6/23 Germany ends state funding for far-right NPD party

Edited by walterp on . Posted in News In Brief

German lawmakers voted Thursday to cut off public financing for extremist parties, a measure targeting the far-right NPD after two failed attempts by parliament to ban it. Under German law, every political party receives funding from the state. The sum is partly determined by how well it is represented in the state, national and European parliaments, […]

6/22 Europe Closes Ranks on Defense

Edited by walterp on . Posted in News In Brief

After 60 years of fruitless attempts, EU government leaders meeting for a summit in Brussels on Thursday are finally expected to take a major step toward stronger military cooperation. According to the draft of their final communique obtained by the German business daily Handelsblatt, they plan to come up with concrete proposals in the next three […]

6/21 German deportations to Afghanistan to restart next week: reports

Edited by walterp on . Posted in News In Brief

Germany could restart its program of deportation of failed asylum-seekers to Afghanistan as soon as next week, German media reported on Thursday. Germany halted its controversial deportation program earlier this month after the Afghan capital of Kabul was struck with one of its deadliest suicide bombings. Separate reports from public broadcaster NDR and news magazine Der Spiegel […]

6/16 Alexis Tsipras and Wolfgang Schäuble praise new Greece austerity deal

Edited by walterp on . Posted in News In Brief

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Friday the latest austerity deal negotiated by his government would allow Greece to soon stand on its own feet financially. Creditors lent the country 8.5 billion euros ($9.5 billion) on Thursday. The new loan will help Greece pay back $7 billion owed to creditors by July. Greece’s latest tranche […]

6/15 Volkswagen exec arrested in Japan for consuming illegal drugs

Edited by walterp on . Posted in News In Brief

A German executive working at Volkswagen’s Tokyo office has been arrested on drug charges, the automaker said Thursday. Thomas Siebert, 53, was detained on Wednesday on suspicion of using an unspecified drug, the company said, with media reports suggesting it was cocaine. The company did not provide further details, but said the sales executive has been […]

6/14 Sexual abuse in Germany occurs most often in families, says report

Edited by walterp on . Posted in News In Brief

Nearly 70 percent of child sex abuse cases in Germany took place in the family or social circles, a report has found. Researchers also said that children often received delayed help because mothers did not intervene.  The report found that a majority of reported cases occurred within the family or close social circles, followed by […]

6/13 Sharp rise in Britons seeking German passports as Brexit looms

Edited by walterp on . Posted in News In Brief

The number of Britons receiving German citizenship soared last year as the British voted to leave the European Union, Germany’s Federal Statistic Office said on Tuesday. In all, 2,865 Britons were granted German citizenship in 2016 – a 361 percent increase over the previous year. “A connection with Brexit is obvious,” the statistic office said, noting it […]

6/12 Merkel congratulates Macron on ‘great success’ in parliamentary elections

Edited by walterp on . Posted in News In Brief

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday congratulated French President Emmanuel Macron for the “great success” of his party after projections showed them set to win a sweeping majority in parliament.  Macron’s centrist Republique en Marche (Republic on the Move) party and its ally MoDem are forecast to win between 390 and 445 seats in the 577-member […]

Skip to toolbar