Doping Accusations in Former West Germany | Aid for Syrian Refugees in Northern Iraq | Death Threats Made against German-Egyptian Journalist | "Dream Destination: The Bundestag": Alexander Radwan (CSU)
A new report says that athletes in West Germany started using performance-enhancing drugs, starting in the early 1970s. The report comes from Berlin's Humboldt University, and alleges that West German government officials supported research on these drugs -- including anabolic steroids, testosterone and estrogen.
There was no official, immediate comment from the German government on these allegations, though some reports say the interior ministry knew of the programs at the time.
A majority of Germans believe that the federal government should do more to crack down on sports doping. Nearly 80 percent of those surveyed in a recent poll said the government should draft anti-doping legislation.
A new round of sectarian violence appears to be under way in Iraq. Terrorist attacks against civilians have once again become common. Iraq is also dealing with a major influx of refugees from the civil war in neighboring Syria. German relief aid is being distributed at the Domiz refugee camp, and German Development Minister Dirk Niebel has gone to the camp to assess the aid effort personally.
Radical Muslims in Egypt continue to call for the murder of Hamed Abdel-Samad, an Egyptian-born political scientist and author. Several hard-line clerics have accused Abdel-Samad of heresy, and say he must be killed. Abdel-Samal is now living under police protection in Germany. Ironically, some German universities have contacts with some of these radical Egyptian clerics.
In this series, we've been talking to politicians who are campaigning for parliament in the upcoming election. What are their motivations? Why did they choose to go into politics? What are their goals? What do they hope to achieve for their party?
Alexander Radwan is an experienced politician, and a member of the CSU -- the Bavarian affiliate of the Christian Democrats. He's been a member of the European Parliament and the Bavarian state legislature. Now, Radwan is campaigning for a seat in the German Bundestag. He's running in a pretty safe district in southern Bavaria.