In Brief: German Ethics Council rejects general vaccination requirement, and more headlines

The German Ethics Council said a general vaccination requirement for all adults or children is not justified, referencing the already-high vaccination rates for German children. In other news, a report presented by Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer identified a rise in the number of people in Germany classified as far-right extremists. Find out more in your KCRW Berlin News Brief.

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The number of people classified as far-right extremists in Germany has reached a new high within the last year. That’s according to an annual report on the protection of the constitution presented by Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer.

He referenced around 24,100 total far-right extremists throughout the country. Nearly half of those were classified as being potentially violent.

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Berlin wants to take in eight refugees from Nigeria and Ghana who were rescued from the sea two months ago. Berlin Interior Secretary Torsten Akmann said that the city wants to send a clear signal of humanity by taking in the four men and four women, who were rescued near the Libyan coast by a German ship.

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The German Ethics Council is against a general vaccination requirement. In a statement, the group of experts recommended compulsory vaccinations only for certain professional groups within the health care and education sectors.

They added that a general vaccination requirement for all adults or children was not justified, referencing the already-high vaccination rates for German children.

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A fire has destroyed thousands of acres of forest in Catalonia. Hundreds of firefighters and soldiers in Spain worked to put out the blaze, aided by 15 firefighting planes and helicopters.

Authorities say it’s the worst forest fire in the region in the last 20 years.

 

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