In reaction to the enormous success a young German YouTuber had with a pre-election clip in which he harshly criticised the governing CDU, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the party's new leader, has suggested "regulation of the digital sector".
The German CDU party politician was shot in his home this weekend. In 2015, following a confrontation with the nationalist group Pegida, Lübcke received death threats and his address was published on a racist blog.
"Love thy neighbor as thyself" – the story of the Good Samaritan who helps a suffering traveller inspires us to show solidarity towards strangers. The Church has a tradition of providing shelter to those in need. Now, this tradition makes it a target.
Germany proudly calls itself a “Rechtsstaat”, a state based on justice and integrity that respects the rule of law. However, a new draft bill by Germany’s interior minister that intends, among others, to criminalize migrant helpers suggests otherwise.
Among all EU countries, Germany has by far welcomed the highest number of refugees since 2015. The majority is from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. Their path to social inclusion is complicated but not impossible.