8/4 VW manager pleads guilty in US ‘dieselgate’ case

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US prosecutors confirmed Friday that charges against Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt would be reduced after he pleaded guilty to his part in covering up the German carmaker’s “dieselgate” emissions-cheating scandal in the US. Schmidt, who led the German automaker’s US regulatory compliance office until 2015, appeared in a Detroit court to enter his plea. He had […]

8/1 Number of German residents with immigrant roots reaches record high

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The number of people in Germany who come from immigrant parents or are immigrants themselves has reached a new high of 18.6 million. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) released a report on Tuesday showing that the number of people in Germany coming from an immigrant background increased by 8.5 percent between 2015 and 2016, reaching […]

7/28 Hijacked ‘Landshut’ plane returning to Germany

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The German airplane “Landshut,” which a Palestinian militant group hijacked and flew to Somalia in 1977, will return to Germany to be restored. The plane’s hijacking was a key moment of the so-called “German Autumn.” The decommissioned Boeing 737 airplane that became notorious as the hijacked Lufthansa Flight 181 in 1977 is expected to arrive at […]

7/27 Volkswagen to refit 1 million more cars in Germany after dieselgate scandal

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Carmaker Volkswagen said on Thursday it would offer to refit almost a million more diesel cars in Germany to reduce harmful emissions, as the country’s auto industry is racked by overlapping scandals. At an industry-government summit on August 2nd, Volkswagen “will offer to refit four million vehicles and thereby significantly reduce emissions” chief executive Matthias […]

7/24 Germany raises Mosul aid by 100 million euros

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The German government says it will massively step up its financial aid to the northern Iraqi city of Mosul after its liberation from so-called “Islamic State” (IS) militants, who held the city for three years. “Now that Mosul has been liberated, we will quickly expand our programs. This year alone we will invest an additional 100 […]

7/22 Germany’s first same-sex marriages expected in October

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President Frank-Walter Steinmeier announced on Friday that he had signed into law a measure allowing same-sex marriage in Germany, meaning the first official weddings could kick off in October. The law was passed by the German parliament (Bundestag) at the end of June. The legislation states that the reform will come into force “on the first […]

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