Police see mental illness behind deadly German van attack - Channel NewsAsiaFriday, April 13, 2018
AK47 assault rifle and canisters of gas and other fuel.The driver, reportedly a wealthy industrial designer, had two other flats in the eastern cities of Dresden and Pirna which were also being searched.The daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung said police had found an 18-page missive in his Pirna home in which he wrote of his anguish due to serious problems with his parents, "repeated nervous breakdowns" and "explosions of aggression" as well as a botched medical operation.'NO ISLAMIST CONNECTION'Armed police cordoned off a wide area around the scene of the attack Saturday, urging residents to avoid the city centre to allow investigators to get to work amid initial fears the country had suffered another extremist assault."It's still unbelievable for me, but these days anything can happen," said Hubert Reckermann, a local man in his late 60s on Sunday."You can't really defend yourself against people with psychiatric problems."The two victims killed in Muenster were a 51-year-old woman and a 65-year-old man, both from northern Germany.As well as the dead, police said 20 were hurt - some with life-threatening injuries.The foreign ministry in the Netherlands said two of the injured were Dutch, one of whom was in a critical condition."It's still unbelievable for me, but these days anything can happen. You can't really defend yourself against people with psychiatric problems."Germany has been on especially high alert for militant attacks after several claimed by the Islamic State group.But "we know with high probability that it was a lone perpetrator, it was a German, not a refugee," said North Rhine-Westphalia state interior minister Herbert Reul."We know with high probability that there was no Islamist background" to the Saturday afternoon attack, inflicted as locals and tourists enjoyed a sunny spring day, he added.'DEEPLY SHAKEN'Merkel said she was "deeply shaken" by the incident and pledged that "everything possible will be done to determine what was behind this act and to help the victims".The presidents of Russia and France, Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron, as well as Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy sent their condolences.The attack is the latest in a string across Europe in which vehicles have been used to attack crowds of people in public places.In a Berlin assault in December 2016, Tunisian asylum-seeker Anis Amri hijacked a truck and murdered its Polish driver before killing another 11 people and wounding dozens more by ploughing the heavy vehicle through a Christmas market.He was shot dead by Italian police in Milan four days later while on the run.In France, the Islamic State group claimed a 2016 t...
Germany crash studied for clues - Arkansas OnlineFriday, April 13, 2018
Police were told about the email and went to the man's Muenster home but he was not there. They then told local authorities at the man's other homes in Dresden and Pirna in eastern Germany about the note, but he could not be found there either.In a joint statement Sunday, police and prosecutors said the suspect didn't mention any intention to harm other people in his email. The city's health services had also been in touch with the man, but authorities didn't say why. Germany has very strict privacy laws on medical issues.Authorities still appeared stumped about the man's motive for the attack."We have no indications that there is a political background or that others were involved" in Saturday's deadly crash, prosecutor Elke Adomeit told reporters. "But he was well known to the police."She said the man had three previous court procedures in Muenster and two in nearby Arnsberg in 2015 and 2016. His run-ins with the law regarded threats, property damage, fraud, a hit-and-run and domestic conflicts with his family, but Adomeit said that all charges were dismissed.Authorities have identified the two victims killed by the van crash as a 51-year-old woman from Lueneburg county, 186 miles to the northeast, and a 65-year-old man from nearby Borken county. Their names were not released, as is customary in Germany.Early Sunday, all three bodies were taken from the crash scene in front of the well-known Kiepenkerl pub. The silver-grey van that crashed into the crowd was hauled away hours later, after explosives experts had thoroughly checked it.Inside the van, police found illegal firecrackers that were disguised as a fake bomb, a fake pistol and the real gun that the driver used to kill himself.Inside the apartment where the man was living, which was near the crash scene, police found more firecrackers and a "no-longer usable AK-47 machine gun." Police also found several gas bottles and canisters containing gasoline and bio-ethanol, but did not know yet why they were stored there."We are now focusing our investigations on getting a comprehensive picture of the perpetrator's behavior in the weeks [before the crash] to find out his motivation for this horrible act," Kuhlisch said in the statement.Officials said some of the 20 injured were still in life-threatening condition Sund...http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2018/apr/09/germany-crash-studied-for-clues-2018040/
Death of German fuels fears of far-right violence in Köthen - DW (English)Saturday, December 8, 2018
The mood in the suburban playground in Köthen on Monday morning was a mixture of sadness, tension and hostility toward the press. A small number of locals in the town in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt came by, some with flowers to add to those that had collected around a tree near an empty climbing frame. This was the spot where a fight broke out on Saturday between two Afghan men and Markus B., which resulted in the 22-year-old German's death in hospital. By the evening, the area was a hive of activity. Köthen's police force, reinforced from across Germany, had much to contend with, when three gatherings took place within a few hundred meters of each other. First, the church in the central square held a small memorial prayer for Markus B., though Pastor Martin Olejnicki also used a brief sermon to call for peace in the city on what promised to be a nervy evening. That sentiment was shared by Saxony-Anhalt State Premier Reiner Haseloff, who attended the service along with about a hundred Köthen residents, who lined up to light a candle for the dead man. Outside the church, Haseloff told reporters that "I hope it will be a peaceful evening tonight, and that th...https://www.dw.com/en/death-of-german-fuels-fears-of-far-right-violence-in-k%C3%B6then/a-45434251
Best European Christmas markets - National GeographicSaturday, December 8, 2018
Dresden's market may be the oldest in Germany, with the first event approved by Frederick II, Elector of Saxony, in 1434. Eventually these seasonal markets turned their focus on Christmas celebrations, as known today. Here are some of the best Christmas markets in Europe for a holiday treat.
The Strasbourg market lights up the Place de la Cathédrale.
Photograph by Frederic Maigrot, REA/Redux
Strasbourg: French classic
The largest and oldest in France, the Strasbourg Christmas Market dates back to the 16th century. Hundreds of market stands spread across the Grande Île–an island in the historic center of the city and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Try delicacies from thi...https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destinations/europe/best-christmas-markets/
Increasing Demand for Medical Cannabis is set to Grow GloballyWednesday, October 17, 2018
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How the Alternative for Germany Has Transformed the CountryWednesday, October 17, 2018
Bundestag, Germany's parliament, which oversees annual government spending of 350 billion euros ($411 billion).
A Turning Point
The AfD was the strongest party in the eastern state of Saxony in the last Bundestag elections, and across the east, it has now become such a force that the CDU has been compelled to express what would have been unfathomable not too long ago: the possibility of governing together with the far-left Left Party.
The unrest in Chemnitz in August marked a turning point for the AfD. There, the party joined a phalanx of agitators and neo-Nazis, with the AfD's Thuringia state chapter leader Björn Höcke marching side-by-side with an activist from Pegida -- the anti-Islam and anti-immigrant group -- who has multiple criminal convictions on his record.
For years, politics in Germany had been shaped by the old polarity between left and right. But those days are over. The question of identity now seems to be more important, which seemingly scrambles the party system. Sahra Wagenknecht of the Left Party is creating a new movement called "Aufstehen," German for "Stand Up," that she hopes will be a magnet for voters who would like to see a bigger welfare state and fewer immigrants. The move places additional pressure on the center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD), which has fluctuated between a culture of welcoming refugees and warnings of a loss of control since the refugee crisis. The business-friendly Free Democratic Party (FDP), meanwhile, has morphed into a law and order party. And the only thing still holding the CDU and Christian Social Union (CSU), the CDU's Bavarian sister party, together is the fear of losing power. The only parties that seem to be profiting from the new political complexities are the Greens and the AfD.
So, how to deal with a party that fulminates against the mainstream with such abandon while at the spreading its own tentacles further into the center of society, into gov...http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/how-the-alternative-for-germany-has-transformed-the-country-a-1227360.html