Once migrants arrive in Germany, they face another daunting, frustrating and perplexing hurdle: a German bureaucracy overwhelmed by refugees and asylum seekers. And as they wait and wait, impatience is increasingly transformed into violence.
Two days before the new Bundestag convenes, protesters called on the German government not to tolerate right-wing hatred. The message was clearly directed at the far-right Alternative for Germany party.
Is Angela Merkel already under pressure less than a month after re-election? The German chancellor has fought back after her party's poor performance in Lower Saxony and the rise of a "new" conservatism in Austria.
The rapid approval of gay marriage in Germany has left its computer systems lagging behind. The work-around means bureaucrats have to enter false information regarding the gender of one of the spouses.
Bribes are common in Syria, where the corruption can be mind-boggling, says columnist Rim Dawa. But for her, German bureaucracy was just as frustrating - until she decided to accept it.
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