Ireland is experimenting with new forms of democracy – by appointing representatives by lottery. Those chosen conduct debates and present Parliament with suggestions for new laws.
Starting in January, Denmark will require a handshake at naturalization ceremonies. Danes are critical of the idea, as is Billy O'Shea, an Irishman who applied for Danish citizenship but refuses to shake hands to get it.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has urged the people of Germany to address tensions in society by engaging with each other. The country must not be allowed to drift apart, he says in his annual Christmas speech.
While the US State of Georgia has been attracting attention and condemnation for purging its voter rolls, the controversy around voting rights extends far beyond one state ahead of the midterms. Maya Shwayder reports.
Populists and far-right radicals have ruled the Eurozone's third-largest country since June. The promised revolution is yet to fully materialize — except when it comes to migration. Bernd Riegert gives his assessment.
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