In this edition: Germany's current debate on sexual harassment | Investigating right wing terrorism | The Catholic church and an abortion scandal | The lack of caregivers for the elderly
A young female journalist has accused senior FDP politician Rainer Brüderle of inappropriate behavior. Her article in a German weekly has prompted a nationwide debate on sexual harassment. Around sixty per cent of women say they have experienced it at least once in their lives.
For years right-wing terrorists carried out a series of murders in Germany. The victims were predominantly from immigrant backgrounds. It soon became clear that the security forces had failed miserably to deal with the cases. Now a parliamentary investigatory committee has been looking into how that could have happened.
A young woman who was allegedly raped was turned away from two Catholic hospitals here in Germany when she requested the morning-after pill. It now appears that the doctors on duty had been intimidated. Radical Catholics threatened reprisals if they prescribed the emergency contraception.
German Catholics are disappointed with their church; many consider it reactionary. The main reasons are the way the church has treated cases of abuse by priests and the Pope's extremely conservative views.
Caregivers work long hours for low pay. As a result, the number of young people willing to care for the elderly is shrinking as the number of people in need of care increases. Germany needs another fifty thousand full-time carers and the situation is set to worsen.