Three Die of Smoke Inhalation at Berlin’s Steamworks

Three Die of Smoke Inhalation at Berlin’s Steamworks

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Berlin Zeitung is reporting that 3 men died as a result of smoke inhalation from a fire at Berlin's Steamworks late Sunday evening.  The fire remains under investigation and details have not yet been released.  It is estimated there were approximately 30 or so patrons in the sauna at the time the fire broke out. Firefighter efforts were challenged by the nature of the facility a dark labyrinth with 60 or so cabins that had to be individually searched for occupants. The "Steamworks" club is the successor of the "Apollo Splash Club," a popular sauna of Berlin's gay community. Three Die of Smoke Inhalation at Berlin's Steamworks
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Berliners Protest Turkish Embassy

Berliners Protest Turkish Embassy

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Love Will Win! - Berlin solidarity with Istanbul Pride! In response to reports of police force used on Istanul Pride goers, LGBT Berliners protested the Turkish Embassy in Berlin with a rally and chants of "No More Homophobia..." Turkish police use water canon, tear gas to disperse Istanbul gay Istanbul Pride: LGBT activists shot with rubber bullets at 'largest gay pride rally in Muslim world' Global LGBT community still gripped by homophobic state-sponsored violence After the violent dissolution of Istanbul pride, 250 activists demonstrated in front of the Turkish embassy in Berlin and demanded human rights for the LGBTI community in Turkey. Federal politicians announced that they want to go back next year to support for Istanbul pride, B2AktionPlus will take up this idea and try to put their words into…
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Berlin Protests Russian Embassy for LGBT Rights

Berlin Protests Russian Embassy for LGBT Rights

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Demonstration with Peter Plate and Carolina Bigge before the Russian Embassy Human rights apply everywhere - even in Russia! Berlin Protests Russian Embassy for LGBT Rights The Lesbian and Gay Association ( LSVD ) and the Hirschfeld- Eddy Foundation are calling for a demonstration in front of the Russian Embassy. The demonstration is the start of the aid campaign "Action 10" with the music duo Peter Plate ( Rosenstolz ) and Carolina Bigge. These explain Tobias Zimmermann, spokesman for the Federal LSVD , and Axel -Purity , CEO of Hirschfeld- Eddy Foundation: "The lives of lesbians, gays and transgender people in Russia worsened dramatically. Again, should the state legislature will be tightened. Same-sex couples should their children be taken away. At the same time reports on regular hunts pile up.…
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German Publishers opt for Google Exposure over Copyrights

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Who is afraid of Google? We all are! Major German publishers gave Google permission to keep using their content on its news page as tighter online copyright rules came into force Thursday. However, they insisted that their dispute with the search giant over payment for content wasn’t over. #google #germany #copyright BERLIN — German publishers opt to stay on Google News for now, as new copyright law comes into effect.
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German football club tackles gay rights

German football club tackles gay rights

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Berlin - German second division club St Pauli will fly the rainbow flag, symbolizing gay pride, permanently at their Hamburg stadium, the club announced on Thursday. "The club has been active for many years against homophobia and discrimination," said St Pauli vice president Dr Gernot Stenger. "With this flag, we are giving this highly-visible sign that these issues have great importance at St. Pauli and we are working hard on them." #gayrights  #gaysports #berlin German club St Pauli have announced that they will permanently fly the flag symbolizing gay pride at their Hamburg stadium.
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Berlin Airports Report Increased Traffic

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Recent figures show that Berlin had greater airport passenger traffic than ever before, reaching 12.4 million passengers in the first half of 2013, which is 4.4% more than in the same period last year beating its own records. #berlin Airports in Berlin reported increased passenger traffic
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German firms still struggle to attract skilled foreign workers

German firms still struggle to attract skilled foreign workers

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Christina Ramb from Germany's Federal Employers' Federation (BDA) estimates that Germany will lack four million skilled workers by 2030. There is already a shortage of doctors and care workers for the elderly as well as engineers and IT specialists. Germany's Federal Employers' Federation (BDA) estimates that Germany will lack four million skilled workers by 2030. There is already a shortage of doctors and care workers for the elderly as well as engineers and IT specialists. As Germany tries to attract engineers and other skilled workers from abroad, German courses have become popular. But many don't stay, as they often end up in isolated spots with few chances of promotion. Related articles Young Spaniards flock to Germany to escape economic misery back home Angela Merkel: youth unemployment is most pressing problem…
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German Austerity – knowing the difference between investment and consumption.

German Austerity – knowing the difference between investment and consumption.

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The Germans are investing in infrastructure not to provide short-term economic stimulus, but because those investments promise high returns. Yet their undeniable side effect has been to bolster employment substantially in the short run. The unemployment rate in Germany, at 5.3 percent and falling, is now substantially lower than in the United States, where it ticked up to 7.6 percent last month. (By contrast, in March 2007, before the financial crisis, the rate in Germany was 9.2 percent, about five percentage points higher than in the United States.) Fear about government debt has put the brakes on much American infrastructure investment, even when the future benefits far outweigh the repayment costs. Related articles Austerity advocates have been wrong about everything Government Debt - a Fact Sheet Austerity Is Dead -…
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Brandenburg Airport Open for Christmas?

Brandenburg Airport Open for Christmas?

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Berlin airport to 'partially reopen in December' - Business Traveller Berlin's beleaguered Brandenburg airport (BER) is expected to open for business on December 15 in time for Christmas. But don't get too excited - it will reopen only partially. The plan is to permit a highly limited number of flights, meaning the new airport would only handle a maximum of 2,000 passengers a day. #berlin #brandenburg #brandenburgairport The plan is to permit a highly limited number of flights at the beleaguered Brandenburg airport from December 15, according to German media
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EU confronts U.S. over reports it spies on European allies

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France's Hollande tells U.S. to 'immediately stop' spying The European Union has demanded that the United States explain a report in a German magazine that Washington is spying on the group, using strong language to confront its closest trading partner over its alleged spying.  #nsa #spying French President Francois Hollande tells the United States to immediately cease spying on European institutions, after reports of covert U.S. surveillance of EU diplomatic missions.
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