Germany

Berlin Preserves Its Trippy 1980s Subway Stations

They’re cheerful, witty, and a little bizarre.<p>Today, seven of the oddest-looking subway stations in Europe are getting an unlikely accolade: They’re being listed as historic monuments for the first time.<p>The seven stations are all located in western Berlin, part of a city subway network where …

Berlin

Angela Merkel rejects one of Theresa May's key Brexit demands

Divorce settlement must come before talks about future relationship, says chancellor, as EU leaders respond to article 50 letter<p>Angela Merkel has rejected one of Theresa May’s key Brexit demands, insisting negotiations on Britain’s exit from the European Union cannot run in parallel with talks on …

Brexit

Germany Weighs Alternatives to Turkish Air Base

BERLIN—The German government is weighing alternative locations to Turkey for its forces involved in fighting Islamic State amid rising tensions between the two countries.<p>Berlin has identified eight possible alternatives to Incirlik Air Base in Jordan, Kuwait and Cyprus, according to an official …

World News

German police raid 'Reichsbürger' movement

German police have carried out multiple raids on suspected "Reichsbürger" members. The movement believes the German Reich continues to exist in its 1937 borders and doesn't recognize the modern German state.<p>German police across five states on Wednesday raided multiple locations and arrested three …

World News

How East Germany's Stasi tried to drive activists insane, and how they resisted

East Germany's secret police, the Stasi, were the most aggressive surveillance force of their day -- at the Stasi's peak, one in 60 East Germans was …

German History

Does Germany Hold the Key to Defeating Populism?

Angela Merkel’s country can resist the rightward pull in European politics.<p>Amid fears of a rising populist tide in Europe, Germany seems to be resisting its rightward tug with unique success. The day after Donald Trump’s election, <i>The New York Times</i> hailed German Chancellor Angela Merkel as the …

Democracy

Merkel's Party Blocks Executive-Bonus Curbs as Campaign Heats Up - Bloomberg

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party blocked a proposal to curb executive bonuses, turning managers’ pay into a campaign issue six months before …

Angela Merkel

'America First' is no strategy for growth, jobs - German minister

The "America First" trade policy advocated by U.S. President Donald Trump is no recipe for generating more economic growth and jobs and it is up to Europeans to convince him of that, Germany's economy minister said on Wednesday.<p>Brigitte Zypries cited a study by the Paris-based Organisation for …

German Economy

Germany to block right-winger from ceremonial post in parliament

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition will change the rules for the ceremonial post of doyen of parliament after it emerged that an anti-immigrant party member might qualify for it later this year.<p>Wilhelm von Gottberg, a member of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) who turns 77 on Thursday, …

Hackers attempted to attack German parliament in January via a compromised Israeli news site

German parliament reportedly thwarted the new wave of malvertising attacks.<p>Hackers reportedly targeted the German parliament with new cyberattacks as …

German Politics

Ego Trip: Trump Steers into Global Economy Collision Course - SPIEGEL ONLINE - International

<b>March 29, 2017</b> 04:43 PM<p>David Lipton is a man of firm convictions -- particularly regarding himself and the role he plays. He consistently comes …

German Economy

Turkey, Germany tensions increase over spying allegations

Tensions between Turkey and Germany continue to increase over alleged spying on suspected Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) members in Germany by the …

German Politics

Berlin street artists convert old bank into free museum

Berlin has long been a street art hub. Now the city's artists have a new playground: an 80-room former bank that's awaiting demolition. The temporary museum is open to the public - including a virtual reality exhibit.<p>On a sunny weekday in Berlin, the graffiti-tagged room on the ground floor of a …

Berlin

Censored East German filmmaker Egon Günther turns 90

Despite his problems with East German authorities, Egon Günther untiringly kept on directing bold films. He should obtain more recognition as one of the great names of German film history.<p>In a fair retrospective of German film history, filmmaker Egon Günther should be included in the same list as …

German History

Merkel deals May body blow on Brexit trade talks

German chancellor says negotiating trade deal must wait until Britain leaves the EU.<p>German Chancellor Angela Merkel dealt an immediate blow to …

Brexit

Brexit will hurt UK more than us: Germany

German Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries expects Britain to suffer from the negative effects of Brexit to a greater extent than the German …

German Economy

Kaminer: ‘Russian speakers are no longer foreigners’

Wladimir Kaminer is confronted with many questions in Germany. In an interview with DW reporter Zhanna Nemtsova, the writer talks about Vladimir Putin's propaganda and how Russian speakers living in Germany feel.<p><i>DW: Mr. Kaminer, why do you only write in German?</i><p>Wladimir Kaminer: I have been living …

World News

CDU, SPD butt heads and shake hands in all-night coalition meeting

Conservative politicians have painted a government meeting as a CDU victory. With SPD chancellor candidate Martin Schulz attending for the first time, each party attempted to mark policy territory ahead of elections.<p>As dawn broke in Berlin on Thursday morning following a marathon meeting among …

German Politics

German engineering industry expects rise in exports to U.S.

DUESSELDORF, Germany (Reuters) - Germany's engineering association expects exports to its top foreign market, the United States, to rise this year after a slide in 2016 as business sentiment is underpinned by a rising oil price and the absence of last year's election uncertainty.<p>The head of the …

German politician wants 'Islam law' and mosque registry

A leading member of Chancellor Merkel's CDU party, Jens Spahn, wants more rules governing the practice of Islam in Germany. Among other things, he has called for German-language sermons in mosques.<p>Germany needs an "Islam law" to regulate Muslim religious communities and ensure that what is being …

World News

Political fallout after Berlin Christmas market attack inquiry

German politicians have descended into a row over why the Berlin Christmas market attack was not prevented. Security forces are being pressed to explain why Anis Amri had not been detained earlier.<p>Ralf Jäger might have felt his collar tighten as he faced the North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) state …

Immigration

Name of German SPD lawmaker Michelle Müntefering found on Turkish spying list

German lawmakers have denounced Turkey for allegedly spying on a fellow member of the Bundestag. Michelle Müntefering of the SPD appeared on a list of spying targets Turkey passed on to its German counterpart.<p>A German media investigation revealed that Michelle Müntefering, a German lawmaker for the …

World News

Decades of yearly portraits show how power has transformed Angela Merkel

When Herlinde Koelbl started her Becher-esque photographic series “Traces of Power” in 1989, Germany was a year away from its post-Cold War reunification, and Angela Merkel, now chancellor, was on the cusp of entering politics.<p>A year later, once Merkel had been elected to the German Parliament and …

Angela Merkel

Trump is wrong to criticise Germany over trade – he should look closer to home

The president thinks Germany’s trade surplus is the result of manipulating the euro, but Wall Street fuelled the problem<p>Donald Trump has criticised Germany’s enormous current account surplus, which he considers the result of German currency manipulation. But the president is wrong. While Germany’s …

German Economy

German Newspaper: Schaeuble Says ‘No’ to Freezing of Interest Rates for Greece

Germany says ‘No’ to freezing of interest rates for the Greek debt until 2040 because that would cost creditors 120 billion euros, according to …

Greece

UK-based banks already knocking on Germany's door: Bundesbank

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Banks seeking to leave London because of Brexit are already holding talks about moving to Frankfurt but they will not be offered any special exemption from the regulations, a senior board member of Germany's central bank told Reuters.<p>Banks moving to the continent will likely …

Banking

German official accuses Turkey of 'intolerable' spying

"It is notable with what intensity and ruthlessness the people living abroad are being investigated," said Boris Pistorius, interior minister of the …

Turkey

Pakistani sentenced to prison in Germany for spying for Iran

BERLIN (AP) — A German court has sentenced a 31-year-old Pakistani to four years and three months in prison for spying for Iran by seeking out possible Jewish and Israeli-related targets for attacks in Germany and France.<p>The German news agency dpa reported Tuesday that Haider Syed Mustafa was …

Iran

Germany Said to Seek Early U.K. Brexit Pledge to Pay Its EU Bill - Bloomberg

A key German priority when Brexit talks get under way is locking in an early commitment by the U.K. to pay its European Union bills, two people …

Brexit

German SPD narrows gap to Merkel's conservatives in Allensbach poll

Germany's center-left Social Democrats (SPD) have narrowed their gap in support to Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, a monthly poll showed on Tuesday, less than six months before a federal election in Europe's biggest economy.<p>The Allensbach poll, which is due to be published in newspaper …

Polling