When news broke that people in the village of Clausnitz tried to block refugees from entering and reaching their assigned residence, Germany started talking about Nazis.
After the events that took place in big German cities on New Year’s Eve came to light, one part of the public debate was focused on whether it is politically correct to name the perpetrator’s origin or whether that is racist because it would play into the hands of the ones who have been warning of things like that happening all along?
Wir schaffen das—we can handle it, said chancellor Angela Merkel about the influx of refugees in August 2015. The big question is how. Therefore The German Gist gives an overview of what German politicians suggest should be done now.
The German parliament has decided: Germany will participate in a combat mission in Syria. Some politicians and the majority of German netizens are against it. The German Gist gives you the most common reasons.
On December 2nd, the German Federal Intelligence Service published an analysis that categorizes the desert nation Saudi Arabia as “impulsive”. However, Saudi Arabia has reserved eighteen billon Euro to buy tanks from German manufacturers. This contradiction is reason enough to cause a discussion in Germany.
After the Paris terror attacks on November 13th still thousands of refugees coming to Germany every day. But how do the German citizens, media and politicians think about that after the events in France?
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.
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.
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.