In Brief: Greenpeace activists say the Christian Democratic Union does not deserve the ‘C’ in their name

In a stunt in Berlin on Thursday, Greenpeace environmental activists removed a giant letter “C” from the CDU’s headquarters. The environmental activist group said because of the party’s “weak climate policy,” the Christian Democratic Union no longer deserves the “C” in their name.


Greenpeace environmental activists took responsibility for removing a huge letter “C” from the CDU’s Berlin headquarters on Thursday.

What’s left is the D – U and a banner that reads “sollst das Klima schützen” – in English, that spells out “YOU should protect the climate.”

Greenpeace spokeswoman Marion Tiemann said it is a protest against what the “C” stands for in the Christian Democratic Union’s name. She said the CDU wants to preserve the Christian story of creation, but with the party’s “weak climate policy,” it’s actually “destroying the vital resources for generations to come.”

“That’s why the party no longer deserves to have the ‘C’ in their name,” Tiemann said.

In Leipzig, where the CDU’s party conference is taking place this weekend, general secretary Paul Ziemiak responded to the news with a video of him on Instagram, standing in front of another huge red “C.”

“We’re in luck – the original ‘C’ – thank God – is here in Leipzig at the CDU’s party conference. Greetings to Berlin,” Ziemiak said.


Volkswagen, Daimler, and BMW have been fined a total of 100 million euros for forming a cartel to fix the price of steel.

From 2004 to 2013, representatives from the companies are said to have met regularly with steel manufacturers to negotiate the prices of the materials used to manufacture car parts.

According to Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, the three carmakers have agreed to pay the fines.


Demolition work began this week on a house located in what was formerly East Berlin. Under communist rule in the DDR, Haus 6 on Magdalenenstraße in Lichtenberg was used by the secret police, the Stasi.

The building had fallen into disrepair once being vacated after the fall of the Berlin Wall. According to the German federal government, the house was in danger of collapsing and renovation would have been too expensive.

The association, Bürgerkomitee 15. Januar, which is dedicated to preserving the history of the Stasi’s former headquarters, protested the demolition, but it went ahead anyway.

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