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EU court rules German language requirements for Turkish immigrants unlawful
July 11, 2014
The EU's highest court, the Court of Justice, on Thursday ruled that Germany cannot require spouses of Turkish nationals living in Germany to show basic knowledge of the German language as a requirement when applying for family reunification visas. The case was brought by Naime Dogan, a Turkish wom....... [more]

Germany summons US Amabassdor in surveillance investigation
July 5, 2014
The German government summoned the US ambassador John B. Emerson on Friday after the arrest of a man who is claimed to be a US spy working surveillance throughout the country. The German foreign ministry believes that a 31 year old employee of the German intelligence service BND has been working wit....... [more]

US officials arrest accused Nazi guard
June 18, 2014
US officials on Tuesday arrested 89-year-old Johann Breyer on charges that he was a Nazi SS guard at Auschwitz and Buchenwald during World War II. Breyer has admitted to serving at Auschwitz but claims that his service was involuntary and that he did not take part in any killings. Breyer was arreste....... [more]

Harmonization of Law is the Key in Europe
June 17, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Angelique Devaux discusses the harmonization of law in the European Union and the Franco-German Agreement of Common Optional Matrimonial Property Regime... In a time when Europe is experiencing economic crisis for several years and developed an identity crisis marked by the b....... [more]

Germany prosecutors to consider new evidence against surviving Nazi concentration camp guards
May 21, 2014
The head of Germany's special Nazi war crimes agency, Kurt Schrimm, announced Monday that his office would soon turn over to state prosecutors the results of investigations into war crimes allegedly committed by several former concentration camp guards. As many as 20 men and women could be prosecut....... [more]

Germany court rejects bishop's appeal of Holocaust denial conviction
April 11, 2014
A German court in Nuremberg on Friday rejected the appeal of bishop Richard Williamson, who was convicted of denying the Holocaust during a TV interview, finding him ?1,800. The conviction stemmed from an interview to Swedish TV channel SVT1, broadcast in January 2009, in which Williamson said....... [more]

Germany Constitutional Court affirms Euro zone bailout
March 19, 2014
The Federal Constitutional Court of Germany on Tuesday upheld the constitutionality of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM). This affirms the court's 2012 decision, which rejected a preliminary injunction to halt the implementation of the ESM and the fiscal compact, but which imposed a cap on Ge....... [more]

Germany court dismisses patent claim against Apple
February 28, 2014
The Mannheim Regional Court on Friday dismissed a complaint by patent assertion entity IPCom against Apple. The suit alleged USD $2.1 billion in damages against Apple for infringement of European patent EP1841268, which manages access to overloaded wireless communication channels. Although the Eu....... [more]

Germany court rules former Auschwitz guard unfit for trial
February 28, 2014
A German district court in Ellwangen ruled Friday that accused former Auschwitz guard, Hans Lipschis, is unfit to stand trial. The ruling was based on Lipschis' early stages of incipient dementia, making him unable to comprehend the criminal trial. While Lipschis acknowledges being a member of the S....... [more]

Former Germany president cleared of corruption charges
February 27, 2014
A German court on Thursday cleared former president Christian Wulff of corruption charges that sprang from allegations that he had accepted bribes in exchange for political favors. Judge Frank Rosenow informed the court of Wulff's acquittal, saying that there was insufficient proof that the former p....... [more]

Germany top court finds EU voting threshold unconstitutional
February 27, 2014
Germany's Karlsruhe court ruled on Wednesday that the 3% voting threshold for political parties to enter the the European Parliament is unconstitutional. The German government lowered the voting threshold from 5% to 3% last year, but the top court ruled by a 5-3 vote that it should be abolished alt....... [more]




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