In Brief: German Interior Minister Seehofer criticized for halting study into racial profiling by police

Reports say Interior Minister Horst Seehofer didn’t believe the study was needed given German law already bans discrimination.

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By Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson and William Glucroft 

Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer is being criticized for stopping a study into racial profiling by German police.

Zeit Online had reported Seehofer didn’t believe the study was needed given German law already bans discrimination.

Federal Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht disagreed, telling public broadcaster ARD yesterday that it’s important for the study to go ahead, adding: “It’s not about labeling anyone a suspect, but to figure out where things stand and whether we need to act.”

The head of the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency also chided Seehofer for missing a quote, “important opportunity.”

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A new study finds coronavirus lockdowns lead to an increase in alcohol consumption.

If you were hitting the bottle a little more than usual while stuck at home during the height of the pandemic, you may not be alone.

In an online survey by the Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim and Nuremberg Hospital, 37% of respondents said they drank more than usual during the first weeks of the shutdown in Germany.

The results also show a 6% increase in alcohol purchases during this period.

The poll is not a representative sample, but researchers say it indicates the health impacts pandemic restrictions have on people and families. They say a combination of stress and increased drinking could also cause a spike in addiction and domestic violence.

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