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Gas flows restored after explosion at Austrian hub.

BERLIN — The operator of a major natural gas hub in Austria where an explosion left one person dead and 21 injured says gas flow in all pipelines to and from the plant has been restored.The facility at Baumgarten an der March,...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Europe moves closer to own satnav system with latest Galileo launch.

BERLIN - Europe launched four more Galileo satellites on Tuesday, taking the number in orbit to 22 and moving a step closer to having its own navigation system, lessening its dependence on the U.S. Global Positioning System, or GPS.

- Reuters - US

U.S. Criticizes Germany's Support of New Russian Natural-Gas Line.

The top State Department official overseeing Europe offered harsh words for Germany over the country's continued support for a new Russian gas pipeline to Europe.

- Wall Street Journal - US

What you need to know before the open.

Today's top story: Exclusive: Labour to meet Morgan Stanley after Corbyn's "threat" tweet Today's leader: Christmas consumers face an epic hangover Discussions over the EU withdrawal bill will continue today in parliament. Theresa May faces a possible today as Conservative MPs unite to force a "meaningful vote" on the ...

- City AM - UK

Survey: Majority in US Believe Government Corruption Has Risen Under Trump.

A new survey shows that nearly six in 10 Americans believe the level of government corruption has risen in the year since U.S. President Donald Trump was elected and that the White House is now a more corrupt institution than Congress. Berlin-based Transparency International says its survey of 1,000 Americans in October and ...

- Voice of America - US

Earth from Space.

Atmospheric scientists from the DLR German Aerospace Center join the Earth from Space video programme to discuss the first data from the recently-launched Sentinel-5P satellite

- ESA - FR

NATO Chief Stoltenberg Wins Extended Term to Late 2020.

NATO allies extended Jens Stoltenberg's term as secretary-general of the Western military alliance until late 2020 on Tuesday, giving the former Norwegian prime minister a rare six-year mandate in the top job. Stoltenberg, who took up the post on Oct. 1 2014, will now step down two years later than planned on Sept. 30 2020, ...

- Voice of America - US

Heavy rain and strong winds on the way for much of Germany.

The German Weather Service predicts that the next few days will see variable, windy and wet weather across the country with possible flooding in some rivers.

- The Local - INT

Germany's property boom will keep on going, experts predict.

The state authority which studies house prices concluded in a report released on Tuesday that the property boom that has seen a dramatic rise in real estate investment over the past two years is set to continue.

- The Local - INT

EU gives easyJet green light to take on Lufthansa in German skies.

The EU approved Tuesday the purchase of bankrupt carrier Air Berlin's operations at the German capital's Tegel Airport by British low-cost carrier easyJet.

- The Local - INT

Waitrose's Christmas community spirit advert still packs a punch.

Earlier this year, Waitrose slipped below German discounter Lidl in terms of market share. With the release of another large-scale Christmas advert – created by the same agency responsible for John Lewis’ Moz the Monster campaign – the British brand will be hoping its festive campaign helps it to regain ...

- City AM - UK

Germany's Angela Merkel and SPD start grand coalition talks

Germany's conservative and Social Democratic leaders are meeting to discuss the possibility of forming a new "grand coalition" government. After initial cold feet from the SPD, what are the chances of success?

- Deutsche Welle - DE

German parliament's plan give automatic pay raises to MPs criticized

Germany's parliament is planning to go ahead with regulations that would enable lawmakers to receive automatic pay raises over the next four years. Critics point out the raises wouldn't be transparent to taxpayers.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Angela Merkel makes surprise visit to site of Berlin Christmas market attack

Shortly before the anniversary of the 2016 Berlin terror attack, Chancellor Angela Merkel has paid a surprise visit to Breitscheidtplatz's Christmas market. Survivors recently criticized Merkel's handling of the attack.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Bundesliga Matchday 16 roundup

Nils Petersen scored his third penalty of the week to lead Freiburg to another shock. Elsewhere, Frankfurt bounced back after defeat at the weekend, Dortmund finally won but RB Leipzig had another disappointing day.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Berlin: Hanukkah lights and anti-Israel demonstrations

In Berlin, the first candle of the city's massive Hanukkah menorah has been lit to mark the traditional start of the Festival of Lights. At the same time, Palestinians and Arabs held anti-Israel protests in the capital.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

German President Impressed With Ghana's Economic Recovery

Statistical data available to Germany indicates that Ghana, over the last 11 months, is on a strong path to economic recovery and development, visiting German President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, has observed. Addressing a joint press conference by the two Presidents held at the foyer of the Flagstaff House after holding ...

- ModernGhana - GH

Is European fiscal, political union vital?

Greece's combative former finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, and his nemesis, former German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, were at loggerheads on Greek debt throughout Varoufakis' term in office.

- The Daily Star - LB

German soldier charged with plotting to kill politicians while posing as refugee

A soldier in the Bundeswehr has been charged with planning to carry out attacks on high-ranking political figures and frame refugees for the crimes. The justice minister was among those on his hit list.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Peter Stöger wins first game as Borussia Dortmund boss after shaky start

It was less comfortable than he might have liked but Peter Stöger is off to a winning start at Borussia Dortmund. After a shaky opening half, goals from Sokratis and Shinji Kagawa saw BVB to a win over Mainz.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Half of Ryanair pilots in Ireland to go on strike five days before Christmas, Germans say strikes can be expected 'at any time'

MORE than half of pilots in Ireland will go on a one-day strike on Wednesday December 20, their union has confirmed today.

- The Olive Press - ES

EU kebab-ban? All smoke and no roast

An objection aimed at banning phosphate from kebab meat, to be voted in the European Parliament on Tuesday , has started a Europe-wide controversy, fuelled by a German conservative MEP and fake news. EURACTIV France reports.

- EurActive - UK

German protest over Nazi toy soldiers on Amazon

A German father petitions against the sale of Lego-style soldiers in Nazi uniforms.

- BBC - UK

Tractor driver destroys six speed cameras on Germany rampage

Police say the 63-year-old caused thousands of euros worth of damage and they don't yet know why.

- BBC - UK

Reflecting contemporary issues in a history museum

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has reopened the permanent exhibition of the Haus der Geschichte. Here's how the museum of contemporary history in Bonn renewed its exploration of the country's current issues.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

'Burning a flag is like burning one's own integrity,' says Israeli ambassador to Germany

Recent protests in Germany witnessed some demonstrators burning Israeli flags or imitations thereof. Speaking to DW, Ambassador Jeremy Issacharoff gave his reaction to the demonstrations.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

German tractor driver mows down six speed cameras

One man's late night ride on his tractor could end up costing him big, after German police say he drove over six different speed cameras. Authorities estimated that the damages could run into hundreds of thousands.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Fresh German assistance for Ghana

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier signed a multi-million dollar partnership with Ghana on his first trip to Africa since taking office. Germany hopes the accord might help curb migration to Europe.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Refugee helpers in Germany sued for helping refugees

German refugee helpers who guaranteed the living costs of Syrian refugees are being forced to pay back costs by job centers. Refugee organizations say people are being punished for showing humanity.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Opinion: Macron takes the lead

The young French president has decided to save the planet. He has put Donald Trump in his place, and is also taking advantage of the current vacuum that has opened up in Berlin's absence, says Jens Thurau.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

German doctor lodges petition to change abortion law

A doctor fined for "advertising" abortions has presented a petition with 150,000 signatures to Parliament, demanding Germany's law be changed. Kristina Hänel says women have the right to information about the procedure.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Bundesliga Live: Mainz vs. Borussia Dortmund

Peter Stöger takes charge of Borussia Dortmund for the first time as BVB seek their first league win for 73 days. It's even longer since Stöger last won a Bundesliga game, he's looking to get off the mark for 2017/18.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Mindspace raises $20 million to launch co-working spaces in the US

Co-working startup Mindspace recently raised $20 million as it gears up to launch its first two locations in the U.S. While Mindspace is looking to go big or go home in the U.S., it's starting off slow with its first two locations in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Mindspace started in Tel Aviv about four years ago ...

- TechCrunch - US

German soldier charged in far-right plot against politicians

A German military officer has been indicted on allegations he plotted to kill prominent political figures and blame the attack on refugees, prosecutors said Tuesday, in a case that raised concerns about extremism in the country's military.

- Stars and Stripes - US

Commission approves EasyJet partial takeover of Air Berlin

The European Commission approved on Tuesday EasyJet's partial acquisition of Air Berlin, which went bust in August. The UK-based airline will acquire some assets and rights held by Air Berlin, including take-off and landing slots at Berlin Tegel airport and at some destination airports. The commission said that the ...

- EU Observer - EU

Volkswagen tells EU: we will fail on our recall promise

The German carmaker told the EU commission in a private meeting that it expected only 75 percent of cars will be fixed by the end of 2017, missing a previously agreed deadline.

- EU Observer - EU

Commission gives new support to help industrial transition regions build resilient and low-carbon economies

European - Press release Commission Brussels, 12 December 2017 Today the Commission is announcing which regions in industrial transition will benefit from tailored support under a new EU-funded pilot action. Hauts-de-France , Norra Mellansverige , Piemonte , Saxony , Wallonia : these 5 regions have been selected after...

- EU - EU

Mergers: Commission approves proposed acquisition of parts of Air Berlin by easyJet

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 12 December 2017 The European Commission has approved unconditionally under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of certain assets of Air Berlin by easyJet. The Commission concluded that the transaction would not adversely affect competition in the EU Single Market.

- EU - EU

Some Ryanair Pilots in Ireland to Strike, German Union Steps Up Pressure

Some Irish-based Ryanair  pilots served notice of a one-day strike on Tuesday and German pilots' union Vereinigung Cockpit said strike action was also possible in Germany in a growing push for better conditions at the Irish budget carrier, reported Reuters. Pilots at Europe's largest airline by passenger numbers have ...

- Novinite - BG

Passenger Numbers at Bulgaria's Varna, Burgas Airports Rise in Jan-Nov

Combined passenger numbers at the Bulgarian coastal airports of Varna and Burgas rose 7.6% year-on-year in the January-November period, reaching 4.87 million, Germany's Fraport Group, which operates the airports, said on Tuesday. Passenger traffic at Varna airport increased 15.2% year-on-year to 1.90 million in the first ...

- Novinite - BG

EU clears easyJet purchase of Air Berlin's assets

Air Berlin, which was Germany's second-biggest airline, ended operations in late October.

- - UK

Some Ryanair pilots in Ireland to strike, German union steps up pressure

Some Ryanair pilots in Ireland to strike, German union steps up pressure...


Russian Nord Stream 2 bypassing Ukraine gets first partial permit in Germany

The mining administration of the German town of Stralsund has allowed the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, Deutsche Welle reports.


German soldier accused of planning to kill politicians, frame refugees | Reuters

BERLIN - A German soldier was charged on Tuesday with plotting to kill senior politicians because of their support for refugees and trying to make it look like asylum seekers carried out the murders. The officer, named only as Franco Hans A., was arrested in April in a case that shocked Germans and stirred a debate about ...

- Firstpost - IN

Bayern winger Ribery taken to court by ex-agent

BERLIN, Dec 12 ― Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery briefly appeared in court in Germany today over claims he owes €3.5 million to his ex-agent before the case was adjourned until January. The 34-year-old is contesting claims...

- The Malay Mail - MY

EU clears easyJet purchase of part of Germany's Air Berlin

BERLIN — The European Union has cleared easyJet's planned acquisition of part of bankrupt German airline Air Berlin.Air Berlin, which was Germany's second-biggest airline, ended operations in late October. Germany's biggest...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Amazon Echo launches across Europe, Latin America

BI Intelligence This story was delivered to BI Intelligence IoT Briefing subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here. Amazon has expanded the availability of its Echo line of smart speakers and Amazon Music Unlimited service to 28 new countries, reports VentureBeat. The additional markets are spread ...

- Business Insider - US

1930s Germany shows us that bad tax policy can magnify Washington's worst problem by 1,000

New economic research shows that bad tax policy was instrumental in bringing about the rise of the Nazi Party in 1933. Austerity measures implemented by an incompetent Weimar government had the unintended consequence of radicalizing German voters. The U.S. is not Weimar Germany, but GOP policies — starting with the ...

- Business Insider - US

Partial power-share can end German political dilemma, some in SPD say

BERLIN - Wary of renewing a coalition with conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany's Social Democrats are instead contemplating a so-called "cooperation" arrangement that would see them agree on a minimal program but leave contested matters up for debate.

- Reuters - US

K+S settles environmental dispute with Gerstungen municipality

FRANKFURT - German potash miner K+S has settled a dispute with Gerstungen in Thuringia over the municipality's drinking water, allowing K+S to continue producing potash in the region.

- Reuters - US