In this edition: Laws Versus Traditions - the German government tries to regulate circumcision | Contentious Local Politician: is multiculturalism at an end? | Caught in the Network - the power of Facebook | Fight for Survival - the Saxon town of Seifhennersdorf refuses to die quietly
Germany could soon be one of the very few countries where the millennia-old tradition of circumcision will be legally regulated.
This Jewish and Muslim tradition was a hot topic of debate this past summer, after a district court ruled that the circumcision of a four-year-old boy amounted to bodily harm. Now the federal government wants to get involved, but child protection organizations don’t think much of the draft legislation.
Heinz Buschkowsky is a poassionate left-wing politician and the mayor of the Berlin district of Neukölln, which has a large immigrant population.
Facebook was an American success story. But the company is under pressure, and not just economically. In Europe, Facebook had to disable its automatic facial recognition feature.
Politicians have given up on the small town of Seifhennersdorf with its 4000 residents. Since the collapse of communism, a third of its population has left. Factories and shops have been closed. Many houses are empty.