The G20 Meeting in Hamburg: Few realize it but there's a G20 meeting scheduled for 7 and 8 July. The city leadership in Hamburg has declared a large portion of the city off-limits for protests. Cops? Thousands will be brought into the region to augment the city police force. Probably tens of thousands of protesters will be in the city for both days.
Monuments disappearing: It's an amusing NDR report on a mandated requirement to inventory all monuments in the Schleswig-Holstein area of Germany. Prior to 2015, the listing for the entire state had around 30,000 monuments listed. Some were old farm houses with historical situations....some were old barns.....some were older pubs in the region. Well....after two years, they concluded that almost half of the list (16,000) had disappeared over the past thirty years. Some were torn down....some were lost to weather damage, etc. It appears that they concluded there were too many lists maintained by various groups and it'd be better to have just one list and one group of people maintaining the list.
The 1 Oct Austria rule: As of 1 October, Austria will have a law which prevents the wearing of any facial covering (as seen in the Islamic faith). The fine if seen in public? 150 Euro. Within this law, there is a contract for new incoming individuals to sign a integration contract and fulfill some educational requirements....if you want to have social funding. Legal challenges? I'd expect some to occur in October. Some will call it a burqa ban but it concerns any type of facial covering.
Linke Party in 2017: ARD wrote up a fairly good piece on the platform of the far-left party. It's safe to say that they are having some problems in polling, and 2017 will not be a great year on election results. Six months ago, they had some hopes of the SPD winning, and they would be part of the coalition government . Now? That hope is zeroed-out. Their one big gimmick in the platform? They'd like for pension levels to be set at 53-percent of your base pay as you retire. How would they pay for the extra-five-percent? Unknown. It's like the talk for free bus and rail tickets that occasionally get brought up in state elections with the Linke Party.....no one ever explains where the cost burden would shift to.