Heartbreak of the Day: German Chancellor Angela Merkel Comforts Girl Facing Deportation

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Heads of state don't usually comfort audience members, especially those suffering from their government's actions.

A high school Q&A session led by German Chancellor Angela Merkel took a sudden emotional turn after a Palestinian girl began asking about Merkel's deportation policies, which may lead to the student's deportation, according to The Guardian.

During the discussion, entitled "Good life in Germany", Reem, a Palestinian, told Merkel in fluent German that she and her family, who arrived in Rostock from a Lebanese refugee camp four years ago, are soon to face deportation.

She said: "I have goals like anyone else. I want to study like them ... it's very unpleasant to see how others can enjoy life, and I can't myself."

Merkel responded by saying she understood, but that "politics is sometimes hard. You're right in front of me now and you're an extremely sympathetic person. But you also know in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon are thousands and thousands and if we were to say you can all come ... we just can't manage it."



The heartbreaking video is watchable here. It's in German, but it's not hard to figure out what's happening.



The Guardian adds further context to the deeply complicated issue:

[T]he German chancellor rubs the shoulder of a sobbing teenager after telling her she was one of "thousands and thousands" of refugees that her country was unable to help.

As the number of refugees arriving in Germany rises by the month – and already this year the number of asylum applications, at 450,000, is more than twice the total for the whole of 2014 – the issue is one of the most keenly debated topics in the country.



In Germany, partly out of disagreement with Merkel's politics, possibly partly from a coping mechanism and definitely partly from Internet boredom, the Chancellor's actions have become a meme. It has been promoted using the hashtag #merkelstreichlt which means 'Merkel strokes'.





Prank of the Day: German Town Turns Neo-Nazi March Into Anti-Nazi Fundraiser

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Every year a bunch of neo-Nazis march through the German village of Wunsiedel to the former gravesite of Adolf Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess.

This year, the town decided to do something about their Nazi problem by letting them continue to march, while at the same time, collecting money for an anti-Nazi group called EXIT-Germany.

For every meter they marched, local businesses agreed to donate money to the organization, and by the end of the day, they had raised about $12,500. The Nazis didn't know about the fundraiser until they saw signs along the route encouraging them and reporting on their progress.

You can watch the video above produced by the group who organized the event, "Right-wing Extremists Against Right-wing Extremists."

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Okay, Who Bent the Giant iPhone 6 Billboard in Berlin?

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Whether by serendipitous accident or purposeful satire, this ginormous billboard featuring the latest iPhone 6 is a little bit... well... crooked. My money's on that they put this billboard up before the whole bending controversy came to light. Funny how things just work out, don't they?

It's a PRAY-OFF, Pope Benedict XVI v. Pope Francis for the World Cup Final!

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THE US MADE IT TO THE KNOCKOUT ROUND!

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Depsite the 0-1 loss to Germany, the USA moves on due to Portugal defeating Ghana. Mueller scored in the first half with a stunner of a shot:



The US looked tired for much of the game and had a difficult time following their own teammates on the field. Eventually leading to this:



But the good news is that Theodore Roosevelt still approves:

Ridiculous Ad of the Day: Retail Chain EDEKA Hires the Most Interesting German to Promote... Groceries?

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WTF of the Day: Farting Cows Make Barn Explode in Germany

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A herd of dairy cows nearly lifted the roof off their barn in central Germany when methane released by the animals caused an explosion.

Police in Hesse state said in a statement that a static electric charge apparently triggered the detonation, and a spurt of flame, on Monday at a farm in Rasdorf. The roof was slightly damaged and one cow suffered light burns. No people were hurt.

Police say 90 cows are kept in the shed and it wasn't clear why quantities of methane had built up. Bovine belching and flatulence releases large quantities of the gas.