Jürgen Kasek believes in pluralist debate. In his home state Saxony, Donald Trump's election victory has also given Germany's right-wing populists new impetus. Kasek stands up to them.
Communal reluctance to accept more refugees in Germany's former communist east is plausible, according to Berlin's new commissioner for the regions. Christian Hirte says openness is less common than in Germany's west.
Support for the anti-immigration AfD has been eroding, but not in eastern Germany. The right-wing populists remain a force in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, which has fewer refugees than any other state. How can that be?
Eight people have been found guilty of numerous crimes including deliberate attacks on refugee shelters in Germany. After a yearlong trial, the legal points hinged on the very nature of the group's structure and intent.
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