The last case involving the deaths of East Germans who were killed as they attempted to escape over the Berlin Wall has come to a close. On Thursday, a Berlin court found a former East German guard guilty of manslaughter and sentenced him to 21 months on probation. His former deputy was found guilty of aiding in the crimes and sentenced to 12 months on probation. The two retired former guards -- now 69 and 70 years of age -- have been fighting the charges, claiming that they were simply adhering to the policies of the former East German government at a time when "a dead refugee is better than an escaped one" was the motto. The case involved the deaths of four men between the ages of 18 and 47 who were shot as they attempted to escape. In a series of cases, numerous former sharpshooters who guarded the Berlin Wall have been found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to probation.
Police have evicted dozens of anti-asylum protestors and imposed calm on Heidenau, the eastern German town hit by far-right rioting last weekend. Meanwhile, pro-asylum supporters have given refugees a warm welcome.
While Kevin De Bruyne and Ivan Perisic watched from the stands, Wolfsburg showed Schalke and the Bundesliga that they still have what it takes to compete at the top. The win takes Wolfsburg top of the league.
Ahead of rail security talks in Paris, academics and experts have cautioned that another 'Thalys'-style attack would be impossible to prevent. It follows last week's failed attempt to hold-up a high-speed train to Paris.