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Changes to Germany’s ‘church tax’ prompts exodus

Changes to Germany’s ‘church tax’ prompts exodus

Posted: Mon, 08 Sep 2014 17:13

Hundreds of thousands of German tax-payers are leaving their officially designated religions to avoid paying a 'church tax' levy on capital gains.

German newspaper forced to apologise over criticism of Islam piece

German newspaper forced to apologise over criticism of Islam piece

Posted: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:39

Germany's biggest selling newspaper, Bild am Sonntag, has had to apologise for an editorial comment piece which has sparked debate and controversy in the country for its criticism of Islam.

Majority of Europeans favour separation of church and state, but Islam has an uphill battle for acceptance in Germany

Majority of Europeans favour separation of church and state, but Islam has an uphill battle for acceptance in Germany

Posted: Thu, 02 May 2013 11:11

A major new study of attitudes towards religion around the world has been conducted by the Bertelsmann Foundation – and finds that the majority of people in all the 13 nations surveyed favour a clear separation between religion and the state.

German poll indicates a widespread fear of Muslims and Islam

German poll indicates a widespread fear of Muslims and Islam

Posted: Thu, 06 Dec 2012 15:32

The German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has commissioned an opinion poll to find out what Germans think about Muslims. Generally, the results are regarded as "catastrophic".

Court clears German Catholic Church to kick out those who don’t pay them tax

Court clears German Catholic Church to kick out those who don’t pay them tax

Posted: Wed, 26 Sep 2012 16:18

Germany's top administrative court has supported last week's decree from the country's Catholic bishops that Catholics who opt out of paying religious taxes must automatically leave the church as well.