Germany’s car industry shows initial signs of recovery: Ifo

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s car industry is showing initial signs of picking up and carmakers expect their exports to increase, a survey published by the Ifo economic institute showed on Tuesday. Business expectations, demand and order books all improved last month, Ifo said, but it cautioned that the survey’s indicator for the current business situation […]

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Thousands gather for ‘end of the pandemic’ protest in Berlin, ignore coronavirus safety measures

Thousands gathered in Berlin on Saturday to protest coronavirus restrictions as authorities raise concerns about a rise in new infections. MATT SCHLAPP ACCUSES FAUCI OF ‘PLAYING INTO THE POLITICS’ OF CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC The demonstration, called “The end of the pandemic – freedom day,” drew people from various parts of Germany after weeks of planning. Police used […]

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Exclusive: Germany wants to introduce car toll across EU – document

2/2 © Reuters. weekly cabinet meeting in Berlin 2/2 By Markus Wacket BERLIN (Reuters) – German Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer aims to clear the way for an almost blanket motorway toll for cars across Germany and Europe during the country’s presidency of the European Union, a draft document seen by Reuters on Wednesday showed. Within […]

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Trial Begins in Germany Over Synagogue Attack on Yom Kippur

BERLIN — The trial of a German man charged with killing two people last fall after failing to blast into a synagogue filled with Jews observing Yom Kippur opens in eastern Germany on Tuesday. Prosecutors said the defendant, Stephan Balliet, 28, had made a “very comprehensive” confession, confirming his “far-right and anti-Semitic motives” behind the […]

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Police Have Too Much Access to People’s Data, German Court Rules

BERLIN — The German police and intelligence agencies have excessive access to citizens’ mobile and internet communications, the country’s Constitutional Court said on Friday, ordering the existing laws to be tightened. It was the latest decision by the court to support personal privacy over public security concerns in the digital sphere, which, taken together, have […]

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U.S. Supreme Court to Rule on Medieval Treasure Bought by Nazis

BERLIN — After hundreds of years residing in a cathedral in Braunschweig, Germany, the Guelph Treasure has had a comparatively active century. The trove of medieval religious art was sold just before the stock market crash in 1929, sent to the United States and back, then split up and sold. All 82 pieces have changed […]

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Merkel Sees Duty to Work With Trump as He Tries to Gather G-7

© Bloomberg. BERLIN, GERMANY – JUNE 03: German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to the media following negotiations between the three parties, who make up the current German coalition government, over a federal aid package during the coronavirus crisis on June 3, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. The package, worth up to EUR 100 million, is meant […]

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Germany Disbands Special Forces Group Tainted by Far-Right Extremists

BERLIN — Germany’s defense minister announced Wednesday that she would partially disband the country’s special forces, the most elite and highly trained in the country, in the clearest signal yet of just how concerned the government has become about the spread of far-right extremism inside its own institutions. The defense minister, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, said one […]

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German committee approves 217.8 billion euros of new debt for stimulus package

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s parliamentary budget committee gave the green light to a second supplementary budget on Wednesday to finance a bumper stimulus package aimed at helping Europe’s biggest economy recover from the impact of the coronavirus. Germany is facing its deepest recession since World War Two and after slight changes, record new debt of […]

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U.S. Postpones Balkan Peace Summit, in Blow to Trump Foreign Policy

BERLIN — An American-mediated initiative to stabilize the Balkans, which the Trump administration hoped might burnish its foreign policy credentials in an election year, was postponed on Thursday after one of the main participants, President Hashim Thaci of Kosovo, was indicted on war crimes charges. Mr. Thaci had been expected to meet on Saturday at […]

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After Night of Violence Targeting Police, Germany Seeks ‘Roots of Anger’

BERLIN — Ever since hundreds of young men attacked the police and vandalized dozens of stores in Germany on Saturday, the country has been wrestling with the question of why a routine check of a suspected drug dealer led to such an outpouring of violence. While there were no political demands expressed during the night […]

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German Economic Recovery to Begin in Summer Merkel Advisers Say

© Bloomberg. BERLIN, GERMANY – JUNE 19: Tourists stand at Brandenburg Gate during the novel coronavirus pandemic on June 19, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. Travel restrictions originally imposed to stem the spread of the virus have mostly been lifted across the European Union and businesses dependent on tourism are anxiously waiting for tourists to return […]

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In Germany, Confronting Shameful Legacy Is Essential Part of Police Training

BERLIN — When Inspector Martin Halweg was a young cadet, his class met a Holocaust survivor who had spent almost four years in a Berlin attic hiding from the Nazis — and from police officers like him. “He described what it felt like running from the police, his fear, his absolute terror,” said Mr. Halweg, […]

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Syrian Doctor Accused of Torture Is Arrested in Germany

BERLIN — A Syrian doctor living in Germany has been arrested on accusations that he tortured a detainee in a secret military prison in his home country, the latest example of efforts to hold accountable former Syrian officials who entered Germany as refugees. The doctor, Alaa Mousa, is expected to face charges of crimes against […]

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The Latest: Germany works to tame meatpacking outbreak

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman said “everything needs to be done” to contain an outbreak of the coronavirus linked to a large slaughterhouse where over 1,300 people have tested positive for COVID-19. Steffen Seibert said 20 workers at the Toennies meat plant in the western Guetersloh region have been hospitalized and several are […]

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The Latest: Germany works to tame meatpacking outbreak

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman said “everything needs to be done” to contain an outbreak of the coronavirus linked to a large slaughterhouse where over 1,300 people have tested positive for COVID-19. Steffen Seibert said 20 workers at the Toennies meat plant in the western Guetersloh region have been hospitalized and several are […]

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Pushing for Serbia-Kosovo Peace Deal, U.S. Roils Allies

BERLIN — Last October, with the Balkans unsettled and the old tethers of American diplomacy coming apart, the Trump administration dispatched a new envoy to try to solve one of Europe’s longest-running territorial disputes: the two-decade standoff between Serbia and Kosovo. The move was unconventional. The State Department already had a special envoy to the […]

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Merkel: EU leaders to continue talks on EU finances in mid-July

BERLIN (Reuters) – European Union leaders will continue their negotiations on establishing the post-coronavirus recovery fund in mid-July, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday after a videoconference with her counterparts from the bloc’s members. “There were criticisms of the numbers but the structure was not questioned,” she told reporters. She added that the European […]

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The Latest: Germany: Pets with virus must be reported

BERLIN — The German government plans to introduce an obligation that any cases of coronavirus in pets be reported to authorities. It says the move is needed to assist research into the virus. Agriculture Minister Julia Kloeckner said Tuesday that the plan is for the move to be considered by parliament next month. Kloeckner said […]

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Parliament experts see Bundesbank taking lead in ECB legal fight: newspaper

BERLIN (Reuters) – German parliament’s official researchers have concluded in a legal opinion that the Bundesbank must be responsible for examining whether the bond buying programme of the European Central Bank (ECB) is proportionate, a newspaper reported on Monday. The German Constitutional Court last month gave the ECB three months to explain the proportionality of […]

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Germany earmarks $563 million to boost training

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany plans to make 500 million euros ($563 million) available to firms to prevent a collapse in company training and apprenticeships due to the coronavirus crisis, a document seen by Reuters on Sunday showed. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has already agreed two stimulus packages totaling 880 billion euros to mitigate the impact […]

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Germany’s Far-Right Party Wins Suit Against Interior Minister

BERLIN — Germany’s highest court ruled in favor of the far-right Alternative for Germany party in its case against the country’s sitting interior minister on Tuesday, a symbolic victory for the populist party that has been steadily losing support in recent months as the country’s response to the coronavirus has dulled the appetite for criticism […]

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Has ‘America First’ Become ‘Trump First’? Germans Wonder.

BERLIN — When Chancellor Angela Merkel told President Trump last week that she would not attend the Group of 7 meeting he wanted to host in Washington this month, the call between the two leaders, normally respectful in tone, turned testy. Ms. Merkel cited the ongoing pandemic. Mr. Trump responded with a wide-ranging monologue about […]

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