compiled by Cem Ertür
Dec. 4, 2008
excerpt from ‘Police to have power for ID checks‘
by Tom Whitehead, Daily Telegraph, 3 December 2008
Police and immigration officers will be able to stop anyone in Britain and demand proof of identity under proposed new powers.
Clauses in the draft Immigration and Citizenship Bill give state officials the power to make anyone who has entered the country at any time prove who they are without needing any suspicion of a potential crime.
Civil liberty groups said that the catch-all clauses would effectively cover any British citizen who had ever left the country, even for a holiday, because they would have “entered” Britain on their return.
Refusing to hand over the necessary documents would be a criminal offence with a maximum penalty of almost a year in prison and/or a Â£5,000 (Dh27,057) fine.
Officers will also be able to hold someone until they meet the requirements and can even demand a medical examination, although that will be more targeted at foreign nationals arriving from countries with high risks of contagious diseases.
excerpt from ‘German constitution ‘to be rewritten’ because of rise of Arabic and Turkish‘
by David Wroe, Daily Telegraph, 3 December 2008
Germany’s constitution could be rewritten to establish German as the official language under controversial plans by conservative politicians fearful of the rise of Arabic and Turkish in the country.
Members of the Chancellor, Angela Merkel’s, Christian Democratic Union has voted strongly in favour of the change, despite opposition from the party’s leadership.
The measure, if passed by the German Parliament, would insert the statement: “The language of the Federal Republic of Germany is German.”