12/26 Another German, pilgrim David Britsch, released from Turkish jail

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The 55-year-old had been on a pilgrimage for peace when he was arrested. After arriving home Britsch criticized Turkish authorities, while Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said his release was a further “positive sign.” Britsch spent nearly nine months in a deportation detention center in Askale in eastern Turkey. He described his situation as that of a hostage […]

12/25 Italy indignant after Austria offers passports to South Tyroleans

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Rome was up in arms over a proposal by Austria’s new conservative and far-right coalition government to offer passports to the German-speaking residents of the northern Italian province of South Tyrol. The mountainous region, also known by its Italian name Alto Adige, was part of the Austrian-Hungarian empire before being annexed by Italy after World War […]

12/24 Regional trains collide in Austria, 8 injured

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Two regional trains collided late Friday near Vienna, knocking two carriages over and hurting eight people, none of them seriously, officials said. The accident occurred at 6:00pm near the station of Kritzendorf, about 20 kilometers north-west of Vienna. Four people sustained moderate injuries and four others light wounds, said Infrastructure Minister Norbert Hofer. One person airlifted to […]

12/20 Vienna Says it Will Grant Citizenship to Descendants of Austrian Holocaust Victims

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Shortly after the new right-leaning Austrian government was sworn into office on Monday, officials have announced a number of trust-building steps they will take in order to improve relations with Israel and the Jewish people. This comes after the Israeli government announced that it will limit its diplomatic contacts with the cabinet in Vienna due […]

12/19 Poverty, homelessness on the rise despite German affluence

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Germany’s economy is humming along, unemployment is at a historic low of under six percent, energy and food prices are lower than in many another European country. But poverty exists in Germany, although without slums – because running water, electricity, sewage systems and garbage collection are a given even in the most basic lodgings.  At present, about […]

12/17 Chaos-plagued Berlin airport won’t open before 2020

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German authorities said on Friday that Berlin’s new international airport would not open before 2020, eight years behind schedule for a project that has become an enduring political scandal and national laughing stock. Planners said after a committee meeting they were confident they now had a viable roadmap to address the technical defects that have plagued […]

12/13 Jewish Groups in Germany Urge Crackdown on Anti-Semitic Acts

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Jewish groups in Germany are pressing the authorities to crack down on anti-Semitic acts following the burning of Jewish symbols and Israeli flags at protests. The American Jewish Committee Berlin, the JSUD group of Jewish university students, the Central Council of Jews in Germany, and the German-Israeli Society have called for tougher law enforcement and for […]

12/12 Ryanair pilots in Germany call strike in dispute over wages

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The pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) announced on Tuesday that pilots on Ryanair would take part in the first industrial action in the budget airline’s history. The announcement comes after pilot’s unions in Portugal and Italy had also called their members to strike against the Irish company. VC did not name dates for the strikes in order […]

12/11 ‘Historic’ opening of Berlin-Munich high-speed rail line hit by delays, cancellations

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Deutsche Bahn (DB) heralded the opening of the high-speed rail line between Berlin and Munich as a significant moment in German rail history. But the opening went far from smoothly. The new rail line cuts over two hours off train journey between Germany’s two most prominent cities, taking the journey from over six hours to under […]

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