3/29 Berlin museum robbers used wheelbarrow, ladder to make off with coin worth millions

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When news broke that robbers had stolen a giant gold coin worth 4 million euros ($4.3 million) on Monday night, staff at Berlin’s Bode Museum spoke of circumvented security systems and bulletproof glass. But police released new details on Tuesday that revealed the thieves relied on rather old-fashioned methods:  They are thought have smashed the glass […]

3/28 Germany launches probe into ‘intolerable spying’ by Turkey

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German prosecutors announced an investigation on Tuesday into claims that Turkish agents are spying on alleged followers of exiled preacher Fethullah Gülen in Germany. The probe came as a German state minister accused Turkey of the “unacceptable” espionage against supporters of Gülen, blamed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for a failed coup attempt last year. The […]

3/28 Voting begins in Germany on Turkey’s controversial referendum

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Voting in Turkey’s referendum to consolidate power in the presidency began in Germany on Monday, allowing roughly half of the 3 million residents to cast their ballots until April 9. Turkish citizens residing in Germany are able to cast their votes in several cities across the country, including Berlin, Munich and Cologne. In Turkey, eligible voters […]

3/25 White House denies reports Trump handed Merkel bill for NATO defense

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President Donald Trump handed German Chancellor Angela Merkel a bill for more than $300 million (277.6 million euros) for Berlin’s failure to meet NATO’s defense spending target of 2 percent of GDP, British newspaper “The Sunday Times” reported on Sunday, citing an unnamed German government official. The same official told the British newspaper that Merkel had […]

3/22 Germany blocks arms sales to Turkey – report

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Berlin has rejected more than 10 applications for arms exports to Turkey in recent months, the German daily “Süddeutsche Zeitung” (SZ) reports, citing a letter from the Ministry of Economic Affairs. The ministry was answering questions by the left-wing MP Jan van Aken. As a NATO partner, Turkey is rarely subject to restrictions on arms exports. […]

3/21 Willy Brandt ally Horst Ehmke dies in Bonn aged 90

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A funeral has been held for Horst Ehmke, an advocate of the late German chancellor Willy Brandt’s “Ostpolitik” peace overtures to the ex-Soviet bloc during the Cold War. Ehmke had been Brandt’s “specialist for everything” as head of his chancellery between 1969 and 1972. Ehmke, like Brandt, stepped aside in 1974 over the Guillaume spying affair […]

3/19 Turkey summons German envoy over Kurdish rally in Frankfurt

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Turkey has summoned Germany’s ambassador to voice its anger over a Kurdish march in Frankfurt where many protesters carried symbols of the outlawed PKK. An Erdogan spokesman denounced the rally as a “scandal.” “The German ambassador was invited – was summoned – to the Foreign Ministry and this was condemned in the strongest way,” he said. Some […]

3/17 Germany is below average in tackling population decline

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Chancellor Angela Merkel and four of her ministers are discussing the government’s demography strategy at a summit this week in Berlin. Their record so far? Below average, says expert James Vaupel. Yes, it was mostly German angst. But not just German angst, Vaupel says. People in Italy, Poland or Russia are concerned about population collapse as […]

3/14 Union says ‘no strikes until Sunday’ after walkouts slash hundreds of flights

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The union that called for three days of strikes, causing scheduling headaches for Berlin travelers over the past week, has said it will not hold another walkout until at least Sunday evening. The union, Verdi, said its most recent ground crew strike, which started on Monday at Berlin’s two airports, will end on Wednesday morning, and […]

3/13 Turkey to impose ‘diplomatic sanctions’ on the Netherlands

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Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Ankara will impose “whatever diplomatic sanctions we have” on its NATO ally the Netherlands in an escalating row between the two nations. It comes after the European Union called on Ankara to “refrain from excessive statements” with regards to the situation. EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini and Enlargement Commissioner […]

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