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Britons in Westphalia online

The project ‘Britons in Westphalia’, launched by Stadt Paderborn, now has got its own website, reports the German press.

Interested citizens can find information about the project and the exhibition on www.briten-in-westfalen.de. In this way the project is accessible to the public.

“By means of a website a wider distribution within Westphalia will be possible,” said a clearly happy project manager, Dr Bettina Blum. 

An archive recording British-German relations at a regional level is also to be found on the site. 

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Captured on camera

To mark 70 years since the founding of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, photoartist Horst Wackerbarth has captured 100 images people from all walks of life in all manners of situations – and always with a red sofa.

One of the portraits in his exhibition which opens in the Düsseldorf Landtag and NRW-Forum next month is of soldiers from 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment.

Germany News in Brief - August 25, 2016

Germany sends weapons to Kurds

BERLIN – The German army has delivered a huge shipment of weapons to Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in Iraq after Germany broke off supplies earlier in the year.

Around 70 tonnes of German weaponry – including 1,500 G36 assault rifles – arrived in Erbil last week, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported based on information from the defence ministry.

The shipment also included 100 anti-tank missiles and three armoured vehicles.

Deliveries were halted after broadcaster NDR reported in January that German weapons were being sold in gun markets in Erbil and other cities.

The initial weapons shipment itself was controversial in Germany as it was the first time the government had supplied weaponry to an active war zone.

An investigation by the Kurdish government came to the conclusion that, of the 28,000 weapons Germany had delivered to the Peshmerga, the Kurdish autonomous region’s military force, only 30 had been sold off illegally, the SZ reports.

Kurdish authorities have further pledged that none of the newly delivered weapons will find their way onto the open market.

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