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The governing coalition parties in Germany have reportedly agreed to a deal to ensure the country meets its 2030 goals to combat climate change. The government is set to unveil its climate package on September 20. | 9/15/19
Almost 900 more so-called ghetto workers received compensation from the government, German media have reported. But critics say it is too little, and that many of those eligible know how to apply for the payments. | 9/13/19
Germany's finance minister said failure to secure a "convincing solution" may risk government stability. Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on the private sector to take up the "Herculean task" to combat climate change. | 9/13/19
The shortage of teachers is one of the dominant topics in German education. But a recent study by the Bertelsmann Foundation has shown the problem is even worse than the government has calculated. | 9/9/19
The US ambassador to Germany called for the German government to completely ban the Lebanese paramilitary group Hezbollah as violent terrorists, warning that the group is recruiting members and soliciting donations. | 9/6/19
The German government has agreed a ban on the use of the controversial weedkiller glyphosate. Austria has already banned the chemical, which has been linked with cancer. | 9/4/19
Between 1941 and 1944, German soldiers and police shot and killed more than 1 million Jews in Ukraine. The German government now wants to raise awareness of this chapter in history. | 8/29/19
The victim of an assasination-style shooting in Berlin was not targeted by the Russian government, the Kremlin said. The Georgian man had fought against Russian forces during the Second Chechen War. | 8/28/19
Extreme weather brings "extreme challenges," Germany's farmer association said while presenting their report on this year's harvest. The farmers urged the government to help bring in seasonal workers from outside the EU. | 8/23/19
The German government wants to promote a culture of innovation to develop CO2-neutral aviation. Chancellor Merkel has said Germany must develop more alternative fuel sources, including hydrogen-based energy technology. | 8/21/19
The German government wants to stop a hostel manager from paying rent to the North Korean Embassy. But despite a UN resolution forbidding rent payments, the City Hostel Berlin is still open for business. | 8/16/19
There's no denying anymore that Germany's economy is slowing. Yet, this isn't the time for stop-gap measures, says DW's Henrik Böhme. Instead, he argues, sober-minded decisions by both politics and businesses are needed. | 8/14/19
Fresh figures suggest that Europe's biggest economy may be heading for a recession, as its growth slowed in the second quarter. Calls for more fiscal stimulus are growing louder, but the government sees no need for it. | 8/14/19
Germany is planning to drastically reduce its historical "solidarity" tax with its eastern states. The move will mean a significant income tax cut for the middle classes, but Merkel's CDU also wants to unburden the rich. | 8/11/19
The Bundestag has appealed China's travel ban on a Green party politician, apparently over her criticism of its human rights record. Margarete Bause told DW she has had several run-ins with the Chinese government. | 8/6/19
Germany's government is unveiling a new law aimed at combating money laundering in the real estate sector. It's estimated that billions in illegal earnings are funneled into the German property market each year. | 7/30/19
Germany has allowed thousands of people related to refugees with asylum status to join them. The government agreed to change the rules on family reunification for some refugees last year. | 7/30/19
The current system makes it almost impossible to escape the "rigid poverty" endemic in Germany, a new report warns. It also called on the German government to build over 150,000 new properties a year, to avert a crisis. | 7/30/19
Germany's coalition government is split over whether to contribute to the UK's proposed mission to protect shipping in the Strait of Hormuz. The Social Democrats say military options would only escalate the conflict. | 7/29/19
Germany's Muslims feel increasingly threatened after a number of recent bomb scares at mosques. Now, the heads of the country's leading Muslim associations want the government to take protective action. | 7/24/19
Children in Germany will have to prove they've had a measles vaccination before they can attend kindergarten or go to school, under a new draft law. Parents who object to immunizing their kids face hefty fines. | 7/17/19

The live-action remake of the cult anime film “Akira,” which Warner Bros. recently slated for release on May 21, 2021, has shut down production and has been put on hold, two individuals with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

The news comes as the film’s director, Taika Waititi, has signed on to direct the fourth “Thor” movie at Marvel Studios. The film is currently slated for a May 21, 2021 release, and it’s likely to be removed from Warner Bros.’ schedule.

Leonardo DiCaprio is producing on behalf of his Appian Way Productions along with Jennifer Davisson. And this is the latest setback for the remake that filmmakers have been attempting for years to crack.

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Warner Bros. first acquired the rights in 2002, and Justin Lin, Jaume Collett-Sera and Jordan Peele were among the directors who were approached for the project. Waititi himself said in a 2018 interview he was planning to adapt the manga series of books on which the film is based rather than remake the animated film itself.

Katsuhiro Otomo’s ’80s manga series and the animated 1988 cult film “Akira” are set in a dystopian near-future in a city called Neo-Tokyo, which was built after the old Tokyo was destroyed by a psychic attack. A pair of teenage bikers, Tetsuo and Kaneda, become the top target of the government when Tetsuo suddenly develops psychic powers. Soon, the bikers are on the run not just from the government, but from Akira, the powerful psychic behind the first psychic explosion that destroyed Tokyo.

Waititi’s next film is “Jojo Rabbit” at Fox Searchlight, an “anti-hate” satire in which the director plays a comedic version of Adolf Hitler in a film set in World War II Germany. That film is slated for release on Oct. 19.

THR first reported the news that the project would be pushed back.

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A newly released German government intelligence report for 2018 finds a high level of danger from ISIS returnees. | 7/9/19
Until now, payments to Holocaust survivors stopped when they died — often leaving their spouses without a major source of income. The German government has now agreed for the first time to extend compensation. | 7/2/19
Vonovia is not concerned the 10% rent freeze planned by Berlin's city government for the next five years will dampen profit forecasts. But it did warn that money for renovations could be spent elsewhere. | 6/25/19
The U.N. envoy for Afghanistan says all peace efforts including a new initiative by Germany and Qatar for talks among Afghans must be directed at starting formal negotiations between the government and the Taliban. | 6/19/19
Ending foreign influence on Muslim religious leaders' education is a long-term goal for the German government. A new study might lead the way for training local imams, if all parties involved are willing to participate. | 6/18/19

Only one flag flies over Hell, Michigan, and it’s the pride flag, according to rapper Elijah Daniel. The comedian-turned-musician said that he purchased the unincorporated town Monday, and that his first order of business was to change the town’s name to “Gay Hell” as a protest to the Trump Administration.

“I am now the owner of Hell, Michigan. I bought the whole town. And my first act as owner, I have renamed my town to Gay Hell,” Daniel said on Twitter. The gay rapper, who uses the stage name Lil Phag, said he was inspired to purchase Gay Hell after the State Department denied U.S. embassies and consulates’ requests to fly rainbow flags during Pride Month this year.

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Daniel previously served as mayor of Hell for one day in 2017 and proclaimed a ban on straight people. The town’s website says that anyone can pay $100 to be “mayor for a day” in a package that includes a T-shirt, devil horns and a deed of ownership to one square inch of the town. 

The comedian, who announced his own brand of “gay weed” earlier in the month, bought the mayor title for three days, which allowed him to temporarily change the town name, local business owner John Colone told Mashable.

In his first hours as mayor, Daniel tweeted: “Gay Hell, Mi has everything. A library, a place to lock your love in Gay Hell and even a WEDDING CHAPEL TO GET GAY MARRIED IN HELL!” he wrote.

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He also specified that in Gay Hell, the only flags that can be flown are rainbow flags. In early June, three American diplomats told NBC News that embassies’ requests to display pride flags on their official flagpoles were denied by the Trump Administration. Embassy officials in Israel, Germany, Brazil and Latvia were among those who requested permission, according to NBC. Embassies were given blanket permission to fly the pride flag during June under the Obama Administration.

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The annual Weapons Export Report registered a 23% drop compared with 2017 according to media sources. The government says the decrease is a sign of Germany's "restrictive and responsible weapons export policy." | 6/13/19
State premiers in eastern Germany want to end crippling sanctions against Russia. With the far-right Alternative for Germany gaining ground in the east, that position has more to do with politics than anything else. | 6/11/19
Ruling parties in Germany performed badly in the recent EU vote, prompting speculation that Angela Merkel's government could fall. A new opinion poll shows Germans want the CSU/CDU and the SPD to stay together. | 6/11/19
The leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right party is warning that Germans risk ending up with a left-wing government if they vote for the Greens, who surged in last month's European Parliament election and are now level with or ahead of Merkel's Union bloc in several polls. | 6/9/19
After lampooning Germany's traditional parties in the EU elections, the satirical party "Die Partei" is sending two representatives to Brussels. But when things get serious, where do the jokes end and the politics start? | 6/7/19
The German government is underlining its position that the question of World War II reparations to Greece has been settled, after Athens asked Berlin to enter talks on paying compensation. | 6/5/19
The Greek government says it has asked Germany to enter negotiations regarding Athens' claim for reparations from the two world wars. Germany hasn't been willing to reopen talks, saying the issue was settled long ago. | 6/4/19
Greece's government says it has asked Germany to enter talks on paying huge reparations Athens claims Greece is owed from World War I and World War II. | 6/4/19
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is defending her government's advocacy of creating "European champions" in business in the face of sharp criticism from the country's main industry lobby group. | 6/4/19
The resignation of Social Democratic leader Andrea Nahles reveals the drastic toll that long-term problems have taken on Germany's oldest political party. Part of the SPD's woes lie with Angela Merkel's government. | 6/3/19
Leaders of Germany's junior governing party are meeting to consider the way forward after its leader quit abruptly, raising new questions about the future of Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition government. | 6/3/19
Pro-Palestinian and pro-Israel demonstrators peacefully marched in Berlin amid a struggle to define the line between criticism of Israel and anti-Semitism. The government urged people to show support for Jews and Israel. | 6/1/19
Frankurt (Oder) picked a Left mayor in 2018. In the EU elections, however, the voters went the opposite direction, opting for the far-right Alternative for Germany party. Why? DW’s Marcel Fürstenau went to find out. | 5/31/19
Germany's interior minister has said in an interview that he can't "trust" populists like Italian counterpart Matteo Salvini. He also said that he would retire from politics at the next election, like Chancellor Merkel. | 5/30/19
The special committee met in Berlin to discuss future climate action after the issue featured prominently in Sunday's EU elections. But critics say the government is dragging its feet on an urgent topic. | 5/30/19
That the German government's anti-Semitism commissioner advised Jews against wearing a yarmulke is a scandal. If Felix Klein is right, then German society has a fundamental problem, writes Michel Friedman. | 5/29/19
Members of the Yazidi minority in Germany are taking the federal government to court. They say Berlin isn't doing enough to bring German "Islamic State" supporters captured in Syria to justice. | 5/29/19
Germany's political establishment has not adapted to the pivot to politics by social media stars. The failure to tune in to younger generations was likely a reason why mainstream parties lost significant votes last week. | 5/28/19
Angela Merkel has admitted that anti-Semitism is a problem in Germany — just as the country's government was forced to backtrack over comments it made about Jewish people wearing their religious skullcaps in public. | 5/28/19

The Federal Republic of Germany is a federal parliamentary republic, based on representative democracy. The Chancellor is the head of government, while the President of Germany is the head of state which holds a ceremonial role but substantial reserve powers. Executive power is vested in the Federal Cabinet (Bundesregierung), and federal legislative power is vested in the Bundestag (the parliament of Germany) and the Bundesrat (the representative body of the regional states). There is a multi-party system that, since 1949, has been dominated by the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). The judiciary of Germany is independent of the executive and the legislature. The political system is laid out in the 1949 constitution, the Grundgesetz (Basic Law), which remained in effect with minor amendments after 1990's German reunification. The constitution emphasises the protection of individual liberty in an extensive catalogue of human rights and also divides powers both between the federal and state levels and between the legislative, executive, and judicial branches. In many ways, the 1949 Basic Law is a response to the perceived flaws of the 1919 Weimar Constitution, which did not prevent the rise of the Nazi party in 1933.

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