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News, July 10, 2020

The Federal Interior Minister is in trouble over a study on the police. The minister's name is Horst Seehofer. The study deals with the question: Do police officers sometimes behave in a racist manner? Seehofer does not want such a study.
Is there racism in the police? Politicians are discussing this. (Felix Kästle / dpa)

He says: It is forbidden for police officers to behave in a racist manner. Seehofer thinks: That's why we don't need a study. But politicians from other parties say: We have to investigate whether there is racism among the police. Because there are reports about it. For example, black people say: the police check us much more often than white people. There is an English term for this: "Racial Profiling". It means: The police do not check someone because the person is doing something suspicious. But only because the person has a dark skin color, for example, or speaks a foreign language.

The Federal Minister of Justice is called Christine Lambrecht. She says: We need a study like this. Some police officers also say: We should investigate this. The EU Commission thinks: Germany should do such a study. Because there are indications that there are racism problems with the police.

Which does ______________ mean ...

  • racism
    Racism means that someone is against people from certain countries or with a certain skin color. For example, racists want black people to have fewer rights than whites. Or they say: foreigners are more stupid than Germans. Racism is forbidden in Germany. The law says: Nobody may be disadvantaged because of their origin, race or origin.
  • Interior Minister
    An interior minister is part of the government. You are responsible for domestic politics. Domestic politics include, for example, these topics: crime, terrorism, administration and immigration.
  • Justice Minister
    A Justice Minister belongs to the government. He or she is responsible for the law, for example for the courts and for many laws.
  • EU commission
    The EU Commission is responsible for laws in the European Union. Each country sends one person to the EU Commission as a commissioner. Each commissioner is responsible for a specific topic, for example environmental protection or security in Europe. The EU Commission is in Brussels. Brussels is the capital city of Belgium.