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German Court Rules Parents Required to Squeal on Adult Children

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

No, this isn’t a late April Fools joke — Germany’s top court issued a controversial ruling late last week when it decided that parents are legally required to rat out their own children who steal music, even if they are over the age of 18. If they do not comply, …

Sources: DW

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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Facebook Lands Victory Over Fake News Selfie in German Court

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

There is no shortage of legal troubles for Facebook in Germany, but unlike many of them, a case between a Syrian refugee and the social network finished in a ruling that landed Facebook a controversial win. Anas Modamani, 19, fled to Germany with the thousands of other Syrian refugees, and …

Sources: The Verge

Photo: Anas Modamani

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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How a Selfie with Merkel Led to Fake News and Ruined Life of Refugee

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

After fleeing his home in Syria, Anas Modamani, now 19, fled with thousands of others with the hope of beginning a brighter future in Germany. As he situated himself in one of the many shelters opened around the country, Modamani rushed to the opportunity to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel as …

Sources: NYTimes

Photo: Anas Modamani

Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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German Court Strikes Down Challenge To Mandatory Broadcasting Tax

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

The Federal Administrative Court of Germany dismissed 18 challenges to earlier lower-court rulings upholding the mandatory broadcasting tax known as the Rundfunkgebühr on Friday, declaring that the fee is indeed constitutional even if one does not own a radio or TV. This broadcasting fee has been around in Germany since the …

Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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German Media Giant Axel Springer Fights Ad Blocking App In Court

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Ad blockers for your browser have been around almost as long as the internet ad itself, but it wasn’t until Apple opened up ad blocking for developers in its latest iOS 9 mobile operating system that the idea became more enticing to the average user. Now, Germany’s media conglomerate Axel …

Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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German Court Orders 1860 München Fans To Buy Bayern Jerseys To Avoid Jail Time

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

A German judge used a little creativity when it came time to sentence two 1860 München fans for assaulting a fan for the opposing Bayern München team. The two attackers were given a choice of 15 months in prison or each purchase a jersey and collectables for the team they opposed so …

Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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Uber Hits Another Roadblock in Germany, As Court Bans uberPOP Service

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

It has been a long battle, but Uber’s ride-hailing service uberPOP has been hit with another setback as the Frankfurt Regional Court ruled the service illegal and instituted a country-wide ban on Wednesday. Because uberPOP connects users of the Uber app with private drivers who use their own cars, fees can …

Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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Judge Rules It Is Okay To Pee Standing Up In Germany

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Sitting or standing while urinating is a topic of discussion more commonly found in Germany than the United States, and while it is still quite normal for men to stand at the toilet, a German court had to set the law and declare that it is a man’s right to urinate …

Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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Frankfurt Court Lifts Recent Uber Ban in Germany

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Two weeks after placing a ban in Germany against popular car-sharing service Uber, a Frankkfurt court decided to overturn what was one of the American company’s most severe legal setbacks on Tuesday. Taxi Deutschland filed suit against Uber in August, claiming that the service did not abide by taxi regulations and …

Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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German Court To Decide If Size Really Matters In Indecent Exposure Case

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

In August of 2013, a delivery man in Germany was accused of exposing his own “package” when a teenage girl answered the door to accept something her family had ordered, and now the case has gone to court where the man is contesting the allegation, claiming that he wasn’t well …

Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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