Eastern Germany has made headlines for violent right-wing riots in the past weeks. Stefan Krabbes wants to show that his home has more to offer – and his social media campaign has taken off.
German MPs have held a tense debate in the Bundestag in the aftermath of far-right protests in eastern Germany. Chancellor Angela Merkel's immigration policies and the national budget were also in the spotlight.
A church service and a far-right demo have marked the death of a German following a fight with two Afghans. Authorities are striving to prevent a repeat of the violence that flared after a similar incident in Chemnitz.
Many high-ranking German politicians joined Chancellor Merkel in issuing a blanket condemnation of racism and violence. However, anti-immigration voices in the corridors of power were less vehement.
A social media campaign is aiming to redress the perception that eastern Germany has fallen for far-right populism. The blogger Stefan Krabbes has started "the other East" hashtag, taken up enthusiastically on Twitter.
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