Cologne
One of the biggest computer games fair in Germany
Cosplay-contest: an annual highlight for participants and audience. Foto: Medienservice:Koelnmesse Bilddatenbank

:bsz international. The gamescom took place in Cologne from August 22 to August 26 and offered space for console-, mobile-, online-, PC-gaming, virtual reality and e-sports. 

Peaceful Demonstration for tolerance and humaneness
Antifa-activists trying to impede the convention while protesters celebrated Cologne’s cosmopolitan attitude. Well-known politicians like Cem Özdemir and Hannelore Kraft also showed support. Foto und Collage: Jan Turek

:bsz International. Last weekend, Germany’s national-conservative party AfD (Alternative for Germany) held its national convention in Cologne’s Maritim Hotel. In response, thousands of protesters came and voiced their opinions against racism.

Why Germany needs to reform the law governing sexual offences
No means no: Verbal rejection should be as good as a physical barrier. Foto & Bearbeitung: lux

“She was asking for it. Her mouth said ‘no’ but her eyes said ‘take me now’ – so I did. It’s not as if she put up a fight …” And if the lady in question didn’t resist physically – because she was intimidated by the guy’s strength or simply froze – it’s technically not a sexual assault. Welcome to the German law governing sexual offences!