The attacks in Paris on November 13th were a shock for the German public. Not only because France is a neighboring country, but also because many viewers of the soccer match between Germany and France heard the three suicide bombs near the stadium go off live on TV. Even after the explosions and also after French president François Hollande left the stadium where he was watching the game, German TV kept showing the match. Many netizens ask whether that was the right decision.
Because of solid intel that a terror attack might have taken place, a soccer match was canceled in Germany,yet German netizens are joking about it.
Former West German Bundeskanzler (chancellor) Helmut Schmidt: At the age of 96 he passed away on November 10th, 2015. The chain-smoking ever grumpy-looking politician was as beloved as he was controversial: Even after his death he caused a ruckus on Twitter.
David Cameron takes the gloves off: He handed in his demands for Britain to stay in the EU. Annoyance is the #1 reaction in German social media. Why? The German Gist gives the top four reasons why #Brexit (=Britsh exit) was trending on German Twitter.
German media reported that auto manufacturer Volkswagen is accused of having manipulated diesel-fueled cars in the U.S. only to turn on emission controls when being tested. The next day, #Volkswagen and #dieselgate are trending on German Twitter. Twitter users and other netizens are appalled, but they are also a bit suspicious given the circumstances.
Donald Trump is famous because he is rich. As a politician he is relatively new on the German radar. Since he has entered the race for president, his shenanigans have been featured on the news and have caused some debate among German netizens.
This week’s word is Heimat. A noun with many too-insufficient English translations that makes German bloggers emotional.
While many Germans volunteer to help out refugees, others resort to cursing and slamming refugees online. “Not okay,” says the German government and has asked Facebook to delete such comments. Facebook on the other hand seems reluctant to do so.