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Infant death sparks measles jab debate

The question of whether compulsory vaccination should be introduced is under discussion following the recent outbreak of measles in BerlinScientists and politicians are debating whether to introduce compulsory vaccinations following the recent measles outbreak in Berlin, which has resulted in the death of an infant and the closure of a school.

News of the death of an 18-month-old infant in Berlin on Monday has sparked a vigorous debate.

Franz Ulrich Montgomery, president of the German Medial Association, told Ruhr Nachrichten on Tuesday that “this tragic death should be sufficient reason to introduce compulsory vaccination against measles”. 

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Germany News in Brief - February 26, 2015

German biker club banned

ESSEN. Police raided biker group Satudarah’s clubhouses and the homes of members across Germany on Tuesday after Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere banned the group.

Police in Essen said special units had to be involved in the raids, given the club’s “dangerous” members. Saturdah is The Netherlands’ biggest motorcycle club and allegedly has strong ties to organised crime.

The raids started early on Tuesday morning in various cities including Aachen and Duisburg, which borders The Netherlands, according to the Essen police statement. 

Territorial fights between Satudarah and Hells Angels often featured hand grenades, mass brawls and gunshots. Some German club members carried Kalashnikovs and sub-machine guns.

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25% more soldiers seek help with PTSD

Despite the mission in Afghanistan winding down, Germany’s army, the Bundeswehr, is dealing with a sharp rise in soldiers reporting post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 

In 2014, 431 soldiers sought support in dealing with the illness, the Berliner Zeitung reported. Of those, 204 were new cases – an increase of 55 over 2013.

A further 214 soldiers sough psychological help for other illnesses like depression or anxiety disorders. All but 50 of those cases were newly diagnosed in 2014 – a rise of 20 over 2013.

In total, the Bundeswehr is dealing with 627 soldiers suffering from psychological illnesses, a rise of 25.6 per cent over 2013.

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