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Full episode 29.11.12 | 21:30 - 22:00 UTC

People and Politics - The Political Magazine

Full episode

People and Politics - The Political Magazine

Topic Source News Feed: EMEA Picture Service ,Germany Picture Service
German Chancellor Angela Merkel smiles during a news conference at the end of a European Union (EU) leaders summit discussing the EU's long-term budget at the EU council headquarters in Brussels November 23, 2012. EU leaders failed to reach agreement on Friday on a new seven-year budget for their troubled bloc, calling off talks in less than two days after most countries rejected deeper spending cuts demanded by Britain and its allies. REUTERS/Eric Vidal (BELGIUM - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)

Angela Merkel - A crisis manager prepares for the campaign ahead

Topic ARCHIV - Das IKEA-Logo vor einem Ikea-Einrichtungshaus in Berlin-Lichenberg, aufgenommen am 8.3.2012. Die Möbelhauskette Ikea stellt am Freitag (16.11.2012) in Berlin eine Studie zur möglichen Verstrickung des Unternehmens in Zwangsarbeit in DDR-Gefängnissen vor. Foto: Jens Kalaene +++(c) dpa - Bildfunk+++

Forced Labor - An East German scandal is unveiled

Topic Rund 400 Anhänger der rechtsextremen NPD marschieren am Samstag (01.05.2010) am Zwickauer Bahnhof vor hunderten Gegnern der Rechten (im Hintergrund) vorüber. Die NPD hat zu den Maifeierlichkeiten eine Demonstration durch die Zwickauer Innenstadt angemeldet. Foto: Hendrik Schmidt dpa/lsn

Far-Right Extremism - An ongoing problem in Germany’s east

Topic 01.2012 DW People and Politics Taking Germany's Pulse

Taking Germany’s Pulse

Topic Mouhanad Khorchide, Professor für Religionspädagogik an der Universität Münster und Projektkoordinator des Graduiertenkollegs Islamische Theologie, bei dessen Auftaktveranstaltung; 17.11.2011 in Berlin; Copyright: Christoph Dreyer, 2011

A Modern Islam - The role of Islamic religious education

German Chancellor Angela Merkel - A crisis manager prepares for the campaign ahead | Forced Labor - An East German scandal is unveiled | Far-Right Extremism - An ongoing problem in Germany’s east | A Modern Islam - The role of Islamic religious education

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Angela Merkel - A crisis manager prepares for the campaign ahead

Chancellor Angela Merkel has a reputation as careful crisis manager. Often she appears to hesitate when making necessary decisions, to the frustration of some. But Merkel is quite popular among the German public - her popularity ratings are higher than those of her own party. What factors account for Merkel’s success?

Forced Labor - An East German scandal is unveiled

The records of the Ministry for State Security of the former communist East Germany have shown that political prisoners in the country were made to perform forced labor. These forced laborers produced goods for the west - including for Ikea, as the company has now admitted. We take a look at the system of forced labor in the former East Germany.

Far-Right Extremism - An ongoing problem in Germany’s east

Far-right extremism remains a problem in Germany, particularly in eastern regions. The town of Zossen in the state of Brandenburg, for example, continues to make headlines due to the actions of neo-Nazi groups. In the coming days, the German government will decide whether to make another attempt at banning the far-right National Democratic Party of Germany, or NPD.

Taking Germany’s Pulse

Many people in Germany continue to hold a negative view of Islam

A Modern Islam - The role of Islamic religious education

Mouhanad Khorchide is head of the Center for Islamic Theology at the University of Münster. The center also trains imams and teachers who will offer Islamic religious instruction in German schools. But Khorchide’s liberal interpretation of Islam has also elicited controversy.