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France, Germany, Ireland and Sweden nI Monrovia On the Importance of Combating Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

France, Germany, Ireland and Sweden nI Monrovia On the Importance of Combating Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

The European Union Delegation and the Embassies of its Member States resident in Liberia – Germany, France, Ireland and Sweden – issued the following statement: The EU shares the deep concern expressed by the Government and people of Liberia regarding the alarming rates of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in the country. The EU takes […]

No More Glass Ceiling? Germany Seeks Female Boardroom Quota Deal

No More Glass Ceiling? Germany Seeks Female Boardroom Quota Deal

The German minister for women said on Wednesday she hopes the coalition government will soon agree a quota for women on the executive boards of Germany’s top listed companies, building on a 30% quota on supervisory boards introduced in 2015. Franziska Giffey spoke as she presented the government’s first equality strategy, which bundles together measures […]

Germany Makes Upskirting A Crime

Germany Makes Upskirting A Crime

Germany is making upskirting, surreptitiously taking photographs or filming under a person’s clothing, a criminal offence punishable with fines or up to two years in prison. Upskirting has become an increasing concern in many countries following the advent of mobile phone cameras. In many cases, images or videos are shared on porn sites, social media […]

Germany To Criminalize ‘Disgusting’ Practice Of Upskirting

Germany To Criminalize ‘Disgusting’ Practice Of Upskirting

Upskirting has become an increasing concern in many countries – in many cases, images or videos are shared on porn sites, social media or other platforms Germany will take steps to criminalise upskirting, the justice minister announced on Thursday, calling the behaviour “disgusting”. The move follows growing calls for a law from victims of upskirting […]

Germany Foreign Ministry Boosts Number Of Senior Women

Germany Foreign Ministry Boosts Number Of Senior Women

Staff in the second-highest leadership level in the ministry are now 45 percent women, up from 27 percent a year ago The number of women in senior roles at Germany’s foreign ministry has increased sharply in the past year, but they are still underrepresented in diplomatic missions overseas, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Thursday. […]

Merkel To Exit Her Role As Party Chief Of Christian Democratic Party

Merkel To Exit Her Role As Party Chief Of Christian Democratic Party

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will quit as head of her Christian Democratic party after almost two decades, a person familiar with the matter said, a dramatic sign of her waning authority that will raise questions about her staying power as chancellor.  The unexpected reversal by Merkel, 64, signals the beginning of the end of an […]

Mutiny in Berlin Shows Merkel’s Star Waning Even Among Her Party

Mutiny in Berlin Shows Merkel’s Star Waning Even Among Her Party

Angela Merkel’s first foray into politics after the fall of the Berlin Wall was as spokeswoman for an East German party called Democratic Awakening.  The last act of her political career may also be marked by a drive for a new beginning — this time from within her own parliamentary bloc.  The defeat of Merkel’s […]

EU, Germany Support Nigeria’s Power Sector Growth With €33m

EU, Germany Support Nigeria’s Power Sector Growth With €33m

The European Union and Germany yesterday announced a fresh financial package worth €33 million to support further developments in Nigeria’s power sector especially renewable energy. This new package is coming on the heels of the World Bank’s approval of $486 million credit facility for the country’s electricity grid improvements a fortnight ago. The new financial […]

Germany Deports Isis Suspect To Nigeria

Germany Deports Isis Suspect To Nigeria

Germany has deported to Nigeria an alleged Islamic extremist, an ISIS suspect, deemed dangerous by authorities. He is a German citizen, not Nigerian. The German news agency, dpa, reports that the 22-year-old man, who was born in Germany and who had not committed a crime, arrived in Lagos Thursday. The unidentified man was one of […]

Fake News Meets German Racism

Fake News Meets German Racism

The story, about a mob of Arab men rampaging through the well-heeled streets of Frankfurt and sexually assaulting German women as they went, must have been irresistible — so irresistible that Bild, a popular newspaper, published it early this month with little scrutiny. The problem, as the local police soon found, was that it was […]

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