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Why did Nicaragua file a case against only Germany at the ICJ?

On Monday April 8, Nicaragua filed a case against Germany at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) accusing it of “facilitating the commission of genocide” against Palestinians through its military ...
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Attitudes to man-made famine in WW1

Have any western governments condemned the use of famine as a weapon of war in World War 1 (or acknowledged their culpability)? Have there been attempts to prosecute the responsible for the genocide? ...
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Why did Germany hurry to phase out nuclear energy usage increasing the risk of fossil power use and Russian gas dependency?

This article mentions the difficulties posed by Germany's decision to phase out nuclear energy usage: Germany's decision to phase out nuclear power means that it must replace the energy source with ...
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Why does the election worker cover the slot on a ballot box?

When I last voted in a national election (in Germany, in case it matters) I observed that the election workers (the people who checked my documents, gave me my ballot paper, etc) would keep the slot ...
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Why isn't the German police allowed to use PimEyes (social network tracking via face recognition)?

I read about the capture of Daniela Klette, via Google Translate: In Germany, the criminal police claimed that they were not authorized to use this type of AI [PimEyes], due to data protection ...
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Did Poland ever apologize for its alliance with Germany before 1939?

It is not widely known now, but, before 1939, Poland and Nazi Germany were neighbours with very good relations: Czechoslovakia was occupied by both Nazi Germany and Poland. Poland was the first ...
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Why does Germany ban RT but not France24 or Voice of America?

Germany has banned RT, apparently because it is considered to be not independent of the Russian government (Die Medienkommission sieht die Staatsferne nicht gewährleistet), which funds it directly. ...
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Has any German politician proposed an official national policy that individuals must support Israel?

Many German states and institutions have put in place rules that German citizens must support Israel. For example, Berlin wanted to force artists to denounce any criticism of Israel in order to ...
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Is AfD officially considered a "Nazi" party by German courts?

In Have any prominent politicians in the West called for Ukraine to surrender territory to Russia? user @o.m. states that: He is a member of the German parliament for the AfD, a nazi party. (Some ...
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Why is Europe (Germany in particular) apparently paying so little for US troop presence/protection, compared to South Korea?

CNBC wrote in that 2020 about the cost-sharing agreement for US troop presence in South Korea In the last one-year, cost-sharing agreement, Seoul agreed to pay roughly $900 million and in ...
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Is the ascendancy of extremists in the AfD driven more by their growing share of East German (than West German) party membership?

Background The BfV classified around 36% of AfD members as right-wing extremist for the year 2022. With no dedicated critics of the AfD's extremist faction (aligned with Björn Höcke, formerly called ...
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Why is Germany increasing its reliance on Huawei despite the security risks?

https://www.reuters.com/technology/germany-ups-reliance-huawei-5g-despite-security-fears-survey-2022-12-16/ BERLIN, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Germany has become even more dependent on Huawei for its 5G ...
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How do today's Germans perceive the Nazis

I am curious about the perceptions of Germans today with regard to their country's past? What do they generally have to say about Hitler and the events of the holocaust?
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Anti-immigration left-wing parties

Recently the long time left-wing German politician, Sahra Wagenknecht, formed a left-wing anti-immigration party.This is unusual, as the left is normally associated with pro-immigration policies. Are ...
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Why was an inscription commemorating Dresden's bomb deaths removed?

There was an inscription commemorating those who died from the UK and the US bombing Dresden in February 1945, when an estimated 22-25,000 civilians were killed. Recently, according to Bild, the ...
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What are the past examples of a third party influencing the International Court of Justice decisions?

According to Ynetnews, Germany to request join as third party in Hague case: 'Israel is not committing genocide' Germany plans to intervene as a third party before the International Court of Justice (...
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Does farming need government support to work efficiently?

In 2020, there were farm law protests in India, related to concern of farmer losing certain government support from Indian govt. I thought this was maybe due to India being a third world country and ...
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Why is Japan more revisionist about its World War II era actions than Germany?

Germany and Japan both committed horrific crimes against humanity in the lead up to, and during World War II. Both countries are now more or less democracies. Yet the two countries seem to have dealt ...
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Is there a poll in Germany on perceptions whether the antisemitism label is correctly used in the German political discourse?

I stumbled upon this US poll (conducted by U. of Maryland & Ipsos in June 2023) containing some questions on the public perceptions of the correct use of the antisemitism label, but also having ...
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Is the German CDU 26-point migration plan publically available?

The CDU (currently the biggest opposition party in Germany) handed the government a 26-point plan with their demands on the topic of migration. It seems like every major newspaper has an article on it ...
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Do the AfD need special protection for their events and leaders? [closed]

The leaders of the German AfD party claim to be under attack. Alice Weidel fled to Mallorca, and Tino Chrupulla claimed to have been attacked by an injection. They requested more protection of their ...
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Does the increase in German exports to Russia's neighbors make up for losses in Russia proper?

DW has this "slide" in one of their YouTube reportages: It shows German exports to Kyrgyzstan increasing by 773% in in Q1 2023, and to a lesser extent a similar pattern happens in Armenia ...
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Why do the right claim that Hitler was left-wing? [closed]

This is taken from a speech by Adolf Hitler, April 12, 1921: There are only two possibilities in Germany; do not imagine that the people will forever go with the middle party, the party of ...
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Why does the ECB hold a large foreign currency reserve?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_foreign-exchange_reserves In addition to capital subscriptions, the NCBs of the member states participating in the euro area provided the ECB with ...
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Why are German local authorities taxing DoD employees, despite the protests of the US and of the German federal government?

There's a pretty long Stars and Stripes article on the matter of taxes on some DoD employees in Germany: The U.S. contends the situation amounts to a treaty violation, but so far American officials ...
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What did North Korea's diplomatic mission achieve in Germany?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_diplomatic_missions_of_North_Korea I was looking at the article and noticed that North Korea has an embassy with Germany surprisingly enough. Knowing that there's ...
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What do paternity test restriction laws aim to achieve?

I recently learned that genetic paternity tests are being restricted or even banned in Germany and France (and perhaps in other countries as well). In Germany the law requires consent from both ...
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Germany's subsidy for employees' cars

But subsidies such as tax breaks for company cars, which make it worthwhile for employees to forgo a part of their salary in exchange for a high-end vehicle, are not going away. More than two in three ...
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What position exactly did Merkel express about the Minsk agreements in this December 2022 interview?

Former German chancellor Angela Merkel gave an interview to the Zeit - but the Zeit is paywalled and I don't speak German. In that interview, she supposedly said: I thought that the introduction of ...
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Can the CSU circumvent the new election laws of Germany?

The German Bundestag changed the election laws today. The CSU could now face the following situation at the next general election: They win nearly all constituencies in Bavaria, but they only get 4,9% ...
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Does Germany hold by-elections?

I understand at a high level how the Mixed Member system used in German general elections works during the general election. Pages such as Electoral Reform cover this area reasonably well. What I don'...
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What is the maximum number of seats possible in the Bundestag?

As we know, the German Bundestag uses a mixed-member proportional (MMP) electoral system, with constituency votes that are majoritarian (299 seats) and party votes that are proportional (299 seats), ...
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Why does Germany seem to not favor EU energy independence (from Russia)?

Following US newest sanctions towards Russia, Germany reacted against this new wave of sanctions: Germany threatened on Friday to retaliate against the United States if new sanctions on Russia ...
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Who had more power in the Weimar Government? The President or the Chancellor?

This is referring to the Weimar government before Hitler rose to power- how much power did the original constitution give to each?
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Why does the U.S. oppose the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project?

Why does the U.S. oppose the €9.5 billion Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project?
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What legal means exist for the German government to prevent Turks living in Germany from voting in the Turkish election?

Turkey recently had presidential elections and apart from around 62 million Turks living in Turkey people with Turkish nationality but permanent residency in some other country were eligible to vote. ...
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What's Hans-Olaf Henkel's position on the EU?

In a speech that was vociferously interrupted, MEP Hans-Olaf Henkel accused Juncker of being the "[Commission] president who lost Britain" and said that Junker's pinning of the blame on Cameron was "...
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Is Germany making a net profit or net loss from providing free university education to internationals?

Many people pride Germany in having free education. However, there is a fine print in it. You have to take care of the living costs, usually smallish fees from the university (much lower than, say, in ...
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Why is there dog tax but no cat tax in Germany?

I believe the most two popular pets one can have are either a dog or a cat. In Germany, one must pay for tax when owning a dog (Hundesteuer). However a similar tax doesn't exist for cats, why?
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Why is the left/right spectrum defined so ambiguously? (Europe)

I am currently in Germany so my views are from an European perspective. I never could quite comprehend how the definitions of "left" and "right" are used here. Right seems to be ...
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Why did Denmark, Sweden, and Germany reject a joint investigation offered by Russia?

Why did Denmark, Sweden, and Germany reject a joint investigation offered by Russia regarding the explosion of the NordStream pipeline? What are their respective problems?
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Does German constitution provide preference to people who are ethnic German?

Does German constitution provide preference to people who are ethnic German? How does it define related terms? For example - what does ethnicity mean? Who are ethnic German? Does it mean that people ...
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Are the UK, Germany and USA not concerned about their (donated) tanks being captured and researched by Russia?

It has been well established that several NATO countries are donating armoured vehicles (and training crews) to Ukraine. Some of the more notable vehicles that are being delivered include the American ...
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Why would the SPD prefer a coalition where they are the junior partner to one where they are the largest party?

In the 2023 Berlin elections, the result for the largest parties was: Party Seats CDU 52 SPD 34 Greens 34 Left 22 (the SPD received 53 votes more than the Greens) 80 seats are needed for a ...
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Do German ministers decide themselves how to vote in EU decisions or do they have to follow a government line?

Example/ background: The EU is currently discussing whether there should be a strict law against the sale of cars with a combustion engine starting in 2035. Volker Wissing (of the FDP party) is the ...
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Is membership in the European Parliament incompatible with membership in German district councils?

Inspired by another question: According to European Parliament legislative resolution of 3 May 2022, Article 24.1: The office of Member of the European Parliament shall be incompatible with the ...
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What is responsible for the "missing consensus" on donating non-Bundeswehr Leopard 2s to Ukraine?

From Reuters, about Leopard 2s for Ukraine German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius said he could not say when there would be a decision on the tanks but Berlin was prepared to move quickly if there ...
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What's AfD's vision for the Ukrainian refugees in Germany?

Reportedly While protesting in Leipzig in October against Russia’s war in Ukraine, Anastasia, 21, was confronted by AfD counter-protesters screaming “Nazis out” at her and fellow Ukrainians. The AfD ...
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Does Germany have a law on foreign influence agents (similar to the US' or Russia's)? Or proposals for something like that?

It seems it's perfectly legal in Germany for parliamentarians to have their trips sponsored by a foreign country. And likewise for more run-of-the-mill influencers, e.g. rally organizers. So, I'm ...
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Was now really the right moment for Poland to demand concrete reparations from Germany? [duplicate]

According to this Reuters article, Poland is demanding approximately $1.3 trillion in reparations from Germany. If it wasn't Reuters, I would think this is just what many here call "Russian ...

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