Germany
Aubameyang chasing Arsenal move -- reports
Germany and Poland look to experts on reparations row
Iranian spies in Germany targeted Israel embassy, Jewish kindergartens — report
Cinéma : Berlin lance la chasse aux ours
Germany trumps Asia with world's largest current account surplus
Germany considers student exchanges to heal East-West divide
Andrea Nahles warnt SPD in GroKo-Verhandlungen vor "Illusionen"
2018-01-18 02:03:54 Vor dem SPD-Sonderparteitag am kommenden Sonntag hat Fraktionschefin Andrea Nahles ihrer Partei "harte Koalitionsverhandlungen" versprochen. Gleichzeitig warnte sie vor "Illusionen" hinsichtlich möglicher Gespräche mit den Unionsparteien. "Die Verhandlungen sind an bestimmten Punkten ausgereizt", sagte Nahles den Zeitungen der Funke Mediengruppe. "Wir haben die großen Themen durchgesprochen", sagte sie im Hinblick auf die Sondierungsgespräche mit CDU und CSU. "Wir haben beispielsweise tagelang über die Bürgerversicherung oder die sachgrundlose Befristung von Arbeitsverhältnissen verhandelt   Read More ...
U.S. prosecutors charge German man with supporting al Qaeda
2018-01-18 01:48:17 NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday accused a German man currently imprisoned in France of supporting al Qaeda in the years leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on New York City, and conspiring to kill Americans. In an indictment unsealed in Manhattan federal court, New York federal prosecutors said Christian Ganczarski, 51, had personal relationships with Osama bin Laden and other al Qaeda members   Read More ...
U.S. prosecutors charge German man with supporting al Qaeda
2018-01-18 01:42:05 NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday accused a German man currently imprisoned in France of supporting al Qaeda in the years leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on New York City, and conspiring to kill Americans. In an indictment unsealed in Manhattan federal court, New York federal prosecutors said Christian Ganczarski, 51, had personal relationships with Osama bin Laden and other al Qaeda members   Read More ...
Grappling With Death in a Small German Town
2018-01-18 00:09:19 In the first days of the New Year, the death of Mia V. was the only thing people in Germany seemed to talk about. On the radio. On television. On social media. Once again, the story went, a refugee had attacked a German girl. She was only 15. I might never have gone to Kandel, a quietly affluent town a few miles from the French border, but then a study was published linking an increase in crime in another part of the country to an increase in refugees, playing into a mounting if diffuse sense of fear I was noticing in Germany   Read More ...
A Girl’s Killing Puts Germany’s Migration Policy on Trial
2018-01-17 23:08:31 KANDEL, Germany — It happened between neatly stacked rows of shampoo and organic baby food: A teenage boy walked up to his ex-girlfriend in the local drugstore, pulled out a kitchen knife with an eight-inch blade and stabbed her in the heart. The death in Kandel, in southwestern Germany, on Dec. 27 has traumatized this sleepy town of barely 10,000 inhabitants, not just because both the suspect and the victim were just 15 years old and went to the local school, but also because the boy is an Afghan migrant and the girl was German   Read More ...
Nationalists allowed to join German parliament's soccer team
2018-01-17 22:39:23 BERLIN (AP) — A soccer team of German lawmakers has agreed to let several recently elected members of a nationalist party join its squad. Members of FC Bundestag, the German parliament's recreational team, voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the applications of three lawmakers from the Alternative for Germany party. German news agency dpa reports that one nationalist lawmaker's request was rejected, while another's was put on hold   Read More ...
Brit builder faces five years in jail after he bought horror house of ‘Germany’s Fred and Rose West’ and ‘turned it into a giant cannabis farm’
2018-01-17 22:34:58 A BRIT man is facing five years in jail after he bought a house belonging to Germany's 'Fred and Rose West' – and allegedly turned it into a giant cannabis farm. Scottish roofer Dave McLeod bought the house where the notorious couple - known only as Wilfried and Angelika - lured innocent young women to torture and kill in February 2016 for £4,200   Read More ...
Aubameyang chasing Arsenal move -- reports
2018-01-17 22:02:25 BERLIN (AFP) - Borussia Dortmund want-away star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is reportedly close to signing for Premier League side Arsenal -- with the German club in turn hoping to recruit Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea. German daily Bild says Dortmund want 70 million euros ($85.6m) for Aubameyang, the top scorer in the Bundesliga last season with 31 goals. Bild says Aubameyang's father and agent Pierre is in London discussing a possible transfer with Arsenal with the Gunners reportedly considering selling Chile striker Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United   Read More ...
Germany, Turkey resume bilateral meetings, still at odds over reporter's arrest
2018-01-17 21:48:59 BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany and Turkey on Wednesday resumed bilateral government consultations that had been suspended after Ankara's arrest of German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel in February 2017, an issue that continues to divide the two NATO allies. State secretaries from both countries met at the German Interior Ministry for discussions about counterterrorism and other issues, ministry spokesman Johannes Dimroth said during a regular government briefing   Read More ...
Germany faces huge bill to meet EU climate goals: BDI study
2018-01-17 21:42:21 But it raised questions about Germany’s goal of meeting the upper end of the target, saying that would require huge but unspecified levels of additional spending. The draft, prepared by Boston Consulting and Prognos over many months, also said the EU targets should be implemented on a global basis to protect the competitiveness of German industry. BDI plans to release the study on Thursday   Read More ...
Neue Regeln auf YouTube: Für One-Hit-Wonder gibt's kein Geld mehr
2018-01-17 21:04:07 Von einem "Zwergenaufstand" sprach CSU-Politiker Alexander Dobrindt kürzlich, als Proteste der SPD-Basis gegen das Sondierungsergebnis aus Berlin laut wurden. Ein dämliches Wort, ja, aber bald könnte sich neben der SPD-Spitze auch YouTube mit einem Aufruhr von vielleicht nur vermeintlich unbedeutenden Unterstützern konfrontiert sehen. Denn die Google-Tochterfirma hat gerade neue Monetarisierungs-Regeln für ihre Plattform angekündigt. Regeln, die vor allem kleine, aber teils seit Jahren in Nischen bestehende Kanäle ärgern dürften   Read More ...
Germany, Turkey resume bilateral meetings, still at odds over reporter's arrest
2018-01-17 20:46:25 BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany and Turkey on Wednesday resumed bilateral government consultations that had been suspended after Ankara’s arrest of German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel in February 2017, an issue that continues to divide the two NATO allies. State secretaries from both countries met at the German Interior Ministry for discussions about counterterrorism and other issues, ministry spokesman Johannes Dimroth said during a regular government briefing   Read More ...
Jewish group: Spy case shows Germany must act against Iran
2018-01-17 20:13:58 BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Jewish community says raids against suspected Iranian agents show Berlin needs to take a tougher line toward Tehran. German authorities have searched premises linked to 10 people suspected of conducting espionage activity on behalf of Iranian intelligence. Prosecutors, however, have refused to confirm reports the suspects are linked to the elite Quds Force of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, responsible for operations outside Iran   Read More ...
Germany: Growing far-right group forming their own army
2018-01-17 20:00:26 A far-right movement in Germany, Reichsbuerger, has grown significantly in the past year, and is planning to create an armed wing which will commit violent acts, Germany's Focus magazine has reported. The report cites information from Germany's intelligence agency which said that Reichsbuerger members have increased by more than 50% within one year, totalling to 15,600 as of this month   Read More ...
A German hacker offers a rare look inside the secretive world of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks
2018-01-17 19:01:12 LONDON — The passengers stepping off the Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt, Germany, last month head straight for the passport-scanning machines that allow European residents to enter Britain quickly and without any human interaction. A lone figure in a black hoodie and jeans breaks off from the pack. "Too many biometric details," says Andy Müller-Maguhn, eyeing the cameras on the timesaving devices   Read More ...
Trumpchi: Automarke nennt sich wegen Donald Trump in den USA um
2018-01-17 18:44:25 Klingt wie ein Witz, ist es aber nicht. Eine chinesische Automarke heißt "Trumpchi". Jetzt will der Konzern in die USA expandieren und da wird der Name zum Problem: Der Markenname klingt dem Mutterkonzern Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. (GAC) zu sehr nach US-Präsident Donald Trump. Deswegen soll er bei Fahrzeugen für den amerikanischen Markt geändert werden. Dieser Schritt solle "Missverständnisse" und "falsche Assoziationen" vermeiden, erklärte Mutterkonzern GAC   Read More ...
Ex-Nazi death camp guard's final bid to avoid prison reportedly rejected
2018-01-17 18:14:19 BERLIN -- A former Auschwitz death camp guard's final bid to avoid serving his sentence as an accessory to murder has been rejected by German prosecutors, according to German media. Attorneys for Oskar Groening, 96, with prosecutors in Lueneburg, where he was convicted in 2015 as an accessory to the murder of 300,000 Jews. He was sentenced to four years in prison, but hasn't yet spent any time behind bars because of the appeals process   Read More ...
Aubameyang chasing Arsenal move -reports
2018-01-17 18:11:42 Berlin, Germany | AFP | Borussia Dortmund want-away star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is reportedly close to signing for Premier League side Arsenal — with the German club in turn hoping to recruit Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea. German daily Bild says Dortmund want 70 million euros ($85.6m) for Aubameyang, the top scorer in the Bundesliga last season with 31 goals. Bild says Aubameyang’s father and agent Pierre is in London discussing a possible transfer with Arsenal with the Gunners reportedly considering selling Chile striker Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United   Read More ...
Germany detains two after raids target Syrian-Polish smuggling gang
2018-01-17 18:01:43 BERLIN: Police raided sites in seven German states and detained two people in Berlin on Wednesday on suspicion of links to a gang smuggling Syrians through Poland to Germany, a federal police spokesman said. The suspects are accused of fraudulently obtaining Polish tourist visas for Syrians so they could fly to Poland from the Gulf and then cross into Germany to apply for asylum, said spokesman Markus Pfau   Read More ...
Germany detains two after raids target Syrian-Polish smuggling gang
2018-01-17 17:48:59 BERLIN (Reuters) - Police raided sites in seven German states and detained two people in Berlin on Wednesday on suspicion of links to a gang smuggling Syrians through Poland to Germany, a federal police spokesman said. The suspects are accused of fraudulently obtaining Polish tourist visas for Syrians so they could fly to Poland from the Gulf and then cross into Germany to apply for asylum, said spokesman Markus Pfau   Read More ...
Germany detains two after raids target Syrian-Polish smuggling gang
2018-01-17 17:47:03 BERLIN (Reuters) - Police raided sites in seven German states and detained two people in Berlin on Wednesday on suspicion of links to a gang smuggling Syrians through Poland to Germany, a federal police spokesman said. The suspects are accused of fraudulently obtaining Polish tourist visas for Syrians so they could fly to Poland from the Gulf and then cross into Germany to apply for asylum, said spokesman Markus Pfau   Read More ...
German, Austrian chancellors avoid criticizing each other
2018-01-17 17:43:00 BERLIN — The chancellors of Germany and Austria saying they're waiting to see how political developments in their respective neighbors play out before passing judgment. After meeting with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in Berlin on Wednesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters it was too early to comment on her counterpart's decision to form a new coalition government with the nationalist and anti-migrant Freedom Party   Read More ...
Sebastian Kurz und Angela Merkel wollen EU-Außengrenze besser schützen
2018-01-17 16:44:03 Deutschland und Österreich wollen die Außengrenzen der Europäischen Union besser gegen illegale Migration schützen. Über diese Ziele sei sie sich mit dem österreichischen Kanzler Sebastian Kurz einig, sagte Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel (CDU) nach einem gemeinsamen Treffen in Berlin. Die Lösung der Migrationsfrage liege "in einem ordentlichen Außengrenzschutz und einer stärkeren Hilfe vor Ort", sagte Kurz. Es sei falsch, wenn Schlepper und nicht Staaten entschieden, wer nach Europa durchkomme   Read More ...
Deutschland: Internet laut Bundesnetzagentur viel langsamer als versprochen
2018-01-17 16:43:59 Verbraucher in Deutschland müssen sich nach wie vor damit abfinden, dass ihre Internetanschlüsse oft deutlich langsamer sind als vertraglich vereinbart. Die Abweichung zwischen beworbener und tatsächlicher Geschwindigkeit war 2017 bei bestehenden Anschlüssen nur leicht rückläufig, wie aus dem Jahresbericht Breitbandmessung der Bundesnetzagentur hervorgeht. Der Anteil der Nutzer, deren Festnetzanschluss mindestens die Hälfte der vertraglich vereinbarten maximalen Datenrate erreicht, hat sich im Vergleich zum vorherigen Berichtsjahr nur minimal von 70,8 auf 71,6 Prozent verändert   Read More ...
Germany hands over key independence document to Lithuania
2018-01-17 16:40:47 VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — A copy of Lithuania's 1918 Independence Act found in German archives has been returned to the Baltic country, but only on loan. President Dalia Grybauskaite says "one of the most important national documents has reached us at the most appropriate time" ahead of the country's centennial. Grybauskaite received Wednesday the document — to be returned to Germany in 2023 — from German government archivist Elke von Boeselager   Read More ...
Germany hands over key independence document to Lithuania
2018-01-17 16:11:48 VILNIUS, Lithuania – A copy of Lithuania's 1918 Independence Act found in German archives has been returned to the Baltic country, but only on loan. President Dalia Grybauskaite says "one of the most important national documents has reached us at the most appropriate time" ahead of the country's centennial. Grybauskaite received Wednesday the document — to be returned to Germany in 2023 — from German government archivist Elke von Boeselager   Read More ...
Frankreich: Emmanuel Macron stoppt Bau von Großflughafen Nantes
2018-01-17 16:05:50 Die Regierung von Frankreichs Präsident Emmanuel Macron stoppt den Bau eines umstrittenen Riesenairports im Westen des Landes. "Das Vorhaben Notre-Dame-des-Landes wird fallengelassen", gab Premierminister Edouard Philippe bekannt. Eine Eröffnung des seit den Sechzigerjahren geplanten Flughafens war ursprünglich bereits 2008 geplant. Bisher gab es aber keine Bauarbeiten. Der Flughafen Notre-Dame-des-Landes sollte einmal 4,5 Millionen Passagiere pro Jahr abfertigen können. Längerfristig sollten die Kapazitäten verdoppelt werden   Read More ...
Germany and Poland look to experts on reparations row
2018-01-17 15:48:50 BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany and Poland said on Wednesday they would consider setting up a commission to explore Polish calls for reparations for German actions during World War Two. Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party has revived the issue of war compensation although the government has stopped short of making an official demand. New Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz and his German counterpart, Sigmar Gabriel, said at their first meeting they did not want the issue to harm bilateral relations   Read More ...
German, Austrian chancellors avoid criticizing each other
2018-01-17 15:45:40 BERLIN – The chancellors of Germany and Austria saying they're waiting to see how political developments in their respective neighbors play out before passing judgment. After meeting with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in Berlin on Wednesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters it was too early to comment on her counterpart's decision to form a new coalition government with the nationalist and anti-migrant Freedom Party   Read More ...
SPD, her mit der Vision für eine digitale Gesellschaft!
2018-01-17 15:43:15 Der SPD ist es gelungen, sich in einen Weg hineinzumanövrieren, der an beiden Enden aus Sackgassen besteht. Ob die Große Koalition zustande kommt oder detoniert, wird die SPD ein interessantes Politkunststück vorführen: Sie stürzt aus der Krise in die Krise. Dieser Zustand der Partei lässt sich sicher auf unterschiedliche Arten erklären. Interessanter scheint mir, über ihre politische Zukunft nachzudenken. Dafür biete ich hier die Perspektive der Digitalisierung an   Read More ...
German, Austrian chancellors avoid criticizing each other
2018-01-17 15:41:00 BERLIN (AP) — The chancellors of Germany and Austria saying they're waiting to see how political developments in their respective neighbors play out before passing judgment. After meeting with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in Berlin on Wednesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters it was too early to comment on her counterpart's decision to form a new coalition government with the nationalist and anti-migrant Freedom Party   Read More ...
International Real Estate: House Hunting in … Germany
2018-01-17 15:38:18 A SIX-BEDROOM HOUSE IN THE COUNTRYSIDE. $1.2 MILLION (980,000 EUROS) This two-story house is on a hillside in the village of Gross Denkte, about 10 miles south of Brunswick, Germany, and about 40 miles southeast of Hanover. The 3,444-square-foot home, which has six bedrooms and four bathrooms, is on about an acre, with broad views of the surrounding woods and fields   Read More ...
Germany and Poland look to experts on reparations row
2018-01-17 15:30:15 BERLIN: Germany and Poland said on Wednesday they would consider setting up a commission to explore Polish calls for reparations for German actions during World War Two. Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party has revived the issue of war compensation although the government has stopped short of making an official demand. New Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz and his German counterpart, Sigmar Gabriel, said at their first meeting they did not want the issue to harm bilateral relations   Read More ...
Germany and Poland look to experts on reparations row
2018-01-17 15:12:01 BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany and Poland said on Wednesday they would consider setting up a commission to explore Polish calls for reparations for German actions during World War Two. Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party has revived the issue of war compensation although the government has stopped short of making an official demand. New Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz and his German counterpart, Sigmar Gabriel, said at their first meeting they did not want the issue to harm bilateral relations   Read More ...
96-year-old German 'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz's plea for mercy rejected
2018-01-17 14:48:38 (Bookkeeper of Auschwitz) Oskar Groening, defendant and former Nazi SS officer dubbed the "bookkeeper of Auschwitz" leaves the court after the announcement of his verdict in Lueneburg, Germany. , Reuters- File Photo A plea for clemency from a 96-year-old German convicted over his role in the murders of 300,000 people at the Auschwitz death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland has been rejected, German media cited prosecutors as saying on Wednesday   Read More ...
Germany: War reparations to Poland resolved but debate OK
2018-01-17 14:47:06 BERLIN – Germany's foreign minister has suggested an experts' group could be created to look into calls from some of Poland's nationalist leaders that the country should be paid World War II reparations from Berlin. However, Sigmar Gabriel also made very clear during his meeting with new Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz on Wednesday that under international law and according to bilateral treaties between the two nations, the question of reparations has long been concluded   Read More ...
German Navy's new state-of-the-art warship sails into tech trouble
2018-01-17 14:47:03 The German Navy’s latest multi-million dollar warship, the Baden-Württemberg, is battling delays and technology challenges. The Baden-Württemberg is the first of four new F-125 class frigates ordered by the Bundeswehr, the German military, with a total price tag of around €2 billion ($2.44 billion). Citing the German Navy, The Wall Street Journal reports that the ship’s central computer system has not passed the necessary tests   Read More ...
Top German Social Democrats urge party to back coalition talks with Merkel
2018-01-17 14:46:34 BERLIN (Reuters) - Leading German Social Democrats (SPD) urged delegates on Tuesday to back coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and warned that shunning another tie-up would further damage the party’s already dire ratings. SPD members will vote on Sunday on whether to back full-blown coalition talks with the conservatives. Last week they agreed to a coalition blueprint but some in the party have bashed, saying it does not bear sufficient hallmarks of their party and that they would be better off in opposition   Read More ...
Merkel optimistic Germany can work well with Austria on EU issues
2018-01-17 14:46:31 BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after meeting Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz on Wednesday she was optimistic their governments could work together closely on European Union issues. “I want to make clear we will gauge the new Austrian government by its actions, and I told the chancellor this,” Merkel told a news conference in Berlin with Kurz. “That is what counts and the things I have just heard on Europe policy make me confident we can achieve very close cooperation,” she added   Read More ...
War reparations to Poland resolved but debate OK
2018-01-17 14:38:27 BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister has suggested an experts' group could be created to look into calls from some of Poland's nationalist leaders that the country should be paid World War II reparations from Berlin. However, Sigmar Gabriel also made very clear during his meeting with new Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz on Wednesday that under international law and according to bilateral treaties between the two nations, the question of reparations has long been concluded   Read More ...