Germany

German president: Social media to blame for growing antisemitism

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier denounced growing antisemitism in his country on Wednesday. Speaking at the 100th anniversary of the Augsburg synagogue, the president noted that while most Germans stand against antisemitism, a growing trend of anti-Jewish hatred is being spread on social media, in part due to some Muslim immigrant groups. "Social media often propagates the spread of hate...

Germany gears up to fine social networks for Holocaust denial

German lawmakers are poised to pass a bill designed to enforce the country’s existing limits on free speech - including the long-standing ban on Holocaust denial - in social networks. Critics including tech giants and human rights campaigners say the legislation could have drastic consequences for free speech online. The proposed measure would fine social networking sites up...

German museum shows Nazi-looted artwork from recluse’s trove

A small number of Nazi-era artwork from a reclusive German collector’s trove has been presented in Bonn in preparation for a wider exhibition. News agency dpa reported that the German city’s Bundeskunsthalle on Tuesday previewed works by Monet, Maillol, Boucher and Duerer and a marble statue by Rodin. Switzerland’s Kunstmuseum Bern plans to show several other pieces from the...