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Daimler plans revamp to prepare for electric vehicles.

German group is first carmaker to restructure for technology challenges, say analysts

- Financial Times - US

Alitalia sale delayed after string of woes at European airlines.

Italy blames Ryanair crisis, Air Berlin break-up and Monarch collapse

- Financial Times - US

May backs down from Brexit clash after Merkel rebuff.

German chancellor insists talks cannot move on without progress on divorce bill

- Financial Times - US

Gerhard Richter: The Life of Images is an unmissable show.

Gerhard Richter - one of the giants of post-war German art - is elusive, enigmatic and seemingly impossible to pin down. The first retrospective exhibition of his work in Australia is a brilliant and challenging event.

- The Conversation - UK

Deutsche Bahn raises ticket prices between Berlin and Munich by 14 percent.

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.

- The Local - INT

Why has the price of butter risen so sharply in the past year?.

The cost of butter in Germany has increased by about 70 percent. Other dairy products have risen in price as well.

- The Local - INT

Mayor accuses police of 'giving up control' after murder in busy Cologne square.

The mayor of Cologne's central Innenstadt district has accused the police of giving up control" of Ebertplatz, after a man was murdered there at the weekend.

- The Local - INT

Daimler to recall over 1 million cars over faulty wiring.

German automaker Daimler, maker of Mercedes-Benz cars, is recalling more than a million vehicles worldwide over a wiring defect that could unexpectedly trigger the air bag.

- Stars and Stripes - US

Daimler AG recalling more than one million Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

Daimler AG is recalling more than 1 million Mercedes-Benz cars and sport utility vehicles worldwide to address potential unintended airbag deployments, the German carmaker said on Monday.The safety recall covers 495,000 vehicles...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Legal &√ʬĬąGeneral√ʬĬąagrees purrfect Buddies deal.

Insurance giant Legal & General is set to capitalise on Britain’s love for pets after agreeing on a deal to buy family-owned pet insurer Buddies. L&G will tomorrow announce a deal to bolt Buddies – founded by married couple Marianne Metaxas and Avi Levine in 2000 – to its existing pet insurance offering. ...

- City AM - UK

Lufthansa and Easyjet flag interest in struggling Italian airline.

Germany's¬†largest airline Lufthansa yesterday put in an offer for parts of failing Italian operator Alitalia, while Easyjet expressed an interest in acquiring parts of the ailing airline. Lufthansa did not reveal details of its offer but said it hopes to establish a “new Alitalia”. It said it is eyeing ...

- City AM - UK

Daimler recalls over 1 million cars worldwide over airbags

German carmaker Daimler, which makes Mercedes-Benz cars, has announced a recall of over 1 million vehicles worldwide due to faulty wiring. The problem was discovered after airbags began randomly deploying in some cars.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

The 15 cities where Americans work the hardest

Annie Mole/flickrAmericans work a lot. According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Americans logged on average 1,783 hours of work in 2016. That's at least 100 more hours a year than the average worker in other OECD countries like the UK, France, Germany, or Sweden. And when looking at US census ...

- Business Insider - US

Germany selects G95 carbine for special forces

On 10 October, the Bundesamt fŁr AusrŁstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr , Germany's Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, announced that the 5.56 mm Heckler & Koch HK416A7 has been selected as the new

- Jane’s - US

EDA details Mission Abort System for guided projectiles

The European Defence Agency has released details of a Mission Abort System developed for guided projectiles. The MAS project commenced in late 2013 under the EDA's Capability Technology Ammunition Technologies effort, and was funded by the German and Italian ministries

- Jane’s - US

CeramTec sold to BC Holdings

CeramTec has announced that it has been acquired by a BC Partners-led consortium, transferring ownership of the ceramics manufacturer from private equity firm Cinven. Details of the deal were not disclosed. Manufactured by the US-based division of the German company, the defence portfolio includes

- Jane’s - US

How to save giant tropical fruit bats: Work with local hunters who use bat teeth as money

Flying foxes -- giant fruit bats that look like winged German shepherd puppies -- are in trouble. But scientists suggest a new way to help protect the bats on the Solomon Islands: working with local hunters who use the bats' teeth as currency. The traditional practice, it turns out, is a positive thing for bat conservation.

- ScienceDaily - US

Sebastian Kurz to Hitler comparison sparks uproar in Austria

Sebastian Kurz is set to become Austrian chancellor aged just 31. A German satirical magazine has been heavily criticized for comparing the young politician to one of history's most notorious figures.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Germany too good for Colombia

A dominant Germany inflicted a 4-0 defeat on Colombia to enter the quarterfinals of the FIFA under-17 World Cup at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium on Monday.Germany captain Jann-Fiete Arp led from the front by scoring a double and assisting one, with Yann Bisseck and John Yeboah too joining the party, in a painfully lopsided ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Internet controls could isolate China, German ambassador warns

China’s internet restrictions have struck a “new blow” against foreign companies working there, Germany’s ambassador said on Monday, warning that such moves could undermine Beijing’s political and commercial ties with the world. China’s ongoing clampdown on cyberspace has seen WhatsApp, ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Lufthansa wants to create 'a new Alitalia'

German flag carrier Lufthansa has confirmed it wants to buy parts of stricken Italian airline Alitalia. But the offer would entail drastic job losses. Too drastic for the government in Rome to even consider?

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Opinion: Hertha Berlin's gesture is about the message

The biggest question from Matchday 8 in the Bundesliga was not who won and lost, but whether Hertha Berlin's 'Take A Knee' gesture was a genuine show of solidarity or a PR stunt. DW's Jonathan Harding gives his view.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

How a young German director documented illegal gold mining in Ghana

Filmmaker Johannes Preuss has received a student Oscar for his film, "Galamsay," which was shot in Ghana and looks at the illegal gold trade there. DW met him to discuss how the country could "turn into a hell."

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Champions League: Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig in search of maiden wins

It has been a tough start to European football this season for the Bundesliga clubs. Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig know the time to get their first wins are running out as they face crucial tests on Tuesday.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Angela Merkel denies major damage after conservatives' local election loss

Is Angela Merkel already under pressure less than a month after re-election? The German chancellor has fought back after her party's poor performance in Lower Saxony and the rise of a "new" conservatism in Austria.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Austria election: Europe reacts to Sebastian Kurz victory

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was hoping for close cooperation in Europe with Sebastian Kurz, who led his conservative party to election victory in Austria. DW has reaction from Berlin and beyond.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Holocaust denier Ursula Haverbeck, 88, given six-month jail sentence

A Berlin court has sentenced serial Holocaust denier Ursula Haverbeck to six months in jail for denying the Nazis' extermination of Jews. She has never spent time in prison despite several previous convictions.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Turkish spies reportedly betraying defectors in German immigration offices

Officials working in Germany's immigration authorities pass on information about Turkish asylum seekers to the Ankara government, according to press reports. Turkish spies may have infiltrated German authorities.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Northern Ireland suffer seedings blow in World Cup bid

Northern Ireland’s quest to reach next summer’s World Cup has suffered a blow after Denmark usurped them in the Fifa rankings, meaning Michael O’Neill’s side will be unseeded in Tuesday’s play-off draw. Defeat to Germany and Norway in their final two group games, coupled with Denmark beating ...

- City AM - UK

London office sales smash past √ā¬£13bn mark after getting boost from EU giant

A surge in investment from German and UK property firms has pushed London office transactions past the £13bn barrier. Buyers from 27 different countries are active in the central London office investment market, estate agent Savills said today. There have been £13.4bn of office transactions so far this year, some 23 per ...

- City AM - UK

Merkel says not weakened in coalition talks by state-level defeat | Reuters

The post Merkel says not weakened in coalition talks by state-level defeat | Reuters appeared first on Firstpost.

- Firstpost - IN

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Germany coach unperturbed by possible face-off with Brazil in quarter-final

Germany outclassed Colombia 4-0 in their round of 16 match and in the quarter-finals in Kolkata on 22 October, they meet the winner of the pre-quarter-final match between Brazil and Honduras. The post FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Germany coach unperturbed by possible face-off with Brazil in quarter-final appeared first on ...

- Firstpost - IN

Want to see Sancho start for Dortmund: Cooper

Kolkata, Oct 16 Unhappy with the way star attacking midfielder Jadon Sancho had to leave England midway into the FIFA U-17 World Cup due to club commitments, coach Steve Cooper came down heavily on Borussia Dortmund, saying if he doesn't start for the German giants in the next game there was no point in taking him away. ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Deutsche Telekom tests 5G in Berlin

BI Intelligence This story was delivered to BI Intelligence IoT Briefing subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here. Deutsche Telekom carried out the first real-world 5G network tests in Europe, reports TechRepublic. The network operator is testing antennas to both transmit and receive data using 5G ...

- Business Insider - US

UBS loses appeal against derivatives contracts ruling

UK court says Swiss bank cannot enforce contracts against German utility KWL

- Financial Times - US

Lufthansa Readies $590 Million Bid for Alitalia Assets

Etihad's non-alliance alliance strategy crumbled along with Air Berlin and Alitalia. Now, Lufthansa is moving in with the hope of picking up some of the Alitalia pieces after having already done a deal for Air Berlin. -Dennis Schaal

- Skift - US

Mercedes-Benz could become a separate Daimler division

German automaker Daimler AG says move is aimed at preparing for the challenges in the new automotive era.        


Populism Again Casts Shadow Over Booming Eurozone Economy

For months, the outlook for the eurozone economy has brightened thanks to a series of electoral defeats for populist parties in key states like France. Now, following votes in Germany and Austria and the uncertainty over the Spanish region of Catalonia, concerns are growing again about the potential impact of euroskeptic ...

- Voice of America - US

U-17 World Cup: Sancho-less England favourites against Japan

Sancho, a vital cog in England's free-flowing wheel throughout the group stages, on Monday left for Germany where he plays for German club Borussia Dortmund and would play no further part in the tournament. Sancho scored three goals for England in the group games and was an influential figure in the team's attacking ...

- Yahoo! News - US

German ambassador warns that internet controls could harm companies, isolate China

China's internet restrictions have struck a “new blow” against foreign companies working there, Germany's ambassador said on Monday, warning that such moves could undermine Beijing's political and commercial ties with the world. China's ongoing clampdown on cybers...

- The Raw Story - US

NATO Showcases Its Nuclear Defenses With Major Drill

NATO kicked off its annual nuclear exercise with drills in Germany and Belgium, as the alliance seeks to highlight its nuclear deterrent amid North Korean tests and Russian maneuvers.

- Wall Street Journal - US

'How about Muslim holidays in Germany?' asks one of Merkel's ministers

The minister's suggestion came in the midst of a regional election, much to the horror of local party officials.

- Washington Post - US

Instagram to change usage rules in Germany after criticism from consumer protectionists

Photo platform Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, has plans to adjust its terms of use in Germany after a consumer protection agency called the current terms a "catastrophe."

- The Local - INT

'Largest ever' illegal animal transport in Germany stopped in Bavaria

The police stopped a van containing a diverse array of over 7,000 animals in a car park along a motorway close to Amberg, Bavaria at the weekend. On Sunday evening, animal welfare activists were called in.

- The Local - INT

Woman killed in east Berlin after drunkard crashes car into tram stop

A 57-year-old woman was killed and her companion was severely injured in Berlin's Friedrichshain neighbourhood early on Saturday morning when a drunk man crashed his vehicle into the tram stop they were waiting at.

- The Local - INT

Merkel denies being weakened by Lower Saxony election defeat

Chancellor Angela Merkel denied on Monday that a regional election loss by her conservatives weakened her as she heads into tricky coalition negotiations this week to form a new government.

- The Local - INT

Lufthansa wants to create 'a new Alitalia'

Media reports have said German flag carrier Lufthansa stands ready to bid for stricken Italian airline Alitalia. But the offer would entail drastic job losses. Too drastic for the government in Rome to even consider?

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Vodafone launches gigabit LTE in Germany

Vodafone Germany announced the launch of the first mobile base stations supporting speeds of 1 Gbps. The top speed is available initially in Duesseldorf, Hamburg, Berlin and Hanover, and Vodafone said it will soon offer smartphones supporting 1 Gbps LTE. All customers with LTE tariffs can access the new speed. 

- Telecompaper - NL

German ambassador warns that internet controls could harm companies, isolate China

BEIJING - China's internet restrictions have struck a "new blow" against foreign companies working there, Germany's ambassador said on Monday, warning that such moves could undermine Beijing's political and commercial ties with the world.

- Reuters - US

Woman Contracts Rare Bacterial Infection on 12-Hour Flight

In a rare case, a woman contracted a potentially deadly bacterial infection while on a 12-hour flight from Japan to Germany, according to a new report.

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