1/26 Austrian activist can’t bring class action suit against Facebook, EU court says

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An Austrian activist cannot bring a class action against Facebook for privacy breaches, although he is allowed to sue the US social media giant on a personal basis in his home country, the EU’s top court ruled Thursday. Max Schrems had lodged legal cases in an Austrian court on behalf of himself and seven other users […]

1/25 Strikes loom as talks between metal workers’ union and industry break down

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A labor dispute between German industry and the powerful metalworkers’ union threatens to escalate with bouts of 24-hour strike action next week after talks with employers broke down. Leaders of IG Metall, Europe’s biggest labor union, and of German employers’ groups were to meet Thursday to decide on the course ahead. IG Metall demands a six-percent pay […]

1/24 Germany’s Angela Merkel decries right-wing populism as ‘poison’ at Davos summit

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday told delegates at the World Economic Forum in Davos that the rise of right-wing populist parties in Europe was “a poison” and that nationalist policies risked fracturing international ties. Merkel said she hoped that support for such parties would not rise further and that her government was doing all it […]

1/23 Germany in top spot for entrepreneurship in 2018 world ranking

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In the third edition of the annual ranking, which evaluates 80 countries on criteria ranging from power to citizenship, similar to last year, Germany nabbed the gold medal in terms of entrepreneurship. Not only is Berlin’s tech scene gunning to compete with London as Europe’s hub for startups, the German capital’s so-called Silicon Allee has even […]

1/22 German government under fire over Leopard tanks in Syria

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Opposition politicians in Germany responded with outrage to the photos of German-made Leopard tanks being used by the Turkish army in their Syrian offensive. The intervention, which entered its fourth day on Tuesday, is unpopular with the German public. “The German government must not look away again and needs to clearly state its position on the […]

1/21 Iraq to hang German woman for belonging to ‘Islamic State’

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A German woman of Moroccan origin was sentenced to death by hanging by a court in Iraq on Sunday after she was found guilty of joining the “Islamic State” (IS) group. The unnamed woman was convicted of “offering logistic support and helping the terrorist group to carry out criminal acts,” and “taking part in attacks against […]

1/19 Man who supplied weapon used in Munich mass shooting sentenced to seven years

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A Munich court found the 33-year-old man, identified as Philipp K. in line with Germany’s privacy laws, guilty of nine counts of involuntary manslaughter, five counts of involuntary bodily harm, and violating weapons laws. Philipp K. sold a gun and ammunition to Iranian-German David S. who went on to kill nine people and then himself in […]

1/17 Former Auschwitz guard Gröning’s clemency bid fails

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Oskar Gröning’s bid to avoid a four-year prison sentence for his role as a guard at the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz was rejected by German authorities on Wednesday, Wiebke Bethke, a spokeswoman for the prosecutors’ office in Lüneburg told news agency epd. Although his legal options are running thin, Gröning could still appeal his clemency request […]

1/16 German Cultural Council warns against AfD in culture committee

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As the composition of the parliamentary committees is to be determined in the upcoming week, the German Cultural Council (Deutscher Kulturrat) has warned against allowing the AfD to preside over the culture committee. According to information obtained by the German daily FAZ on Tuesday, the AfD has nominated two of its members for the position. Members of […]

1/13 Dieselgate: VW reaches Canada settlement worth millions

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German automaker Volkswagen (VW) and a group of lawyers representing Canadian three-liter diesel engine owners and lessees announced a proposed settlement on Friday worth 290.5 million Canadian dollars (€191 million, $233.1 million). Under the settlement, VW Group Canada will make cash payments to owners and lessees of three-liter VW, Audi and Porsche diesel vehicles that carried […]

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