Germany

Merkel: My A-Z on what it means to be German

Amid a fierce debate on the best attributes of German culture, a popular tabloid has printed Chancellor Angela Merkel's A-Z list. But she admitted …

Angela Merkel

German intelligence accused of 'spying on USA'

German intelligence systematically spied on the White House and US government departments over a number of years, it has been claimed.<p>The damaging allegations could prove highly embarrassing for Angela Merkel and expose her to charges of hypocrisy.<p>The German chancellor demanded an explanation when …

National Security Agency (NSA)

How Do You Say 'Macron' in German?

The Free Democratic Party's Christian Lindner casts himself as a German version of the French political star.<p>Most assume that voters will give German Chancellor Angela another mandate in the September elections. The big question is which party she will govern with this time.<p>The Free Democratic …

German Politics

A year after voting for Brexit, Britain’s divided, and in uncharted waters

The most likely outcome of negotiations is a variant of Norway’s deal, where we must abide by EU rules but have no say. We’re better off staying in<p>‘The Brits don’t know what they want”, explained a front-page headline in that great Swiss newspaper, the Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Exactly so.<p>Or to put it …

Business (UK)

Trump disputes Russian interference in 2016 election

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump appeared to cast doubt on the assessment of 17 U.S. intelligence agencies that blame Russia for election meddling, questioning Thursday why the Obama administration didn't try to stop it.<p>"By the way, if Russia was working so hard on the 2016 Election, it all …

German History

A New, New Right Rises in Germany

At a farm in the east of the country, one couple tries to forge a nationalism for the intellectual set.<p>SCHNELLRODA, Germany—In the waning weeks of 2014, an astonishing right-wing fervor swept Germany. Tens of thousands of demonstrators, stirred by anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiment, staged …

German Chancellor Angela Merkel to open video game trade show Gamescom

Cologne is gonna get MERKED.<p>Gamescom organiser Koelnmesse and the German Trade Association of Interactive Entertainment Software (BIU) have announced …

Angela Merkel

Former owner of Hitler's birthplace fights expropriation in court

VIENNA (Reuters) - The expropriation of Adolf Hitler's birthplace by Austria's government is unconstitutional and is not the only way to stop it being an attraction for neo-Nazis, a lawyer for its former owner told a court on Thursday.<p>Gerlinde Pommer-Angloher filed a legal challenge to the …

Adolf Hitler

Knowledge is power: Humboldt's educational vision resonates on 250th birthday

Considered the father of the modern university, Wilhelm von Humboldt revolutionized public education in Germany. But on his 250th birthday, how does …

Education

A family feud is overshadowing the mourning of the 'father of German reunification'

Berlin (AFP) - Helmut Kohl was the "chancellor of German unity" but a week after his death, a family spat has cast a glaring spotlight on deep divisions and a looming battle over his legacy.<p>A long-running feud between Kohl's widow and his two adult sons from a previous marriage reached a new low …

German History

Angela Merkel says UK's offer on EU citizens' rights post-Brexit is 'a good start'

<b>Brussels:</b> German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave a cautious welcome to British Prime Minister Theresa May's offer on EU citizens' rights post-Brexit, …

Angela Merkel

A German town, pop. 2,135, welcomes some 2 million visitors for Martin Luther’s 500th

It’s 8 a.m. in rural east Germany and Gunter, a hulking tree trunk of a man, is swinging a hammer over his head, pounding together the steel frame of a 90-foot-tall lookout tower resembling a bible.<p>“This is a big year for us!” he exclaims over a chorus of jackhammers. “The world is coming, and we …

Lifestyle

Germany to quash convictions of 50,000 gay men under Nazi-era law

Parliament votes through measure overturning conviction and offering compensation to the estimated 5,000 men still alive<p>Germany’s parliament has voted to quash the convictions of 50,000 gay men sentenced for homosexuality under a Nazi-era law that remained in force after the second world war.<p>After …

German History

Why Isn't Gay Marriage Legalized in Germany Yet?

<i>Germany was once a leader in gay rights, but under the 12-year rule of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party,</i> …

Equality

France's Macron Will Work With Germany on EU Issues -- Update

(Adds comments from German Chancellor Angela Merkel)<p>BRUSSELS--French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday his new government is working "hand in hand" with Germany to build a European Union that can help protect the bloc's citizens.<p>"We will work on the fight against terrorism, the topics of …

Angela Merkel

How America’s friends and enemies have adjusted to the age of Trump

As US allies wrestle with what to do next, China hopes to benefit from a world in flux<p>Several US presidents have proclaimed a new world order. Today …

Angela Merkel

Merkel's Praise Sets Tone for Macron Debut Among European Peers - Bloomberg

Angela Merkel said she’ll present detailed plans for expanded German-French cooperation within three months with Emmanuel Macron, whom she credited …

Angela Merkel

Gamescom 2017 to be Opened by German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Gamescom is arguably already one of the biggest deals in gaming, and today’s news is just making the convention an even bigger deal. German …

Angela Merkel

Opinion: Angela Merkel, a chancellor for everyone

What does the word "German" mean to people? It's a popular debate topic in the country. Now Chancellor Angela Merkel has put forth her own answer. …

Angela Merkel

Kohl's widow in tug-of-war over unification Chancellor's legacy | Reuters

By Thomas Escritt<br>| BERLIN<p>BERLIN Less than a week after Helmut Kohl's death, a row has broken out between his widow, his sons and his political party …

German History

Toxic family feud as Germany mourns unifier Kohl

<b>In the bright heat of a Berlin summer morning, the flags above the Reichstag flew at half-mast.</b><p>And in the chamber beneath the great glass dome, there was a sombre atmosphere as German politicians paid tribute to the country's longest-serving post-war chancellor, who died on Friday at the age of …

Film Movement Picks Up 'Bye Bye Germany' for North America

Sam Garbarski's period drama follows the adventures of a group of smooth-talking Jewish businessmen trying to get the money to leave Germany after …

Entertainment

Helmut Kohl

Helmut Kohl, the former German chancellor who died on June 16 at the age of 87, was a driving force behind the events that shaped the history of …

Travel

Normally you’d expect a video game event to be ceremonially opened by, say, a video game executive,

Normally you’d expect a video game event to be ceremonially opened by, say, a video game executive,<p>Normally you’d expect a video game event to be …

Angela Merkel

High winds, rain disrupts travel in Germany; 1 man killed

BERLIN (AP) — High winds and driving rain hit northern Germany on Thursday, killing one person with a falling tree branch, shutting down major train lines and grounding some planes.<p>In Lower Saxony, a 50-year-old man was killed near the town of Uelzen, south of Hamburg, when his car was hit by a …

World News

'I can't afford to go on holidays in my own country'

Due to high prices and a strong franc, some Swiss abroad say they can no longer afford to come home to visit on holidays. A clear theme emerged from …

Europe

Germany’s Russian gas pipeline smells funny to America

CharlemagneGermany’s Russian gas pipeline smells funny to America<p>Angela Merkel says Nord Stream 2 is no one’s business but Germany’s<p>print-edition …

Angela Merkel

One man dies, transport disrupted as storms hit Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) - One man was killed on Thursday when a tree felled by a storm in northern Germany hit his car, with the weather also disrupting trains and flights to and from Berlin.<p>The 50-year-old man was killed in a car park in the village of Holdenstedt, about 50 km (30 miles) south of …

Environment

Confederations Cup live: Germany vs. Chile

Chile take an early lead through Alexis Sanchez, enabled by a major blunder from Shkodran Mustafi in defense. But Lars Stindl pulls Germany level. …

Confederations Cup

German Parliament backs plan to pull recon jets from Turkey

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Parliament has voted by a wide majority to move reconnaissance jets flying anti-Islamic State group missions from a base in Turkey amid ongoing friction between the two countries.<p>Parliament voted 461-85 late Wednesday to move six Tornado planes, a refueling plane and around …

World News