Expatica : Germany (50)

Berlin police seeking more missing John Lennon items

German police are trying to recover numerous items stolen from the estate of the late Beatle John Lennon, prosecutors said Thursday, after the arrest of a suspect accused of handling the objects.A 58-year-old...

Greek police to help German airports catch migrants with fake papers

Greek police will help bolster airport checks in Germany in a dispute over hundreds of passengers allegedly caught flying out of Greece with falsified papers, a police source told AFP.As of next week,...

ECB at odds over leaving bond buys open-ended: minutes

European Central Bank policymakers disagreed on leaving the bank's mass bond-buying programme open-ended, with some arguing in favour of "a clear end date", minutes from a meeting last month revealed...

German industrial giant Thyssenkrupp posts huge loss

German industrial giant Thyssenkrupp on Thursday posted an annual loss of 649 million euros for the year ending September, due mainly to a one-off charge related to the sale of Brazilian...

Millions at risk in 'forgotten' Ukraine crisis: aid groups

The "forgotten" humanitarian crisis in conflict-torn eastern Ukraine threatens millions as harsh winter weather sets in, aid groups warned on Wednesday.Action Against Hunger, Doctors of the World and...

Euro summit still on despite German crisis: Tusk

EU leaders will meet as planned next month to discuss reforms to the euro despite the crisis in Germany over the collapse of Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition talks, EU President Donald Tusk said Wednesday."Just...

Activists taunt AfD politician with mini Holocaust memorial

A group of activists on Wednesday unveiled a replica of Berlin's Holocaust Memorial secretly erected outside the home of a far-right AfD politician who has urged Germany to stop atoning for Nazi guilt.With...

Romanian truck driver admits to murdering German jogger

A Romanian truck driver confessed to the murder of a female jogger as his trial opened in Germany Wednesday, after also coming under suspicion for the 2014 killing of a French exchange student in Austria.The...

German police recover Lennon items 'stolen by Yoko Ono's driver'

Diaries, prescription glasses and a cigarette case are among some 100 items belonging to John Lennon that have been recovered in Berlin after they were allegedly stolen by Yoko Ono's driver in 2006, German...

German crisis 'can't stop' euro reforms: commissioner

Germany's political crisis "cannot stop our work" and the EU will push ahead with plans to reform the euro after Brexit, the European Commission's euro chief vowed in an interview on Tuesday.Valdis Dombrovskis,...

Turkey seeks extradition from Germany of 'top coup fugitive'

Turkey is to ask German authorities to extradite a top suspect in last year's failed coup who still remains at large, state media said on Tuesday.A request for Adil Oksuz to be extradited from Germany...

Political crisis tarnishes Germany's trademark stability

The political crisis in Berlin challenges the idea of "German exceptionalism"as an anchor of democratic stability and a bulwark against a wave of populism, analysts said Tuesday.In the words of Chancellor...

Germany's president: master of diplomacy with cards to end crisis

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, whose role rarely goes beyond ribbon-cutting, has become the man of the hour in the current political crisis, holding the key to a possible compromise or snap...

Six Syrians arrested for 'planning terror attack' in Germany

German police on Tuesday arrested six Syrian refugees suspected of preparing a terror attack in the name of the Islamic State jihadist group, with media reports saying their target was a Christmas market.The...

'Europe will not pause' during German crisis: EU

The EU will push ahead with plans for post-Brexit reforms of the euro later this month despite the collapse of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition talks, the European Commission said Tuesday."Europe...

Chinese human rights lawyers jailed for two years

A prominent Chinese human rights lawyer was sentenced to two years in prison for "inciting subversion" on Tuesday, the latest jailing in an intensifying crackdown on rights defenders under newly empowered...

CORRECTED: Holocaust survivor opens art museum in hometown Vilnius

Painter and Holocaust survivor Samuel Bak on Monday opened a museum of his allegorical work inspired by Jewish history in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, more than half a century after he held his first...

Holocaust survivor opens art museum in hometown Vilnius

Painter and Holocaust survivor Samuel Bak on Monday opened a museum of his allegorical work inspired by Jewish history in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, more than half a century after he held his first...

Beatles for sale: German police recover John Lennon diaries

German police on Monday arrested a 58-year-old man in Berlin on suspicion of handling stolen items from John Lennon's estate, including the late Beatle's diaries.The items were stolen from Lennon's widow...

Rare Holocaust 'bread card' brooch recovered near Auschwitz

A rare Holocaust-era brooch crafted inside the Lodz ghetto to resemble a bread ration card and given as a wedding anniversary present has surfaced near the former Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.Made from...

German president urges parties to compromise, end crisis

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier urged political parties Monday to rethink their positions and find compromises to form a government, hours after coalition talks collapsed and plunged Germany...

Macron says German political crisis 'not in our interest'

French President Emmanuel Macron expressed concern on Monday about Germany's political deadlock after talks to form a new government under Chancellor Angela Merkel failed."It is not in our interest that...

Merkel says ready to lead party in case of new election

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that she was ready to lead her party into snap elections rather than risk leading an unstable minority government, after the collapse of coalition talks plunged Germany...

German coalition talks trip over immigration stumbling block

Tough talks to form Germany's next government collapsed Sunday as the four parties in talks failed to bridge a yawning gap over immigration policy.Here are some of the thorniest issues that led to the...

EU says confident of German 'stability and continuity'

The EU is confident of "stability and continuity" in Germany despite the collapse of talks to form a coalition government, leaving Chancellor Angela Merkel scrambling to save the country from crisis.Europe's...

Germany in political turmoil as coalition talks fail

Chancellor Angela Merkel was left scrambling to drag Germany out of crisis Monday after high-stakes talks to form a new government collapsed, potentially forcing Europe's top economy into snap elections.Germany...

Angela Merkel, fighting to stay Germany's 'eternal chancellor'

Germany's veteran Chancellor Angela Merkel has survived multiple crises and outlasted a string of world leaders but now faces a battle for her political life after the collapse of talks to forge a coalition...

Euro sinks in Asia as Germany is gripped by uncertainty

The euro faced fresh pressure in Asian trade on Monday after German Chancellor Angela Merkel failed to form a government at the weekend, fuelling uncertainty in Europe's biggest economy.Several Asian...

What's next for Germany after collapse of coalition talks?

Germany could be forced to hold new elections after high stakes talks for a coalition collapsed Sunday between Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative CDU-CSU alliance, ecologist Greens and pro-business...

German TV boss to leave job early after controversial comments

The boss of major German television channel will leave his post earlier than expected, the company said Sunday, after he sparked anger by describing core viewers as "a bit fat and a bit poor"."Thomas...

Lebanon's Hariri in Paris after Saudi 'hostage' rumours

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived in France on Saturday from Saudi Arabia, where his shock resignation announcement two weeks ago sparked accusations that he was being held there against his...

Keeping it real: UN climate talks struggle to stay relevant

There was a telling moment at the 23rd edition of UN climate talks that underscored both the life-and-death stakes in the fight against global warming, and how hard it is for this belaboured forum to...

Saudi Arabia recalls ambassador to Berlin over Lebanon comments

Saudi Arabia has recalled its ambassador to Berlin in protest over comments made by the German foreign minister perceived as suggesting Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri had been held against his will...

Poland to build Warsaw Ghetto museum

Poland will build a museum focused on life and death in the infamous World War II-era Warsaw Ghetto, where Nazi Germany imprisoned nearly 500,000 Jews during the Holocaust, a minister said Friday."The...

Siemens workers vow fightback against Germany job cull

Hundreds of angry Siemens workers protested at the industrial behemoth's historic Berlin factory Friday, in the first revolt against a mass jobs cull that unions have vowed to resist with all their might."We...

The rocky road to possible snap elections in Germany

A collapse of exploratory talks on forming a new German government under Chancellor Angela Merkel would likely trigger snap elections, a prospect fraught with risk for Europe's top economic power.The...

The three top hurdles in German coalition talks

Thorny issues divide German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, the pro-business Free Democrats and left-leaning Greens as they seek to forge a coalition government in marathon talks.Here...

#MeToo: harassment claims surface at UN climate talks

As sexual harassment scandals rock the worlds of entertainment, business and politics, a "handful" of complaints have cropped at UN climate talks in Germany, an official said."There have, to my knowledge,...

VW says will invest over 34 bn euros in cars of the future by 2022

German automaker Volkswagen on Friday said it planned to invest more than 34 billion euros over the next five years in new technologies to advance its push to become a global leader in electric...

German coalition talks go into overtime

Tough talks between the parties hoping to form Germany's next government failed to reach a breakthrough overnight and were expected to resume on Friday as Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that "serious...

Obama climate envoy slams Trump's rejection of Paris Agreement

The Obama-era official who helped deliver the 2015 Paris Agreement, lashed out Thursday at the Donald Trump administration's "wrongheaded" decision to abandon the first-ever pact committing all countries...

Lebanon minister warns turmoil could spark new refugee wave

Lebanon's foreign minister warned Thursday that political turmoil in his country sparked by the crisis involving Saudi Arabia could impact Europe by creating new waves of refugees.The top diplomat, Gebran...

Deutsche Boerse taps top banker as new CEO

German stock market operator Deutsche Boerse named a top banker as its new chief executive Thursday, after his predecessor resigned under a cloud of insider trading allegations.Deutsche Boerse tapped...

Siemens faces German union showdown over layoffs

Industrial conglomerate Siemens on Thursday announced thousands of job cuts worldwide, most of them in its fossil fuels division, with unions and politicians in its home country Germany particularly outspoken...

Siemens layoff plan promises showdown with unions

Unions reacted angrily Thursday to restructuring plans by German industrial conglomerate Siemens that are expected to cost the jobs of thousands of employees in its limping energy business. The Munich-based...

US 'committed' to emissions cuts, on its own terms: offical

The Trump administration is "committed" to limiting greenhouse gas emissions, but in ways that do not threaten energy security or market competitiveness, a US official told a UN climate conference in...

Turkey capital bans German gay film festival

Turkish authorities have banned a festival of German-language gay films due to kick off in the capital Ankara Thursday on the grounds it could incite hatred and be at risk from a terror attack. The festival...

US official to defend Trump stance at UN climate talks

An American official will address the UN climate meeting in Bonn on Thursday, where envoys have battled to make progress in the shadow of President Donald Trump's rejection of a global action plan.On...

Merkel faces crucial deadline on coalition talks

The German parties hoping to form a new government led by Chancellor Angela Merkel face a make-or-break deadline Thursday, when they will either agree to pursue a tricky three-way coalition -- or risk...

Siemens layoff plan promises showdown with unions

German industrial conglomerate Siemens is expected Thursday to announce a massive restructuring plan in its limping energy business that could see thousands of employees lose their jobs.Unions have vowed...