The German nonprofit Sea-Watch is celebrating the decision of an Italian judge to release captain Carola Rackete. Meanwhile, Italy’s Interior Minister criticized the ruling on Twitter.
As an alternative to Hartz IV, Berlin plans to pilot “solidarisches Grundeinkommen” or a solidarity basic income for 1,000 unemployed people over five years. In other news, governing Mayor Michael Müller hoisted a rainbow flag outside of the Rotes Rathaus on Monday, signifying the start of “Berlin Pride Weeks.” Find out more in your KCRW Berlin News Brief.
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.
Following the collision of two Eurofighter jets in the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany’s military has suspended training flights from the Laage air base near Rostock for the time being. Also, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reports Germany’s federal prosecutor has brought charges against eight members of “Revolution Chemnitz,” an alleged right-wing terror group. Read more in your KCRW Berlin News Brief.
CDU party leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said in an interview on ARD’s talk show “Anne Will” that she can’t imagine cooperating with the right-wing populist Alternative für Deutschland party at this time. Meanwhile, the SPD considers dual leadership to replace former party leader Andrea Nahles.