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Germany makes measles vaccination compulsory for children

Jul 17, 2019 - 7:06 PM

Children will only be admitted to kindergarten or school if they have had the vaccinations. These vaccinations will also be compulsory for staff in day-care centers, educational institutions, medical facilities and refugee shelters.

Amazon staff strike in Germany on Prime Day extravaganza

Jul 15, 2019 - 8:02 PM

Workers in Germany walk out in the early hours on Monday morning, July 15, with Orhan Akman, a spokesman for labor union Verdi, saying, 'We expect a good turnout'

AMAZON GERMANY. This file photo taken on December 17, 2018 shows an Amazon fulfillment center in Leipzig, eastern Germany, as members of Verdi are on strike to protest against missing collective labor agreements. Photo by Peter Endig/dpa/AFP

Most Germans say Merkel's health is a personal issue

Jul 13, 2019 - 7:26 PM

A newspaper survey finds 59% of Germans believe the shaking spells of Chancellor Angela Merkel concerns her 'private' life

'PRIVATE' ISSUE. German Chancellor Angela Merkel suffers through her 3rd trembling spell a day before this photo was taken on July 11, 2019. File photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Merkel sits through anthems after shaking spells

Jul 11, 2019 - 8:05 PM

With questions swirling about Merkel's health after she suffered 3 episodes of shaking in public in less than a month, the veteran leader opts to play safe

SITTING DOWN. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen sit as they listen to the national anthems during a welcoming ceremony with military honors on July 11, 2019. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Merkel says 'very well' despite third shaking spell

Jul 10, 2019 - 9:49 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she is simply still in a phase of 'processing' a previous shaking spell, but that 'there has been progress'

THIRD TIME. German Chancellor Angela Merkel suffers her third trembling spell in less than a month. File photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Iraqi gets life in jail for teen rape-murder in Germany

Jul 10, 2019 - 4:25 PM

(UPDATED) The accused, rejected asylum seeker Ali Bashar, is convicted of the killing and handed the maximum sentence of life in prison by the court in Wiesbaden, the city where the murder took place in May last year

ALI BASHAR. Ali Bashar (R) covers his face in front of the cameras upon entering the courtroom, as his lawyer Martin Reineke looks on, on July 10, 2019 in Wiesbaden, western Germany. Photo by Boris Roessler/AFP

Dismissed Deutsche Bank staff head out as overhaul bites

Jul 09, 2019 - 7:25 PM

The job cuts hit Deutsche's equity trading business, leaving other divisions of investment banking unscathed

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 08: People exit Deutsche Bank's Manhattan headquarters with some of their belongings following news that the global banking giant will be letting go of thousands of employees due to a major restructuring at the German bank on July 08, 2019 in New York City. The bank has announced that it will reduce its workforce by 18,000 people in Asia, Europe and America. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

German-PH commerce group wants German firms to join infra projects

Jul 09, 2019 - 3:45 PM

The German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry also wants more German small and medium enterprises to foray into the Philippine market

EXISTING OPPORTUNITIES. The German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry hopes more German companies would invest in the Philippines, especially in the ongoing Build Build Build program

Deutsche Bank to slash 18,000 jobs by 2022

Jul 08, 2019 - 2:15 AM

Deutsche Bank expects its new round of layoffs to reduce annual costs by 6 billion euros ($6.7 billion) over the same period

RAIDED. In this file photo the logo of German company Deutsche Bank is pictured at it's headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany.  Photo by Daniel Roland/AFP

U.S. calls on Germany to send ground troops to Syria

Jul 07, 2019 - 7:19 PM

The United States expects an answer from Germany this month

CONFLICT. A picture taken with a drone on June 14, 2019, shows damaged and destroyed buildings in the town of Ihsim, in Syria’s Idlib region. Photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Eva Kor, survivor of Auschwitz doctor Mengele, dies in Poland

Jul 06, 2019 - 11:29 AM

Eva Kor dies at 85 during an annual trip that includes a visit to Auschwitz

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 21, 2015, Auschwitz survivor, victim of the Nazi German death camp's infamous doctor Josef Mengele and plaintiff Eva Mozes Kor attends the trial of former Nazi death camp officer Oskar Groening in Lueneburg, northern Germany. - Eva Mozes Kor has passed away in Poland while on an annual a visit to the Holocaust site, two independent sources said on July 5, 2019. The Romanian-born Kor, who founded the Candles Museum in Terre Haute, Indiana, devoted her life to Holocaust awareness and reconciliation, died at the age of 85. (Photo by Julian STRATENSCHULTE / POOL / AFP)

DA orders temporary ban on pork from Germany

Jul 04, 2019 - 11:03 AM

Philippine officials impose the temporary ban on pork and pork products from Germany after a shipment from that country was found mixed with pork from Poland, which has an African swine fever epidemic

Butchers carrying a newly slaughter pigs on their back for delivery at the Commonwealth Market in Quezon City on Monday, January 7, 2019. The Philippines has banned the entry of pork and pork-based products form China, Belgium, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia and Ukraine, to prevent the spread of African swine fever in piggeries in the country, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announced. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Police smash Germany's biggest online drug market

Jun 28, 2019 - 7:10 PM

In a statement, police and prosecutors say they worked for more than a year to smash Chemical Revolution, which sold amphetamines, cocaine, heroin, cannabis, ecstasy, LSD, and other synthetic drugs

Concerns as Merkel suffers new trembling spell on eve of G20

Jun 28, 2019 - 12:00 AM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's latest health scare comes just hours before she is due to board the plane for Japan, sparking new questions about her health

MERKEL. In this file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks on prior to a party leadership meeting at the CDU headquarters in Berlin, on July 2, 2018. File photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Merkel says neo-Nazis must be tackled 'without taboos'

Jun 22, 2019 - 9:50 PM

'This is why the state is called upon (to act) at all levels and the federal government takes this very, very seriously,' says German Chancellor Angela Merkel on neo-Nazis

GERMANY. Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a statement as she arives at the Social Democrats Party (SPD) headquarters on February 4, 2018 in Berlin, as German Conservatives (CDU/CSU) and Social Democrats hope to complete negotiations to form a government. File photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Merkel says she's 'fine' after trembling spell

Jun 19, 2019 - 10:50 AM

The German Chancellor says she was just a bit dehydrated in the heat and dismissed concerns about her health

German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel gives a speech during a party congress of Germany's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party on December 7, 2018 at a fair hall in Hamburg, northern Germany. - German Chancellor Angela Merkel will hand off leadership of her party after nearly two decades at the helm, with the race wide open between a loyal deputy and a longtime rival. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)

Women's World Cup: Norway in last 16, France and Germany top groups

Jun 18, 2019 - 2:10 PM

Norway edges out South Korea for a spot in the last 16 of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

NEXT ROUND. Norway defeats South Korea 2-1 in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. Photo from Caroline Graham Hansen's Twitter

Germany plans to ban gay, lesbian 'conversion therapy'

Jun 11, 2019 - 11:43 PM

'My position is clear: homosexuality is not an illness, which is why it does not need to be treated,' says German Health Minister Jens Spahn, who is gay and married to a man

JENS SPAHN. German Health Minister Jens Spahn speaks during a press conference on plans to ban sexual reorientation therapies targeting gays in Berlin on June 11, 2019. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Germany's Infineon to buy Cypress in 9-billion-euro deal

Jun 03, 2019 - 3:41 PM

'With this transaction, we will be able to offer our customers the most comprehensive portfolio for linking the real with the digital world,' Infineon chief executive Reinhard Ploss says in a statement

EU leaders clash over top Brussels jobs

May 29, 2019 - 10:01 AM

(UPDATED) European leaders begin the work needed to determine the EU's political direction

CLASH OVER JOBS. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) meets with French President Emmanuel Macron prior to a meeting on the sidelines of a European Union summit at EU Commission Headquarters in Brussels on May 28, 2019. Photo by Olivier Matthys/AFP

Merkel's successor sparks freedom of speech uproar

May 28, 2019 - 11:27 PM

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer later tries to downplay her comments, saying it is 'ridiculous to insinuate that I want to regulate expressions of opinion'

SUCCESSOR. In this file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) walks past her successor, leader of the Germany's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer during the CDU congress on December 8, 2018 at a fair hall in Hamburg, northern Germany. File photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Israel president says Jews unsafe in Germany after kippah warning

May 26, 2019 - 6:44 PM

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin says 'we will never submit, will never lower our gaze and will never react to anti-Semitism with defeatism – and expect and demand our allies act in the same way'

Sleepless in Berlin: Nightingales flock to scruffy city parks

May 26, 2019 - 7:58 AM

A project by Berlin's Natural History Museum asks city dwellers to go out and record nightingales' song with their smartphone and upload it onto an app

Possible suicide pact in macabre German crossbow murders

May 14, 2019 - 10:24 PM

Police probing the initial triple death say they found the last wills of two of the victims in a hotel room, and no signs of a struggle or involvement of other people

GERMANY CROSSBOW DEATHS. Undertakers carry a body bag on May 13, 2019 out of a cordoned off house in Wittingen, northern Germany, where two bodies were found during investigations into the deaths of 3 people discovered in a Bavarian hotel room and killed by crossbow bolts. Photo by Christophe Gateau/dpa/AFP

Merkel's preferred successor says she won't seek post before 2021

May 12, 2019 - 6:44 PM

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer says she 'rules out the possibility that I will work deliberately to seek a change earlier'

Secretary General of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer delivers a press conference on her candidacy to lead the CDU party in Berlin, on November 7, 2018. German Chancellor Angela Merkel does not stand for a re-election as party leader at the CDU Party conference in Hamburg from 6 to 8 December 2018. Twelve men and women applied for her successor. Opportunities are currently granted only to the prominent candidate - in addition to Kramp-Karrenbauer are the German Health Minister Jens Spahn and ex-Union faction leader Friedrich Merz. John MACDOUGALL / AFP

German police shut down major 'darknet' illegal trading site

May 03, 2019 - 9:10 PM

The illicit 'Wall Street Market' site enabled trade in cocaine, heroin, cannabis and amphetamines as well as stolen data, fake documents and malicious software

European alliance to invest up to 6 billion euros in electric car batteries

May 02, 2019 - 8:59 PM

A pilot factory with around 200 employees will be opened in the coming months in France, with a goal of opening two production sites, in France and Germany, that would generate 1,500 jobs at each

Rescued migrants allowed to disembark in Malta, go on to Europe – PM

Apr 13, 2019 - 7:52 PM

All 62 migrants on the Alan Kurdi ship will be disembarked and redistributed between Germany, France, Portugal, and Luxembourg

Britain's May seeks Brexit delay from Merkel, Macron

Apr 09, 2019 - 6:22 PM

Her huddles with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin and President Emmanuel Macron in Paris come on the eve of another tension-packed summit in Brussels

BREXIT. File photo of a protester draped in a European Union flag outside the Houses of Parliament in London. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Bayer confirms cyber attack but says no data stolen

Apr 04, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Bayer 'detected indications of (hacker group) Winnti infections at the beginning of 2018,' a spokesman says, but adds there is 'no evidence of data outflow'

China, EU 'advancing together', says Xi, amid U.S. tensions

Mar 26, 2019 - 8:50 PM

(UPDATED) 'Of course there are differences and competition, but it's positive competition,' Xi Jinping tells a press conference in Paris with the leaders of France, Germany, and the European Commission

XI'S FRANCE VISIT. French President Emmanuel Macron and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping hold a press conference with German Chancellor and European Commission President at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris, on March 26, 2019. Photo by Thibault Camus/Pool/AFP

Germany launches 5G auction amid row with U.S. over Huawei

Mar 19, 2019 - 11:35 AM

The German Federal Network Agency will start the auction in Mainz at 0900 GMT on March 19. The process will allocate 41 different frequency blocks.

Germany's two top banks launch merger talks to create national 'champion'

Mar 17, 2019 - 10:45 PM

German bank Commerzbank says it 'agreed today to start discussions with an open outcome on a potential merger' with Deutsche Bank

MERGER? Germany's top lenders, Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank, plan to launch formal exploratory talks toward a possible merger, national media reported on March 17, 2019, following months of preliminary negotiations. AFP File photo

U.S. ups pressure on Europe over 5G infrastructure from Huawei

Mar 14, 2019 - 9:56 AM

US General Curtis Scaparrotti, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, says that they're not going to communicate with Berlin if Huawei is inside their defense communications

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EU hopes Venezuela reconsiders expulsion of German ambassador

Mar 07, 2019 - 8:58 PM

Germany's ambassador Daniel Kriener was among more than a dozen foreign representatives who welcomed opposition leader Juan Guaido at Caracas airport, but so far the only one deemed 'persona non grata'

EXPELLED. In this file photo taken on February 19, 2019 German ambassador to Venezuela Daniel Kriener speaks to journalists after attending a meeting with Venezuela's opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido, at the National Assembly in Caracas. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Einstein 'puzzle' solved as missing page emerges in new trove

Mar 06, 2019 - 11:42 PM

The handwritten page is discovered among the 110-page trove the university's Albert Einstein archives received some two weeks ago

SOLVED. A picture taken on March 6, 2019 shows some of Albert Einstein'€™s manuscript pages, currently on display in the Givat Ram Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Iran's part in U.S. sanctions bypass scheme ready 'this month'

Mar 06, 2019 - 11:25 PM

INSTEX is seen as key to European Union efforts to preserve the deal struck in 2015 between world powers and Iran over its nuclear program, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. Abbas Araghchi (R), political deputy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran, and the Secretary General of the European Union's External Action Service (EEAS) Helga Schmid take part in a meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) attended by the E3+2 (China, France, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom) and Iran at Palais Coburg in Vienna, Austria on March 6, 2019. Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

Inside a Berlin 'gaming house,' where the esports elite hone their skills

Mar 02, 2019 - 8:30 AM

The idea of a gaming house allows teammates to live and play together under one roof, with hours dedicated to improving performances

UNDER ONE ROOF. A gamer, member of the eSports outfit Team Vitality, plays video games in the training room on January 16, 2019 at a Gaming House in Berlin's western suburb Halensee. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

LOOK: Philippines marks 65th year of German ties with new model embassy

Feb 23, 2019 - 9:34 AM

The 7-story structure stands among Germany’s government buildings in Mitte, the central district of Berlin

FOREIGN Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr delivers a speech at the inauguration of the Philippine embassy in Berlin on February 18, 2019. Photo by Carol Ramoran /Rappler

Germany summons PH envoy over Locsin's Hitler remarks

Feb 22, 2019 - 3:15 PM

(UPDATED) 'I myself said the same thing before he even said it,' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says in an interview in Germany, while defending President Rodrigo's controversial remarks on Adolf Hitler

BERLIN. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr leads the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new chancery in Berlin, with ad interim Philippine Charges d'affaires Lilibeth Pono (Center Left). Photo from Philippine Embassy in Germany

Germany to let NATO use its cyber skills

Feb 14, 2019 - 7:55 PM

German officials used a meeting of defense ministers in Brussels on February 14 to tell allies Berlin would make its cyber capabilities available, including offensive elements, sources say

German competition watchdog demands more control for Facebook users

Feb 08, 2019 - 3:35 PM

Germany's FCO rules that Facebook must change their system of shutting people out of the network who don't consent to their data collection activities


German competition watchdog to rule on Facebook

Feb 07, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Germany's Federal Cartel Office has accused Facebook of collecting data from users on third-party websites where the Facebook 'Like' button is embedded

Artworks signed 'A. Hitler' to be auctioned in Germany

Feb 06, 2019 - 2:09 PM

More than 30 paintings attributed to the Nazi dictator will be up for grabs at the Weidler auction house

Merkel urges 'creativity', 'goodwill' in Brexit talks

Feb 04, 2019 - 10:16 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says 'we want to do everything to avoid a no-deal [Brexit] because that would increase the uncertainty'

ON BREXIT. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) attend a joint press conference following their meeting at Abe's official residence in Tokyo on February 4, 2019. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/Pool/AFP

Germany says missile treaty dead as Europe frets about arms race

Feb 01, 2019 - 7:03 PM

Western capitals say a new Russian medium-range missile system breaches the terms of the 1987 treaty and puts European cities at risk

Germany earmarks funds for Russian siege survivors

Jan 27, 2019 - 9:22 PM

While the initiative is 'important,' Russia says Germany should compensate all living survivors of the 1941-44 siege of Leningrad

U.S. calls to 'stand with freedom' in Venezuela as EU gives ultimatum

Jan 27, 2019 - 12:30 AM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also denounces Russia and China, which have stood by Maduro. Meanwhile, Russia denounces the United States for interference.

UN VOTE. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo votes before addressing the United Nations Security Council in a meeting which was requested by the United States to offer a statement on the current situation in for Venezuela on January 26, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Germany should phase out coal use by 2038, says commission

Jan 26, 2019 - 9:51 PM

The commission's findings will now be passed on to the government, which is expected – barring a surprise – to follow the recommendations of the panel it set up

COAL MINE. Giant coal excavation machinery is seen at work in the Welzow-Sued Tagebau open-pit brown coal mine near Welzow on January 23, 2019. Photo by John MacDougall/AFP

Spain, France, Germany give Venezuela's Maduro ultimatum

Jan 26, 2019 - 9:16 PM

However, countries like Austria, Greece and Portugal are much more reluctant

EMBATTLED. Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech during the ceremony of recognition by the Bolivarian National Armed Forces after being sworn in for a second term, at the Fuerte Tiuna Military Complex, in Caracas on January 10, 2019. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP