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German News round-up, 1 August 2020


The right to be forgotten: Clarity, but not simplicity

Search engines, most notably Google, work for sure on enhancing attention. But some want exactly the opposite. There can be good reasons to claim the "right to be forgotten". The Federal Court of Justice (BGH) has now clarified that removal from digital memory requires a complex decision of weighing up each individual case. This is a decision which tries to ensure that freedom of the press and of opinion cannot be reduced. The BGH has also considered that, when it comes to the question of "being forgotten", the rights of all those affected must be taken into account. Source: nd


Herbert Leuninger, a longtime defender of asylum law and refugees, died on last Tuesday

Herbert Leuninger, co-founder and spokesman of the federal working group for refugees “Pro Asyl”, died on last Tuesday in Limburg. The defender came from a family of convinced opponents of the Nazi regime. According to Pro Asyl, Leuninger belonged to a generation "that understands the fight for human rights as an existential task". Leuninger became a Catholic priest after the war. From 1972 to 1992, he was migration advisor to the Bishop of Limburg. Leuninger considered the Federal Republic's new asylum policy as “Isolation, Deportation, Deterrence”. Source: nd


German couple detained over right-wing death threats

German prosecutors in Frankfurt am Main said on Monday that a couple were detained and later released in connection with threatening emails with a neo-Nazi moniker. The emails were signed off with "NSU 2.0." The former police officer told broadcasters that he had nothing to do with the "disgusting" threats and did not know why the police suspected him. Investigators in the western German state of Hesse, which contains Frankfurt, say that they are looking into 69 threatening messages in total. The threats have been addressed to 27 different people and institutions in eight of Germany's 16 states. Source: DW


Germany's exploited foreign workers amid coronavirus

A seasonal worker, interviewed by DW, tallked about the precarious work conditions she and her foreign colleagues experienced in Germany. Although much of this has been known for years, as German Labor Minister Hubertus Heil acknowledged recently, the pandemic has made it impossible to ignore this situation. Most seasonal workers are hired by subcontractors. Those laborers also do mostly piecework — which is when workers are paid according to items processed, instead of the actual working time. COVID-19 has drawn attention to such circumstances. The outbreak might present an opportunity to improve the lives of many Eastern European workers in the country. Source: DW