In Brief: German special forces arrest suspected Islamist extremist in Schöneberg

Members of Germany’s police special forces arrested a suspected terrorist in Schöneberg on Tuesday. Police say the 26-year-old Syrian was an active member of Islamist extremist chat groups which discussed the construction of bombs and tactics for carrying out attacks.

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Members of Germany’s police special forces arrested a suspected terrorist in Schöneberg on Tuesday.

Police say the 26-year-old Syrian was an active member of Islamist extremist chat groups which discussed the construction of bombs and tactics for carrying out attacks.

A spokesperson for Berlin’s public prosecutor Martin Steltner said authorities have evidence that the suspect already bought chemicals and other supplies.

Steltner said German authorities are often able to detect and put a stop to such plans for attacks at an early stage.

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Berlin’s Governing Mayor Michael Müller has proposed a new addition to the city’s laws on rental properties.

Along with his support for the “Mietendeckel” or rent cap, he’s calling for measures that would make the privatization of city owned apartments and companies more difficult.

Müller said one possibility is to require a two-thirds majority vote in parliament or a public referendum to move forward with privatization of public commodities in the future.

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Germany is looking to expand cooperation with African countries.

At the Haus der Deutschen Wirtschaft in Mitte on Tuesday, leaders from more than 10 African countries discussed economic partnerships with Germany. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, lawmakers and company representatives were present for the 2019 Africa Conference.

Merkel said Africa’s young and growing population will play an important role in solving the biggest problems of our time, like peace, climate protection, economic development and migration.

Germany’s Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development calls Africa the “continent of opportunities” in the 21st century” and says half of the 20 fastest-growing economies are in Africa.

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What exactly is the legality of renting out an apartment via platforms like AirBnB?

The European Court of Justice is hearing a case on the issue, that could have ramifications across the European Union.

The case comes after two apartment owners in Paris were sentenced to fines of 15,000 euros each for not obtaining permission to rent.

The European Court of Justice must now clarify whether requiring prior authorization before renting is compatible with the European freedom to provide services law.

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A Berlin student from Reinickendorf was one of the first prize recipients in German History Competition, presented by Germany’s Federal President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

18-year-old Anton Höffer researched protests brought on by tenants against Berlin’s Märkisches Viertel construction project in the 1960s.

More than 5,600 students took part in the competition.

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