New traffic law called out as burqa ban

Germany Requires Visible Faces While Driving, Muslims Call it ‘Burqa Ban’

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

In what was the German Bundesrat’s final session before Sunday’s election, lawmakers passed a controversial new law that requires drivers to have their faces visible and unobscured by any masks or coverings in order to keep their identity visible, but some in the Muslim community see the new legislation as a …

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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German Pools ban phones with cameras

German Pools Crack Down on Cameras and Selfies

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

No public pool would be complete without obnoxious swimmers and equally as obnoxious lifeguards blowing on their whistles all day long. A new irritant that has come into play in the last few years is the poolside selfie, and while most are self-gratifying and harmless, a public pool in the …

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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Pirating Music

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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“Leck mich am Arsch” Ruled as an Insult

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If you find yourself visiting Kaiserslautern, be careful what you say, as you could pay a hefty fine or jail time by telling someone to “kiss my ass.”  A District Court in Kaiserslautern, a city in southwestern Germany, ruled the phrase “Leck mich am Arsch” a prosecutable offense.  The decision came after …

Source: The Local

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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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Germany to Grade Restaurant Hygiene

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Consumer ministers from all of Germany’s federal states, except for Bavaria, have agreed to establish a 3 color rating system for all restaurants in the country starting in 2012.  Restaurant patrons should know what potential hygiene dangers are hidden behind the doors to the kitchen. The new 3 color “traffic light” program …

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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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