calling …

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30,000 Nigerians living in France – Ambassador

The Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to France, Dr. Modupe Irele, has said that no fewer than 30,000 Nigerians are currently living in France. Irele told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos that the number included Nigerians living in France as business owners, as well as those studying in various French educational institutions. “The …

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Boris Becker’s son to sue AfD politician over racist Tweet

Noah Becker, son of German former tennis star Boris Becker, plans to press charges against a member of the federal parliament, Bundestag, who called him a “little half-negro” on Twitter, mass-circulating Bild daily reported Thursday. The 23-year-old Noah, whose mother Barbara Becker is the daughter of an African-American man and a German woman, took the decision in consultation with his …

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German Civil Society’s Declaration on the International Decade for People of African Descent

As part of the awareness raising campaign for the International Decade for People of African Descent, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights hosted a Regional Meeting for Europe, Central Asia and North America in Geneva, Switzerland, on 23-24 November 2017. [The International Decade for People of African Descent, 2015–2024, was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly …

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Germany: Immigrant youths face barriers to vocational training

Young people without German citizenship are more likely to struggle to get vocational training slots than their German counterparts, according to a new study. Their prospects are especially bleak in the country’s east. Natalie Muller (with dpa) reports. The study, published by the Bertelsmann Foundation on Monday (18 December), found that more than half of all “young people without a …

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Austria: New government to be tough on migrants

The right-wing government will introduce new measures that will greatly reduce benefits for migrants and refugees. Asylum seekers will receive less than half of what they currently receive from the government. The new Austrian government, which was sworn in on Monday (18 December), has already announced a program that will cut back on benefits for asylum seekers in the country. …

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European right-wing leaders meet in Prague, slam immigration

Meeting in Prague, right-wing leaders from across Europe have praised Austria’s anti-immigration party FPÖ for joining the new coalition government. The politicians are seeking to build cooperation among populists. Meeting under the banner of the Movement for a Europe of Nations and Freedoms (MENL) the conference was hosted by Tomio Okamura, whose anti-Islam and anti-EU Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD) …

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NIDOE chief advises Nigerians travelling home for Xmas

The Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe (NIDOE), Hon. Kenneth Gbandi, has called on Nigerians travelling home for Christmas to be good ambassadors of the Diaspora. In his end-of-the-year message to Nigerians living in Europe, Gbandi pleaded with his countrymen and women travelling home for the yuletide to use the opportunity “for knowledge transfer, mentoring, empowerment and to …

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EU, UK reach breakthrough in Brexit negotiations

The European Commission will recommend to EU leaders to move Brexit talks into the next phase, Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday (8 December) morning at a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May. Juncker said “sufficient progress” has been made in divorce issues to move to talks on the future relations. “We have now made the breakthrough …

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Germany’s migrants continue to be at a disadvantage, report reveals

A recent report by the German Federal Statistical Office has found that people with a migration background differ markedly from those without a migration background in key areas, such as education, employment and income, reports Chloe Lyneham/DW. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), which conducts regular reporting on integration, has found that the differences between persons with and without a migration …

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