Clip from the archive: Voting Rights in Germany

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With the votes from Berlins local election currently being tallied, we revisit our feature story from TWIG episode 109 exploring the issue of voting rights for non-citizens in Germany.

In this feature story, Daniel decided to speak to two representatives from voting rights organisations in Berlin to see what advocates for extending voting rights have to say on the issue.

While we await the results of the local election in Germany's capital state, take a quick refresher with this clip from our latest episode.

109 - Taxation without Representation

This month, we have a short but full to the brim episode for you! With local elections taking place in certain states and the general election coming up next year, we take a look at the status of non-citizens living in Germany and their voting rights. Later in the show, Olcan takes us into the wilderness in this months Destination Germany.

The question of voting rights for non-citizens is an important one. 18% of people over the age of 18 in the capital state of Berlin are not allowed to vote in the upcoming local elections. Could this be a reflection of the rightwing populist party, Alternative für Deutschland, gaining support in the local election in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern? 

While the majority of our listeners who responded to our Twitter poll agreed that full voting rights should be reserved to German citizens only, Daniel decided to speak to two representatives from voting rights organisations in Berlin to see what advocates for extending voting rights have to say on the issue.

Later in the show, Olcan takes us on trip to explore Germanys biggest, and most unique national park, Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National ParkFind out what he discovers!

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Clip from the archive: Episode 108 - Alternative Medicine

From the archive!

In this clip from episode 108, Daniel investigates alternative medicine and its complicated relationship with the healthcare sector in Germany.

Join Daniel as he talks to both Rainer Krell, an alternative medical practitioner in Berlin and Dr. Jutta Hübner of the German Cancer Society and member of the Drug Commission of the German Medical Association to find out more about this fascinating topic.

108 - Is Merkel's immigration policy to blame for terrorism?

In the aftermath of the tragic events in the south of Germany this month, we discuss the reactions to these stories and what common misconceptions have emerged as a result. Later on in the show we take a look at alternative medicine and its position within the German healthcare system. We then take you on a trip into East German history in this months Destination Germany.

On the 18th of July, a young man who arrived to Germany as a child (with media outlets reporting him from either Pakistan or Afghanistan), attacked and injured 4 people on and a 5th outside a train, near the town of Wurzburg in south Germany, with Islamic State linked materials found in his apartment. Four days later, on the 22nd of July, another young man attacked a shopping mall in Munich, killing nine people. This time, it was a German national of Iranian decent with apparent links to Islamaphobic Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik.

With these two violent incidents occurring in the space of a week, this quickly became international news. For our top story, Olcan Hiller joins us to talk about these stories, and to explain and examine some of the claims and responses that have emerged since. 

Later in the show, with some health insurance companies covering alternative medicine and some doctors prescribing herbal and homeopathic remedies, we examine alternative medicine in Germany and it's position within the healthcare system. We speak to both Rainer Krell, an alternative medical practitioner in Berlin and Dr. Jutta Hübner of the German Cancer Society and member of the Drug Commission of the German Medical Association. 

For this months Destination Germany, Olcan visits Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen (the Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial), a building complex most famous for it use as a Stasi prison in East Berlin after the Berlin Wall went up. Olcan tells us about its dark history and historical importance. For more info on the tours that are offered, visit www.stiftung-hsh.de

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