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History as memory

History as memory

Eversberg Cemetery of Honor in Meschede, Germany © dpa

History as memory

Eversberg Cemetery of Honor in Meschede © dpa

Tens of thousands of World War II dead are buried in North Rhine-Westphalia. But the military cemeteries are visited less and less, their care costs a lot of money. Nevertheless, the cemeteries have an important task.

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Who, if not us?

The Ethics Commission on the Energy Transition appointed by Chancellor Angela Merkel sees a nuclear phaseout within ten years as an opportunity for Germany. "We are unique in the world," commission chairman Klaus Topfer said Monday in Berlin.

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Sudden change of topic in u.s. Election campaign

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wanted to run a campaign that was primarily about the economy and finance. Incumbent Barack Obama looked vulnerable in these fields. But now everything has turned out quite differently. The ie of abortion is at the center of America's political debate.


Triggered by a linguistic blunder
And it doesn't currently look like the party will succeed in changing its agenda by the start of its electoral convention Monday in Tampa. This political earthquake was triggered by Congressman Todd Akin. He is campaigning in his home state of Missouri as the candidate of the conservative "Tea Party" against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, who is weakening in polls, for her Senate seat. In an interview, Akin had included rape victims in his strict rejection of any kind of abortion – and made a linguistic error when he spoke of "legitimate rape.

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Man in custody

Man in custody

A suspect is in custody following the violent altercation at a parsonage in the Erz Mountains region of Germany. At a Christmas party for the lonely and needy, a community member had been seriously injured by a stab wound.

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“Basically, we are all refugees”

The Catholic Church in Germany calls for solidarity with the refugees on Lampedusa. Italy should "not have to shoulder this task alone," demands Cologne auxiliary bishop Heiner Koch. In an interview with our site, the member of the Migration Conference of the Bishops' Conference also calls for a better development policy.



Interviewer: What is important now in Lampedusa??

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Confidence in the future

Confidence in the future

On the occasion of his 90th birthday. On his 60th birthday, Cardinal Camillo Ruini has spoken out on politics and church policy. While he praised the new head of government Draghi, he cannot find anything wrong with many demands for reform within the church.

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14 Years instead of 25

In an eagerly awaited ruling, the Chilean Supreme Court has reduced the sentences of four Mapuch convicts. At the end of March, a military court sentenced the Mapuche under an anti-terrorism law dating from the time of the Pichochet dictatorship. The four Indians reacted with disappointment.