Gunter Demnig has laid down almost 95,000 brass-plated stumbling stones in 31 countries so that the victims of the Holocaust are never forgotten. "I can't even imagine the six million murdered Jews and the whole concept of Auschwitz," Gunter Demnig once said in an interview. Demnig cites the Talmud, which states that "a person is not forgotten until his or her name is forgotten." Gunter Demnig at work Image: picture-alliance/dpa/M.ChristiansHistory at the doorwayThe Holocaust and the war have always occupied the mind of the native Berliner. A pan-European projectSince 2000, Gunter Demnig has dedicated himself completely to laying down his brass plaque memorials.
With protests against abortion rights becoming increasingly aggressive, countries such as England, Wales and Spain are drawing up laws to protect people at clinics. On January 20, 2023, hundreds of thousands of opponents of abortion rights are expected to gather in the US capital, Washington D.C., for the "March for Life." Many organizations that were founded to oppose abortion rights in the United States now have branches abroad. Doctors and staff who work in abortion clinics have also faced pressures. Clarke dismisses the argument that buffer zones infringe on abortion opponents' right to free expression.3 months ago DW
Meanwhile, the Kremlin said Russia's nuclear deterrence forces had launched test missiles. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in an evening video address on Wednesday that Ukrainian forces had been holding out against Russian attacks, especially in parts of Donbas. He added that Russian forces have continuously attempted to capture the key city of Bakhmut, but to no avail. In the weeks before the defeat, Russian forces were struggling with surveillance and electronic warfare. German president says previous snubs unimportantSpeaking to DW from Ukraine, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said previous snubs he faced regarding a visit to Ukraine were unimportant.3 months ago DW
Elon Musk and Kanye West may have the cash to buy social media platforms Twitter and Parler. DW columnist Kate FergusonThe memory of this humbling experience returned to me recently as I considered the credentials of two men seeking to own influential social media platforms. Here in Germany, these include the need to demonstrate "necessary reliability" and "personal aptitude." A cursory glance at the history of both men finds them sorely lacking in necessary reliability and personal aptitude. Where would a Musk- and Ye-owned social media landscape leave us, you may ask?3 months ago DW
The United States are through to the last 16 of the World Cup. They secured a 1-0 win through forward Christian Pulisic, sending home an Iran team who have left a lasting impression on the tournament. Iran's run at the World Cup in Qatar is over after they lost to the the United States in a tense contest in Doha. "Conditions in our country are not right, and our people are not happy," Iranian captain Ehsan Hajsafi told reporters after the England game. Iran and the US: sporting and political foesA meeting between Iran and the US at a World Cup is not new.1 month ago DW
New Year's celebrations were either non-existent or muted for the past two years during the coronavirus pandemic in Germany. Raclette is a favorite dish for a New Year's Eve dinner Image: Daniel Maurer/dpa/picture allianceRaclette for everyoneNew Year's Eve parties in Germany usually include buffets or fingerfood. In Germany, it has been a traditional New Year's Eve custom for decades. "New Year's Eve fireworks blow as much particulate matter into the air in two hours as all the road traffic in Germany does in two months," says Jürgen Resch of Environmental Action Germany (DUH). Dogs are afraid of the sudden, often ear-splitting noise of fireworks Image: Emica Elvedji/PIXSELL/picture allianceFireworks with cautionDue to the COVID pandemic, there were no public New Year's Eve fireworks events in Germany in 2020/21, and celebrations last year were also muted.26 days ago DW
DW spoke to Iranian Nobel Peace Prize laureate and human rights activist Shirin Ebadi, as she received an award at the Human Rights Film Festival Berlin. To show solidarity with Iranian protesters, the Human Rights Film Festival has bestowed its Honorary Award for Freedom and Democracy to 2003 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Iranian human rights activist, Shirin Ebadi. Her work has allowed "the principle of human rights in Iran to remain in the consciousness of the people," she added. The human rights advocacy group also estimates that at least 12,500 people have been detained since the beginning of the protests. "Shirin Ebadi: Until We Are Free," a new documentary based on the Nobel Prize laureate's 2016 memoirs, also celebrated its German premiere at the Human Rights Film Festival.3 months ago DW
The French President knows that and so does the German Chancellor. President Macron sees a threat to his concept of European sovereignty or independence. President Macron and Chancellor Scholz now have to redefine and communicate the common Franco-German denominator and then stick to it. The German chancellor would be well advised to show a little more enthusiasm for French visions of Europe. The French president in turn has to show more understanding for the pragmatic German attempt at fighting inflation and recession.3 months ago DW