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German court rules deported Tunisian should not be returned to Germany  Channel NewsAsia

BERLIN: A German court ruled on Wednesday that a suspected Islamist militant who was deported to Tunisia in July must not be returned to Germany, ...

Channel NewsAsia
German intelligence puts far-right AfD groups under surveillance  CNN

Berlin (CNN) Germany's domestic security agency has said it will put sections of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party under surveillance.

CNN
Germany and France signal willingness to delay Brexit  The Guardian

Member states attempted to plot out their terms for extending the negotiating time beyond 29 March.

The Guardian
Alternative for Germany politician ordered to pay compensation to Boris Becker's son  The Telegraph

A politician from the nationalist Alternative for Germany party (AfD) has been ordered to pay €15000 (£13200) compensation over a tweet which described the ...

The Telegraph
Germany’s data hack is a wake-up call to Europe  Financial Times

The digital security of all in the political system must be tightened ahead of elections.

Financial Times
Germany’s defence dilemma exposed by fighter deal  Financial Times

Choice of Tornado replacement will affect European industry and US strategic alliance.

Financial Times
Germany considering ways to exclude Huawei from 5G auction: report  Channel NewsAsia

The German government is actively considering stricter security requirements and other ways to exclude China's Huawei Technologies from a ...

Channel NewsAsia
German economy posts weakest growth in five years  CNBC

Germany's economy witnessed lackluster growth in 2018, according to flash data released Tuesday, in line with expectations. German gross domestic product ...

CNBC
What Germany should do about Europe  POLITICO.eu

Berlin must take a leading role in protecting the European project.

POLITICO.eu
German Intelligence Agency Puts Far-Right Party on Warning  The New York Times

BERLIN — Germany's domestic intelligence agency took a first step on Tuesday toward placing the far-right Alternative for Germany party under surveillance as ...

The New York Times
Germany Makes Massive Quantum, Neuromorphic Investment  The Next Platform

One of Germany's foremost scientific research centers, Jülich Forschungszentrum, will receive a €36-million infusion of government funding to advance quantum ...

The Next Platform
Facebook's Privacy Problems Get Real in Germany  Washington Post

Germany is about to remind Facebook Inc. that the tribulations of 2018 are far from over. In fact, they're about to get even more real. The country's Federal Cartel ...

Washington Post
German official says neighbors closely watching coal debate  The Republic

A senior German official says neighboring countries are closely watching Germany's political debate on phasing out the use of coal.

The Republic
Germany accuses army linguist of spying for Iran over Afghan missions  BBC News

The Afghan-German man is suspected of handing over secrets about operations in Afghanistan.

BBC News
Karl-Marx-Monument – Chemnitz, Germany  Atlas Obscura

Discover Karl-Marx-Monument in Chemnitz, Germany: One of the largest busts in the world celebrates the German city's erstwhile namesake.

Atlas Obscura
Germany remembers Rosa Luxemburg 100 years after her murder  The Guardian

Leftwingers commemorate 100th anniversary of murder of the communist writer, pacifist and radical inspiration.

The Guardian
German CDU leader criticises anti-diesel 'crusades'  The Guardian

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer also calls for party to reassess handling of 2015 refugee crisis.

The Guardian
Political clouds gather over Germany’s export machine  Financial Times

Economy risks slide into technical recession as trade spats and Brexit hit sentiment.

Financial Times
German train-delay scarf sells for €7,550 on eBay  The Guardian

A scarf knitted by a German woman to document her frustrations with frequent train delays has sold for €7,550 (£6,720) on eBay, as the country's biggest railway ...

The Guardian
Germany Dismisses Qualcomm’s Latest Patent Suit Against Apple  The Wall Street Journal

A German court dismissed a patent suit from Qualcomm against Apple, the first setback in the country for the chip maker in recent weeks amid a dispute that has ...

The Wall Street Journal
Fallen Surrey Mountie's Stetson turns up in Germany four decades later  Vancouver Sun

A collector of RCMP memorabilia found the hat that had belonged to Const. Terry Draginda, who was killed in a car crash while on duty in 1974, in a market in ...

Vancouver Sun
From client to competitor: China's rise prompts German rethink  Reuters

As a golden era for its exporters fades, Germany is scrambling to secure its interests in Beijing, but China's transformation from customer to competitor is forcing ...

Reuters
Airport strikes across Germany  DW (English)

Staff responsible for checking passengers and cargo have held an 18-hour warning strike at Germany's biggest airports. Hundreds of flights were cancelled.

DW (English)
EU WARNING: How France ‘KNEW Germany would be dominant power’ at bloc’s inception  Express.co.uk

FRANCE was “concerned” that Germany would become the “dominant power” in the formative years of what is now the European Union, it has been revealed.

Express.co.uk
Germany's Dust Bolt: 6 New Age Thrash Bands You Need to Know  Loudwire

German thrash architects Dust Bolt will release Trapped in Chaos, their fourth album, Jan. 18. They're not only here to pump up their ripping new record, but also ...

Loudwire
Record traffic jams slow down German autobahns  DW (English)

Speed limits or not, more traffic jams than ever kept drivers from putting the pedal to the metal on the autobahn, Germany's largest automobile club has said.

DW (English)
Germany sees huge rise in number of weapon license applications  Daily Mail

Germany has seen a huge rise in the number of applications for firearms licenses in a phenomenon which is being blamed on insecurity over the country's ...

Daily Mail
'Merkel deceived us on climate', says Germany's Energiewende godfather  EURACTIV

Berlin lacks the political will to bring the energy transition forward, said Hans Josef Fell, the initiator of Germany's world-renowned 2000 renewable energy ...

EURACTIV
U.S. ambassador in Berlin warns Germans about Russian gas pipeline, triggering applause elsewhere  The Washington Post

American ire over German reliance on Russian natural gas imports shows no signs of letting up, and over the weekend, Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador in ...

The Washington Post
A new German coin commemorates currywurst's 70th birthday  Quartz

It's a shiny piece of metal that combines two German favorites: cash and bratwurst with curry sauce. This seemingly priceless combination can be yours for just ...

Quartz
Germany’s far-right AfD to campaign on possible EU exit  POLITICO.eu

Alternative for Germany says the country should leave bloc if certain reforms are not made.

POLITICO.eu
German Brexit plan: keep calm and carry on  The Irish Times

Merkle says she regrets deeply vote result on Theresa May's withdrawal agreement with EU.

The Irish Times
Snow brings parts of Germany and Sweden to standstill  BBC News

Parts of Europe have been brought to a standstill as snow made driving conditions perilous.

BBC News
Germany’s Far Right Rebrands: Friendlier Face, Same Doctrine  The New York Times

HALLE, Germany — Christmas carols were playing and the scent of ginger hung in the crisp December air. Students sold organic plum compote and served ...

The New York Times
Recession fears are stalking Germany  CNN

A shock plunge in industrial output in November suggests Germany could be heading for recession.

CNN
Ex-Nazi Camp Guard Deported by the U.S. Died in Germany  TIME

Jakiw Palij, a former Nazi concentration camp guard who was deported from New York last year after his past was revealed, died in Germany.

TIME
What is Germany planning in case of a no-deal Brexit?  BBC News

There are concerns Germany is unprepared in the eventuality of a no-deal Brexit.

BBC News
Secret places: Germany's lesser-known gems  CNN

With its Nazi-era relics, Cold War remnants and natural wonders, Germany is packed with lesser-known gems that can be found in unexpected corners during ...

CNN
German village evacuated amid avalanche risk  Minneapolis Star Tribune

Officials have ordered residents of a village in southern Germany to leave their homes immediately due to "acute" avalanche risk.

Minneapolis Star Tribune
MPs seize on German minister's suggestion of further Brexit talks  The Guardian

Opponents of Theresa May's Brexit deal have seized on a suggestion by Germany's foreign minister that further negotiations could be opened with the EU ...

The Guardian
Germany says Siemens-Alstom deal to help European rail industry compete  Reuters

The German government views a proposed merger of France's Alstom and Siemens' rail business as important for securing the competitiveness of the European ...

Reuters
German police raid suspected KKK members' homes  DW (English)

German police on Wednesday raided 12 apartments in eight different German states belonging to suspected members of an extreme-right group calling itself the ...

DW (English)
Three German skiers killed in Austrian avalanche  The Guardian

Three German skiers were found dead and a fourth is missing after they were swept away in an avalanche near the Austrian ski resort of Lech am Arlberg, police ...

The Guardian
German Army Considers Recruiting Foreign Citizens  The New York Times

BERLIN — Concerned about filling its ranks seven years after abolishing mandatory military *service*, Germany is looking into recruiting foreigners for *service*, ...

The New York Times
Far-right German politician starts a new party with a logo bearing a secret Nazi symbol  CNN

(CNN) A leading far-right German politician has announced his departure from the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in order to create his own political ...

CNN
How Germany's Green Party Keeps Winning  NPR

Formed in 1980, the Greens are now the second most popular party in the country. Much of their success, analysts say, has to do with the worsening image of ...

NPR
Heavy snow brings chaos and death to Germany and Austria  The Guardian

Parts of Germany and Austria remain on high alert after extreme snow in Alpine regions, where 12 people have died in weather-related incidents.

The Guardian
Germany, the 4th-largest economy, probably just went into a recession  Business Insider

Germany may be in recession, economists said, after they trawled through an unexpectedly horrible set of industrial and manufacturing data published on ...

Business Insider
House Hunting in … Germany  The New York Times

High demand in the biggest cities is lifting prices across Germany, with historic areas like Baden-Baden attracting a new generation of buyers.

The New York Times
Commuter Knits a ‘Rail Delay Scarf.’ It Fetches $8,650 on eBay.  The New York Times

Claudia Weber, 55, who tries to take the train into Munich, Germany, each day, turned her frustrations with a year of spotty *service* into a four-foot striped scarf.

The New York Times
Germany passes immigration law to lure non-EU skilled workers  The Guardian

The German government has passed an immigration law focused on attracting skilled workers from outside the EU in an attempt to remedy a chronic shortage.

The Guardian
German data theft: Suspect confesses in Hesse  BBC News

A 20-year-old man has made a "comprehensive" confession that he was behind a data breach affecting hundreds of high-profile Germans, police say.

BBC News
Germany's Hidden Crisis by Oliver Nachtwey review – social decline in the heart of Europe  The Guardian

How has Europe's most powerful country become as unequal and class‑obsessed as Britain?

The Guardian
Unclear how deep and lasting Germany's economic problems are: ECB's Nowotny  Reuters

It is unclear if Germany's recent economic setbacks are a one-off or a more lasting phenomenon caused by structural problems, particularly in its car industry, ...

Reuters
Berlin Is A Tech Hub, So Why Are Germany's Internet Speeds So Slow?  NPR

Germany is Europe's largest economy, but business leaders warn it is in danger of losing its edge because of sluggish Internet connections. The government ...

NPR
German data breach: agencies 'failing to take security seriously'  The Guardian

Bavarian interior minister 'astonished' at handling of biggest data leak in German history.

The Guardian
Pillnitz Camellia – Dresden, Germany  Atlas Obscura

Discover Pillnitz Camellia in Dresden, Germany: An engineering wonder at Pillnitz Castle protects a precious 230-year-old flowering shrub.

Atlas Obscura
Germany's third gender law is celebrated as a revolution. But some say it's just the first step  CNN

Germany will soon become the first country in the European Union to offer a "third gender" option on birth certificates. As some hail the step as a "small ...

CNN
'Bye Bye Twitter Und Facebook': German Green Party Chief Quits Social Media  NPR

Robert Habeck says he left Twitter after he was hacked, but he also says the platform has made him more "polemic".

NPR
Berlin Competition Film ‘The Ground Beneath My Feet’ Sold to Germany’s Salzgeber (EXCLUSIVE)  Variety

Salzgeber has acquired the German rights for Berlin Film Festival competition title “The Ground Beneath My Feet” from sales agent Picture Tree International.

Variety
EU-Turkey migrant deal 'not working properly': Germany's Merkel  Reuters

ATHENS (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday a deal between the European Union and Turkey to stem massive migrant flows is ...

Reuters
Apple will stop selling some iPhone models in its stores in Germany following ruling in Qualcomm patent case  CNBC

Qualcomm was granted a second injunction against Apple on Thursday, banning it from selling some iPhone models in Germany that use chips from Intel and ...

CNBC
Offered Free Tickets for ‘Schindler’s List,’ Germany’s Far Right Sees a Provocation  The New York Times

BERLIN — The director Steven Spielberg cited a “renewed cycle of hate” in society behind his decision to bring “Schindler's List” back to movie theaters around ...

The New York Times
Germany Reportedly Seeks U.S. Assistance After Hacking Breach  Bloomberg

German authorities sought help from the U.S. National Security Agency after discovering that hackers had released private data linked to Chancellor Angela ...

Bloomberg
Amazon Dash buttons judged to breach consumer rules in Germany  TechCrunch

Amazon's Dash buttons have been found to breach consumer e-commerce rules in Germany. The push-to-order gizmos were debuted by Amazon in 2015 in an ...

TechCrunch
Workers on Corporate Boards? Germany’s Had Them for Decades  The New York Times

Elizabeth Warren's plan to give workers a voice on corporate boards isn't radical. “Co-determination” has a long history, and America should embrace it.

The New York Times
Enshrined Impotence: Germany Joins a Dysfunctional Security Council  SPIEGEL ONLINE

Germany is once again part of the UN Security Council for a two-year stint. But the council's inability to put a stop to the violence in Syria and Yemen in recent ...

SPIEGEL ONLINE
UK and German immigration: a tale of two very different laws  The Guardian

While Britain seems to put politics above the economy, Germany's new law welcomes foreign job-seekers. Jon Henley European affairs correspondent.

The Guardian
Weak German data lifts dollar, sterling slips before Brexit vote  CNBC

The U.S. dollar rose against the euro on Tuesday after data showed Germany's economy slowed in 2018, and sterling slipped ahead of a parliamentary vote on ...

CNBC
Dinner for One: English comedy spices up German New Year  BBC News

The English film you've never seen - but Germans watch it adoringly every New Year's Eve.

BBC News
Groundbreaking deal makes large number of German studies free to public  Science Magazine

BERLIN—Three years ago, a group of German libraries, universities, and research institutes teamed up to force the three largest scientific publishers to offer an ...

Science Magazine
‘We are becoming a joke’: Germans turn on Deutsche Bahn  The Guardian

Cancelled trains and lengthy delays have turned a once-trusted railway system into a source of national shame.

The Guardian
German airport strike grounds jets  BBC News

More than 600 flights are cancelled as security staff strike over pay at major German airports.

BBC News
German far-right MP Frank Magnitz badly hurt in Bremen attack  BBC News

German far-right politician Frank Magnitz has been beaten up and severely injured in an attack seen by police as politically motivated. The leader of Alternative ...

BBC News
The Élysée Treaty 2.0: A New Franco-German Friendship Treaty  theTrumpet.com

On January 22, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron will sign a new treaty of friendship. The so-called Aachen Treaty ...

theTrumpet.com
Germany’s leading magazine published falsehoods about American life  Brookings Institution

The word spiegel means “mirror” in German, and since its postwar founding, Der Spiegel has proudly held a mirror up to the world. When the magazine ...

Brookings Institution
German police raid far-right group members, find weapons  Minneapolis Star Tribune

Authorities have conducted raids in several parts of Germany on suspected members of a far-right group calling itself the National Socialist Knights of the Ku ...

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Germany’s Largest Opposition Party Is a Rorschach Test for the Nation’s Politics  National Review

When an AfD election party concluded with participants singing the national anthem, many scolds considered this transgressive. But it's dangerous for a nation ...

National Review
Bottrop: Four injured in Germany in New Year's Eve 'racist attack'  BBC News

A 50-year-old man is accused of driving into people in Bottrop, injuring Syrian and Afghan citizens.

BBC News
German woman charged over years in IS-controlled Syria  Minneapolis Star Tribune

German prosecutors have filed terrorism charges against a German woman arrested after allegedly spending several years in a part of Syria controlled by the ...

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Police warn of safety risks as more Germans get gun licenses  DW (English)

2018 saw a jump in the number of Germans applying for a basic weapons license. Police say the trend comes from a growing sense of insecurity, but warn ...

DW (English)
Are Germany's Christian Democrats Headed for a Rupture?  The Nation.

In a time of growing inequality, the free-market fundamentalists almost won the fight to succeed Angela Merkel as party leader—and they're not going away.

The Nation.
Renewables overtake coal as Germany's main energy source  Reuters

Renewables overtook coal as Germany's main source of energy for the first time last year, accounting for just over 40 percent of electricity production, research ...

Reuters
Germany and Ireland step up efforts to find Brexit border ‘fix’  The Guardian

Countries try to help Theresa May get EU withdrawal deal approved – but Brexiters are warned talks will not reopen.

The Guardian
Harsh Nazi Parenting Guidelines May Still Affect German Children of Today  Scientific American

Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the ...

Scientific American
Germany’s Der Spiegel Says Reporter Made Up Facts  The Wall Street Journal

Europe faces its largest journalistic scandal in years after Der Spiegel, the continent's biggest-selling news magazine, said one of its star reporters fabricated ...

The Wall Street Journal
Police officer found guilty of condom 'stealthing' in landmark trial  CNN

A German police officer has been found guilty of sexual assault for removing a condom during sexual intercourse without the consent of his female partner in ...

CNN
EU may need rules to stop doctors emigrating: German minister  Reuters

The European Union should consider regulating to stop member states from poaching each other's doctors and other professionals, German Health Minister ...

Reuters
German airports on alert amid spying reports at Stuttgart  BBC News

Germany's biggest airports are on alert after four suspected terrorists were spotted staking out Stuttgart airport, reports say. Police are said to be hunting for a son ...

BBC News
CEO of N.H. Gun Maker Facing Five Years in German Prison for Alleged Arms Deal  New Hampshire Public Radio

High ranking members of the Colombian National Police found themselves in Exeter, N.H., in the spring of 2009. They were there to visit arms maker Sig.

New Hampshire Public Radio
'Sorry, Dad - I'm thinking of getting a German passport'  BBC News

BBC radio presenter Adrian Goldberg is entitled to a German passport - and in a post-Brexit world it might come in very useful. But his family history makes him ...

BBC News
Uffizi Prods Germans to Return Painting Stolen in World War II  The New York Times

A German family has the artwork, and refuses to give it back. The Italian museum has mounted a publicity campaign in an effort to get German authorities to ...

The New York Times
Seven die in massive Alps snowfall from Germany to Italy  BBC News

At least seven people have died in the Alps during a weekend of heavy snow, with skiers facing a high avalanche risk in Austria, Germany and Italy.

BBC News
German Mittelstand faces battle to overcome skill shortages  Financial Times

Small and medium sized groups get creative to deal with recruitment problems.

Financial Times
Germany’s N26 becomes Europe’s top fintech with $2.7bn valuation  Financial Times

Online bank raised $300m from US Insight Venture and Singapore's GIC.

Financial Times
Germany looks set to enter a recession after unexpected collapse  Daily Mail

The German economy stunned traders this week when it plummeted more sharply than expected. Industrial production fell by -1.9 percent in November, fuelling ...

Daily Mail
Eyewitness to the German Revolution  The Nation.

Victor Klemperer's dispatches from interwar Germany.

The Nation.
Tesla’s Latest Rival Looks a Lot Like Its German Alter Ego  Bloomberg

Tesla Inc.'s latest German rival is a fast-moving startup with global ambitions, no combustion-car baggage and a lofty valuation. And its hard-charging founder ...

Bloomberg
German leftwing movement 'will take to streets like gilets jaunes in 2019'  The Guardian

The founder of a movement to unite Germany's left wing has said it will take to the streets in 2019, inspired by the gilet jaunes protests in France.

The Guardian
Germany mulls introducing 'mosque tax' for Muslims  DW (English)

Lawmakers from Germany's grand coalition government said on Wednesday that they were considering introducing a "mosque tax" for German Muslims, similar ...

DW (English)
 

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Germany (German: Deutschland German pronunciation: [ˈdɔʏtʃlant]), officially the Federal Republic of Germany (German: Bundesrepublik Deutschland, listen ), is a country in Central and Western Europe, lying between the Baltic and North Seas to the north, and the Alps to the south. It borders Denmark to the north, Poland and the Czech Republic to the east, Austria and Switzerland to the south, France to the southwest, and Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands to the west. Germany includes 16 constituent states, covers an area of 357,386 square kilometres (137,988 sq mi), and has a largely temperate seasonal climate. With nearly 83 million inhabitants, it is the second most populous state of Europe after Russia, the most populous state lying entirely in Europe, as well as the most populous member state of the European Union. Germany is a very decentralized country. Its capital and largest metropolis is Berlin, while Frankfurt serves as its financial capital and has the country's busiest airport. Germany's largest urban area is the Ruhr, with its main centres of Dortmund and Essen. The country's other major cities are Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, Stuttgart, Düsseldorf, Leipzig, Dresden, Bremen, Hannover, and Nuremberg.Various Germanic tribes have inhabited the northern parts of modern Germany since classical antiquity. A region named Germania was documented before 100 AD. During the Migration Period, the Germanic tribes expanded southward. Beginning in the 10th century, German territories formed a central part of the Holy Roman Empire. During the 16th century, northern German regions became the centre of the Protestant Reformation. After the collapse of the Holy Roman Empire, the German Confederation was formed in 1815. The German revolutions of 1848–49 resulted in the Frankfurt Parliament establishing major democratic rights.In 1871, Germany became a nation state when most of the German states (most notably excluding Switzerland and Austria) unified into the Prussian-dominated German Empire. After World War I and the revolution of 1918–19, the Empire was replaced by the parliamentary Weimar Republic. The Nazi seizure of power in 1933 led to the establishment of a dictatorship, World War II and the Holocaust. After the end of World War II in Europe and a period of Allied occupation, two German states were founded: West Germany, formed from the American, British, and French occupation zones, and East Germany, formed from the Soviet occupation zone. Following the Revolutions of 1989 that ended communist rule in Central and Eastern Europe, the country was reunified on 3 October 1990.Today, the sovereign state of Germany is a federal parliamentary republic led by a chancellor. It is a great power with a strong economy; it has the world's fourth-largest economy by nominal GDP, and the fifth-largest by PPP. As a global leader in several industrial and technological sectors, it is both the world's third-largest exporter and importer of goods. A developed country with a very high standard of living, it upholds a social security and universal health care system, environmental protection, and a tuition-free university education.The Federal Republic of Germany was a founding member of the European Economic Community in 1957 and the European Union in 1993. It is part of the Schengen Area and became a co-founder of the Eurozone in 1999. Germany is a member of the United Nations, NATO, the G7, the G20, and the OECD. Known for its rich cultural history, Germany has been continuously the home of influential and successful artists, philosophers, musicians, film people, sportspeople, entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers, and inventors. Germany has a large number of World Heritage sites and is among the top tourism destinations in the world.