August 24, 2012
by Matthew Pomy
Germany's Justice Ministry has introduced legislation that would grant several additional marriage rights to couples in same-sex civil unions. The move has reignited the same-sex marriage debate in Germany which legalized same-sex unions in 2001 but reserved several rights to heterosexual married ...[read more]
July 13, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
The German government on Friday announced that it will act swiftly to lift criminal sanctions imposed on circumcision. Spokesperson for Chancellor Angela Merkel, Steffen Seibert, said that without adequate protections for the practice of circumcision, Jewish and Muslim communities would not be ...[read more]
June 19, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
The Constitutional Court of Germany on Tuesday ruled that the Bundestag, the national parliament, has the right to be heard on the European financial crisis. In the case initiated by the Green party, the court held that Chancellor Angela Merkel failed to notify the parliament early enough about ...[read more]
April 6, 2012
by Cody Harding
On April 6, 2005, Italy became the first major nation of the European Union (EU) to ratify the proposed European constitution. The Italian Senate overwhelmingly approved the document by a vote of 217-16. The EU constitution was rejected in 2005 by referendum votes in France and the Netherlands. ...[read more]
June 11, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
JURIST Special Guest Columnist Gabor Rona of Human Rights First says that the recent visit to the US by German Chancellor Angela Merkel highlights a fundamental difference between the US and Europe in the interpretation and application of international law in the war on terror... Germany and the ...[read more]
April 2, 2010
by Patrice Collins
The German government is considering accepting detainees held at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, according to interviews published this week by Der Spiegel magazine. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, and Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle revealed a ...[read more]
March 30, 2010
by Ximena Marinero
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday maintained that Turkey should become a European Union (EU) preferred partner rather than continue as a candidate country for EU accession. Turkey has only opened 12 of the 35 chapters toward accession to the EU, and continues to face diplomatic... ...[read more]
July 2, 2009
by Andrew Morgan
The political parties that make up Germany's coalition government agreed Wednesday on a proposal to set aside all Nazi-era treason verdicts. The Socialist Democrats (SPD) and the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) of Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed to draft a law bypassing the current system, in ...[read more]
March 19, 2009
by Andrew Wood
Frida Berrigan: Hidden amidst news of the global financial meltdown, the Bernie Madoff guilty pleas and spring's slow approach in the last week, was the story of global gun violence. A German rampager killed 16, an Alabama man killed 10 people, a man killed five people at a birthday party... ...[read more]
March 16, 2009
by Benjamin Hackman
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a radio interview Sunday that the German government must more strictly enforce its gun-control laws. Merkel's comments came less than a week after 17-year-old Tim Kretschmer shot and killed 16 people in southern Germany. Authorities believe Kretschmer ...[read more]

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