Final push for votes in the state election

The electoral campaigning in Baden-Württemberg are now visible. In streets and squares, parties and candidates are canvassing for votes in the 2021 state election. The election day is Sunday, March 14. The state parliament in Baden-Württemberg is elected every five years. Parliament and government are located in the state capital Stuttgart. The state parliament is the people’s representation in Baden-Württemberg. Anyone who is 18 years or older, has a German identity card and has been registered as a main resident of Baden-Württemberg for at least three months may vote. Those entitled to vote receive an official election notification. Each person… Read More

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Mandatory mask-wearing in refugee accommodations starting March 1st 

Starting Monday, March 1st, the wearing of a medical mouth-nose-covering is mandatory in the refugee accommodations in the district of Tübingen. FFP2-masks, KN95-masks or surgical masks have to be worn. This regulation applies to all common rooms, in the kitchen, the hallway, the stairwell, the washroom facilities and in the offices of the janitor and the social worker. A medical mask also has to be worn outside, if the minimum distance of 1.5 meters can’t be followed. The mask-wearing is not mandatory in one’s own room, except if someone from the outside, such as a janitor, a social worker or… Read More

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Warm food for free in the Vesperkirche

People who are poor and in need can now collect warm food for free in Tübingen on five days each week. Religious institutions offer this help as replacement for the “Vesperkirche” until the end of March 2021. The food is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. in the TOS-Gemeinde (Kronenstraße 9), on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Eberhardskirche (Eugenstraße 26) and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. in the Schlatterhaus (Österbergstraße 2). It’s best to bring one’s own dishes for the transport of the food. This was… Read More

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Corona is preventing deportation to Afghanistan

Single, healthy and employable adult men can currently not be deported to Afghanistan. This was decided by the Higher Administrative Court (VGH) in Mannheim. The reason for the deportation ban is the fact that through the corona pandemic, the economic situation has worsened significantly. The deported man could probably not “satisfy his most basic needs, such as food, shelter and hygiene, by legal means,” states the VGH in a press release. However, the court sees the situation differently, if the man, who is supposed to be deported, has a family or social network, is being supported financially or owns enough… Read More

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Rottenburger Tafel is closed until February

The Rottenburger Tafel is closied until January 31, according to its homepage. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it cannot expose its employees to “such a high risk of infection”. Many people from the team belong to at-risk groups. The Leins bakery previously donated unsold baked goods to the Tafel. Now it offers Tafel customers the chance to pick up goods from the previous day. To do so, Tafel customers must register between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. by calling 07472/1671690 and tell how many people are in their household. The baked goods can then be picked up after 11 a.m.… Read More

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Civilian deployment of the Bundeswehr

Soldiers are usually not very visible to the public in Germany. However, they are currently taking on various civilian tasks in Germany during the pandemic. What is the legal basis for this? When is the Bundeswehr allowed to take on tasks inside the country at all? In Germany, the tasks of the military and the police are strictly separated and laid down in the Basic Law. However, according to the Defense Ministry, Bundeswehr support for civilian authorities in the fight against COVID counts as administrative assistance. “All federal and state authorities shall render legal and administrative assistance to each other”… Read More

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Winter road clearance in Tübingen

The city of Tübingen clears public roads during the winter season based on the need and urgency. However, private and business households are obliged to clear the sidewalks themselves. In case of slippery snow and ice, grit must be put down. This applies to all paths and areas with public pedestrian traffic adjacent to the property. In most cases, tenants and leaseholders must fulfill this obligation, not homeowners. More precise details are usually specified in the house rules in the rental agreements. According to the city of Tübingen, all surfaces must be cleared and gritted by 7.30 a.m. on weekdays… Read More

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Corona-vaccination-center Tübingen: homepage about vaccination

On January 4th, 2021, the vaccination-center in Tübingen is supposed to start vaccinating against the corona-virus. As there is a shortage of the vaccine, only certain groups can get vaccinated for now. The vaccination-center is in the Paul-Horn-Arena. For information about it, the administrative district office Tübingen has launched a homepage. On it, there are information and documents to download. It also informs about who can get vaccinated at the moment. A video tour shows, which stations are required for a vaccination. In another video, Prof. Dr. Peter Kremsner, head of the Institute for Tropical Medicine at the teaching hospital… Read More

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Tafel Tübingen and Rottenburg are taking a break

The Tübingen Tafel is taking a break from December 21st to January 8th of the new year. The Tafel in Rottenburg is also taking a break with immediate effect and will reopen on January 7th. This will allow those working there to take a break for the holidays and the new year. However, the Christmas break in Rottenburg began three days earlier than usual this year due to the pandemic situation. In order to protect the volunteers, a one-week self-isolation period is set aside for them before the holidays. There will be no emergency Tafel during this time. tun121504 Impressionen… Read More

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Online consultation for women experiencing violence

November 25th is the international day for the elimination of violence against women. On this day, the Tübingen society “Frauen helfen Frauen” (Women help Women”) started its new offer. The project “Iain” is an online consultation for women who experience and suffer violence. Women from the entire district of Tübingen can privately and anonymously get in contact through the website,, by clicking on “Iain/Online-Beratung”. One can either write an e-mail or book an appointment for a chat. Nobody will find out that a woman contacted the team. The consultation and support by the professional employees is free of charge.… Read More

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No list of “conspicuous” refugees in Tübingen

The State Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information in Baden-Württemberg has prohibited the city of Tübingen from using police data for a list of “conspicuous” asylum seekers. This is the result of a press release issued by the data protection commissioner on October 5th. The Data Protection Commissioner has issued a formal prohibition order on the matter. The city of Tübingen had included the data of asylum seekers in a list. These people had allegedly attracted attention through certain types of behavior, mostly brutal crimes (e.g. robbery, assault). The press release of the Data Protection Commissioner speaks of… Read More

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Administrative issues? – Call 115!

How do I apply for a child passport? Am I entitled to money to support caring for others? These and many other questions arise when something changes in life and you must submit documents or applications to the authorities. It is often very time-consuming to find the right information about procedures and deadlines as well as legal claims on the Internet. That is why there is the public helpline number: 115. If, for example, questions arise about care, parenthood, moving, studying or other administrative needs, you can call 115 and the staff will give you the answers. For this purpose,… Read More

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tünews nominated for the Integration Award

It’s going to be exciting: On Monday, October 5th, the tünews INTERNATIONAL team will find out whether they will win the National Integration Award of the German Chancellor. Ten projects from all over Germany have been nominated. The award ceremony begins at 3 p.m. in the Federal Chancellery in Berlin. Due to Corona, only 37 people will be present at the event – in addition to Chancellor Angela Merkel, Annette Widmann-Mauz, the Minister of State for Integration, the jury, and one representative of each of the nominated projects will be present. With the Integration Award, the Federal Government wants to… Read More

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Germany, the immigration country: Migrants underrepresented in better paid jobs

By Ute Kaiser More than every third person in Baden-Württemberg has a migration background. According to the State Statistical Office, this meant about 3.7 million people or 33.8 percent of the state’s population last year. In Baden-Württemberg, their proportion was above the nationwide average. There, 21.2 million people (26.0 percent of the population) had a migration background the previous year. This is an increase of 2.1 percent, however, according to the Federal Statistical Office, it was the weakest percentage increase since 2011. Based on the authority’s definition, someone has an immigration background if they themselves or at least one of… Read More

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Tübingen for democracy, tolerance and cosmopolitanism

The municipal council of the university town of Tübingen unanimously passed a resolution on July 2nd, 2020, which deals with the values ​​for which Tübingen stands. The resolution says that the city is a cosmopolitan and tolerant city, where people of many nationalities, cultures and religions are at home. “Together we stand for an open urban society that is based on humanity, tolerance, democracy, cultural diversity and solidarity”, emphasize the municipal councils. The statement continues, declaring that “We firmly reject misanthropy, racism and anti-Semitism. There is no understanding and no justification for them. ” The city needs debate and different… Read More

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Malina receives human rights award

The award arrived per post due to the Corona pandemic. The Tübingen Human Rights Week Association awarded the Tübingen Human Rights Award 2020 to Ruben Malina from the Asylum Center Tübingen. The social worker is the fourth award winner. The jury recognized his commitment. Whether in the Café International, the football project “Bolz am Bach” or in the streetwork project “PASST!”, Malina gives his best everywhere. The Asylum Center sees the award as “great recognition” for his work and that of the entire Asylum Center, according to a statement by them. The honored thanked in a video for the price.… Read More

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Almost 80 million people fled in 2019

More and more people are leaving their homes because of wars or economic collapses. Almost 80 million people worldwide were displaced in 2019. That is about one percent of the entire world population. The number of refugees and displaced persons has almost doubled in the past ten years. Around 40 percent of the refugees in 2019 were children under the age of 18, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR in its annual report. More than two thirds of the refugees who seek protection outside their country come from only five countries: 6.6 million from Syria, 3.7 million from Venezuela,… Read More

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Secret Service prisons in Syria: The Shell

Some consider the novel “The Shell” to be the most important book for understanding Syria. It was published in German in 2019. The author, Mustafa Khalifa, describes his experiences of imprisonment in prisons of the Syrian secret services in the literary form of diary entries. He himself spent 12 years of his life in these prisons, four of them in the infamous desert prison of Tadmor. About 10,000 prisoners are said to be locked up there permanently. Khalifa describes precisely and factually experiences of torture and humiliation in the secret interior of the Syrian regime. This regime bases its power,… Read More

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Corona: Situation in Nigeria

By Bright Edosa Igbinovia Nigeria is the most populated country in Africa. The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) in Abuja is leading the struggle against the Corona virus. The government of Nigeria has drawn consequences from the crisis of Ebola from 2014 and has improved their health care. The first confirmed case of the pandemic of “Coronavirus disease 2019” (Covid-19) in Nigeria was announced on the 27th February 2020. The total confirmed cases: 6175 infected, 1644 survivors and 191 deaths (18.05.2020, source: Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC)). The Nigerian government announced a ban on international flights on the… Read More

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Amnesty: Targeted attacks on schools and clinics in Syria

The human rights organization Amnesty International accuses Syrian and Russian troops of war crimes. They had targeted hospitals and schools in the northwest of the country, between May 2019 and February 2020. Amnesty wrote in the recently published report of at least 18 attacks, including two with barrel bombs. The report is based on more than 70 interviews with eyewitnesses, doctors, teachers, but also employees of the United Nations. Researchers also analyzed photos, videos, satellite data and radio communications for Amnesty. tun051201 Foto: Amnesty International wirft syrischen und russischen Truppen Kriegsverbrechen in Syrien vor, tünews INTERNATIONAL, 12.05.2020 Latest information… Read More

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