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Today's top story: The UK's current account deficit was even bigger than we thought Today's leader: Macron faces an uphill battle to reform France European markets are expected to open up this morning, after Asian stocks rose on news of robust metals prices. The FTSE 100 is seen 27 points higher at 7,346 according to IG ...

- City AM - UK

U.S. softwood duties on Canada see German imports grow dramatically.

U.S. imports of softwood from Germany have grown tenfold in the first half of the year as punishing duties pushed imports of Canadian softwood down.

- Global News - CA

Overwatch is taking players to Junkertown for its next map.

Blizzard Entertainment announced a new map for Overwatch during its Gamescom event in Cologne, Germany today. Junkertown, the Australian home of the bomb-loving character Junkrat and his oversized bodyguard Roadhog, will be playable at the show. Junkertown will be an escort map, meaning the attacking team has to push a ...

- VentureBeat - US

Age of Empires gets a sequel from Company of Heroes studio Relic.

Microsoft is making a new Age of Empires game. The publisher revealed the sequel to its real-time strategy series as part of the Gamescom fan event in Germany this week. Relic Entertainment, the development studio best known for its beloved Company of Heroes games, is producing the RTS's return. Age of Empires IV will ...

- VentureBeat - US

Breitbart has apologized, after it used a photo of a famous German soccer player on an AFP story about a gang ferrying immigrants to Spain on jet skis .

Maxwell Tani / Business Insider: Breitbart has apologized, after it used a photo of a famous German soccer player on an AFP story about a gang ferrying immigrants to Spain on jet skis  —  Breitbart News apologized Sunday after using an image of soccer star Lukas Podolski to illustrate a story about migrants ...

- Mediagazer - US

Breitbart is sorry for mistaking a German soccer star for a 'migrant gang member'.

Just days after white supremacist and former presidential counselor Steve Bannon returned' to Breitbart, the website reported on a group of violent thugs who have been taking advantage of desperate African refugees trying to reach Europe, charging them thousands of euros to smuggle them across the Mediterranean. There ...

- Daily Kos - US

U.S. imports of German softwood up tenfold as duties weigh on Canada.

U.S. imports of softwood from Germany have grown tenfold in the first half of the year as punishing duties pushed imports of Canadian softwood down

- The Globe and Mail - CA

Erdogan to German Turks: German Politicians Are The Enemy.

Turkey's President Erdogan has declared that all three of Germany's largest parties are the enemies of Turks. The post Erdogan to German Turks: German Politicians Are The Enemy appeared first on The American Interest.

- The American Interest - US

Merkel Rubs Salt in SPD's Wounds.

With her opponents already on the back foot, Merkel takes aim at the former SDP leader's Russian business ties. The post Merkel Rubs Salt in SPD's Wounds appeared first on The American Interest.

- The American Interest - US

Turkey using Interpol for political purposes?.

Turkey may be using the multinational police organization Interpol to hunt down political opponents of the country's president abroad, a German government spokesman said Monday.

- CNN Top Stories - US

Business of Loyalty: Oneworld Alliance Has a New Hole in Its European Network

Air Berlin's potential absorption into Lufthansa may foreshadow fewer clean connections for American Airlines travelers heading to continental Europe, while United customers may see a benefit. -Grant Martin

- Skift - US

German Nationalists Try Reviving Migration as Election Topic

Germany's anti-immigrant AfD party pushed Monday to make the massive influx of migrants into the country an election issue as it battles with flagging support, despite waning concern among Germans over the matter. More than 1 million migrants entered Germany in 2015-2016. Alternative for Germany leaders Alexander Gauland ...

- Voice of America - US

Antibodies are not magic bullets – more like sticky drunkards

kubicka/ShutterstockThe 1821 opera Der Freichütz , by Weber, is considered the first romantic German opera. Much of its plot is focused on the production and use of magic bullets which, when fired, unerringly hit their target. The young forester, Max, is taking part in a shooting competition in order to win the hand of his ...

- The Conversation - UK

How should we protest neo-Nazis? Lessons from German history

A supporter of President Donald Trump, center, argues with a counterprotester at a rally in Boston on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. AP Photo/Michael DwyerAfter the murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, many people are asking themselves what they should do if Nazis rally in their city. Should they put their bodies on the ...

- The Conversation - UK

Merkel: trust must be 'restored' in diesel cars after emissions scandal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that trust must be restored in diesel cars after the emissions cheating scandal and spoke out against plans to ban them from some inner cities.

- The Local - INT

Suspect in Finnish terror attack lived in Germany in late 2015

Germany's interior ministry confirmed on Monday that a Moroccan man who is suspected of stabbing two women to death on Friday in Finland's first ever terror attack lived in Germany in late 2015.

- The Local - INT

Syrian refugees name their baby Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel Muhammed was born to refugees from Syria in Münster on August 16th, though she isn't the first baby named after Germany's Chancellor.

- The Local - INT

Huge stash of Trump-shaped ecstasy pills seized in north Germany

Around 5,000 ecstasy pills shaped like the head of the US President were confiscated by police in Lower Saxony on Saturday.

- The Local - INT

Germany Condemns Detention of Turkish-Born Writer in Spain

Germany does not believe the writer, Dogan Akhanli, will be extradited to Turkey after Spanish police arrested him on a warrant issued by Ankara.

- New York Times - US

Turkey-EU tensions spill over to customs union accord

Amid mounting bilateral tensions, Germany has ruled out talks on improving Turkey's customs union accord with the European Union, but such sanctions might have little effect on Ankara in the short term.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Fipronil-contaminated poultry reaches Poland

Chickens imported from Germany and slaughtered in one of the plants in Poland were contaminated with fipronil. The entire party of this meat was secured and handed over for disposal, Chief Veterinary Officer Paweł Niemczuk said.

- Warsaw Business Journal - PL

Tui CEO Friedrich Joussen on how holidays are like bread

As the chief executive of a company that is headquartered in Germany but listed in London, Tui’s Friedrich Joussen is well-placed to evaluate the challenges that lie ahead as Britain leaves the European Union. “A strategy is needed to execute the vote,” he told City A.M. during one of his many trips to ...

- City AM - UK

German police seize drugs shaped like Donald Trump

German police may just have found the weirdest Donald Trump related merchandise to date. And though it features the recognizable orange glow of the 45th president, it seems unlikely Trump would find them as tremendous as most things that bear his name. The item branded with the Trump name and face? ...

- The Raw Story - US

Hamburg winger Nicolai Muller injured his knee celebrating a goal

The Guardian Soccer players are known for their emphatic celebrations. Goals can be hard to come by, and when you find the back of the net you want to rush to your supporters, jump in the air, and take the moment in. Unfortunately for Hamburg winger Nicolai Muller, sometimes these celebrations can go horribly wrong. It took ...

- Business Insider - US

Germany: Turkey may be using Interpol to hunt down political opponents

Turkey may be using the multinational police organization Interpol to hunt down political opponents of the country's president abroad, a German government spokesman said Monday.

- CNN Top Stories - US

Breitbart Forced to Apologize For Picture Implying German Soccer Star Was Involved in Migrant Smuggling

Breitbart London was forced to issue an apology to a German soccer star because they ran his picture with a story about migrant smuggling.

- Mediaite - US

Angela Merkel: Germany could ban gas and diesel cars

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- CNNMoney - US

Emmanuel Macron's first 100 days filled with tests

France elected a political maverick as president and granted him a huge parliamentary majority. A Franco-German studies expert talks to DW about what Macron has done so far, and what his fading poll numbers really mean.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Ellen Pao explains how the affair she had at work led to her infamous gender discrimination lawsuit

Kimberly White/GettyThe road to Ellen Pao's infamous gender discrimination suit against Kleiner Perkins began with a 2006 business trip. Pao, then a junior partner at the Silicon Valley venture firm, was asked to take a trip to Germany with another partner, Ajit Nazre. It was there that he told Pao that he was having ...

- Business Insider - US

Merkel says won't seek business post after politics

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday she doesn't intend to seek a business post after life in politics and criticised her predecessor Gerhard Schroeder for joining the board of Russian oil giant...

- Expatica - NL

Germany Urges Libya to Cooperate With NGOs on Migrant Rescue Missions

The Libyan Express report today that the German Foreign Ministry are pushing for the Libyan Government of National Accord to allow NGOs to work from its waters in order to conduct rescue missions in its territorial waters for migrants setting off to Europe. © 2000 - 2017 Al Bawaba

- Albawaba - UK

EU prepares for busy trade talks agenda

TTIP is on ice, CETA will be provisionally applied from September and talks with Japan are nearly completed. But EU trade policy is far from done yet and a busy negotiating schedule lies ahead. EURACTIV Germany reports.

- EurActive - UK

X-ray observations reveal new details about the solar-type star HD 209458

—By analyzing sets of data obtained by two X-ray space observatories, a team of German researchers has learned new insights into the nature of a solar-type star known as HD 209458. The new study, published Aug. 15 in a paper on arXiv.org, uncovers X-ray properties of the star.

- PhysOrg - NL

aCar—the electric 'all-rounder'

An electric car for Africa, custom-designed for the needs of the population there, that strengthens rural structures and helps drive the economy: Scientists at the Technical University of Munich and partners have been working intensively towards this goal for four years. They will present their new prototype to the public ...

- PhysOrg - NL

German nationalists try reviving migration as election topic

Germany's anti-immigrant AfD party pushed Monday to make the massive influx of migrants into the country an election issue as it battles with flagging support, despite waning concern among Germans over the matter

- The Daily Star - LB

Syrian refugees in Germany name daughter Angela Merkel Muhammed

A Syrian refugee family in Germany has named their newly born baby girl Angela Merkel Muhammed out of gratitude to the chancellor for her open-door asylum policy in 2015, hospital officials said

- The Daily Star - LB

Lower Saxony parliament dissolves after Green bails for CDU

Lower Saxony's state parliament has dissolved to pave the way for early elections in October. The coalition government lost its majority of one recently when a Green deputy jumped ship for the Christian Democrats.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Abstract art pioneer Karl Otto Götz dies, aged 103

The German artist was banned from painting by the Nazis but became an influential painter after World War II. Despite going blind towards the end of life, K.O. Götz remained active until his death, at the age of 103.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Merkel slams Schröder for taking job with Russia's Rosneft

The former German chancellor has come under fire from his successor for taking a top job with Russian oil giant Rosneft. The firm is a target of US and EU sanctions that were imposed after Russia's annexation of Crimea.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

German footballer Lukas Podolski threatens to sue Breitbart over human trafficker photo

Breitbart London has issued an apology after posting a picture of German footballer Lukas Podolski on an article about human trafficking gangs. The jet-ski photo was actually snapped during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Interpol: Who polices the world's police?

The controversial arrest of German author Dogan Akhanli by Spanish authorities on an Interpol warrant issued by Turkey has triggered questions about the international policing agency's modus operandi.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Germany's populist AfD party seeks to reboot migrant fears

The Alternative for Germany wants to scrap the right to asylum and make development aid conditional upon stopping emigration. The party says its suggestions are "humane," but in practice they would be anything but that.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

DW: Merkel slams Schröder for taking job with Russia's Rosneft

The former German chancellor has come under fire from his successor for taking a top job with Russian oil giant Rosneft. The firm is a target of US and EU sanctions that were imposed after Russia's annexation of Crimea. The post DW: Merkel slams Schröder for taking job with Russia's Rosneft appeared first on KyivPost.

- Kyiv Post - UA

Ukraine envoy outraged over AfD leader's Crimea statement

Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk has expressed his indignation over the recent statement by the leader of the German political party Alternative fur Deutschland Alexander Gauland regarding Crimea's annexation.

- UNIAN - UA

Erdogan critic stunned Turkey's 'long arm' reached Spain

A Turkish-born German writer stuck in Spain because of an Ankara arrest warrant said Monday he never imaging being pursued in an EU country by those who want to "silence" him.

- The Daily Star - LB

German tycoon Hans Rudolf Wöhrl joins suitors' queue for Air Berlin

Entrepreneur says he's interested in buying 'all' of the beleaguered airline and run it as an independent carrier.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

Lufthansa gets backing from Economy Minister in Air Berlin carve-up | Reuters

The post Lufthansa gets backing from Economy Minister in Air Berlin carve-up | Reuters appeared first on Firstpost.

- Firstpost - IN

Breitbart apologizes after mistaking a famous soccer player on a jet ski for an immigrant

AP Photo/Markus Gilliar, poolBreitbart News apologized Sunday after using an image of soccer star Lukas Podolski to illustrate a story about migrants traveling to Spain on jet skis. Last week, Breitbart published a story on its site by the newswire service Agence France-Presse that detailed how Spanish police shut down a ...

- Business Insider - US

German authorities: no sign far-right group planned attacks

German federal prosecutors say their investigation into a small group of far-right extremists has yielded no evidence they were planning attacks on police, asylum-seekers and Jews, although they're still being probed on weapons violations.

- FOX News - US

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