The mayor of the German city of Trier thought it would be uncontroversial to accept a statue of Karl Marx from China for the 200th anniversary of his birth. But residents of Trier have their own ideas about what Trier has to be proud of.
The hometown of Karl Marx has voted in favor of accepting a giant statue of the German philosopher and economist. Not all of Trier's citizens agree with the controversial gift from China.
Disagreements over giving "market economy" status to China have prevented a common statement on climate change after an EU-China summit. The issues of dumping and access to investment clouded the talks.
The German city of Trier is accepting a huge statue of Marx given by the Chinese government. Historian Winfried Speitkamp told DW why such monuments cause dispute in Germany.
Beijing hopes to secure more stable allies in the fight against Islamist terrorism, which could threaten its "New Silk Road" project. It has already been met with some success, says DW's Frank Sieren.
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