Tag Archives: Germany

US Ambassador Richard Grenell Again Angers Germans

Deutsche Welle reports: Wolfgang Kubicki, the deputy chairman of the opposition Free Democrats (FDP), said Richard Grenell’s repeated interference in German sovereignty should prompt Foreign Minister Heiko Maas to immediately declare Grenell persona non grata. “Any US diplomat who acts like a high commissioner of an occupying power must learn that our tolerance also knows its limits,” said Kubicki, who …

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GERMANY: Compensation Payments Approved For Gay Men Persecuted Under Nazi Law After End Of WWII

The Associated Press reports: German authorities on Wednesday extended compensation payments to more gay men who were investigated under a law criminalizing homosexuality that was enthusiastically enforced in West Germany after World War II. German lawmakers in 2017 approved the annulment of thousands of convictions under the Paragraph 175 law, which remained in force in its Nazi-era form until homosexuality …

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German Company Unveils Solar-Assisted Electric Car

Inside EVs reports: Sono Motors revealed series design of the Sion, electric car that probably will be the first series-produced EV with full-surface solar integration. The solar cells can generate enough electricity per day to cover an additional 34 km (21 miles), but that’s a best-case scenario in the summer months in Munich. The average result will be over 20 …

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Fashion Icon Karl Lagerfeld Dies At Age 85 [VIDEO]

The Guardian reports: The German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has died at the age of 85, sources close to Chanel have said. Lagerfeld, the fashion house’s artistic director, missed its haute couture show in Paris in January, fuelling speculation about his health. He began his career as an assistant to Pierre Balmain in 1955 and joined Chanel in 1983, spending …

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Pence Met With Stony Silence At International Meeting After Delivering “Greetings From President Trump”

Talking Points Memo reports: Vice President Mike Pence received absolute silence from an audience at the Munich Security Conference when he said that President Donald Trump had passed along his greetings. “I bring greetings from the 45th President of the United States of America, President Donald Trump,” Pence said. He paused for several seconds to allow for applause but the …

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Germany Takes Step Towards Banning Far-Right Party

Buzzfeed reports: Germany’s domestic intelligence agency announced Tuesday that it is stepping up its scrutiny of the far-right Alternative for Germany party (AfD), examining whether the party has crossed the line into extremism forbidden by the country’s post-World War II constitution. The agency, known as the Constitutional Protection Office, announced that it will conduct a preliminary evaluation into the whole …

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German Magazine Blasts Homocon US Ambassador Richard Grenell: Vain, Narcissistic, Insecure, Ignorant

Der Spiegel reports: Because the ambassador was unwilling to grant an interview, DER SPIEGEL focused its reporting on conversations with more than 30 sources who have come into contact with Grenell. These include numerous American and German diplomats, cabinet members, lawmakers, high-ranking officials, lobbyists and think tank experts. They were all willing to speak openly but did not want to …

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Top German Politicians Hit With Mass Hacking Attack

Deutsche Welle reports: Germany’s digital defense body is “intensively” investigating the apparent data leak that saw data of hundreds of politicians from across the political spectrum being published online, a spokesman for the Federal Office for IT Safety (BSI) said on Friday. The hack targeted all of Germany’s political parties currently represented in the federal parliament, except for the far-right …

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Volkswagen Moves Toward Ending Gas-Powered Cars

Reuters reports: Volkswagen will develop its final generation of vehicles using combustion engine technology in 2026, the company’s strategy chief said today. VW made a strategy shift toward battery-driven vehicles in the wake of a damaging diesel-emissions cheating scandal in 2015, which forced the carmaker to pay billions of dollars in fines for hiding excessive pollution. “In the year 2026 …

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GERMANY: Police Raid Deutsche Bank Headquarters

The BBC reports: The Frankfurt headquarters of Deutsche Bank have been raided by prosecutors in a money laundering investigation. Germany’s public prosecutor alleged that two staff members have helped clients launder money from criminal activities. Police cars were seen outside the tower blocks that house the headquarters of Germany’s biggest bank. Other Deutsche offices in the city were searched in …

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Germany Thwarts Far-Right Terror Plot [VIDEO]

Deutsche Welle reports: Germany’s state prosecutor has ordered the arrest of six men charged with forming a far-right terror group known as “Revolution Chemnitz.” The men are accused of planning attacks on migrants in eastern Germany. Some 100 police officers raided several properties in the German states of Saxony and Bavaria early on Monday morning as part of an investigation …

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GERMANY: Hundreds Of Nazis March In Berlin [VIDEO]

Reuters reports: At least one police officer was injured in Berlin on Saturday when around 500 activists shouting “Nazis out” clashed with an equal number of far-right activists marking the 31st anniversary of the prison suicide of Nazi convict Rudolf Hess. Many of the far-right activists, clad in red and white, hoisted the red, white and black flag of Hitler’s …

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GERMANY: Far-Right Party Ordered To Retract False Claim Government Agency Donated Millions To Hillary

Deutsche Welle reports: A Berlin regional court on Monday ordered the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party and its board member Georg Pazderski to publicly retract false claims that the Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) donated millions of dollars to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016. An AfD press release, authored by Pazderski and published in November 2016, stated that the …

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Germany On Trump-Iran Rhetoric: This Is Not Helpful

ABC News reports: Germany is calling for restraint amid escalating rhetoric between the leaders of Iran and the United States. Foreign Ministry spokesman Christofer Burger told reporters in Berlin on Monday: “We support dialogue and talks, and we call on all sides to exercise restraint and rhetorical disarmament.” President Donald Trump tweeted late Sunday that hostile threats from Iran could …

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German Astronaut Beams Into Kraftwerk Gig [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Kraftwerk fans are used to hearing otherworldly tunes, but the German electronic music pioneers took it to another level at a gig in Stuttgart. Video posted Saturday by the European Space Agency shows German astronaut Alexander Gerst “dropping in” for a live performance from the International Space Station. Using a tablet computer with a virtual synthesizer, …

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Angela Merkel: Germany Can No Longer Rely On An American Superpower To Maintain World Order

Reuters reports: Chancellor Angela Merkel, vowing to stay in office despite challenges at home and abroad, said she would work on Germany’s “under pressure” relationship with the United States but that Washington could no longer be relied on to deliver world order. In a wide-ranging news conference, Merkel described Germany’s relationship with the United States as “crucial”, even after U.S. …

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Germany Says Europe Can No Longer Rely On The US

Reuters reports: Germany’s foreign minister said on Monday Europe could not rely on Donald Trump and needed to close ranks after the U.S. president called the European Union a “foe” with regard to trade. “We can no longer completely rely on the White House,” Heiko Maas told the Funke newspaper group. “To maintain our partnership with the USA we must …

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Trump Blows Up First NATO Meeting, Accuses Germany Of Being “Totally Controlled By Russia” [VIDEO]

USA Today reports: President Donald Trump unleashed his most remarkable broadside yet against a European ally on Wednesday, accusing Germany of being “totally controlled by Russia” and of not meeting its obligations to the NATO alliance. “Germany, as far I’m concerned, is captive to Russia,” Trump said. That extraordinary rhetoric represents Trump’s strongest attack to date on NATO allies – …

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Federal Appeals Court Upholds Volkswagen’s $10 Billion “Dieselgate” Settlement, Nissan Admits Falsifying Data

Reuters reports: A federal appeals court on Monday upheld Volkswagen’s $10.03 billion settlement with the owners of nearly 500,000 polluting diesel vehicles announced in 2016. The three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said, in dismissing a number of objections to the settlement, that it “delivered tangible, substantial benefits to class members, seemingly the equivalent of — …

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Merkel Reverses On Migrants In Bid To Stay In Power

The New York Times reports: Chancellor Angela Merkel, who staked her legacy on welcoming hundreds of thousands of migrants into Germany, agreed on Monday to build camps for those seeking asylum and to tighten the border with Austria to save her government. It was a spectacular turnabout for a leader who was once seen as the standard-bearer of the liberal …

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