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Seidel, Jan


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tagesschau.de - Germany | 05/07/2015

AfD becoming an extension of Pegida

Frauke Petry, a politician from Saxony, was elected as the new leader of the national conservative Alternative for Germany party (AfD) on the weekend, defeating the founder of the party Bernd Lucke. Petry's election will translate into a shift to the right for the organisation, the state news website tagesschau.de comments: "The party has thrown its conservative-liberal know-it-all core overboard and will no doubt soon reposition itself with borderline rhetoric and polemic topics: surely one is allowed to say these things; there are no red lines in our heads; I don't have anything against foreigners, but these foreigners are not from here. The prettily packaged malign talk with a rock-hard core that populist parties are so fond of using. The AfD could soon become a kind of parliamentary arm of the [anti-Islam] 'Pegida' movement made up of the malcontents and the angry citizens of the right-wing."

tagesschau.de - Germany | 05/05/2015

New law will cause more chaos at Deutsche Bahn

In response to the German Train Drivers' Union (GDL) strikes, Deutsch Bahn boss Rüdiger Grube plans to present a proposal aimed at an agreement today, Wednesday. GDL boss Claus Weselsky continues to reject mediation in the dispute. The public-service news site tagesschau.de sympathises with Weselsky: "The Federal Labour Court ruled five years ago that a company can have an unlimited number of unions and that each union is free to recruit members. … Perhaps the new law [the new collective bargaining agreement law planned for the summer] will only make the situation more complicated at the national railway company, because according to the new rules each company would have to find out which union represents the greatest number of employees and then that union would negotiate for all the employees. If we look more closely at the Deutsche Bahn it is made up of around 300 subsidiaries, so this would be a hugely laborious process. Perhaps in the end it would be simpler for it to negotiate with just two more or less fundamentalist unions."

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