The former chairwoman of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany, Margot Kabmann, sees religious communities as a social corrective in the integration of refugees. They offer refugees a space to tell their story.

A breakthrough has been achieved in the negotiations to save Westdeutsche Landesbank (WestLB). The German Finance Ministry confirmed on Tuesday that an agreement had been reached between the owners of WestLB and the German government and the Special Fund for Financial Market Stabilization (SoFFin). As planned, a so-called "institution within the institution" will be formed. The core bank should be recapitalized.

Personal for the herrgottswinkel

After the successful auctions at Kunsthaus Lempertz, this Monday was more about the sentimental value of some paintings or crosses. So about 1.000 pieces in St. Amption of the Virgin Mary in exchange for a donation.

Therefore, many customers received mail from their financial institutions in recent weeks. In these letters, the banks also informed about the church tax to be levied on the capital gains tax. Because from 1. January 2009 the reorganization of the taxation of capital gains comes into effect.

On interest, dividends and capital gains, banks and savings banks will pay the final withholding tax of 25 percent plus solidarity surcharge and, if applicable, church tax. This applies to income above the saver's lump sum of 801 euros per person.At the same time, the banks asked their customers to state their religion and denomination. Corresponding forms instructing the banks to withhold church tax were enclosed.

Taxation of capital income directly at the quel

Protestant church disputes forms of membership

The synod of the Protestant Church in Germany is skeptical about graduated church membership. With resolutions on the church budget, climate protection and refugee policy, the annual meeting of the church parliament came to an end.

Army to protect the young

Security authorities in Rio de Janeiro express concern about announced protests during World Youth Day, which begins Tuesday. Instead of the originally planned 8.500 soldiers are now to 14.300 to be deployed.

Demonstration against Trump's climate decree © Erik Mcgregor

With his new environmental decree, U.S. President Donald Trump is not moving the United States forward – he is making it very small, said Pastor Klaus Breyer, board member of Climate Alliance Germany, on our site interview. He says his behavior is deeply immoral.

U.S. President Donald Trump wants to overturn the requirements for emissions from coal-fired power plants set by his predecessor Obama. Yesterday he signed a decree to that effect while visiting an environmental agency in Washington. EU commission regrets.