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Chemnitz at 875: history, industry, culture

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The big Karl Marx head in Chemnitz, formerly Karl Marx Stadt. (Photo: public domain)

Known not only for its big Karl Marx head (the “Nischel” in Saxonian), Chemnitz now has around 240,000 inhabitants and a quite important technical university, where 25% of students (!) are international. The city happens to be celebrating its 875th jubilee and is vying to become a European Capital of Culture.

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The secret life of Serbian sweatshops

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Image used to illustrate CCC research on garment factories. (Photo credit: Yevgenia Belorusets)

An eye-opening interview on the grossly substandard wages and work conditions in shoe and garment factories in South Eastern Europe.

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Shakeup of CDU Saxony, courtesy of AfD

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Can a Petry-led faction distance themselves significantly from the AfD to win over enough CDU voters and politicians? The next 18 months will be a dry run for this possibility, threatening the traditional progressiveness of Leipzig in the process.

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Exposing rape culture one #MeToo at a time

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rape culture

“Why hadn’t I kneed him in the gonads? Why hadn’t I gotten up and moved somewhere else? Why hadn’t I shouted and woken everyone up and told them all what he had done? I don’t know. But I do now.” #MeToo

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Alaa, more than the cat man of Aleppo

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Alaa not only cares for animals, but has his own ambulance and is constantly saving others in war-battered Aleppo.

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Dresden: resisting the blows of history

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Loads of history and a tale of rebuilding and regrouping in Dresden near Leipzig. (Photo: Lito Seizani)

Discovering the gem “next door.”

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