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Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | 22/05/2006

Debate on xenophobia in Germany

"The beauty of Rheinsberg, a small town in the German state of Brandenburg, would be complete were it not for the neo-Nazis who spread fear and terror here," writes Zita Senkova in an article on the German debate about xenophobia and former government spokesman Uwe-Karsten Heye's warning that foreigners should avoid certain parts of Eastern Germany during the World Cup. "The official statistics confirm Heye's position. While the total number of crimes is sinking, the number of attacks by neo-Nazis is rising. The authorities have designated 17 places in Brandenburg as so-called 'no-go areas,' which should be avoided by people who look foreign... A total of 47 foreigners live in Rheinsberg. Last year the police there documented 31 cases of racist crimes."

Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | 20/04/2006

Access to Holocaust archive for research purposes

During a visit to Washington, German Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries has announced that historians and researchers will be given access to the Holocaust archives in the Hessian town of Bad Arolsen. The step puts an end to a long-standing dispute between the German authorities and Jewish organisations. The archive contains documents on 17 millions jews and forced labourers. Up to now, only the victims' closest family members have been given access to the contents of the archives. Owing to the complicated legal situation, historians were denied access. Zita Zenkova quotes Tomas Jelinek of the Czech-German Fund For The Future: "It was necessary to find a compromise solution in this issue that guarantees both freedom for research and the legal protection of personal rights. Moreover, the archives can make a substantial contribution to increasing our knowledge of the workings of the Nazi regime."

Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | 01/03/2006

Preliminary assessments of Merkel's government

In Prague's largest paper, Zita Senkova also focuses on the problems Angela Merkel's government is having on the domestic front. "Until now, the slogan 'priority for jobs' hasn't got any further than the CDU's election manifesto... Deutsche Telekom is planning to cut 30,000 jobs and Volkswagen is planning 20,000 redundancies. Over the past decade Germany has lost two million jobs in the industrial sector. There are fewer jobs in this sector today than before German reunification. The Germans are counting their pennies and economising. All in all, Merkel's first hundred days in government have been characterised by few words and even fewer deeds."

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