12/13 Jewish Groups in Germany Urge Crackdown on Anti-Semitic Acts

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Jewish groups in Germany are pressing the authorities to crack down on anti-Semitic acts following the burning of Jewish symbols and Israeli flags at protests. The American Jewish Committee Berlin, the JSUD group of Jewish university students, the Central Council of Jews in Germany, and the German-Israeli Society have called for tougher law enforcement and for […]

12/12 Ryanair pilots in Germany call strike in dispute over wages

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The pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) announced on Tuesday that pilots on Ryanair would take part in the first industrial action in the budget airline’s history. The announcement comes after pilot’s unions in Portugal and Italy had also called their members to strike against the Irish company. VC did not name dates for the strikes in order […]

12/11 ‘Historic’ opening of Berlin-Munich high-speed rail line hit by delays, cancellations

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Deutsche Bahn (DB) heralded the opening of the high-speed rail line between Berlin and Munich as a significant moment in German rail history. But the opening went far from smoothly. The new rail line cuts over two hours off train journey between Germany’s two most prominent cities, taking the journey from over six hours to under […]

12/11 Angela Merkel condemns burning of Israeli symbols in Berlin

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday denounced the burning of Israeli flags to protest against the United States’ decision last Wednesday to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “We oppose all forms of anti-Semitism and xenophobia,” she said following a meeting of senior members of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party in Berlin. She added that […]

12/9 This is how much quicker German trains will be starting Sunday 12/10

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Deutsche Bahn is implementing the largest timetable change it has had in decades, meaning that from Sunday onward, many long-distance trains will run on a different schedule and travel times will be reduced. The change is due to the opening of the new high-speed line between Berlin and Munich on Sunday which has affected the schedules […]

12/7 General Electric to cut 12,000 jobs

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GE announced on Thursday it would cut 12,000 jobs in its power and energy business around the world, just under 20 percent of its current global workforce in that sector. The company’s German workforce will bear a considerable brunt of the job losses, with 1,600 jobs expected to go in the cities of Mannheim, Stuttgart, Berlin, […]

12/6 Merkel ‘does not support’ Trump’s Jerusalem announcement

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Caretaker Chancellor Angela Merkel “does not support” the decision by US President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, her spokesman said on Wednesday. The German government “does not support this position because the status of Jerusalem can only be negotiated within the framework of a two-state solution,” spokesman Steffen Seibert wrote on Twitter. German […]

12/4 Germany’s SPD leader gives green light for preliminary talks with Merkel’s CDU

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The leader of Germany’s center-left Social Democrats (SPD) Martin Schulz on Monday approved tentative talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) on forming a government if a party conference this week gives the go-ahead. The move brings the two sides closer to a possible  “grand coalition” amidst growing frustration that Germany has gone 71 days […]

12/3 German intel chief warns of potential threat posed by wives, children of German jihadis

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Hans-Georg Maassen, Germany’s domestic intelligence chief, warned on Sunday that many of the wives and children of German “Islamic State” (IS) fighters “identify deeply” with jihadism and would pose a major security risk if they return home. In an interview with the Deutsche Presse Agentur (dpa) news agency, the head of Germany’s Office for the Protection […]

12/1 Lufthansa offers EU fresh concessions over Air Berlin buy up

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German aviation giant Lufthansa has offered concessions to encourage the European Commission to green-light its planned purchase of parts of bankrupt Air Berlin, the Brussels authority told AFP. “We have received remedies” from Lufthansa concerning the case, a spokesman said. As Europe’s highest competition authority, the Commission is examining the impact the German group’s plans would have […]

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