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The AfD chairpersons Alice Weidel and Tino Chrupalla / Photo: Bernd von Jutrczenka/dpa

AfD leadership confident: will find partners after election

Following the expulsion of AfD MEPs from the right-wing ID Group in the European Parliament, the AfD leadership is determined not to remain isolated at European level after the European elections. "We have taken note of the ID Group's decision. Nevertheless, we are optimistic about the election even ..

The AfD logo is projected onto a curtain at the federal party conference / Photo: Sina Schuldt/dpa

AfD excluded from right-wing group in the European Parliament

All AfD MEPs have been excluded from the right-wing ID Group in the European Parliament. A corresponding motion by group leader Marco Zanni has received the necessary support, several group representatives told the German Press Agency in Brussels on Thursday.Copyright 2024, dpa (www.dpa.de). All rig ..

Maximilian Krah from the AfD takes part in a session of the European Parliament / Photo: Jean-Francois Badias/AP/dpa/Archivbild

AfD leadership imposes appearance ban on top candidate Krah

With just over two weeks to go before the European elections, the AfD leadership is breaking with its lead candidate Maximilian Krah. The federal executive board has banned Krah from making an appearance, a party spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday, according to a report in the Bild newspaper.Copyri ..

Hendrik Wüst (l, CDU), Minister President of North Rhine-Westphalia, and Michael Kretschmer (CDU), Minister President of Saxony, take part in a solidarity rally in front of the Brandenburg Gate after the attack on the SPD MEP Ecke / Photo: Joerg Carstensen/dpa

Ecke reports from hospital: "Overwhelmed by sympathy"

After the attack while putting up election posters in Dresden, SPD MEP Matthias Ecke has sent a message of thanks from the hospital. "I am overwhelmed by your sympathy and solidarity," Ecke wrote in a post on the X platform (previously: Twitter) on Monday. It does him good and gives him strength. Bu ..

MEP Matthias Ecke at the state party conference of the SPD Saxony / Photo: Heiko Rebsch/dpa/Archivbild

Bishops after attack: "The stakes are high"

The outrage over the cowardly and brutal attack on election campaigners in Saxony continues. The bishops in the Free State are also speaking out against violence and attempts at intimidation.

Michael Kretschmer (CDU), Minister President of Saxony / Photo: Hendrik Schmidt/dpa

Kretschmer on the escalation of violence: It's five to twelve

Saxony's Minister President Michael Kretschmer (CDU) has condemned the growing aggression and increasing violence within society. "These are enemies of democracy (...) It really is five to twelve," he said on the ARD program "Caren Miosga" on Sunday evening. It was important to put a stop to this. W ..

Participants of a rally on the occasion of an attack on an SPD politician stand on Pohlandplatz / Photo: Sebastian Kahnert/dpa

After attack on SPD politician: Hundreds at demonstration

After the attack on SPD politician Matthias Ecke, around 2,000 people demonstrated for democracy and against violence in Dresden, according to police reports. They gathered in the Striesen district early on Sunday evening. Ecke had been beaten up there on Friday evening by four young men while putti ..

A street sign "Schandauer Straße" is mounted above a traffic light in Striesen / Photo: Robert Michael/dpa

AfD election campaign stand attacked in Dresden

After the attack on an SPD politician in Dresden, the crimes during the election campaign continue. The city's police are alerted to an attack on an AfD stand and damaged election posters for various parties.

Annalena Baerbock (Alliance 90/The Greens), German Foreign Minister / Photo: Sina Schuldt/dpa

Baerbock condemns attacks on politicians

Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has sharply criticized the recent attacks on politicians. "Brutal attacks on committed democrats, campaigners and politicians are attacks on the foundation of our #democracy: free elections," the Green politician wrote on the platform X, formerly Twitter, o ..

Roberta Metsola, President of the European Parliament. / Photo: Omar Havana/AP/dpa

Metsola: "Horrified by vicious attack"

The President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, has assured SPD MEP Matthias Ecke of her support and solidarity following the attack on him. She was "appalled by the vicious attack", Metsola wrote on the X platform (formerly Twitter). Those responsible must be brought to justice. "Matthia ..

A ballot paper envelope for the postal vote in the mayoral election is dropped into a ballot box in the Bürgerwiese secondary school after all documents have been checked for validity at the postal voting center. The City of Dresden is still looking for polling assistants. / Photo: Robert Michael/dpa

Dresden is looking for more helpers for the super election year

The city of Dresden is still looking for electoral assistants for the super election year. The city announced on Thursday that around 5,000 volunteers have signed up so far. For the European and local elections on June 9 and the state elections on September 1, around 1,000 volunteers are still neede ..

A European flag flies in front of a blue sky / Photo: Jens Kalaene/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa/Symbolic image

Europe festival commemorates EU accession 20 years ago

Two decades after Poland and the Czech Republic joined the EU, the event will be celebrated once again at the Dreiländerpunkt in Zittau. "Together with the people from the regions in the border triangle, we would like to look back on what we have achieved together as EU citizens over the past twenty ..

Farmers with around 125 tractors from the group, Weckruf Bauer Luzern, demonstrate at a rally for fair prices and more appreciation for farmers. / Photo: Urs Flueeler/KEYSTONE/dpa

Farmers protest in Poland against EU agricultural policy

German, Polish and Czech farmers demonstrated together on the Polish side of the border crossing near Bogatynia on Saturday against EU agricultural policy and the import of cheap agricultural products from Ukraine. As the chairman of the "Land Creates Connection" initiative announced on site on Satu ..

Farmers block the Elbe bridge with tractors. On Saturday, German, Polish and Czech farmers demonstrated together against the EU's agricultural policy / Photo: Jan Woitas/dpa

Farmers protest in Poland against EU agricultural policy

German, Polish and Czech farmers demonstrated together on the Polish side of the border crossing near Bogatynia on Saturday against EU agricultural policy and the import of cheap agricultural products from Ukraine. As the chairman of the "Land Creates Connection" initiative announced on site on Satu ..

The steelworks on the Weser at sunrise / Photo: Sina Schuldt/dpa

Brussels approves billions in aid for green steel in Bremen

Germany may provide 1.3 billion euros for the conversion to climate-neutral steel production at ArcelorMittal's sites in Bremen and Eisenhüttenstadt. The EU Commission approved the payment on Friday. The measure will support the realization of the goals of the EU hydrogen strategy and the European G ..

Nancy Faeser (SPD), Federal Minister of the Interior and Home Affairs and state chairwoman of the SPD in Hesse. / Photo: Kay Nietfeld/dpa

Faeser orders border controls for another 20 days

The stationary controls at the borders with Poland, the Czech Republic and Switzerland will be extended by a further 20 days on Wednesday. Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser (SPD) informed the EU Commission of this on Tuesday. According to her ministry, the federal police have apprehended ..

Wolfram Günther (Greens/ l), Saxony's agriculture minister, and Cem Özdemir (Greens), Germany's agriculture minister, stand by a vine. / Photo: Sebastian Willnow/dpa

Özdemir calls for improvements to EU plans on pesticides

Germany's winegrowers are worried because EU plans to reduce pesticides would make winegrowing impossible in many places. The Minister of Agriculture is campaigning for realism in Brussels and would like to see some kind of tailor-made solutions.

Michael Kretschmer (CDU, l), Minister President of Saxony / Photo: Jan Woitas/dpa

Initiative of Saxony: EU semiconductor regions form alliance

European regions with semiconductor industries will form an alliance in the future. On the initiative of Saxony, the alliance was forged in Brussels on Thursday. Participating are 27 regions from twelve EU member states. "Microelectronics means digital sovereignty. Anyone who does not have this comp ..