Green Party politician Antje Vollmer has warned against a policy of confrontation with the Chinese leadership at the start of the Olympic Games. "The West would be taking on a lot if, in addition to confronting the Islamic world and Russia, it also ventured into a confrontation with China – and thus a country where every fifth inhabitant of the earth lives," the former Bundestag vice president told the Berliner Zeitung newspaper.

Memorial dedicates itself to 'relatively unknown chapter'

More than 17.000 Jews of Polish origin were deported to the German-Polish border by the National Socialists, including more than 400 Dusseldorfers. Their story is now told in an exhibition.

On International Migrants Day this Friday On International Migrants Day this Friday, the Caritas Association of the Archdiocese of Cologne recalled the fate of Kosovo refugees in Germany. Berlin is allowed to keep the 14.000 people could not be sent back, said Kai Diekelmann, head of refugee and foreign aid, in an interview with this site.

this site: Why does this deportation so often affect Kosovo Albanians??

Diekelmann: One should first distinguish and say: those who were recruited decades ago as foreign workers from the former Yugoslavia do not have to return now; as a rule, they have a permanent right of residence here or, in some cases, have even taken German citizenship. People who fled the civil war between Serbs and Albanians in Kosovo in the 1990s should now return to Kosovo. Nationwide these are 14.000 people who have not been granted asylum here, because civil war is not a reason for asylum; they have only received temporary protection. The moment the situation in the country of origin has improved again and a return is reasonable, they have to go back. However, one will have to ask critically whether one can really speak of reasonableness, because some of the people have been here for 12 years and have long had their center of life here. Caritas says no, after five years of residence in Germany at the latest, the state should no longer force people to leave the country. It is clear to all experts that the Kosovar government will not take care of these people

Benno Furmann in the feature film "Volt" © Felix Gemein

Actor Benno Furmann plays a police officer in the near future who kills a fugitive and can’t cope with his guilt in the gloomy feature film Volt. In an interview, he talks about social responsibility.

Reinhard Cardinal Marx © Cristian Gennari (CBA)

Munich Cardinal Reinhard Marx has called on people to show solidarity, especially during Advent. According to Marx, a look at the need around us is something "that we can give to one another during Advent."


Youth church: praying, singing and talking together © Freedom Studio (shutterstock)

Through first communion and confirmation, young people have contact with the church. But what is important to keep the connection afterwards? Several aspects are important for the new youth church in Bornheim-Kardorf.

Interviewer: How did you come up with the idea of founding the new youth church "Himmel und aad" (Heaven and Earth)?

Difficult mission

The president of the Catholic relief organization missio Munich, Wolfgang Huber, has pointed out the importance of spiritual vocations in the crisis areas of the world. "Rarely have priests and women religious been so endangered as they are today," Huber said.