Expatica : Germany (42)

Mercedes pumps 1 bln euros into US e-car plant

German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz said Thursday it would invest $1 billion in an Alabama factory as it prepares for electric vehicle production in the United States."We are significantly growing our...

Row after top Merkel aide urges AfD voters to abstain

A top aide to Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday sparked a fierce row in the runup to general elections by saying supporters of the hard-right AfD party were better off not voting at all."Urging people...

Threats with razor blades mailed to Merkel, other MPs

Anonymous threatening letters in Arabic containing white powder and razor blades have been sent to German Chancellor Angela Merkel's home and other politicians before Sunday's election, police said.First...

Lufthansa chief eyes up to 78 Air Berlin planes

The chief of Germany's largest airline Lufthansa has said he hopes to buy up to 78 planes from bankrupt Air Berlin, dismissing fears the insolvency would grant him a near-monopoly over the skies.Top priority...

Anti-migrant, anti-Muslim, anti-Merkel: Germany's AfD

The Alternative for Germany , which rails against immigration and Islam, is set to become the country's first hard-right nationalist party to clear the five-percent hurdle and enter parliament in...

Merkel says in 'clear disagreement' with Trump over N. Korea

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday she was in "clear disagreement' with US President Donald Trump over his threat to destroy North Korea."I am against such threats," Merkel said in an interview...

German court jails Syrian refugee over UN kidnapping

A German court Wednesday sentenced a Syrian refugee to three-and-a-half years in prison over the kidnapping of a UN peacekeeper, finding him guilty of complicity in a war crime.Twenty-six-year-old Suliman...

Britain to promise 20 billion euros in Brexit bill: FT

British Prime Minister Theresa May will promise to pay a Brexit divorce bill of at least 20 billion euros , the Financial Times newspaper reported on Wednesday.May's EU adviser...

Germany's EON close to selling fossil-fuels stake

German energy giant EON on Wednesday said it was in "advanced negotiations" to sell its remaining stake in fossil-fuels spinoff Uniper to Finland's Fortum Oyi.Fortum would make a cash offer to all Uniper...

Merkel party wants Schaeuble to stay finance minister

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party intends to keep Wolfgang Schaeuble as finance minister after elections on Sunday that it is expected to win, rebuffing demands from possible coalition partners...

ThyssenKrupp, Tata to merge European steel operations

German heavy industry giant ThyssenKrupp and Indian group Tata agreed Wednesday to merge their steel operations in Europe, taking second place in the continent's market behind ArcelorMittal.The two groups,...

Germany: Facts and figures before Sunday's election

Germany, which is holding a general election on Sunday, is Europe's biggest economic power and the fourth largest in the world after the United States, China and Japan. Here are some facts and figures...

How Germany's complex electoral system works

If popular Chancellor Angela Merkel faced a US presidential-style vote, she would almost certainly win by a landslide -- but things are not so simple under Germany's complex election system.In the end,...

Merkel soup, beer and nudism: When Germany's election got weird

Boring? What's boring? The punters may have already placed firm bets on Chancellor Angela Merkel to win her fourth term on Sunday, but Germany's general election is still turning up surprises.- Cook like...

Coalition wrangling looms for Merkel after German poll

Chancellor Angela Merkel may be on track to win a fourth term in Sunday's election, but exactly what Germany's next government will look like is anyone's guess as thorny coalition talks loom.Despite having...

NGO demands Italy release seized migrant rescue boat

A German NGO whose migrant rescue boat was impounded by Italian authorities on suspicion of collusion with people traffickers said Tuesday it had been the victim of a "despicable smear campaign".Humanitarian...

Ex-porn actor German spy guilty of trying to share state secrets

A former German intelligence agent who was also an ex-gay porn actor was Tuesday given a one-year suspended sentence for attempting to share state secrets while pretending to be a jihadist online.The...

WWI German submarine wreck found off Belgium

Divers have found a well preserved wreck of a German submarine sunk during World War I in the North Sea which may have the bodies of its crew still on board, Belgian officials said Tuesday.A diver who...

German investor confidence rebounds from August plunge

Confidence among German investors beat expectations Tuesday with a strong rebound in a monthly survey, as Europe's largest economy stays in robust health and fears over a strong euro recede.The ZEW institute's...

'Car nation' Germany distrustful of driverless vehicles

German carmakers are showing off their self-driving cars at the IAA international auto show in Frankfurt, but most people in the car-mad country have yet to be convinced by the technology.Curious visitors...

Get in formation: Punk band slips onto Beyonce vinyl

Beyonce has become increasingly experimental, but this sounded a bit much: some fans who bought vinyl of her latest album "Lemonade" wound up with music from a Canadian punk band.ZEX -- an Ottawa hardcore...

'Waltz with Bashir' team takes on Anne Frank story

A graphic novel version of "The Diary of Anne Frank" by the creators of the Oscar-nominated film "Waltz with Bashir" will roll off the presses next month, its publishers said Monday.Writer-director Ari...

Three fined in Germany for failing to help dying pensioner

A German court on Monday fined three people for failing to help a pensioner lying unconscious on the floor of a bank, instead walking around and even stepping over him. In the nearly one-year-old incident...

Three on trial for murder, abuse at German care home

Three care home workers went on trial Monday in Germany accused of killing two elderly residents and abusing a string of others, with prosecutors saying they acted "out of boredom".The case could take...

After poll boost, German populists AfD attack Islam

Germany's right-wing populist AfD party ramped up attacks Monday against immigration and Islam as its poll ratings jumped in the final stretch of election campaigning, while Chancellor Angela Merkel's...

Turkey again summons German envoy in growing spat

Turkey on Monday summoned the German ambassador for the second time in just three days, Turkish diplomatic sources said, as an intensifying bilateral crisis showed no sign of ending.Germany ambassador...

Inflation slump to hit in early 2018: ECB

Inflation in the eurozone will slump in early 2018, the European Central Bank forecast Monday, but return to an upward path towards its target later in the year.Price growth could fall as low as 0.9 percent...

EU Commission calls for 'Airbus of batteries'

Europe must produce its own batteries for electric cars to avoid crashing out of the race with the United States and China, a senior member of the European Commission warned Monday."We have to recognise...

German architect Speer, son of top Nazi, dead at 83

One of Germany's most prominent architects and urban planners of the post-war period, Albert Speer junior, has died aged 83, local media reported Sunday.His death late Friday came after an operation on...

Five trends at the Frankfurt auto show

At this year's Frankfurt International Motor Show , automakers are pulling out all the stops to dazzle visitors with cars that are greener, smarter and faster than ever.Here are some of the highlights...

Turkey summons German envoy over 'terror' rally in Cologne

Turkey on Saturday summoned the German ambassador to Ankara to condemn what it called a rally organised by supporters of Kurdish militants in Cologne, the foreign ministry said. "We condemn the permission...

World's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest opens in Munich

The drinking has begun as wet weather and enhanced security did not dampen the spirits of beer enthusiasts at the 184th Oktoberfest which opened in Munich on Saturday. Six million people from all over...

German study casts doubt on 'plastic digesting' caterpillars

Scientists in Germany on Friday cast doubt on the work of colleagues who claimed that plastic bag-eating caterpillars might hold the answer to the planet's growing synthetic waste problem.That study,...

ECB fines rescued Italian bank 11.2 mln euros

The European Central Bank has fined an Italian bank in the throes of a state rescue for breaking rules on risk and disclosing information, the Frankfurt institution said Friday.Regulators decided in May...

Germany stands with Britain in terror fight: Merkel

Germany stands united with Britain in the fight against terrorism, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday after a bomb blast wounded 22 people on a packed London Underground train.Merkel said that since...

Poland acquires gas-chamber paintings by late Holocaust survivor

The museum at the former Nazi German death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau has acquired 18 post-war paintings by a Polish-French Holocaust survivor that depict the horrors of the gas chambers, and which will...

Merkel urges quiet diplomacy to resolve Qatar crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at a meeting with the emir of Qatar Friday that Doha's crisis with Gulf neighbours will only be resolved through quiet diplomacy."We view with concern the fact that...

Anger as German AfD leader urges 'pride' in wartime troops

German politicians voiced outrage Friday after a leader of the rightwing populist AfD party said Germany should be proud of its soldiers who fought in two world wars.Alexander Gauland, 76, a top candidate...

Merkel upbeat on French drive for domestic, EU reform

German Chancellor Angela Merkel praised France's new government on Friday for its reform drive, both domestically and in the European Union.Meeting in Berlin with Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, Merkel...

Meet Merkel's hard-right rival on her home turf

Leif-Erik Holm of Germany's right-wing populist AfD party cultivates a radio DJ's smooth, soothing voice, sports fashionable chin stubble and crisp dress shirts, and has one goal this month: ousting Angela...

Last call for bids on bankrupt Air Berlin

Friday brings a moment of truth for bankrupt Air Berlin, as a raucous bidding war closes that could see Germany's second-largest airline broken down for parts amid wildcat strikes by pilots.Some 8,500...

Five flashpoint issues in German-Turkish crisis

German-Turkish ties have plunged to an all-time low since last year's failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the subsequent crackdown on alleged plotters and state enemies.The escalating...