In Politics: Teachers protest AfD website, Google withdraws from proposed Kreuzberg campus, and elections in Hesse

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Andreas Kluth, Editor-In-Chief of Handelsblatt Global, gives his opinions on the breaking political stories of the week: Firstly, Berlin teachers have reported themselves in protest to a website set up by the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD.) The online portal “Neutral Schools” has received criticism for encouraging pupils to report teachers who criticize the party.

In addition, following years of planning and protests by local activists, Google have announced their withdrawal from a proposed campus in Kreuzberg.

Kluth also responds to early polls coming out of the upcoming regional elections in Hesse. Some see the election as a potential repeat of the recent elections in Bavaria, which saw the collapse of the Social Democratic Party (SPD,) the rise of the Green Party and loss of power for Angela Merkel’s conservatives.