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Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a divide remains in Germany, leading to the rise of the far right

“Beyond the parliament, western Germans also largely retained administrative positions, leaving eastern Germans less represented in the unified government” writes Elena Souris Is for washingtonpost.com. While over half of westerners are satisfied with German democracy — in some states — eastern Germans aren’t: Less than 40 percent of eastern Germans in Brandenburg and Saxony are satisfied with democracy.Some eastern Germans, including Chancellor Angela Merkel and former president Joachim Gauck, have been extremely successful in contemporary German politics.Today, eastern Germans make up an estimated 17 percent of the national population.The Treuhandanstalt,…

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Why it’s not easy being a young lefty in eastern Europe

“On paper, right across eastern Europe, we have preserved free (or almost free) healthcare, nursery, school and university education” writes Paula Erizanu for theguardian.com. But if in the west the solutions to inequality proposed by the left are clearly viable, in eastern Europe it’s more complicated.The western-like left is growing among a small minority of young people in eastern Europe, via civic groups, art co-operatives, zines, independent publishers, online platforms, or tiny parties made up of academics.That’s because the greatest common enemy across the political spectrum in eastern Europe is…

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Death toll rises to eight as heavy rains hit typhoon-battered eastern Japan

“Authorities warned of the chance of further landslides and floods, especially in areas hit by levee breaks that have yet to be repaired after Typhoon Hagibis lashed central and eastern Japan with heavy rains and high winds” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Landslides ripped through waterlogged areas in Chiba and Fukushima prefectures, in eastern and northeastern Japan, which were inundated by their third rainstorms in six weeks.TOKYO (Reuters) – The death toll from torrential rains that caused flooding and mudslides in eastern Japan rose to eight on Saturday, with…

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How liberalism became ‘the god that failed’ in eastern Europe

“This time round, eastern Europe was richer but roiled by resentment” writes Ivan Krastev for theguardian.com. Across central and eastern Europe, many of the democracies that emerged at the end of the cold war have been transformed into conspiracy-minded majoritarian regimes.In eastern and central Europe as a whole, euphoria at communism’s collapse created the expectation that other radical improvements were in the offing.For the illiberal democrats of eastern and central Europe, the gravest threat to the survival of the white Christian majority in Europe is the incapacity of western societies…

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62 killed in mosque bombing in eastern Afghanistan

“The mosque attack comes as civilian casualties in Afghanistan have reached record high levels, according to the United Nations” writes Foreign Reporter Covering for washingtonpost.com. Seddiqi blamed “the Taliban and their partners.” But the Taliban condemned the attack calling it a “major crime” carried out by the Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan or the Afghan government. Source: washingtonpost.com

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30 years after communism, eastern Europe divided on democracy’s impact

“Asked how they felt their countries had advanced, central and eastern Europeans were most positive about education (65%), living standards (61%) and national pride (58%)” writes Jon Henley for theguardian.com. Central and eastern European nations also harboured a widespread view that politicians, and to some extent businesspeople, had benefited personally and excessively from the fall of communism, while “ordinary people” had largely not.Up to 85% of people approved of the shift in Poland, eastern Germany and the Czech Republic, for example, but fewer than 55% did so in Bulgaria, Ukraine…

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Ukraine agrees to local election in separatist area

“Moscow, however, tried to play down its involvement in eastern Ukraine in recent years, pulling back its troops and mostly relying on proxy forces” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine on Tuesday signed much-anticipated accords with Ukrainian separatists, Russia and European monitors to agree on a temporary law in the separatist-controlled east, paving the way for peace talks with Moscow.Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy told a briefing in Kyiv that Ukraine has agreed to a snap local election to be held in the east, which has…

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One person killed in attack at college in eastern Finland

“One person has been killed and 10 others injured in an attack at a vocational college in eastern Finland, police have said, as local media quoted witnesses as saying a young man with a sword had burst into a classroom” writes Agence France-presse In for theguardian.com. In a tweet, Finland’s prime minister, Antti Rinne, described the attack as “shocking and utterly reprehensible”.The suspected attacker, who was detained, was among those injured. “Officers used firearms during the situation. Source: theguardian.com

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6 tropical storms whirling at once set record

“The six named storms whirling at once this week in the Atlantic and Pacific set a record, forecasters reported” writes unknown author for usatoday.com. This combined number of active storms in both basins was believed to tie a modern record, set in September 1992, according to National Hurricane Center forecaster Eric Blake.September is the peak month for hurricane and tropical storm activity in both the Atlantic and Pacific, NOAA reports. Source: usatoday.com

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