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Germany, US haggle over access to secret missile-performance data  DefenseNews.com

COLOGNE, Germany — The United States and Germany continue to negotiate behind the scenes over access to a highly classified computer model that Berlin ...

DefenseNews.com
Germany's 10 best castles  CNN

No one knows for sure how many castles are in Germany, but the best guess is around 25000. So which ones to see? Here are 10 of the best castles to tour ...

CNN
What Merkel’s Successor Will Mean for German Politics  Foreign Affairs

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer promises more of the same in German politics.

Foreign Affairs
Germany may be inching closer to having a new No. 2 lender  American Banker

A consolidation of Germany's fragmented banking market is very much in the cards, following months of speculation.

American Banker
Factory mishap paves street with chocolate in Germany  WTHR

A street in a western German town got a repaving worthy of fictional candy maker Willy Wonka when a ton of chocolate flowed out of a factory and solidified.

WTHR
Putin’s Stasi ID Is Found in German Archive  The New York Times

Long before he was president of Russia, Vladimir Putin worked as a K.G.B. officer in Dresden in the former East Germany and had access to Germany's dreaded ...

The New York Times
From Germany to Bay Harbor: village to host inaugural 'Christkindlmarkt'  Petoskey News-Review

BAY HARBOR — This weekend the Village of Bay Harbor will present its inaugural Slifco Electric Christkindlmarkt, turning the village into a sort of German ...

Petoskey News-Review
Emptying wallet shuts German motorway  BBC News

A major road in the south-west is temporarily closed after reports of banknotes blowing into traffic.

BBC News
Germany Prepares for No-Deal Brexit to Avert Financial Turmoil  Bloomberg

Germany is trying to mitigate market turmoil from the U.K. leaving the European Union without a deal by giving British financial firms a chance to continue ...

Bloomberg
Germany Intensifies Plans to Fix Deutsche Bank With Merger  Bloomberg

The German government is intensifying efforts to help fix Deutsche Bank AG, with officials studying ways to make it easier to merge with Commerzbank AG, ...

Bloomberg
Five job opportunities for architects and designers in Germany  Dezeen

We have plenty of job vacancies in Germany available right now, with roles in Berlin, Stuttgart and Düsseldorf. Here are five listed on Dezeen Jobs, including ...

Dezeen
Hockey World Cup 2018: Belgium beat Germany to reach semi-finals  India Today

Belgium advanced to the semi-finals of the 2018 Hockey World Cup by beating two-time champions Germany 2-1 in a thrilling quarter-final clash in ...

India Today
German Activists Use Coca-Cola, and Santa Claus, to Denounce the Far Right  The New York Times

A sign showing Coca-Cola's jolly Santa Claus with a bottle of Coke in each hand wasn't what it appeared to be. It drew a boycott online, and soda brands into ...

The New York Times
Manhunt for Strasbourg gunman continues across German border  The Guardian

A major manhunt is continuing in France and across the German border as police appealed to the public for information about the suspected Strasbourg ...

The Guardian
German coach travel border checks are illegal, says European Court of Justice  Euronews English

Border checks carried out on coach passengers entering or leaving Germany were illegal under EU law, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Thursday.

Euronews English
Suspect in Germany's baffling cold case partially withdraws confession  DW (English)

Manuel S., a suspect in the murder of 9-year-old Peggy K. in 2001, has partially recanted his statement to police, according to German media reports late ...

DW (English)
Germany still supports Brexit backstop  The Irish Times

However senior officials decline to confirm support would remain in the future.

The Irish Times
Deutsche Bank shares surge on report Germany plans to fix bank's problems with merger  CNBC

Shares of Deutsche Bank surged Wednesday after Bloomberg News reported the German government plans to push for a merger to save the struggling bank.

CNBC
Relaxed abortion legislation: Proposed German law comes under fire  DW (English)

The German government wants to slightly ease the law concerning doctor-patient communication about abortions. But few people are thrilled by the draft ...

DW (English)
France and Germany are uprooting the pillars of the European Union  CNBC

A deeply wounded, impoverished and divided Europe began to come back together after two world wars around the French-German reconciliation in the early ...

CNBC
Mystery of Germany's festive gold bar donations  BBC News

Three associations in a small town receive anonymous donations of gold bars on Saint Nicholas Day.

BBC News
Sticky mess as tonne of chocolate spills in Germany  RTE.ie

Firefighters in the town of Werl in western Germany tackled an unusual emergency late on Monday, when a tank at a local firm making liquid chocolate ...

RTE.ie
German parliament rejects far-right deputy speaker candidate | FOX13  FOX13 Memphis

BERLIN (AP) - Germany's parliament has again rejected the far-right Alternative for Germany's candidate for deputy speaker, prolonging a saga that has lasted ...

FOX13 Memphis
The Latest: Brexit: Germany glad UK avoided 'total chaos'  Hawaii News Now

German minister glad Britain avoided 'total chaos' in Brexit process.

Hawaii News Now
Germany Is Soft on Chinese Spying  Foreign Policy

Last week, New Zealand decided to exclude the Chinese technology company Huawei from providing equipment to operate its 5G high-speed mobile network ...

Foreign Policy
How to Retire in Germany  Yahoo Finance

Germany has become a popular destination for American retirees due to its reasonable costs, excellent healthcare system and well-kept infrastructure.

Yahoo Finance
Germany Said to Intensify Efforts to Aid in Deutsche Bank Merger Fix  Bloomberg

The German government is reportedly intensifying efforts to make it easier for Deutsche Bank AG to merge with Commerzbank AG and complete a combination ...

Bloomberg
Germany’s Economy Will Be Europe’s Problem  Bloomberg

The imminent end of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's final term presents a great challenge for both her country and the entire European project.

Bloomberg
Only Street-Legal Porsche 935 Ever Made Is for Sale in Germany  The Drive

Cartique, an exotic car dealer in Pleidelsheim, Germany, currently has a listing for a 1979 Porsche 935 Kremer K3. As a Le Mans racer, the 935 is rare in its own ...

The Drive
Germany secures access to world's second-largest lithium deposit  MINING.com

The partners expect to produce up to 40000 tonnes of lithium hydroxide per year beginning in 2022.

MINING.com
Renewables to account for 38% of Germany's 2018 gross electricity consumption  pv magazine International

The figure released by German industry associations BDEW and ZSW shows that no technology has grown as much as solar PV. Indeed, they say production ...

pv magazine International
Apple Pay finally launches in Germany  TechCrunch

Apple's mobile payment technology has finally launched in Germany, some four years after it debuted in the U.S. On its newly launched Apple Pay website for ...

TechCrunch
Why German bread is the best in the world (opinion)  CNN

Germans have more bakeries and eat more varieties of bread than most other countries in the world. Why do they think they have the best bread in the world?

CNN
Payments Startup Bitwala Now Offers Crypto Banking in Germany  CoinDesk

Germany-based crypto payments startup Bitwala is now offering crypto banking services in the country. Claiming the launch is Europe's first such banking ...

CoinDesk
Germany's new CDU chief to review liberal Merkel migration policies  Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - The new leader of Germany's Christian Democrats (CDU) outlined plans on Sunday to change the party's migrant policies before next year's ...

Reuters
Germany’s Second-Largest Stock Exchange and SolarisBank Partner to Launch Crypto Exchange  Cointelegraph

SolarisBank and Stuttgart Exchange Group are jointly developing a crypto exchange meant to be launched in the first half of next year.

Cointelegraph
Move AFRICOM From Germany to Africa: National Security Adviser  Military.com

White House National Security Adviser John Bolton on Thursday gave the administration's tentative support for moving U.S. Africa Command from Stuttgart, ...

Military.com
China cutting U.S. auto tariffs is big news — for German auto makers  MarketWatch

The news that China is slashing the tariffs on U.S.-made cars is a big boost — to the bottom line of German companies.

MarketWatch
Germany: Train strike hits millions of passengers  BBC News

Widespread delays in Germany as railworkers' union stages nationwide strikes over pay.

BBC News
Florida Orchestra Music Director Takes On Additional Conducting Job in Germany  WUSF News

Music Director Michael Francis will remain at the helm of the Florida Orchestra , he recently signed a contract extension that runs until 2024. But he was.

WUSF News
Putin's Stasi spy ID pass found in Germany  BBC News

A Stasi ID pass used by Vladimir Putin when he was a Soviet spy in former East Germany has been found in the Stasi secret police archive in Dresden.

BBC News
Germany's animal rescue shelters ban adoptions over the festive season  Evening Standard

Germany's biggest animal shelters have banned pets from being adopted over Christmas. The temporary bans have been introduced in dozens of shelters ...

Evening Standard
Heather Nauert once cited D-Day in ‘long history’ of U.S.-German relations. Now she’s headed to the U.N.  The Washington Post

This story has been updated. The United Nations came into existence to vanquish Germany, as 26 nations jointly pledged in 1942 not to surrender to “savage ...

The Washington Post
Germany's economy shrinks for the first time since early 2015  CNBC

Germany's economy just saw its worst quarter for several years, flash data showed on Wednesday morning.

CNBC
Ai Weiwei: 'The mood is like Germany in the 1930s'  The Guardian

The artist has battled surveillance, underground exile and even irate Berlin taxi drivers. He thinks the world has forgotten what human rights mean, which is why ...

The Guardian
German coalition tries to resolve dispute over abortion law  Charlotte Observer

Germany's governing coalition is trying to resolve a long-running dispute over a ban on doctors advertising abortions.

Charlotte Observer
Bombardier Loses Via Rail Contract To Germany's Siemens  HuffPost Canada

MONTREAL — Via Rail has selected Siemens over Bombardier Inc. for a $989-million contract to modernize its passenger rail *service* along Canada's key rail ...

HuffPost Canada
Germany’s Second Largest Stock Exchange is Launching a Zero-Fee Crypto Exchange  CCN

The Stuttgart Exchange Group and the banking institute SolarisBank are joining forces to create infrastructure for a zero-fee crypto exchange.

CCN
MVA gets 3D map of Saipan from Germany - Saipan News, Headlines, Events, Ads  Saipan Tribune

The Marianas Visitors Authority has acquired from Germany a three-dimensional map of Saipan that will be displayed at the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan ...

Saipan Tribune
The Germans solving rising rents with people power  BBC News

Despairing of rising prices, some Germans are taking matters into their own hands to secure long-term, cheap, and stable rents. Rents in Munich's trendy ...

BBC News
A slowdown in Germany’s economy  The Economist

TRULY A GREAT achievement…real triumph!” Thus did Olaf Scholz, Germany's finance minister, this week hailed the imminent dip in his country's public debt to ...

The Economist
A pouting 1980s photo of Putin turned up in a Soviet-era stash of Stasi work IDs  Business Insider

While working for the KGB, Vladimir Putin served with a spy agency in East Germany from 1985 to 1990. He was issued the ID when he was 33.

Business Insider
Germany's Opel announces plans for electric van in 2020  CNBC

German automaker Opel is set to roll out an electric model of its Vivaro van. The new midsize van will be available as a battery electric vehicle in 2020, the ...

CNBC
Weaker German exports, private sector growth worry investors  Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - Weaker exports were the primary driver behind Germany's first quarterly economic contraction since 2015, data showed on Friday, and while ...

Reuters
Germany Willing to Merge Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank, Focus Says  Bloomberg

The German finance ministry is willing to “orchestrate” a merger between Deutsche Bank AG and Commerzbank AG, according to Focus magazine.

Bloomberg
Nord Stream 2 is a trap of Germany’s own making  Brookings Institution

The seizure by Russian forces of three Ukrainian vessels and their crews in the Kerch Strait at the entrance to the Sea of Azov has turned a harsh spotlight on ...

Brookings Institution
German automakers BMW, Daimler stand to benefit the most if China cuts US auto tariffs  CNBC

Mercedes and BMW both have big U.S. plants that each import more cars to China than Ford, GM and Fiat Chrysler combined.

CNBC
Germany’s new Green divide  POLITICO.eu

Historians trying to trace the collapse of Germany's Social Democrats would do well to look at the neighborhood of Haidhausen in central Munich. For centuries ...

POLITICO.eu
German upswing continues despite trade conflicts  Reuters

The German economy remains on a growth track due to strong domestic demand, but the upswing is being slowed down by a difficult trade environment and ...

Reuters
The Man Who Brought Weimar Into Germans’ Living Rooms  The New York Times

With seven hit novels, now the basis of a blockbuster TV show, Volker Kutscher has helped ignite a debate in Germany about whether history is repeating itself.

The New York Times
Germany's Schuller goes full circle  FIFA.com

France is a place of great significance for Lea Schuller - and not only because the country will host the FIFA Women's World Cup™ next year. In a way, it is ...

FIFA.com
Is Germany’s media to blame for the inexorable rise of the AfD?  The Guardian

The way journalists do business with politicians is a cosy arrangement that invites disruption, says Ben Knight.

The Guardian
Germany’s competition regulator to investigate Amazon’s marketplace  TechCrunch

Germany's competition regulator (Bundeskartellamt) is opening an investigation against Amazon . In particular, the regulator is going to look at the relationship ...

TechCrunch
Germany's Merkel to miss G-20 opening after aircraft troubles  CNBC

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will miss the opening of the G20 summit in Argentina after technical issues forced her government plane to make an ...

CNBC
Never Look Away Grapples With Germany's Past  The New Republic

A new film from the director of 'The Lives of Others' strives for epic effect as it traces an artist's development through the twentieth century.

The New Republic
These Politicians Are Vying To Succeed Germany's Angela Merkel  NPR

Chancellor Angela Merkel will step down as Christian Democratic Union leader next month. Here's a look at the contenders to lead the party — and likely ...

NPR
France's Macron and Germany's Merkel Seek Common Ground on President Trump, the Euro and More  TIME

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel consulted Sunday on migration, fixing the euro currency and more.

TIME
Germany’s €3B plan to become an AI powerhouse  POLITICO.eu

Here's what's in Merkel's strategy for how to conquer the second wave of artificial intelligence.

POLITICO.eu
Germany: Russian blockade of Sea of Azov is unacceptable  Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - A Russian blockade of the Sea of Azov is unacceptable and developments there are alarming, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on ...

Reuters
Is this Germany's most offensive football banner?  DW (English)

Schalke and Borussia Dortmund share one of the fiercest rivalries in Germany, but that went a step too far on Saturday. Schalke fans unfurled a banner ...

DW (English)
Amazon workers strike in Germany, Spain on Black Friday  Reuters

BERLIN/MADRID (Reuters) - Workers at Amazon logistic centers in Germany and Spain staged strikes on Friday, walking off the job on Black Friday, the ...

Reuters
Australia gave endangered birds to secretive German ‘zoo’, ignoring warnings  The Guardian

Exclusive: government issued export permits for more than 200 rare and endangered parrots, despite concerns they were being offered for sale rather than ...

The Guardian
'The word Jew was not a common insult when I went to school...it is now.'  CNN

Rachel always thought it was best to hide her religion from her high school students. The trouble started a few years ago when she let slip to a student that she ...

CNN
Euro 2020 draw: England avoid Germany but Northern Ireland face Germans & Netherlands  BBC Sport

England avoid Germany in the draw for the Euro 2020 qualifiers but Northern Ireland must face the three-time winners and the Netherlands in Group C.

BBC Sport
Germany proposes router security guidelines  ZDNet

German government would like to regulate what kind of routers are sold and installed across the country.

ZDNet
German Neo-Nazis Fell for Art Project and Outed Themselves  The Daily Beast

A leftist art collective in Germany said they were launching a project to identify neo-Nazi rioters. In reality, it was a hoax to trick neo-Nazis into outing themselves.

The Daily Beast
German teenager loses driving licence after 49 minutes  BBC News

A German teenager had a quick celebration after his driving test - before he was banned for it.

BBC News
Trump Offers German Automakers a Pause on Car Tariffs, for Now  The New York Times

President Trump on Tuesday reassured German auto executives that he had no immediate plans to impose tariffs on their cars. He made the pledge in a ...

The New York Times
German Firm Xolaris Launches Two Bitcoin Mining Investment Funds  CCN

German investment firm Xolaris has launched a European private-equity fund focused on bitcoin mining. Xolaris expects to raise $34 million to $57 million for the ...

CCN
Germany's Far-Right AfD Party Now Polls Second  NPR

It is the latest sign that many citizens are drawn to a populist movement that is reshaping politics in Germany by focusing debate squarely on immigration.

NPR
A New Museum Opens Old Wounds in Germany  The New York Times

The Humboldt Forum, set to open in 2019, was meant to show Germany as confident and open to the world. But it has ignited a debate about the past.

The New York Times
Trump accused Germany of becoming ‘totally dependent’ on Russian energy at the U.N. The Germans just smirked.  The Washington Post

It wasn't the first time that Trump had lashed out at Germany over its gas imports from Russia.

The Washington Post
Why is Germany beefing up its military?  BBC News

In the face of new challenges, Germany is recommitting itself to the Nato alliance. But what will playing a more central military role mean to a country that has ...

BBC News
Chemnitz Protests Show New Strength of Germany’s Far Right  The New York Times

CHEMNITZ, Germany — Waving German flags, with some flashing Nazi salutes, the angry mob made its way through the streets, chasing after dark-skinned ...

The New York Times
Germany’s New Politics of Cultural Despair  Foreign Policy

The decade after Germany's reunification in 1990 saw a flurry of meditations on the future of German right-wing politics. There were good reasons for concern.

Foreign Policy
Germany protest: Tens of thousands march against far right  BBC News

More than 100,000 people have been marching in the German capital Berlin to protest against xenophobia and the increasing influence of the far right.

BBC News
Post-Truth Germany  Foreign Affairs

Germany, like the United States, has entered a post-truth hall of mirrors.

Foreign Affairs
Facebook Fueled Anti-Refugee Attacks in Germany, New Research Suggests  The New York Times

Towns where people use Facebook more also had more attacks on refugees, building on suspicions that the platform makes users more prone to violence.

The New York Times
Germany’s Far-Right AfD Urges Students to Report Biased Teachers  The New York Times

Politicians and teachers say an effort by the Alternative for Germany party, urging people to report teachers for violating a neutrality law, resembles the work of ...

The New York Times
Germany migrants: Protesters march over young man's death in Köthen  BBC News

Far-right and anti-fascist crowds march in Köthen, where a 22-year-old died after a fight with Afghan men.

BBC News
Germans of Turkish descent struggle with identity, seek acceptance  NBCNews.com

DUISBURG, Germany — Restaurant owner Harun Kiki admits that he has to rely on his wife's language skills to go about daily life in the country he's called ...

NBCNews.com
The Big Hole in Germany’s Nazi Reckoning? Its Colonial History  The New York Times

Germany has yet to come to terms with its violent colonial legacy in Africa, which laid the groundwork for Nazi atrocities, historians and activists say.

The New York Times
Germany Election in Hesse Deals Another Setback to Merkel  The New York Times

Voters punished Ms. Merkel's conservatives and their partners in the national government. Parties on the left and the right gained ground.

The New York Times
Racist rioting in Chemnitz has reopened Germany’s east-west split  The Guardian

We have lived in peace for 70 years and yet have now turned against each other, says the German journalist Jacqueline Boysen.

The Guardian
Mob violence stuns Germany, revealing deep fault lines over migration  CNN

Chemnitz, Germany (CNN) In downtown Chemnitz, the makeshift memorial to the victim of Sunday's stabbing attack, allegedly by two immigrants, still flickers ...

CNN
Chemnitz protests: Far right on march in east Germany  BBC News

A murder in Chemnitz led to thousands hitting the city's streets. But who's stirring the protests?

BBC News
Why Germany's Green Party Triumphed in Munich  CityLab

There has been some unprecedented rearranging of the furniture on Germany's political scene this week—one in which cities have been in the forefront. After a ...

CityLab
Meet The Jews Of The German Far Right  NPR

Fellow Jews in the country are baffled by a small Jewish faction within the Alternative for Germany, a party accused of racism and of downplaying the Nazis.

NPR
What’s Wrong With Germany’s Social Democrats?  The New York Times

The party should be embracing the challenge of economic inequality. Instead, it's shrinking away.

The New York Times
Germany's Far Right Finds A New Stronghold In Bavaria, And It's Costing Merkel  NPR

A booming economy and ever fewer migrants crossing the border haven't eased a populist backlash against the German chancellor's political allies in the ...

NPR
 

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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, and France, 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 with an elected president. 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.