In an incident that was sold by German newspapers as evidence of the disrespect some politicians have for the unemployed, the deputy leader of the German state of Bremen poured sparkling wine over the head of a homeless man in an apparent joke that went wrong and which led to his eventual resignation. Peter Gloystein of the centre-right Christian Democrat Union (CDU) was caught on camera pouring a magnum of wine over the head of stunned Bremen local Udo Ölschläger at the launch of German wine week on Wednesday evening. Gloystein, Bremen state economy and culture minister, said late on Thursday he deeply regretted the incident and apologised to his victim. He said he had "misinterpreted" the situation but did not explain what he meant. The Bremen culture ministry confirmed later that Gloystein had resigned from his various posts.
A UN committee called on the Netherlands to work against racial stereotypes in the depiction of "Black Pete." The blackface character is a popular Christmas tradition among the Dutch.
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.