5/23 Daimler expands its e-battery production

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Automaker Daimler on Monday broke the ground for a second e-battery production facility in Kamenz, Germany, where its subsidiary Accumotive had already been churning out batteries for the firm’s all-electric and hybrid models since 2012. In the presence of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said the carmaker was aiming to be a driving […]

5/22 Germany and France vow to speed up eurozone integration

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Core EU powers France and Germany vowed Monday to accelerate eurozone integration, with a new bilateral panel to work out ways to kickstart the reform process. “We’ve been talking about progress in eurozone integration for years, but things are not moving fast enough,” said France’s new Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire in Berlin after talks with […]

5/20 Right-wing protesters try to storm justice ministry over ‘hate speech law’

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Members of the right-wing Identitarian movement attempted to storm the German justice ministry in Berlin on Friday over a proposed law to fight hate speech on social media. About 50 people from the right-wing, anti-immigrant movement gathered before the justice ministry in the afternoon and then tried to force their way into the building, according […]

5/18 Berlin seeking dialogue with Warsaw on Steinmeier’s visit to Poland

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Two months after taking up his new post, President Frank Walter Steinmeier will travel on Friday to Warsaw, where Poland’s Jaroslaw Kaczynski-led, right-wing populist Law and Justice Party (PiS) holds the presidency and controls the federal government. The new German head of state is trying to improve relations between the two neighboring countries which have […]

5/17 Germany’s Gabriel warns Turkey against ‘blackmail’ over Incirlik base

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German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel sharply criticized Turkey’s decision to block a parliament delegation from visiting Bundeswehr soldiers stationed at Turkey’s Incirlik base in an interview on Wednesday. If “the German parliament is to be blackmailed, then the limit of tolerance has been reached,” Gabriel told German newspaper the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung.” On Monday, Turkish authorities blocked […]

5/16 Austria sets a date for its snap election

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Austria’s snap election will be on October 15th, party chiefs agreed on Tuesday after the centrist coalition collapsed, the Austria Press Agency reported. The vote could see the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ), whose candidate narrowly failed to be elected president in December, enter government. The coalition between Chancellor Christian Kern’s Social Democrats (SPÖ) and the People’s Party […]

5/15 Germany sees highest birthrate in decades, still lags behind in Europe

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The latest government figures reveal that Germany has reached its highest fertility rate since the country came back together at the end of the Cold War in 1990. But the Bundesrepublik still lags behind much of Europe. Germany’s average birthrate in 2015 was 1.5 children per woman, according to figures released on Monday by the Federal […]

5/12 Germany demands access to reporter detained in Turkey

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Germany on Friday demanded access to a female German journalist it said had been held in police custody in Turkey since last month without consular representation. In a development likely to further strain bilateral ties, foreign ministry spokesman Martin Schäfer said Turkish authorities had failed to inform Berlin about the detention of the reporter, Mesale Tolu. “That […]

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