In Brief: Police say a man gave addictive opioid tablets to a 13-year-old girl in Spandau

The girl shared the opioid pills with classmates, and several students had to go to the hospital, due to nausea and vomiting. Police are investigating the man who stands accused of grievous bodily harm, among other offences.

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In Spandau, a man is said to have given addictive opioid tablets to a 13-year-old girl.

According to Der Tagesspiegel and DPA, the girl distributed the highly addictive substance among some of her classmates.

The police say several students had to be taken to hospital but were able to return home in the evening.

Now the man who gave the girl with the opioids is being investigated for grievous bodily harm, among other offences.


The SPD’s new leadership duo, Saskia Esken and Norbert Walter Borjans are standing by their vow to renegotiate the coalition agreement with governing partner CDU/CSU.

Borjans said he wants to see new goals set for climate protection, more investments in public infrastructure, and an increase in the minimum wage up to 12 euros per hour.

The SPD meets in Berlin this weekend for its national party conference, where Esken and Walter Borjans will be formally elected as the new party leaders.


Ministers of education from Germany’s 16 states are meeting in Berlin and discussing the results of the latest Pisa study.

The test numbers released this week show a decline in student performance in reading, mathematics and science in comparison to previous years.

The ministers will also discuss how many teachers will be required in the coming years.

Thousands of new teachers will be needed in Berlin. In some districts the demand is particularly on the rise, such as in Lichtenberg and Pankow.

Germany’s interior ministers are meeting in Lübeck to discuss ways to fight against extremism and combat the spread of hate speech online.

In an interview with German broadcaster ZDF, North Rhine-Westphalia’s Interior Minister Herbert Reul said greater cooperation between police and the domestic intelligence agency must be made possible.

Reul said he believes German authorities have been a little too cautious in the past not to violate people’s privacy during investigations.

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