10/22 Thousands march in Berlin against far-right AfD

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Thousands of demonstrators marched Sunday in Berlin, in protest against the far-right Alternative for Germany’s debut in parliament next week. Bearing posters with slogans like “Stop AfD”, “My voice against incitement” or “My heart beats for diversity”, the demonstrators rallied two days before AfD lawmakers will join other MPs at the first sitting of Germany’s newly-elected […]

10/21 Germany privatizes visa application services

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The German government is increasingly outsourcing its consular visa services to companies that have access to private information, the Foreign Ministry has admitted. Confirming a report in the Tageszeitung, a spokeswoman told broadcaster Deutsche Welle that the ministry had licensed the Indian company VFS Global to take the passports and biometric data of people applying for […]

10/20 President gives Kurz the job of forming a new Austrian government

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Austria’s president Alexander Van der Bellen on Friday tasked election-winner Sebastian Kurz with forming a government, putting the 31-year-old conservative on course to become the world’s youngest leader. Kurz, nicknamed “wunderwuzzi” (“whizz-kid”), is now expected to enter coalition talks with the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ), potentially giving the European Union a fresh headache. Kurz’s People’s Party (ÖVP) came […]

10/19 Unexploded WWII-era bomb safely removed near US Army base in Germany

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German authorities removed an unexploded, World War II-era bomb from a construction site for a new school at the U.S. Army’s Grafenwöhr Training Area on Wednesday night. “The 150-pound bomb likely never exploded because it had a damaged fuse,” said Lt. Col Mike Burden, director of emergency services on US Army Garrison Bavaria. German and U.S. military […]

10/18 Insect and bird populations declining dramatically in Germany

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A study by the German Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU) concludes that the total number of birds in Germany has been declining dramatically in recent years. In the past twelve years an estimated 12.7 million pairs of breeding birds have disappeared. That’s roughly 15 percent of the total bird population. The study is based […]

10/17 Deutsche Bahn raises ticket prices between Berlin and Munich by 14 percent

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Ticket increases for next year were announced by Deutsche Bahn on Monday. While the prices are rising moderately overall, the new high speed line between Berlin and Bavaria won’t be cheap. Traveling by train from Berlin to Munich will cost €150 in a couple of months’ time, after Deutsche Bahn decided to increase the price by […]

10/16 Daimler recalls million-plus vehicles worldwide over airbag problems: report

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German carmaker Daimler is recalling more than a million vehicles, including Mercedes, due to a problem with the airbags, a company spokesman was quoted as saying on Monday. Among the vehicles being recalled are some 400,000 Mercedes cars in Britain and many hundreds more in Germany, the spokesman told the DPA news agency. A Mercedes spokesman […]

10/14 Austria to sue over Hungary nuclear plant expansion

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Austria said on Friday it would launch a lawsuit against the European Union’s approval of the Russian-financed expansion of a nuclear plant in Hungary. The approval, granted in March, removes the last major obstacle to the €12.5 billion ($13.2 billion) expansion of the Paks plant, Hungary’s only nuclear facility. “I strictly reject the expansion of the Paks […]

10/12 Interior Minister upsets colleagues by suggesting Germany could celebrate Muslim holidays

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Thomas de Maizière, the federal interior minister, suggested that parts of Germany with large Muslim populations could get public holidays during Muslim festivals. “I’m prepared to talk about whether we would also introduce Muslim public holidays,” de Maizière said. He pointed out that there are several Catholic holidays, such as All Saints day, which are only […]

10/11 Frankfurt’s iconic Goethe Tower burns to ground in early morning blaze

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The Frankfurt Goethe Tower was one of the financial city’s most popular attractions and Germany’s tallest wooden observation tower. Early Thursday morning the fire service were called to the scene and had no choice but to let it burn. At 3.20 am Thursday morning, the fire department was called to the Goethe Tower in Frankfurt am […]

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