Today (October 15, 2008) the Federal Cabinet decided to renew the administrative regulations regarding the Federal law of Central Register(Bundeszentralregister). Currently to receive notifications about entries in the register one has to apply in writing and paper form. In the future this shall be possible via a secure internet system.The new act shall become law on January 1, 2009. The Federal Assembly (Bundesrat) needs to approve.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Under the title "EJIL:Talk!" Dapo Akande, a well known scholar in the field of international criminal law and international dispute settlement, posts a few articles about the 60th anniversary about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and an impressive (and sad) human rights recapture of the year 2008.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
On Wednesday, September 24, the German Minister of Justice, Brigitte Zypries, outlined in a speech in front of the parliament the governments plan to continue the process to fully equalize hetero- and homosexual relationships. Since the Law on Relationships (Lebenspartnerschaftsgestz) was enacted in 2001 a huge step has been done into the right direction, she said, but there are still areas that need improvement .
Zypries continued, that a modern society has to accept people from all paths of life, and that Germany in the international community has one of the more advanced laws.
Currently the Ministry of Justice is researching the possibilities to allow the adoption of children by couples who are not married in the traditional way.
Friday, September 19, 2008
On Thursday, September 18, the German Economics Minister Michael Glos, announced the suspension of two managing directors, Detlef Leinberger and Peter Fleischer, as well as the head of the bank's risk-management department.
KfW is a German government-owned development bank, based in Frankfurt. It name comes from Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau, meaning Reconstruction Credit Institute, and it was formed after World War II as part of the Marshall Plan. The bank is well known for lending money to small and med-sized businesses - not, to failing Wall Street firms. Business leaders as well as German politicians sit on the administrative board.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
But maybe that tells us something that they chose a woman who is admired for her nice outfit at the Wagner Festival and who is finally liked by French President Nicolas Sarkozy (remember - the one who was drunk a G8 summit speech).
Now I have to think about my choice ...
The law puts the Directive 2004/48/EC with an amendment of several laws for the protection of intellectual property in action. These acts are, the Patent law, Utility model law, Trademark law, Semiconductor Protection Act, the Copyright Act, Designs Act, and the Plant Variety Protection Act.
Apart from these, especially for companies, important modifications, the law provides a significant improvement for consumers. Currently consumers who violate copyright laws can expect hefty fines, even if they have no business interest. This will be impossible in the future. Those consumers who can prove that they did not have any such interest will have to pay a maximum fine of Euro 100.-.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Germany traditionally has close ties to Russia, and although they gotten a bit slippery with Schroeder on Gazprom's payroll, they are still excellent. Because of those good relations the countries of Europe trust that, "Germany is the one country that can warn Russia," as James Sherr, director of the Russia and Eurasia Program of the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London, points out. "Russia does listen to what Germany says. If Germany can make clear statements about the consequences facing Russia over Georgia and whatever else it might decide to do, it will have an impact on Russia." But does Merkel deliver on that?
No. So far Merkel has done everything to avoid being a mediator between Russia and Georgia. Although this might be understandable, it shows, that all the times before, when she talked to Putin over Kosovo, failings in the Russian presidential elections, and human rights, it was nothing but lip service. Looking at Merkels upbringing this does not surprise me.
Angela Merkel was born in Hamburg and moved with her family to Templin in Eastern Germany, where her father was pastor in a Lutheran church. Interestingly the family was always able to travel freely to Western Germany, she was able to attend university and they had other privileges that were unusual for Families who were active churchgoers (which a pastors family is). According to Gerd Langguth, author of a book about Angela Merkel, the family's ability to travel freely from East to West Germany, as well as their possession of two automobiles, leads to the conclusion that Merkel's father had a 'sympathetic' relationship with the communist regime, since such freedom and perquisites for a Christian pastor and his family would have been otherwise impossible in East Germany.
This is the same regime, that for decades suppressed individual freedom, and human rights, incarcerated people for their faith and did not allow those, who stood up for their beliefs to get a higher education. Angela Merkel never had any problems during the times of the GDR and I guess, she still has to learn to stand up for what's good and right for country and people.
Now is the time!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Today archaeologists announced that in a dig they started in the spring of 2007 about 2000 skeletons were discovered in what appears to be a medieval cemetery. The site is in the center of Berlin, around the Petrikirche, and the graveyard dates back to the the year 1230 AD, the year the church was built.
The majority of the skeletons are of children, a sign of their high mortality rate in the Middle Ages.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
This years German Jurists Forum will take place from September 23 to 26 in Erfurt/Thuringia.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Russia wants to maintain control in the region, and will not sit back and accept independence for the two breakaway Georgian provinces. Georgia on the other hand will continue to fight for South Ossetia, that it considers part of Georgia.
Obviously the Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili took a big gamble with his military offensive against South Ossetia, which began last Thursday evening. He must have believed that Europe and especially the USA, who have been a big supporter of the Georgian independence movement, will come to the rescue, and support Georgia in it's fight against the Russian army. But the West's solidarity has so far been limited to words. Now a negotiator, who has the trust of both sides, is necessary to develop an agreement that is acceptable to Russia and Georgia.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
And we all know, as soon as oil is involved there is no fast way out. So the fight continues.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
The states now have until 2009 to redraw the rules, and remove the ban and allow smoking or totally ban smoking.