Hamburg to hold free concert to thank G20 police officers

5 days ago

( CNN) The Hamburg concert hall that hosted Donald Trump, Angela Merkel, and Vladimir Putin last week will open its doors for free on Thursday to some of the 20,000 German police officers who were deployed during the course of its G20 summit.

According to Hamburg Police, 476 policemen were injured during the three days of rallies and riots, when thousands of protesters converged on the summit of world leaders to demonstrate against capitalism and demand action on key issues including climate change and migrants’ rights.

The concert “is a marvellous signal of recognition and respect for the extremely tough service the police had to through during the G20 summit, ” protest organizer Nicholas Hill from the ‘Hamburg zeigt Haltung'( Hamburg shows attitude) procession told CNN in an email.

On final Ukraine trip, Biden urges Trump administration to keep Russia sanctions

9 days ago

Comments while meeting with Ukraines president came after Trump indicated he could aim Crimea-related sanctions in return for a nuclear arms reduction deal

Vice-president Joe Biden, on a last foreign journey before leaving office, fulfilled Ukraines president on Monday and called on the incoming Donald Trump administration to retain Ukraine-related sanctions against Russia.

Bidens comments at a briefing with Petro Poroshenko came after Trump indicated in an interview with the Times and Bild that he could aim sanctions imposed in the aftermath Russias 2014 annexation of Crimea, in return for a nuclear arms reduction bargain.

Trumps attitude to Russia and praise for Vladimir Putin has been a consistently controversial feature of his rise to the White House, which will be completed with his inauguration in Washington on Friday.

US intelligence agencies believe Russia sought to covertly influence the US election in Trumps favour and against the Democratic nominee, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. Trump has recently admitted that he believes Russia did orchestrate such hackers, but has nonetheless fuelled a bitter feud with intelligence officials over the issue.

The international community must continue to stand as one against Russian coercion and aggression, Biden told reporters, standing alongside Poroshenko, in remarks which did not include reference to Trump by name.

The Crimea-related sanctions against Russia must remain in place until Russia returns full control to the people of Ukraine.

Russia annexed Crimea in 2014. Other US sanctions are connected to Russias involvement in the separatist war in eastern Ukraine.

Together with our EU and G7 partners, Biden said, we made it clear that sanctions should remain in place until Russia fully, emphasise fully, enforces its commitments under the Minsk agreement.

Poroshenko said Ukraine believed in good cooperation with the new US administration and urged sanctions to stay, without mentioning Trumps statements on a deal with Russia.

Andy Hunder, the head of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine, said Kiev would have to put much time and resources into dealing with the new US administration.

On 20 January Ukraine will be waking up to a new reality, he told Reuters. There is a concern in Kiev about how the new relationship will develop. It will require constructing new bridges to the influencers, the gatekeepers and decision-makers.

Kiev has taken steps to win the very best favour of the those calling the shoots in the Trump administration. Days after the election in November, Poroshenkos office started planning an official visit to Washington in early 2017.

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If You Find A Body Buried With A Sickle, There’s A Very Weird Reason For It

13 days ago

Among other things, Medieval Europe was known for its insanely superstitious beliefs in the supernatural. They led to some pretty brutal acts of violence and desecrations of the recently dead. While some of us may be familiar with various forms of vampire burials, a newly discovered superstitious tradition from the Middle Ages has been found in an ancient graveyard in northwestern Poland…

The Drawsko cemetery in Poland has been the site of extensive excavation efforts by researchers in recent years.

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Recently, researchers came across something bizarre: several corpses were buried with what appears to be an ancient iron sickle placed around their necks.

This is one of the corpses. It seems like the sickle is there to keep the body in place.

While the first thought was that these sickles were there to prevent the corpses from “becoming vampires, ” another, more bizarre theory has since emerged.

According to a new study, rather than avoiding the bodies from reanimating as vampires, these sickles were there as a route to ward off demon spirits. Those to participate in such studies quoth the so-called ‘anti-demonic’ properties of iron. Iron forged by fire in that culture was known to typify the transition from life to death and back to life.

While it’s impossible for us to know exactly why these people were buried with sickles, it’s still a fairly darned creepy practice…no matter how you look at it.

( via Mysterious Universe)

Well, one thing is for sure: if I can ever get my period machine design perfected, I’ll definitely be steering clear of the Middle Ages in Poland.

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France elections in divisive presidential election

27 days ago

Paris( CNN) France is voting for a new President Sunday following a divisive and unpredictable campaign that included corruption accusations against resulting nominees and a terror attack in Paris while the final television debate was on air.

The last polling stations close at 8 p. m. local period( 2 p.m. ET) with usually dependable exit calculates due almost immediately afterwards.

The country is sharply divided — with the most recent polls indicating the results are too close to call.

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Merkel squares up to Schulz in rival’s last-ditch bid to save campaign

1 month, 10 days ago

Chancellors Social Democrat challenger hopes to use TV debate to revive flagging fortunes ahead of poll on 24 September

Angela Merkel is to face off against Martin Schulz in a television debate being billed as her Social Democrat rival’s last chance at saving his election campaign.

Schulz, who has accused the chancellor of lulling voters to sleep by offering noncommittal replies, will spar with her over 90 minutes in their only televised one-on-one before Germans vote on 24 September.

With many voters still undecided, Schulz is pinning his hopes on the primetime showdown, hoping to sway millions to his cause and halt a devastating slide in his popularity.

The former European parliament chief enjoyed a surge in support soon after taking the helm of the SPD in January, merely to consider the initial excitement fade away.

A poll published on Friday showed Merkel’s CDU party and its Bavarian CSU friends commanding a 17 -point lead over the SPD.

Sunday evening’s encounter will be above all a conflict of personalities- an illustration in the newspaper Die Zeit presented Schulz garmented in workman’s overalls, holding a envisage and trying to dismantle the throne of a regal” Queen Merkel “.

Schulz has has said is not nervous about Sunday’s clash. Merkel, who has largely avoided referring to Schulz or any other nominee by name, has so far refused to be drawn into a combative debate.

” If an election campaign is defined as good only when people insult each other, then that’s not my idea of what an election campaign is about ,” she said at her annual summertime press conference.

Her attitude has led German media to dub Schulz a shadow-boxerfor his thwarted attempts to engage her.

The TV debate is expected to draw almost 30 million viewers or about half of the electorate, according to a poll by research firm Forsa , commissioned by Stern magazine.

Crucially, one in five who plan to tune in also said the debate could sway their election, the survey found.

The two candidates will discuss topics given to them by four presenters, and beyond the content of the debate they will be scrutinised for their body language.

Days before the event, the chancellery was accused of rigging the format in Merkel’s favour by threatening to stay away after the broadcasters proposed changes aimed at fostering more spontaneity and a deeper debate.

Defending her office, Merkel told Spiegel magazine that while she respected press freedom,” a politician should also be free to decide whether he or she accepts an invitation to appear on a programme “.

Forsa’s CEO, Manfred Guellner, told the business newspaper Handelsblatt:” The TV du el format, like spontaneity and eloquence, are not too Merkel’s strength .” Schultz could benefit from appearing on the present, he said.

A poll published late on Thursday by the public broadcaster ARD found that 64% of those surveyed believed that Merkel would prevail, while only 17% believed Schulz would win the debate.

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Which countries have the worst drinking cultures?

1 month, 16 days ago

From savouring flavors in France to binge drinking in Australia readers talk about the alcohol culture where they live

How much alcohol is safe to drink? It is a question scientists have been trying to get to the bottom of for centuries, and now a survey exploring drinking advice around the world has found that the answer varies significantly depending on where you live.

In the US, for example, three or four drinkings a day( 42 g for women and 56 g for men) is thought to be safe, but in Sweden that is well over the amount health authorities recommend: 10 g for women and 20 g for men. Whats more, a standard drink in Iceland and the UK is 8g of alcohol, compared to 20 g in Austria.

Government standard drink definition in grams with readers quotes about the countrys drinking culture
Government standard drink definition in grams

Can these fluctuations be attributed to the fact that each place has its unique drinking culture? We asked readers to summarise their countrys stance towards alcohol and the unscientific, we should stress outcomes seem to suggest we might all be tip-off the scale when it is necessary to consuming a safe amount.

South Africa

It is differed, but most people drink socially , not generally to excess, but responsible drinking( not drinking and driving for example) is rare. We should have tighter drinking and driving statutes. Dickon, 40


In the Spanish equivalent of a greasy spoon, workers stop for brunch with a beer followed by a big brandy then get into their autoes and go back to work. Its the drink-driving that I dont like. Anonymous, 45


Binge drinking is glorified in Australia, and the focus is not on drinking in moderation or for enjoyment. We should be encouraging alcohol-free days. I am likely not a true representative of the Australian drinking population as I am a very light drinker I drink maybe once a month. Anonymous, 44

New Zealand

There is a big binge-drinking culture among the youth in the country and a huge part of the health budget and policing budget is spent on dealing with drink-driving, collision and emergency services, and other long-term harmful effects of alcohol. We have a robust liquor industry that lobbies the government ferociously to prevent regulation of alcohol marketings. Advertising here has been grudgingly curtailed. Anonymous, 50


People often go to Izakayas[ Japanese-style pub] after work on Fridays or special occasions with their colleagues. However, alcohol is nearly always drunk here alongside snacks or food, entailing very few people get incredibly drunk. There are some cases of people with alcohol-related problems in this country, but people dont drink alcohol in order to get drunk, but rather to relax.

A bar in Tokyo. Photo: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian

Japans alcohol safety guidelines seem approximately around the same as my home country[ the UK ]. However, you need to be 20 years old to buy alcohol in Japan, although unless you seem underage they wont ask you for ID, especially if you seem non-Japanese. Anonymous, 23


Beer sold in every frituur[ chip store ], open bottles of wine to help yourself to in supermarkets but drunkenness is socially unacceptable. The guidelines seem fair enough, especially having at least two non-drinking days a week. Elspeth Morlin, 46


In France people drink extensively and steadily, but in small divisions. Even though I have find a couple of people drunk, I have never seen any aggressivenes. At a dinner party you are able to ordinarily have an apritif, three glasses of various types of wines and a digestif but all in small quantities. There will also be water on the table. The guidelines in France are sensible, although here there is a tradition of ignoring regulations and laws anyway. The French drink to savour the flavors and to enhance their food. Peter, 62


In Italy, consuming alcohol revolves around food. So you are either drinking to accompany your snack( wine will always be on the table at an Italian meal ), or you are please give free snacks to soak up your drink when at a bar. So the idea is that you order a drinking at a standardised cost and you are given crisp or other bite-sized food. Or you can help yourself from a generous buffet.

The whole point of aperitivo is that you have it before dinner and drinking on an empty belly generally leads to unpleasant situations( especially as typical aperitivo beverages are of the likes of the murderer negroni ). Hence the free food. This has led to the creation of a sub-culture: the one of apericena[ a hybrid of aperitivo and cena: dinner ]. So people, instead of going for a drinking and then on to dinner, go to the bar with the best buffet, order a drink( commonly 8-10) and then simply reached the buffet and stuff their faces, scoring a very cheap dinner. Benedetta, 31


Once a bottle is opened it must be finished; its never shut while still full. I guess 14 g a day for women seems reasonable, but 28 g a day for a human seems a little high. However, I have never seen these guidelines published or “was talkin about a” anywhere in this country. Richard Hartland, 39


In the UK the notion of enjoying yourself in the evening without alcohol is so unusual it can lead to you being called a freak( or at least miserable and antisocial) whereas drinking yourself insensible is not just acceptable, it is admired. Unfortunately( and I am a drinker) all advice dedicated seems to be decided upon somewhat arbitrarily and although most doctors agree alcohol is bad for you, restriction seem to be plucked out of the air with no real evidential statistics.

While most would agree that binge drinking in the UK is deplorable and turns our towns and cities into ugly and threatening places at night, I find the nanny country reaction of teaches us that any amount of drinking can give us cancer or liver failure somewhat unhelpful. In Europe people seem to drink as part of a food experience and it is an accompaniment , not an end in itself. We have much to learn but our history suggests an entrenched route of relating to alcohol. Fergus, 68


We would have a lot less underage drinking problems if we lowered the drinking age to 18. Young adults are getting targeted at parties and social events at universities where police know there will be alcohol and the people who are there and under 21 get underage drinking charges( and people over 21 get charged with the supply of alcohol to minor ). I am not even a huge drinker, just seems absurd that freshman and sophomores have to be sneaky about it, which leads to more issues. There is also a binge-drinking culture generally in the US Karina, 23

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What your voicemails tell us about the future of the UK

2 months, 7 days ago

( CNN) The United Kingdom is having something of an identity crisis.

Then throw into the mix a general election, called only a month and a half ago. The Conservative Party, currently in power under Prime Minister Theresa May, hopes to increase its majority in Parliament. The opponent Labour Party wants to oust them. And the centrist Liberal Democrats have positioned themselves as the anti-Brexit party, hoping to give voters a second chance on their European union decision.

It’s a confusing and deeply divisive period for Britons. To help make sense of it all, we asked you to leave us a voicemail telling us your hopes for the UK and its place in the world. Here’s what you said.( Some messages have been edited for duration and clarity .)

Poles apart: Gdansk divided as city grapples with immigration and identity

2 months, 17 days ago

Refuge cities In a country where xenophobia is increasingly rife, Polands longest-serving mayor is intent on house a safe haven for his city invisible immigrants. After all, he says, integration is in the towns DNA

Judging by the behaviour of some of its football fans, Gdask might not be expected to extend a warm welcome to any refugees arriving in this port city on Polands Baltic coast.

One infamous banner unfurled at a Lechia Gdask match presented a black man kneeling in front of a garbed Ku Klux Klan character; another displayed a picture of Hitlers deputy, Rudolf Hess. In February, the citys Jewish cemetery was desecrated.

So it is difficult to say which is more startling: Gdasks record of racism, or the city mayor Pawe Adamowiczs career gamble in setting out to reversal it. I am a European so my nature is to be open, says Adamowicz. Gdask is a port and must always be a refuge from the sea.

Former Solidarity leader Lech Wasa at the Gdask shipyard, 1983. Wasa has said he is not convinced by the current mayors outlook on refugees. Photo: Jacques Langevin/ AP

His sentiments are somewhat out of step with the wider mood in Poland. According to Jarosaw Kaczyski, leader of the countrys ruling Law and Justice party, migrants bring all sorts of parasites and protozoa. In March, in the eastern city of Biaystok, protesters burnt an effigy of the German chancellor Angela Merkel in response to her migrant-friendly outlook.

The populist Kukiz1 5 party an ultra-nationalist coalition whose pop superstar leader Pawe Kukiz finished third in the 2015 presidential election is currently circulating a petition is targeted at reversing Polands guaranteed to take 7,600 Syrian refugees under the EU volunteer resettlement plan. More moderate voices are calling for Poland to select only Christian Syrians( Poland is the one country in Europe still constructing new Catholic churches ).

When people say that welcoming refugees is like opening our city to Muslim terrorists, I tell them not to worry, Adamowicz says wryly. The terrorists are far more interested in the big European capitals than in little Gdask.

It is important influential people stand up for positive European values, says Pawe Adamowicz

Hedi Alieva, a Chechen-born Muslim, is on the frontline of Adamowiczs efforts to set his city through a crash course in multiculturalism. Polish people understand Chechens because we are all against communism, says the former statistics clerk from Grozny, who has been in Gdask for three and a half years. Also, Gdask is special because it dedicated the world Lech Wasa.

During a recent interview with the Guardian, however, Wasa leader of Polands Solidarity movement in the 1980 s and the countrys president for five years from 1990 said he was not persuaded by the mayors open-arms policy towards refugees. Poland is poor; it lacks housing and jobs. Many people cant make ends meet. When I meet the mayor, Ill ask him if he has really thought this policy through.

The key to Adamowiczs move to build the city more refugee-friendly has been to get people talking. His main ally is the Migrants Support Centre, where Alieva is a volunteer. The centre was put up four years ago to act as a bridge between migrants arriving in Gdask and the municipal and social services they may not be aware they are entitled to, including housing.

The city halls department of social development organises regular networking sessions between the supporting centre, the local Muslim League, the police and several private landlords( although not yet Lechia Gdask football club ). The mayor wants them to develop an integration model for the whole city. To sweeten the initiative, people in the network have been sent on survey visits to Bremen in Germany and the Norwegian capital, Oslo.

Alieva, 45, regularly addresses city-sponsored seminars and public debates on girls, feminism and dress in Islam. When a group of young men ripped off her headscarf and screamed Allah is a bomber !, she responded peacefully. The only solution is to smile; thats how I handle it. But when her 16 -year-old daughter was told she was as a gypsy, Alieva advised her to stop wearing her headscarf to school.

Gdask has a population of about 460,000, up to 15,000 of whom is a possibility non-Polish-born, according to informal city hall estimations. Most have come in the past 25 years from the east Ukraine, Chechnya, Georgia, Syria and Belarus. Immigrant communities here are still having conversations about whether it is best to fit in with local customs or to assert their own identities.

It is hardest of all for African humen; they have real difficulty getting jobs, says Karol Liliana Lopez, a 36 -year-old Columbian social worker who moved to Gdask seven years ago. If they do not speak the language and come from an exuberant, outgoing culture, they are often misunderstand. Lopez is employed by the subsistence centre, which receives both city and EU funding and has just opened its first office near the railway station. About 70 people attend its Polish speech courses, and as many again come every month for legal advice.

There used to be no one to guidebook immigrants; the latter are left to sort out their problems alone, says the migrant centres founder, Marta Siciarek. She does not buy the oft-used debate that Polands homogeneity is an obstacle to it accepting refugees from faraway places: People say as few as 2% of the population are immigrants but there are 38 million people in Poland, so that means we are still talking about tens of thousands of people.

Activists in Gdask last year, demonstrating their support of the citys welcome policy towards refugees. Photograph: Gallo Images/ Getty Images

The reality in Poland is that immigrants are invisible, and so are all the more exposed to peril and abuse. It is our responsibility as Polish people to build a safe environment for them; it is not the immigrants undertaking. And the best place to do that is at the grassroots, in the cities not through central government.

There are obligating statistical debates for Poland to accept refugees, including the countrys yawning death/ birth gap. The government last week stimulated the first payments of a promised new child grant, worth 500 zoty ( 85) per month. But experts say it is unlikely to reverse the demographic deficit.

Meanwhile, the prevailing position among conservatives in government and the influential church seems to be that integration and multiculturalism are a step on the road to sprawling ghettos and Islamic terrorism. Such initiatives are sometimes bundled in with abortion their entitlements and lesbian matrimony as indicators that Poland is being contaminated by west European moral decay.

The Law and Justice party has not explicitly told the EU it will go back on the previous governments pledge to take 7,600 refugees but it would clearly like to. In January, “ministers ” Beata Szydo said Poland would take only 400 people( out of the 7,600) this year. After the 22 March attacks in Brussels, she told Radio Superstacja: The previous government agreed that several thousand[ refugees] could come to Poland. I dont see the possibility of migrants coming to Poland at this time.

In Gdask, many people blame Adamowiczs Civic Platform party for the demise of the citys formerly huge shipyard, which has shed all but 1,000 of the 17,000 jobs it are available in 1980, when Wasa co-founded the Solidarity trades union there.

Adamowicz is the longest-serving mayor of a major Polish city. He was first opted as head of the municipal council in 1990 and has been re-elected ever since mayoral elections were introduced in 1998. But in December 2014, he had to fight a run-off for the first time: It was not exactly pleasant. It induced me believe people are looking for a fresh face.

Despite the countrys persisting mood of xenophobia, Adamowicz has established an alliance with the like-minded mayors of two southern Polish cities, Wrocaw and Wabrzych. In November 2015, after the governmental forces failed to condemn neo-Nazis who burnt the effigy of an Orthodox Jew at an anti-immigration rally in Wrocaw, the three mayors signed a four-point declaration of co-operation on openness and intercultural dialogue.

Adamowicz is aware that his pro-migration moves may expense him his undertaking, because of stupid, frightened people. But so be it, he says. Right now I feel like my citizens require me. I have two-and-a-half years left as mayor and that is enough time to change positions. It is important that influential people stand up for positive European values. We should take refugees. Poland is poor, but it is not as poor as Bulgaria or Romania.

Beyond arguing that the seaport of Gdask has had openness thrust upon it by geography, the 50 -year-old mayor asserts history has left the city naturally pluralistic.

We have a special DNA. Before 1945, everyone here spoke German. Gdask was Danzig, a Protestant outpost. Then those people were removed and replaced by others. My family received from Lithuania.

Gdask is used to upheaval and manages it well. Protest movements were born here in 1968, 1970 and 1976. In the spirit of freedom and liberty, Solidarity was born here in the 1980 s because a group of special people workers and intellectuals met and trusted each other. We have a problem with trust today.

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Burkini ban: Australian Muslim forced off French beach in swimwear row

2 months, 20 days ago

( CNN) An Australian medical student says she and her mother were forced to leave a beach on the French Riviera after locals took exception to their burkinis.

Zeynab Alshelh told CNN affiliate Seven Network she had traveled to the south coast of France to don the full-coverage swimsuit in solidarity with other women who had been abused on beaches there.


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Fingerprints in Berlin truck match those of suspect Anis Amri

3 months, 7 days ago

Interior minister says publishes and other proof make it highly probable Tunisian man carried out Christmas market attack

Fingerprints found inside the cabin of the truck that ploughed into a Berlin Christmas market match those of the fugitive suspect Anis Amri, Germanys federal prosecutors office confirmed on Thursday night.

Spokeswoman Frauke Khler said that fingerprints of the Tunisian, who turned 24 on Thursday, had been discovered on the outside of the Polish-registered articulated truck, as well as the drivers door and the vertical support ray in the vehicles window area.

Speaking at a joint press conference with the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, the home minister, Thomas de Maizire, said that the fingerprints and other evidence made it highly probable that the Tunisian suspect was the perpetrator of Mondays terror attack.

Merkel told the press conference that she hoped the suspect would be caught soon and that “shes been” heartened by the public reaction to the tragedy: In the last few days I have been very proud of how level-headed the reaction of the majority of people to this situation has been.

The findings came as Amris brother said he could not believe that his sibling would have carried out the cruelty. There was no sign he had been radicalised. Im sure he cant have done this, thats not why he emigrated. May God reveal the truth, Abdelkader Amri told a reporter from Agence France-Presse outside his home in the town of Oueslatia, about 30 miles( 50 km) from Kairouan in eastern Tunisia.

If my brother is behind the attack, I say to him: You shame us, Abdelkader Amri said.

The suspect, meanwhile, remained on the run, with German police left empty-handed after a day of raids around the country. In Berlins Moabit district, a commando division deployed flash grenades to storm a Salafist meeting point that had been frequented by Amri but left without making arrests.

Anis Amri, who is the subject of a European apprehend warrant. Photograph: BKA/ EPA

Farther south, in the city of Heilbronn, police searched a coach-and-four travelling from Luxembourg to Bosnia but afterward said the operation had been triggered by a lawsuit of mistaken identity. Overnight raids were conducted on apartments in Berlin and Dortmund, but reports of the arrest of Amris associates were unfounded.

With a human dreaded armed and dangerous still on the loose three days after Mondays deadly assault, German politicians rounded on the countrys security services, with one politician accusing intelligence agencies of catastrophic mistakes. What we are dealing with is a failure of government that cannot be tolerated, the opponent politician Christian Lindner of the Free Democrat told the German news organization DPA.

A deputy chairman of Merkels Christian Democratic party accused intelligence agencies of incompetence, saying Wednesdays reports on security failures had left him shocked.

Having first registered in the North-Rhine Westphalia region upon entering Germany in July 2015, the suspect had been identified as a security hazard and put under close surveillance, with examiners even aware of his willingness to carry out a suicide attack. But a surveillance operation was stopped in September and Amri dropped off intelligence agencies radar in November, maybe due to a mix-up between regional authorities.

Criticising the work of intelligence agencies in North-Rhine Westphalia, the CDU deputy chair, Armin Laschet, said: So the posture has appeared to be: Hes gone to Berlin, so the case is closed for us here. Now its Berlins turn.

Laschet called for better coordination between security agencies across Germanys federal country system.

The delay in identifying Amri as the driver of the truck also continued to raise eyebrows, after police had incorrectly arrested a Pakistani asylum seeker in the direct aftermath of the attack.

A memorial to victim at the Breitscheidplatz Christmas market. Photograph: Sean Gallup/ Getty

A tweet by the founder of the nationalist, anti-Islam motion Pegida had caused supposition as to whether police already knew the correct identity of the attacker on Monday night. Merely two hours after the two attacks, Lutz Bachmann had tweeted that the perpetrator was a Tunisian Muslim, quoting an internal source with Berlins police force.

But police on Thursday was of the view that still have not obtained the wallet with the documents that identified Amri until Tuesday afternoon, stating that the truck had had to be moved from the site of the accident and searched by sniffer dogs before it could be properly scrutinised by police officers.

Anis Amri had fled Tunisia after the 2011 revolution, registering on the island of Lampedusa in February that year. According to Italian media, he started to show signs of aggressive behaviour while attending a centre for minors in Catania, reportedly having tried to set his school on fire. In October 2011, Amri was charged for theft, arson and personal menaces and sentenced to four years in jail.

He reportedly spent time in prisons in Catania and then Palermo.

During his time in prison his aggressive behaviour referred to by guards, an official told the Guardian. After his release, Amri was sent to an immigration centre at Caltanissetta, from where he was due to be deported back to Tunisia. Since authorities in Tunisia refused to recognise Amri as a Tunisian citizen, however, the expulsion did not take place. In the summer of 2015 Anis left Italy for Germany, first registering in the town of Emmerich am Rhine.

In April 2016 Amri applied for asylum at the status of refugees shelter in Kleve, also in North Rhine-Westphalia, but his application was rejected only a few weeks later. Amri had pretended to be an Egyptian national, but German officials had noticed that “youve already” registered elsewhere under different names. He was therefore due to be deported back to Tunisia.

But as in Italy, authorities in his home country did not recognise him as one of their citizens. On 30 July, Amri was caught in a routine check of a coach in Friedrichshafen and moved to a prison in Ravensburg after police noticed that he was due to be deported and carrying fake Italian ID documents. Two days later the Tunisian was released again, most likely because of the missing documents from Tunisia.

Additional reporting by Lorenzo Tondo

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