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January 29, 2021: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["United Church of God-Germany"] produces another short video commentary, German video sermon Ist der Tod endgültig? ["Is death final?"]. UCG-Germany elder Martin Fekete recorded the commentary at his home in Oberndorf near Salzburg, Austria.

January 22, 2021: For the year 2020 the Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["UCG-Germany"] distributed a total of 73,660 print publications in the German language, 8.3 percent more than in 2020. In addition, 2557 ebooks were downloaded via Amazon, the Google Play Store and Smashwords.

January 15, 2021: The January-February issue of the Gute Nachrichten, January 2021 issue "Gute Nachrichten" magazine is mailed to 10,052 readers in 25 countries, a 1.8 percent increase over the 2020 January-February issue. The magazine was mailed to 8011 subscribers in Germany, 958 subscribers in Switzerland and 897 subscribers in Austria.

January 8, 2021 During the year 2020 the "Gute Nachrichten" website had 636,640 visitors, 9.7 percent more than in 2020.

January 4, 2021: Donation income for the Vereinte Kirche Gottes [UCG-Germany] in 2020 was 6.9 percent higher than in 2019. Regular mail income was 9.8 percent higher, and Holy Day offerings increased by 1.0 percent. Coworkers and donors (defined as individuals who provide financial support but do not attend UCG-Germany worship services) contributed 21.6 percent of UCG-Germany's regular mail income in 2020.

December 28, 2020: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["United Church of God-Germany"] produces another short video commentary, German video sermon Welche Stadt ist "das große Babylon"? ["Which city is 'Babylon the Great'?"]. UCOG President Paul Kieffer recorded the commentary at the Vereinte Kirche Gottes office near Bonn, Germany.

December 18, 2020: The UCG-Germany National Council approved budget for 2021 includes total expenses of 292,000 €. Income is projected to be 236,000 €, with the deficit being paid from cash reserves. The budget provides funds to maintain circulation of the "Gute Nachrichten" magazine at 10,000 subscribers and to print two new booklets and reprint two current booklets.

December 10, 2020: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["United Church of God-Germany"] produces another short video commentary, German video sermon Sind Sie gesegnet? ["Are you blessed?"]. UCG-Germany elder Martin Fekete recorded the commentary at his home in Oberndorf near Salzburg, Austria.

December 3, 2020: In the first eleven months of 2020 UCG-Germany distributed 2319 ebooks via Amazon, the Google Play Store and Smashwords. The most requested booklet was "Das Buch der Offenbarung verständlich erklärt" ["The Book of Revelation Unveiled"] with 478 downloads.

November 25, 2020: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["United Church of God-Germany"] produces another short video commentary, German video sermon Der Morgenthau-Plan ["The Morgenthau plan"]. UCOG President Paul Kieffer recorded the commentary at the Vereinte Kirche Gottes office near Bonn, Germany.

November 19, 2020: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["United Church of God-Germany"] continues its direct mail campaign to promote its bi-monthly publication "Intern" [German version of "United News"]. Another 100 "Gute Nachrichten" subscribers were offered "Intern" in a promotional letter with a sample issue and a return order card.

November 10, 2020: The November-December issue of the Gute Nachrichten, September 2020 issue "Gute Nachrichten" magazine is mailed to 10,038 readers in 25 countries, a 2.2 percent increase over the 2019 November-December issue. The magazine was mailed to 7998 subscribers in Germany, 956 subscribers in Switzerland and 897 subscribers in Austria.

November 3, 2020: Donation income for the Vereinte Kirche Gottes [UCG-Germany] for the first ten months of 2020 was 8.2 percent higher than last year's income in the same period. Coworkers and donors (defined as individuals who provide financial support but do not attend UCG-Germany worship services) contributed 19.4 percent of UCG-Germany's income.

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News on events in Europe and commentary
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June 26, 2018: 55 years ago President John F. Kennedy spoke the words most widely recognized today as being German: "Ich bin ein Berliner." A boisterous appreciative crowd of some 300,000 jammed Berlin's Schöneberg Rathaus square to hear Kennedy speak. Read more »

February 24, 2012: Is Germany using the debt crisis to conquer Europe? That is what some Europeans think, especially among the British press. But Germany’s integration in a European framework is exactly what its neigbors, especially France, wanted after World War II. Read more »

October 12, 2011: A stunning move by the Swiss National Bank in September signals the opening round of a currency war as Switzerland sets exchange limits to protect its domestic economy. Currency wars can lead to trade wars. But what comes after trade wars? Read more »

August 19, 2011: For over 1500 years the pope in Rome has claimed authority over the entire Christian church. That claim remains a source of controversy and division, even during the ecumenical movement. Is Jesus responsible for the division by appointing Peter as pope? Read more »

June 29, 2011: While many economic experts have focused on the Greek debt crisis and the future of the euro, the plight of unemployed youth in Europe has received less attention. Their rising numbers may eventually lead to a rise of political extremism. Read more »

November 16, 2010: Populist sentiment may be just a groundswell of discontent and concern among a minority, but it can also affect major political developments, depending on its momentum and the issues involved. A case study is growing Islamic influence in Europe. Read more »

September 21, 2010: Over the last 50 years change has come slowly within the European Union. However, the impact of the worldwide financial crisis forced the European Union to respond much faster than would have been the case in "normal" economic times. Read more »

August 28, 2010: With birthrates among traditional Europeans in decline and population growth in Europe’s Muslim communities soaring, one persistent European voice asks whether Europe wants to preserve its traditional cultural and religious identity. Read more »

March 25, 2010: Members of the European Parliament, labor organizations and mainstream churches unite to promote EU legislation promoting Sunday as EU’s official day of rest. If passed, what will this mean for religious minorities that keep the biblical Sabbath? Read more »

February 23, 2010: Controversies over minarets and burkas highlight the clash of cultures and whether Europe’s traditional religious heritage should be defended in the face of a fast-growing Muslim minority. Will Islam eventually displace Christianity in Europe? Read more »

September 17, 2009: The 50th anniversary of the NATO alliance in 1999 was a celebration of the successful defense of the free world during the Cold War. Just ten years later there are signs of serious trouble within the alliance. Will NATO survive the next ten years? Read more »

August 17, 2009: With the number of Muslims in Germany numbering some four million (about five percent of Germany's population), it is no surprise that the number of mosques has increased in recent years. The question now is: "How big should Muslim mosques be?" Read more »

October 30, 2008: The ongoing financial crisis means a lot more than worry for individual investors in different countries around the world. A major shift in world financial power centers is on the horizon. America is on the decline, while Asia and Europe are on the rise. Read more »

December 21, 2007: At midnight on Friday the Schengen zone in Europe was expanded eastward to include nine eastern European countries. A borderless European Union now extends from Russia all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. Which country is the center of the Schengen zone? Read more »

February 19, 2007: For years Germany’s Mardi Gras Monday ["Rosenmontag"] float designers have used the occasion to poke fun at German and international politicians and the world scene. Today’s Rosenmontag parade in Düsseldorf was no exception. Read more »

November 15, 2004: The Gregorian calendar in common use in the Western world has peculiarities that complicate trade and commerce. Despite all attempts to alter this calendar, the seven-day weekly cycle has been preserved. Will the Catholic church allow it to be changed? Read more »

August 20, 1999: The department store Kaufhof opens on Sunday in Berlin to challenge Germany’s "store closing law" which establishes Sunday as a protected day of rest from gainful employment. What does the future hold for the "store closing law"? Read more »

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