Timeline Germany (G) 2017-Present

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2017        Jan 5, Namibian plaintiffs, including some from New York, sued Germany over a genocide carried out by German colonial troops in the early 1900s, in which more than 100,000 people were killed. They sued under the Alien Tort Statute, a 1789 US law often invoked in human rights cases.
    (AP, 1/6/17)

2017        Jan 8, The US military vowed to increase the scope and complexity of its European training exercises to deter Russian aggression, as more US tanks, trucks and other equipment arrived in Germany for a big buildup on NATO's eastern flank.
    (Reuters, 1/8/17)

2017        Jan 10, Former German President Roman Herzog (82) died. He served as chief justice of Germany's highest court before winning the presidency in 1994.
    (AP, 1/24/17)

2017        Jan 11, In Germany the spectacular new Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg, begun in 2007, hosted its first concert, several years behind schedule and far over the original budget. The cost to taxpayers climbed from an initially planned 77 million euros to 789 million euros ($835 million).
    (AP, 1/11/17)
2017        Jan 11,  Volkswagen agreed to pay a criminal fine of $4.3 billion for selling around 500,000 cars in America fitted with so-called “defeat devices” designed to reduce NOx emissions under test conditions.
    (Econ, 1/21/17, p.52)

2017        Jan 19, German lawmakers legalized cannabis use for medical purposes for people with serious diseases such as certain cancers and multiple sclerosis.
    (AFP, 1/19/17)

2017        Jan 20, Germany said its diplomats have helped broker a ceasefire between the Syrian government and rebel forces in a mountainous valley near Damascus, a deal designed to restore water supplies to the capital.
    (Reuters, 1/20/17)

2017        Jan 22, In Germany the agriculture ministers of the G20 leading economies said greater global efforts should be taken to safeguard precious world water supplies to secure food production.
    (Reuters, 1/22/17)

2017        Jan 25, German police carried out dawn raids against far-right suspects accused of plotting attacks on refugees, Jews and police officers, and detained two suspects.
    (AFP, 1/25/17)

2017        Jan 26, Germany's Parliament extended the country's training mission in northern Iraq for another year.
    (AP, 1/26/17)
2017        Jan 26, In Germany more than 15,000 turkeys were being culled after the new bird flu subtype H5N5 was confirmed on a north German farm.
    (Reuters, 1/26/17)

2017        Jan 28, Germany confirmed that high-ranking Turkish soldiers, who worked at NATO facilities in Germany but were suspended after the failed coup in Turkey in July, have requested asylum. Der Spiegel and broadcaster ARD reported that about 40, mostly high-ranking Turkish soldiers, have requested asylum.
    (Reuters, 1/28/17)
2017        Jan 28, France and Germany expressed mounting alarm at key decisions by US Pres. Donald Trump in his first week in office, saying they raised many issues of concern.
    (AFP, 1/28/17)

2017        Jan 29, In Germany the bodies of six teenagers were found dead in a garden house following a Saturday night party near the southern city of Wuerzburg. Investigators later said they all died of carbon monoxide poisoning.
    (AP, 1/29/17)(AP, 1/31/17)

2017        Jan 31, Germany began sending tanks and other equipment to Lithuania as part of a NATO mission to beef up the defense of eastern Europe and send a signal of resolve to Russia, which has denounced the build-up as an act of aggression.
    (Reuters, 1/31/17)

2017        Feb 1, Germany's government approved the use of ankle bracelets to monitor extremists considered potentially dangerous as it moves to get tough on suspected jihadists after the Berlin truck attack.
    (AFP, 2/1/17)
2017        Feb 1, Germany arrested Tunisian asylum-seeker Haikel S. (36) on suspicion of planning an Islamist attack. He was also wanted in his homeland over a deadly 2015 assault on a Tunis museum favored by Western tourists.
    (Reuters, 2/1/17)
2017        Feb 1, A German court ordered German-Turkish author Akif Pirincci to pay a fine of 11,700 euros ($12,490) for incitement over a speech he gave at an anti-Islam rally. Pirincci was a speaker at a rally staged in Dresden in October 2015 by a group called the Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West, or PEGIDA. He described asylum-seekers as "invaders" and lamented that the Nazi's concentration camps had been closed.
    (AP, 2/7/17)
2017        Feb 1, It was reported that Volkswagen has agreed to pay at least $1.22 billion to fix or buy back nearly 80,000 polluting diesel cars in the United States, the latest move in its attempt to draw a line under its diesel emissions scandal.
    (Reuters, 2/1/17)

2017        Feb 2, In Turkey German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Turkey to uphold democracy as the country heads toward a critical referendum on boosting the powers of the presidency, while Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took offense at her reference to "Islamist terror," saying the words cannot be placed together.
    (AP, 2/2/17)

2017        Feb 4, German weekly magazine Der Spiegel sparked controversy at home and abroad with a front cover illustration of US President Donald Trump beheading the Statue of Liberty.
    (Reuters, 2/4/17)

2017        Feb 8, Ljubisa Beara (77), a Bosnian Serb commander convicted of war crimes over the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, died in a German prison.
    (AP, 2/10/17)

2017        Feb 9, Germany reported the world’s largest current-account surplus of about €270 billion ($300 billion).
    (Econ, 2/11/17, p.40)
2017        Feb 9, Some 450 German special commandos made 12 coordinated raids and arrested two men suspected of planning an imminent Islamist attack in Goettingen.
    (Reuters, 2/9/17)
2017        Feb 9, German neo-Nazi Maik Schneider (29) was sentenced to eight years jail for the August 2015 arson in the high school sports hall in Nauen that had been designated to house refugees. He received an additional term of one year and six months for other xenophobic crimes.
    (AFP, 2/9/17)

2017        Feb 12, Germany’s parliamentary assembly elected former foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (61) as the new head of state. He vowed to stand up to simplistic populist rhetoric.
    (AFP, 2/12/17)(SSFC, 2/12/17, p.A4)

2017        Feb 15, German airline Lufthansa said it has struck a deal to solve a bitter labor dispute with pilots that over five years has cost it an estimated half a billion dollars and more than a dozen strikes.
    (AP, 2/15/17)

2017        Feb 16, In Germany foreign ministers from 20 of the world's leading nations (G20) met in Bonn to discuss current conflicts and ways to prevent future crises against a backdrop of uncertainty among allies and adversaries over the direction of US foreign policy.
    (AP, 2/16/17)
2017        Feb 16, In Germany a union representing ground staff has called on its members to go on strike at Berlin's two airports, leading to the cancelation of some 210 flights.
    (AP, 2/16/17)

2017        Feb 21, Authorities in southwest Germany authorized a ban on older diesel cars from driving in the city of Stuttgart starting next year.
    (AP, 2/21/17)

2017        Feb 22, France and Germany won backing from the European Union's executive for proposals to tighten security across Europe, which include giving more powers to governments to monitor frontiers with other EU states.
    (Reuters, 2/22/17)

2017        Feb 25, In Germany  a student (35) rammed his car into a group of pedestrians, killing one person and injuring two others in Heidelberg. The accused was shot and wounded by police after fleeing the scene on foot while wielding a knife.
    (AFP, 2/26/17)

2017        Feb 26, In Germany the bodies of a woman (76) and a man (81) were discovered dead at a house in Koenigsdorf, about 30 km (19 miles) south of Munich. On March 120 police said they have arrested a Polish national woman (49) and were seeking her brother, Robert Pludowsk (43), in connection with the killing.
    (AP, 3/10/17)

2017        Feb 27, Germany's Interior Ministry said a new report showing more than 3,500 attacks in 2016 on migrants and their homes is "alarmingly high and cause for concern." Interior Ministry spokesman Johannes Dimroth said authorities are prosecuting the crimes aggressively and the numbers are now falling.
    (AP, 2/27/17)
2017        Feb 27, A German court convicted two illegal street racers who caused a deadly high-speed car crash of murder and handed them life prison terms in a landmark ruling. Hamdi H. and Marvin N. were each sentenced to maximum jail terms for the Feb 1 tragedy near Berlin's landmark KaDeWe shopping center.
    (AFP, 2/27/17)

2017        Feb 28, In Germany a man (24) killed his grandmother in Muellrose, then ran over and killed two police officers as he fled from them in Brandenburg state. The man was arrested short time later.
    (AP, 2/28/17)

2017        Feb, Turkish authorities arrested Deniz Yucel, a journalist for Germany’s Die Welt newspaper, on charges of propaganda in support of a terrorist organization and inciting the public to violence. Yucel, a dual Turkish and German national, was initially detained after he reported on emails that a leftist hacker collective had purportedly obtained from the private account of Berat Albayrak, Turkey's energy minister and Erdogan's son-in-law.
    (Reuters, 3/19/17)

2017        Mar 2, Germany arrested two Syrians suspected of being members of the Al-Nusra Front. Federal prosecutors said Abdalfatah H.A. (35) is suspected of war crimes over the killing of 36 Syrian government employees by his unit in 2013. Abdulrahman A.A. (26) belong to the same combat unit.
    (SFC, 3/3/17, p.A2)
2017        Mar 2, In Egypt German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi held talks on ways of slowing migration to Europe, including tightening control over borders.
    (AP, 3/2/17)

2017        Mar 3, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tunisia had agreed to take back 1,500 rejected Tunisian migrants from Germany, after an attack by a Tunisian on a Christmas market in Berlin which killed 12 people.
    (Reuters, 3/3/17)
2017        Mar 3, German carmaker Mercedes said it is recalling about 1 million cars and SUVs worldwide because a starter part can overheat and cause fires.
    (AP, 3/3/17)
2017        Mar 3, Turkey accused Germany of scandalous behavior in cancelling rallies of Turkish citizens in two German towns due to be addressed by Turkish ministers and said Berlin provided a "shelter" for people committing crimes against his country.
    (Reuters, 3/3/17)

2017        Mar 8, Bavaria's state office of criminal investigation said Germany’s police have raided over 120 apartments and business premises across the country in an investigation into a suspected online crime ring.
    (Reuters, 3/8/17)

2017        Mar 9, In Germany an axe-wielding attacker, Fatmir H. (37), wounded nine people in a bloody rampage at a railway station. The Kosovan national had been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic with a history of high anxiety and self-harm. In September he was committed to a psychiatric ward.
    (AFP, 3/10/17)(AFP, 9/22/17)
2017        Mar 9, In Germany Marcel Hesse (19) gave himself up to police late today in Herne. He admitted to killing a child (9) and a 22-year-old acquaintance, citing frustration over a rejected bid to join the German army and the recent loss of his internet connection. Hesse had stabbed the boy 52 times with a folding knife and allegedly boasted about the murder in a video clip he published on the darknet.
    (AP, 3/10/17)(AP, 9/8/17)

2017        Mar 10, In Detroit, Mi., Volkswagen pleaded guilty in federal court to criminal felony charges over the diesel emissions scandal. The plea was part of a settlement for VW to pay $4.3 billion in fines and penalties.
    (SFC, 3/11/17, p.D1)

2017        Mar 14, The small western German state of Saarland said it is banning political campaigning by foreign politicians saying internal Turkish conflicts have no place in Germany.
    (Reuters, 3/14/17)
2017        Mar 14, German authorities banned the German-speaking Islam Group Hildesheim, known by its German acronym DIK. It had long been on authorities' radar as a magnet for radicals.
    (AP, 3/14/17)
2017        Mar 14, Berlin's airports remained paralyzed after ground staff extended a strike, stepping up pressure in a dispute over pay that has already caused the cancellation of more than 1,000 flights since March 10.
    (Reuters, 3/14/17)
2017        Mar 14, Hundreds of Twitter accounts were hijacked amid the ongoing diplomatic feud between Turkey and two European nations, Germany and the Netherlands. Most if not all high-profile accounts soon returned to normal.
    (AP, 3/15/17)

2017        Mar 15, In Germany three men and a woman were sentenced to prison terms between three and five years for forming the so-called Oldschool Society in August 2014, a far-right terrorist group with a plan to bomb refugee homes as a tactic to scare migrants into leaving the country.
    (AP, 3/15/17)

2017        Mar 16, The militant Greek group Conspiracy of Fire Cells claimed responsibility for a parcel bomb mailed to German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble. The parcel had been intercepted by the German finance ministry's mail department. On March 20 Greek counterterrorism officers uncovered eight more similar parcel bombs.
    (Reuters, 3/16/17)(SFC, 3/22/17, p.A2)

2017        Mar 17, In Germany a G20 official said opposition from the United States, Saudi Arabia and others has forced Germany to drop a reference to financing programs to combat climate change from the draft communique at a G20 finance and central bankers meeting.
    (AP, 3/17/17)

2017        Mar 18, In Germany finance chiefs of the world's top 20 economies (G20) pledged to finalize new banking regulations, easing concerns that the new US administration would pull out of a long-delayed global accord known as Basel III. The G20 dropped a pledge to fully oppose trade protectionism, amid pushback from the government of US President Donald Trump.
    (Reuters, 3/18/17)(AP, 3/18/17)
2017        Mar 18, In Germany around 9,000 Kurdish supporters demonstrated in Frankfurt against Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and an April referendum that would give him sweeping new powers.
    (Reuters, 3/18/17)

2017        Mar 21, A German court convicted three 17-year-olds of participating last April 16 in a bomb attack on a Sikh temple that was motivated by hatred of other religions. They were given prison sentences ranging between six and seven years.
    (AP, 3/21/17)
2017        Mar 21, In Germany the G20's outreach organizations for business (B20), think tanks (T20) and civil society groups (C20) urged the Group of 20 leading economies in a joint statement to take fast and fundamental action to counter rising temperatures.
    (Reuters, 3/21/17)

2017        Mar 22, In Germany thousands of gay men prosecuted and jailed under an arcane 19th century law were due to get compensation after the government passed a draft bill to quash their convictions. Germany decriminalized homosexuality in 1969.
    (Reuters, 3/22/17)

2017        Mar 23, German authorities detained Afghan migrant Abdullah P. in the southern state of Bavaria. He was believed to have taken part in an attack on a military convoy about a decade ago in which at least 16 US and Afghan soldiers were killed.
    (Reuters, 3/28/17)

2017        Mar 27, In Germany thieves broke into Berlin’s Bode Museum before dawn and made off with a massive 100-kilogram (221-pound) gold coin worth millions of dollars.
    (AP, 3/27/17)
2017        Mar 27, Lufthansa announced a code-sharing deal with Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific under which the German airline and its Swiss and Austrian Airlines units will offer new connections to Australia and New Zealand.
    (AP, 3/27/17)

2017        Mar 28, German prosecutors announced an investigation into claims that Turkish agents are spying on alleged followers of exiled preacher Fethullah Gulen in Germany.
    (AFP, 3/28/17)

2017        Mar 30, Volkswagen AG said it has agreed to pay $157.45 million to settle environmental claims from 10 US states over its excess diesel emissions, as the world's largest automaker looks to move past the scandal.
    (Reuters, 3/30/17)

2017        Mar 31, A German court convicted a Moroccan-born man, identified only as Souhayl M. (19), of raping a 90-year-old woman and sentenced him to 5 ½ years in prison. The victim was attacked last October just after she visited a church.
    (AP, 3/31/17)

2017        Apr 2, In Germany a Ghanaian man (31) reportedly raped a camper at knife-point in front of her boyfriend days after being denied asylum, while the couple was camping near Bonn. He was arrested five days later after DNA evidence linked him to the crime.
    (AP, 9/25/17)

2017        Apr 3, A German court handed lengthy prison sentences to four Islamic extremists over plots to bomb a train station in December 2012 and kill a far-right politician in March 2013.
    (AP, 4/3/17)

2017        Apr 5, German conglomerate JAB, owner of Krispy Cream and other food brands, announced that it was taking over the St. Louis-based Panera Bread bakery chain for $7.5 billion.
    (Econ, 4/15/17, p.26)

2017        Apr 7, The German government announced steps to choke off state campaign finance for the far-right NPD party, after a failed court bid to outlaw the xenophobic fringe group. The group numbered around 6,000 members.
    (AFP, 4/7/17)

2017        Apr 8, In Germany police found 384 kg (847 pounds) of cocaine in hundreds of one-kilogram packages hidden in 26 cases of bananas shipped from Ecuador.
    (AP, 4/9/17)
2017        Apr 8, In Germany police officers found human remains believed to be those of the 58-year-old woman at her home in the eastern village of Borkheide, southwest of Berlin. Her son (17) was detained at the scene.
    (AP, 4/9/17)
2017        Apr 8, In Greece Documenta 14, one of the world's premier art events opened in Athens, bringing a much-needed spotlight, artistic inspiration and visitor boost to crisis-hit Greece's run-down capital. The contemporary art exhibition is held every five years in Kassel, Germany.
    (AFP, 4/8/17)

2017        Apr 11, German prosecutors said an unidentified suspect had been emptying parking machines in Hildesheim for more than two years. The 48-year-old was caught last week loading 1,000 euros ($1,060) in ill-gotten coins into his car. Damage to the city in this year's first three months alone totaled 21,000 euros.
    (AP, 4/11/17)
2017        Apr 11, In Germany roadside blasts left Dortmund's Spanish international Marc Bartra and a policeman injured. The bombs "containing metal pieces" detonated minutes after the team bus set off to a planned Champions League game against Monaco.
    (AFP, 4/12/17)

2017        Apr 12, German investigators detained an Islamist suspect over three explosions that rocked Borussia Dortmund's team bus a day earlier, confirming the probe was examining a possible "terrorist link".
    (AFP, 4/12/17)

2017        Apr 19, German utility E.ON said it has launched a combined solar panel and battery storage product for British customers which could cut rising electricity bills by 50 percent.
    (Reuters, 4/19/17)

2017        Apr 20, Lilium, a German startup, completed a successful test over Bavaria of a small electric plane capable of flying up to 300 km per hr.
    (Econ, 4/29/17, p.51)

2017        Apr 21, German police arrested a man suspected of detonating three bombs that targeted the Borussia Dortmund soccer team bus on April 11. The dual German and Russian national identified as Sergei V., had bought options on Borussia Dortmund's stock before the attack.
    (Reuters, 4/21/17)
2017        Apr 21, A federal judge in Detroit sentenced Volkswagen AG to three years' probation over the German automaker's diesel emissions scandal as part of a $4.3 billion settlement announced in January. US District Judge Sean Cox ordered Volkswagen to pay a $2.8 billion criminal penalty for cheating on diesel emissions tests.
    (Reuters, 4/21/17)(SFC, 4/22/17, p.D1)

2017        Apr 22, In Germany two police officers were injured and a police car was set ablaze during protests in Cologne, as some 600 delegates of the deeply divided anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party met to discuss policy for September's national elections.
    (Reuters, 4/22/17)

2017        Apr 27, Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl was awarded 1 million euros ($1.1 million) in damages after the Cologne state court found his one-time ghostwriter had violated his privacy rights.
    (AP, 4/27/17)

2017        Apr 28, German authorities arrested a 54-year-old Swiss citizen on suspicion of spying. Prosecutors said Daniel M. is "suspected of working for the intelligence agency of a foreign power since the start of 2012.” The next day the Welt newspaper reported that man had been sent to Germany by Switzerland's NDB intelligence agency to identify German tax investigators involved in the purchase of confidential Swiss bank client data.
    (AP, 4/28/17)(AP, 4/30/17)

2017        Apr 29, In Germany a gold-and-platinum tiara adorned with 367 diamonds was discovered missing from the Badisches Landesmuesum in Karlsruhe. It was valued at $1.31 million and once belonged to Grand Duchess Hilda von Baden (1864-1952).
    (AP, 5/8/17)

2017        Apr 30, German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Saudi Arabia to press royals on a number of sensitive issues, including taking in refugees, while also boosting important business ties in her first visit to the country in seven years.
    (AP, 4/30/17)

2017        May 1, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel offered diplomatic help to try to end the war in Yemen, as she ended a two-nation Gulf tour taking in the Arab world's largest economies with a stop in the United Arab Emirates.
    (AP, 5/1/17)

2017        May 2, Heinz Kessler (97), former East German defense minister, died in Berlin. As the country's last defense minister (1985 to 1989) he was responsible for a shoot-to-kill policy aimed at stopping people escaping to the West. He was sentenced to prison in 1991 for his role in the killing of people trying to flee the Communist state.
    (Reuters, 5/4/17)

2017        May 3, In Germany the state legislature of Baden-Wuerttemberg approved plans to introduce tuition fees for students from outside the European Union, starting with this year's winter semester.
    (AP, 5/3/17)

2017        May 4, The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency accused Russian rivals of gathering large amounts of political data in cyber-attacks and said it was up to the Kremlin to decide whether it wanted to put it to use ahead of Germany's September elections.
    (Reuters, 5/4/17)

2017        May 11, German industrial conglomerate Siemens AG said it is cutting or outsourcing 2,700 jobs as part of efforts to modernize its IT operations and increase efficiency elsewhere.
    (AP, 5/11/17)

2017        May 15, Hungarian police arrested Horst Mahler, a notorious German neo-Nazi, in the northwestern city of Sopron. He had been seeking asylum after fleeing to avoid serving a prison sentence for Holocaust denial and anti-Semitic incitement.
    (AP, 5/15/17)

2017        May 16, Germany’s dpa news agency said a German court has convicted an Iraqi man (32) of raping two Chinese college students in the western city of Bochum. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison.
    (AP, 5/16/17)   

2017        May 19, In Germany the Munich state court convicted Gabriele P. (32) of killing her boyfriend and severing his head with a circular saw in December 2008. In 2016 police found the body, which she and two friends had allegedly buried several years earlier, in the garden of her Munich home.
    (AP, 5/19/17)
2017        May 19, German authorities arrested an Afghan man, identified as Omaid N. (20). He was accused of being a member of the Taliban and participating in the killing of an Afghan police officer in 2013.
    (AP, 5/23/17)
2017        May 19, In Germany a man (54) died after setting fire to himself in a central square in Munich. The man had scrawled slogans on his car along the lines of "Never again war on German soil" and "Amri is only the tip of the iceberg" — a reference to Anis Amri, the Tunisian who attacked a Christmas market in Berlin.
    (AP, 5/19/17)

2017        May 24, US-based Praxair and Germany-based Linde, two industrial gas firms, agreed to terms of a merger of equals worth $70 billion.
    (Econ 5/27/17, p.61)

2017        May 25, US President Donald Trump told fellow NATO leaders in Brussels that the United States would never stop fighting terrorism, calling the May 22 Manchester attacks "savage" and "barbaric," but made no explicit mention of NATO's mutual defense pact. Trump vowed to crack down on leaks that prompted Manchester police to withhold information from the United States about the investigation into this week's bombing. He also chastised NATO leaders for not paying their fair share to protect the long-standing alliance. Trump also criticized Germany as "very bad" on trade at a meeting with EU officials.
    (Reuters, 5/25/17)(AP, 5/25/17)(Reuters, 5/26/17)
2017        May 25, An Italian court opened the way for a class action lawsuit against automaker Volkswagen over its emissions scandal.
    (AP, 5/25/17)   

2017        May 26, Germany-based BMW said it is recalling more than 45,000 older 7-Series cars in the US because the doors can open unexpectedly while they're being driven.
    (AP, 5/26/17)

2017        May 31, In Germany Nurettin B. (39), whose last name was not released in line with privacy laws, was sentenced in Hannover state court to 14 years in prison for tying up his ex-partner and dragging her behind his car last November.
    (AP, 5/31/17)   

2017        Jun 1, Germany and China vowed to expand their partnership and pledged to continue fighting climate change as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visited Berlin, sending a signal to Washington hours before US President Donald Trump announces if he will quit a global climate deal.
    (Reuters, 6/1/17)

2017        Jun 2, German police arrested a Romanian truck driver (40) suspected of raping and killing a woman in southwestern Germany last year and another woman in Austria in 2014. Both women were killed with an iron bar.
    (AP, 6/3/17)

2017        Jun 7, Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet decided to pull German troops and reconnaissance aircraft out of Turkey's Incirlik air base after Turkish officials refused to let lawmakers visit them. The 270 troops and 7 planes participating in the international coalition against the Islamic State group will redeploy to Jordan.
    (AP, 6/7/17)
2017        Jun 7, Germany's highest court said an extra tax on nuclear fuel is unconstitutional, paving the way for power companies to claim back more than 6 billion euros ($6.75 billion) paid between 2011 through 2016.
    (AP, 6/7/17)
2017        Jun 7, In Germany a Syrian man stabbed a Red Cross psychologist (30) to death at a counseling center for refugees in the western state of Saarland. The suspect (27) was arrested shortly after the attack.
    (AP, 6/7/17)

2017        Jun 8, In Germany the Hannover state court sentenced a German citizen, identified only as Saleh S. (18) in line with privacy rules, to eight years in prison for throwing homemade firebombs into the mall in Hannover in February 2016. He is the brother of a 16-year-old girl, Safia S., who was convicted in January of stabbing and wounding a police officer at the behest of the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 6/8/17)

2017        Jun 9, In Germany Felix R. (21) was arrested over the killing of two foreign women in Nuremberg. A woman (22) with Romanian and Hungarian citizenship was killed in Nuremberg on May 24. The second victim, a Chinese woman (44), was killed in the city June 5. DNA from the crime scene also corresponded to that of the suspect.
    (AP, 6/12/17)

2017        Jun 13, A German court convicted six young Syrian and Libyan refugees who tried to set fire to a sleeping homeless man last Christmas in a crime that sparked public outrage.
    (AFP, 6/13/17)
2017        Jun 13, In Germany a man (37) shot a police officer in the head and wounded two bystanders at the Unterfoehring subway station in Munich. The suspect was apprehended after being wounded in an exchange of fire with police.
    (SFC, 6/14/17, p.A2)

2017        Jun 15, Austria and Germany voiced sharp criticism of the latest US sanctions against Moscow, saying they could affect European businesses involved in piping in Russian natural gas.
    (AP, 6/15/17)
2017        Jun 15, In Germany a man stabbed two of his children to death and seriously injured another in the eastern state of Thuringia. The suspect (27) was arrested and hospitalized for treatment of self-inflicted wounds.
    (AP, 6/15/17)
2017        Jun 15, Lidl, a German discount chain, opened nine  stores in Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina. It planned up to 90 more stores US within a year.
    (Econ 6/17/17, p.59)

2017        Jun 16, Former German chancellor Helmut Kohl (87) died at his home in Ludwigshafen. The physically imposing chancellor (1982-1998), whose reunification of a nation divided by the Cold War, put Germany at the heart of a united Europe.
    (AP, 6/17/17)(Econ 6/24/17, p.82)

2017        Jun 19, The European Union approved 377 million euros ($420 million) in state aid from France and Germany for the development of a new Airbus helicopter.
    (AP, 6/19/17)

2017        Jun 22, Germany's parliament voted 502-57 to cut off parties with anti-constitutional aims from public funding, a move aimed at a far-right party that authorities tried unsuccessfully to ban.
    (AP, 6/22/17)

2017        Jun 25, In Belgium thousands of protesters demanded that Belgium immediately shut down two nuclear reactors because of safety concerns. People from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands formed a human chain across the border triangle of the three countries over the safety of the pressure vessels at the Tihange 2 and Doel 3 reactors in Belgium.
    (AP, 6/25/17)

2017        Jun 27, A major ransomware attack hit computers at Russia's biggest oil company, the country's banks, Ukraine's international airport as well as Danish global shipping firm A.P. Moller-Maersk. Germany's Metro said its wholesale stores in the Ukraine have been hit by a cyber-attack and the retailer was assessing the impact.
    (Reuters, 6/27/17)

2017        Jun 30, Germany's parliament backed the legalization of same-sex marriage in a historic vote hailed by gay activists and leftist parties but criticized by some in Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling conservative bloc and by the Catholic Church.
    (Reuters, 6/30/17)

2017        Jul 1, In Germany the 104th edition of the Tour de France got underway in rainy conditions in Duesseldorf. The three-week Tour concludes in Paris on July 23.
    (AP, 7/1/17)

2017        Jul 2, In Germany some 4,000 people took part in the first major protest in Hamburg before the July 7-8 Group of 20 meeting.
    (AP, 7/2/17)

2017        Jul 3, In Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives promised more police, more homes and full employment within eight years when they presented their program for an election in which she will seek a fourth term in office.
    (Reuters, 7/3/17)
2017        Jul 3, In Germany eighteen people were killed when a tour bus carrying mostly pensioners smashed into a trailer truck and burst into flames on the A9 motorway near the small Bavarian town of Stammbach.
    (AFP, 7/3/17)
2017        Jul 3, France, Germany and the European Union pledged more money for Libya's coast guard and more support for Italy to cope with a surge of migrant arrivals from Africa.
    (AP, 7/3/17)

2017        Jul 4, German car giant Volkswagen said it was returning to the Iranian market for the first time in 17 years due to the lifting of economic sanctions.
    (AFP, 7/4/17)

2017        Jul 5, In Germany China’s President Xi Jinping and Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged to work together more closely on a range of issues, two days ahead of the G20 summit in Hamburg.
    (Reuters, 7/5/17)
2017        Jul 5, Airbus said it has won a major order from China of 140 planes for $22.8 billion, during a visit by President Xi Jinping to Berlin.
    (AP, 7/5/17)

2017        Jul 6, In Germany thousands of protesters from around Europe poured into the port city of Hamburg to join anti-capitalist demonstrations for the July 7-8 G20 summit. Hamburg reminded residents and visitors over Twitter that during the Group of 20 summit all recreational aircraft will be banned from flying.
    (Reuters, 7/6/17)(AP, 7/6/17)
2017        Jul 6, US authorities accused Giovanni Pamio (60), a former Audi executive, of giving the orders to program diesel engines to cheat on emissions tests. He became the eighth former Volkswagen employee charged in the case that is being investigated by the FBI and the Environmental Protection Agency's criminal unit.
    (AP, 7/7/17)

2017        Jul 7, In Germany far-left protesters wrought chaos in Hamburg ahead of US President Donald Trump's first face-to-face talks with Russian leader Vladimir Putin at a G20 summit facing divisions among Western nations and tensions over North Korea.
    (AFP, 7/7/17)
2017        Jul 7, German prosecutors said they have arrested a former employee of the Volkswagen unit Audi in connection with the company's diesel scandal.
    (AP, 7/7/17)
2017        Jul 7, President Donald Trump, on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, said the United States is making very good progress on trade issues with Mexico, after a meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, but he also repeated a pledge to make the southern neighbor pay for a border wall.
    (Reuters, 7/7/17)
2017        Jul 7, Russian President Vladimir Putin told US President Donald Trump that Moscow had not meddled in the US elections, and Trump accepted it, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Trump and Putin engaged in a conversation during a G20 dinner.
    (Reuters, 7/8/17)(SFC, 7/19/17, p.A4)

2017        Jul 8, In Germany a final statement agreed by the leaders of the Group of 20 economic powers exposed a divide between the United States and other G20 members on the Paris climate accord aimed at combating climate change. The leaders of the other G20 members stated that the Paris Agreement is irreversible.
    (Reuters, 7/8/17)
2017        Jul 8, In Germany anti-globalization activists rioted violently for a second night as Hamburg hosted G20 leaders, setting up street barricades, looting supermarkets and attacking police with slingshots and firebombs.
    (AP, 7/8/17)

2017        Jul 9, In Germany anti-globalization activists rioted for a third consecutive night in Hamburg early today even after Group of 20 leaders had already left the city. Germans expressed anger over violence that hit the G20 world leaders' July 7-8 summit, raising awkward questions for Chancellor Angela Merkel less than three months before an election. Police said they had arrested 186 people and took 225 into custody.
    (AP, 7/9/17)(Reuters, 7/9/17)
2017        Jul 9, Germany began to pull its troops out of Turkey’s Incirlik air base where they have supported international operations against Islamic State following a row with Ankara over access.
    (Reuters, 7/9/17)
2017        Jul 9, The United Nations' cultural agency added to its list of World Heritage sites six caves in west Germany with art dating back to the Ice Age and old silver ore mines in southern Poland.
    (AP, 7/9/17)

2017        Jul 11, Germany’s dpa news agency reported that a Bavarian court has convicted Hans D. (62), a Buddhist monk, of more than 25 counts of sexually abusing children and sentenced him to seven years and nine months in prison.
    (AP, 7/11/17)

2017        Jul 12, German police arrested four suspects they linked to an Arabic criminal clan over the spectacular theft of a giant 100-kilogram (220-pound) gold coin from a Berlin museum early this year, but found no sign of the loot.
    (AFP, 7/12/17)

2017        Jul 13, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have opened the 19th annual summit between the two European countries, centered on security, defense and boosting the European project in a time of doubt.
    (AP, 7/13/17)
2017        Jul 13, France and Germany agreed to develop a European fighter jet to replace their existing fleets, part of a raft of measures to tighten defense and security cooperation, according to a document issued after a Franco-German cabinet meeting in Paris.
    (Reuters, 7/13/17)

2017        Jul 18, In Germany a report released today said at least 547 members of the Domspatzen boys’ choir in Regensburg choir were physically or sexually abused between 1945 and 1992. It counted 500 cases of physical violence and 67 of sexual violence, committed by a total of 49 perpetrators. The choir was led from 1964 to 1994 by Benedict's brother, the Rev. Georg Ratzinger.
    (AP, 7/18/17)

2017        Jul 20, German customs authorities said they've seized over 3.8 tons of cocaine that arrived in Hamburg in shipping containers from South America in three operations between March and May.
    (AP, 7/20/17)
2017        Jul 20, Germany's president signed legislation legalizing gay marriage, paving the way for it to take effect this fall.
    (AP, 7/21/17)

2017        Jul 23, In Germany former Vietnamese oil executive Trinh Xuan Thanh was taken from the Tiergarten, a large forested park in central Berlin, by armed men.
    (Reuters, 8/2/17)     

2017        Jul 26, One of Germany's most notorious Islamist preachers, Sven Lau (36), was sentenced to five and a half years in jail for helping to recruit for Jaish al-Muhajiroun wal-Ansar (JMA) or Army of Emigrants and Supporters.
    (AFP, 7/26/17)

2017        Jul 27, Germany's transport minister announced plans for a fund to help cities modernize their transport systems and reduce pollution, but said it was too soon to bury the internal combustion engine.
    (Reuters, 7/27/17)

2017        Jul 28, In Germany a Palestinian man (26) stabbed one person to death and wounded six others in Hamburg. He was known to authorities as a suspected Islamic radical but also was psychologically unstable.
    (AP, 7/29/17)

2017        Jul 30, In Germany a shooting in a discotheque claimed two lives in Konstanz, including that of the gunman, and wounded four people, three of them seriously. Police identified the gunman as an Iraqi citizen (37).
    (AP, 7/30/17)

2017        Aug 1, German sources said the government will not force the car industry to make costly changes to engines to cut diesel emissions but will settle for software updates for around 2 million vehicles.
    (Reuters, 8/1/17)

2017        Aug 2, German automakers offered to help cut inner-city pollution by updating the software of 5 million diesel cars in an attempt to avert vehicle bans and repair their reputation.
    (Reuters, 8/2/17)
2017        Aug 2, Germany accused Vietnam of kidnapping a former Vietnamese oil executive who was seeking asylum in Berlin and taking him home to face accusations of corruption. Trinh Xuan Thanh was accused of causing around $150 million in losses at a Vietnamese state firm.
    (AP, 8/2/17)
2017        Aug 2, German prosecutors said Oskar Groening (96), a  former Auschwitz death camp guard, is fit to go to prison. He was convicted in 2015 as an accessory to murder. His lawyer said he will contest their decision.
    (AP, 8/2/17)
2017        Aug 2, Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri posted an audio message online in which he said a man he identifies as Zuhair al-Maghribi (aka Said Bahaji) who worked for As-Sahab, the terror network's media arm, is a "martyr." The German man is believed to have provided logistical support to the Hamburg-based Sept. 11 hijackers.
    (AP, 8/8/17)
2017        Aug 2, Italian authorities impounded a German NGO's migrant rescue boat on suspicion of facilitating illegal immigration. The Iuventa was operated by the Jugend Rettet organization.
    (AFP, 8/2/17)

2017        Aug 7, In Germany some 2,600 pigs and piglets died in a fire at a farm southwest of Berlin that caused an estimated 800,000 euros ($950,000) in damage in the area of Frankenfoerde.
    (AP, 8/8/17)

2017        Aug 8, Germany’s wind power group Siemens Gamesa said it has installed Asia's tallest wind turbines, with a total height of 210 meters (230 yards), in Thailand.
    (Reuters, 8/8/17)

2017        Aug 10, Scientists in Germany said they have identified a new type of pox virus that's sickening young red squirrels in Berlin.
    (AP, 8/10/17)

2017        Aug 11, A German court sentenced three Syrian men for running a smuggling ring from Turkey to Europe over the deaths of 13 migrants in the Mediterranean in September 2015. The main suspect was sentenced to four years in prison and the man who piloted the dinghy two and a half years in prison. A third man, who liaised with the refugees' family members in Germany, was given two years on probation.
    (Reuters, 8/11/17)
2017        Aug 11, In Germany a 26-ton garbage truck tipped over on a road, crushing a car and killing five people, including at least four members of the same family in the Baden-Wuerttemberg town of Nagold.
    (AP, 8/11/17)

2017        Aug 14, In Germany the court in the town of Krefeld said Hartmut Hopp (73) must serve in Germany the five-year sentence given to him by a Chilean court in 2011 for 16 counts of aiding in the sexual abuse of children.
    (AP, 8/14/17)

2017        Aug 15, In Germany new licenses were awarded that will increase onshore wind energy capacity by more than 1 gigawatt, equal to that of a nuclear plant.
    (Reuters, 8/15/17)
2017        Aug 15, German efforts to overcome a diesel scandal were dealt a blow after prosecutors widened a Volkswagen probe and a key environmental group said steps proposed by automakers to cut pollution remained inadequate.
    (Reuters, 8/15/17)
2017        Aug 15, Germany's second largest airline, Air Berlin, filed for bankruptcy protection after its main shareholder, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad, said it would make no more financing available following years of unsuccessful turnaround attempts.
    (AP, 8/15/17)

2017        Aug 16, Deutsche Post DHL Group and US automaker Ford unveiled a jointly manufactured electric delivery van amid growing demand for emission-free utility vehicles.
    (AP, 8/16/17)
2017        Aug 16, Fiat-Chrysler said it will cooperate with BMW to develop self-driving cars.
    (SFC, 8/17/17, p.C2)

2017        Aug 19, In Germany anti-fascist activists gathered in the Berlin suburb of Spandau to protest against a vigil by some 500 neo-Nazis commemorating the 30th anniversary of the death of Nazi convict Rudolf Hess. Berlin police detained 39 people in connection with the march. 35 of those detained belonged to the far-right march, while four were taking part in the counter-protest.
    (Reuters, 8/19/17)(AP, 8/20/17)
2017        Aug 19, Spanish police in Granada arrested German-Turkish author Dogan Akhanli after Turkey issued an Interpol warrant for the writer, a critic of the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Akhanli was conditionally released the next day following a court hearing, but ordered to stay in Madrid while Turkey's extradition request is considered.
    (Reuters, 8/19/17)(AP, 8/20/17)

2017        Aug 20, It was reported that a Moscow court has rejected a request by Siemens to seize its gas turbines, which have turned up in Crimea contrary to EU sanctions, and to ban their installation ahead of preliminary hearings next month.
    (Reuters, 8/20/17)

2017        Aug 28, Germany said it had reached a deal with Egypt to stem the flow of migrants from the Arab country, part of a broader push by Berlin to head off waves of migrants that have stoked domestic political tensions.
    (Reuters, 8/28/17)
2017        Aug 28, German authorities raided the homes and workplaces of a police officer and another suspect on allegations they opposed the country's policy on migrants and were drawing up a "kill list" of left-wingers in the northeastern state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.
    (AP, 8/28/17)
2017        Aug 28, German police said a nurse, identified only as Niels H., convicted in 2015 of two charges of attempted murder and two counts of murder by an Oldenburg court, is suspected of killing at least 84 other people.
    (Reuters, 8/28/17)
2017        Aug 28, The leaders of France, Germany, Italy and Spain met in Paris with counterparts from Libya, Niger and Chad to discuss ways to curb illegal migration across the Mediterranean Sea to European shores.
    (AP, 8/28/17)

2017        Aug 29, The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said Germany has reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu virus in three swans in the central state of Saxony-Anhalt.
    (Reuters, 8/29/17)

2017        Aug 30, German officials said a Syrian man identified only as Abdullah K. (40), held on suspicion of fighting for an extremist group in his homeland, has hanged himself in a Hamburg jail cell.
    (AP, 8/30/17)

2017        Sep 1, In Germany the world's largest X-ray laser wen t online and will help them capture images of structures and processes at an atomic level. Scientists hoped the European XFEL project will open up new areas of research.
    (AP, 9/1/17)
2017        Sep 1, German’s Cologne Zoo said German-born Elizabeth Reichert (93), an American widow of a Holocaust survivor, is leaving it $22 million (18.5 million euros) in her will. Reichert has already started transferring $6,000 per month to the zoo. The entire sum is to be donated upon her death.
    (AP, 9/1/17)

2017        Sep 3, In Germany a political website of Julia Kloeckner, vice chairman of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), saw some 3,000 attacks before a debate between Merkel and Social Democratic leader Martin Schulz.
    (Reuters, 9/4/17)
2017        Sep 3, German explosives experts started to defuse a massive WW II bomb in Frankfurt after tens of thousands of people evacuated their homes.
    (Reuters, 9/3/17)

2017        Sep 4, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced plans to double to 1 billion euros ($1.19 billion) a fund aimed at cleaning up urban transport, in an effort to avert bans of diesel vehicles in some cities.
    (Reuters, 9/4/17)

2017        Sep 5, Authorities in Germany said they've recovered 15 stolen paintings and drawings by German artist Georg Baselitz worth around 2.5 million euros ($2.9 million). A man (51) was arrested last month for selling the art after returning from a trip abroad.
    (AP, 9/5/17)

2017        Sep 8, Germany dismissed Poland's threat to demand new talks over World War II reparations from Berlin, saying the issue had already been settled in 1953.
    (AFP, 9/8/17)

2017        Sep 11, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Berlin had suspended major arms exports due to deteriorating human rights in Turkey and increasingly strained ties between the NATO allies.
    (Reuters, 9/12/17)
2017        Sep 11, A group of German women's organizations wrote to Chancellor Angela Merkel demanding more support for their goals of equal participation, equal pay and better monitoring of gender policies after the Sept. 24 election.
    (Reuters, 9/11/17)

2017        Sep 12, In Germany carmakers at the Frankfurt auto show unveiled low-emissions vehicles and technology strategies that they hope will let them profit from the sweeping changes expected to hit the auto industry in the next few years.
    (AP, 9/12/17)
2017        Sep 12, Bankrupt German airline Air Berlin said its existence is threatened by an apparent wildcat strike, after 200 pilots called in sick at short notice.
    (AP, 9/12/17)

2017        Sep 13, Eight Afghans with criminal records arrived in Kabul after their applications for asylum were rejected in Germany.
    (Reuters, 9/13/17)

2017        Sep 16, In Germany the 184th Oktoberfest opened in Munich.
    (SSFC, 9/17/17 p.A3)

2017        Sep 20, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and her ministers expressed their support for a definition of anti-Semitism that includes attacks against religious institutions, the state of Israel and non-Jews who are attacked for anti-Semitic reasons.
    (AP, 9/20/17)
2017        Sep 20, Germany's Thyssenkrupp and Tata Steel of India signed a preliminary deal to merge their European steel operations, a combination that could lead to up to 4,000 job cuts.
    (AP, 9/20/17)

2017        Sep 22, Germany said it had ordered a second Vietnamese embassy official to leave the country, after the alleged July 23 kidnapping of Trinh Xuan Thanh, a Vietnamese businessman, who had applied for asylum and was facing corruption allegations back home. A day earlier Germany informed the Vietnamese ambassador it was temporarily suspending the strategic relationship between the two countries.
    (Reuters, 9/22/17)

2017        Sep 24, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term in office but faced the prospect of forming a coalition with two disparate new partners. The rightwing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) poached one million votes from Merkel's conservatives, leaving her without an obvious coalition.
    (AP, 9/24/17)(AFP, 9/25/17)(SFC, 9/25/17 p.A3)

2017        Sep 26, In Germany Frankfurt customs found cocaine when an X-ray scan of packets containing two Spanish-language fairy-tale books posted from Uruguay showed "unusual shadows." The drugs had an estimated street value of about 30,000 euros ($34,950).
    (AP, 11/3/17)

2017        Sep 27, Finnish energy group Fortum offered to buy all the shares in German utility Uniper in an 8.05 billion-euro ($9.5 billion) deal that aims to boost Fortum's gas, hydroelectric and nuclear assets. Fortum offered to buy the 46.65 percent stake that Germany's E.ON holds and the rest of the shares for 22 euros each. E.ON has until early 2018 to decide whether to sell its stake
    (AP, 9/27/17)

2017        Sep 28, German’s police said a man has slipped a potentially lethal poison into food, including baby food, on sale in some supermarkets in an extortion scheme aimed at raising millions of euros. No cases of poisoning had been reported so far.
    (Reuters, 9/28/17)
2017        Sep 28, Munich prosecutors said they have arrested a second suspect in connection with an emissions scandal at carmaker Audi and have widened the number of suspects in their investigation.
    (Reuters, 9/28/17)

2017        Sep 29, German police arrested a suspect (55) in the case of an alleged extortionist who attempted to force supermarkets into coughing up tens of millions of euros by slipping a potentially lethal poison into baby food.
    (Reuters, 9/30/17)

2017        Oct 1, In Germany same-sex couples married for the first time, with several dozen couples tying the knot at civil registry offices that opened specially to mark the coming into force of a law passed by parliament in June.
    (Reuters, 10/1/17)

2017        Oct 3, In Germany specialists defused a 250-kg (550-pound) bomb successfully in the Tempelhof-Schoeneberg district of Berlin after some 10,000 people were evacuated from their homes. It had been found during construction work near a freight depot and was described by police as a German bomb with a Russian detonator.
    (AP, 10/3/17)

2017        Oct 5, German prosecutors said they have closed an investigation into suspected mass phone tapping of German citizens by British and US spies after finding no concrete indication of any criminal activity.
    (Reuters, 10/5/17)

2017        Oct 9, In Germany burglars broke into Berlin’s immigration office and stole blank identification documents, stamps and seals.
    (AP, 10/10/17)

2017        Oct 12, In Germany Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr said that the airline will sign an agreement to buy large parts of the bankrupt carrier Air Berlin.
    (AP, 10/12/17)

2017        Oct 16, A Berlin court sentenced Ursula Haverbeck (88) to six months in prison for denying the Holocaust and for inciting hatred. A court in North Rhine-Westphalia last summer gave her a 10-month prison sentence for the same charges. She avoided going to jail by appealing the verdict.
    (AP, 10/17/17)

2017        Oct 18, German researchers published a paper that showed a 76 percent decline in bug numbers over a 27-year period. The midsummer loss was up to 82 percent. They speculated that intensive agriculture and pesticide use may be to blame.
    (AP, 10/19/17)
2017        Oct 18, German brothers Maxim and Raphael Nitsche sold Cogeon, maker of the app Math 42, to California-based education publisher Chegg Inc. in a deal worth at least 12.5 million euros ($15 million). The Math 42 app was first launched five years ago.
    (AP, 10/19/17)

2017        Oct 20, German magazine Der Spiegel reported that Germany will wait for Israeli prosecutors to conclude all investigations in a corruption scandal involving PM Benjamin Netanyahu before delivering three submarines in a $2 billion defense deal.
    (Reuters, 10/20/17)

2017        Oct 22, In Germany several thousand people marched past Berlin's Reichstag building to protest "hate and racism in parliament" as newly elected lawmakers from the nationalist, anti-migration Alternative for Germany party prepared to take their seats.
    (AP, 10/22/17)

2017        Oct 23, The German government said it approved the sale of three Thyssenkrupp submarines to Israel and will provide financial support for the purchase.
    (Reuters, 10/23/17)
2017        Oct 23, In Germany a right-wing extremist member of a group that claims allegiance to Adolf Hitler's World War Two-era German Reich was convicted of murder for shooting and killing a police officer last October and sentenced to life in prison.
    (Reuters, 10/23/17)

2017        Oct 24, German Broadcaster ZDF reported that employees of a security company that runs several refugee camps in Berlin were luring asylum seekers, some of them minors, into prostitution.
    (Reuters, 10/26/17)

2017        Oct 26, Germany’s dpa news reported that a Swiss man has confessed to a Frankfurt court that he spied for his country on German tax investigators between July 2011 and February 2015, in a case that has sparked tension between the two nations.
    (AP, 10/26/17)

2017        Oct 27, Air Berlin, Germany's second-biggest airline, ended operations after 38 years with an evening Munich-to-Berlin flight.
    (AP, 10/28/17)

2017        Oct 28, British budget airline easyJet said it has reached an agreement with Air Berlin to buy parts of the bankrupt German airline as part of a 40-million euro ($46 million) deal.
    (AP, 10/28/17)

2017        Oct 29, In Germany the "Green Belt" project, first conceived in the 1970s, was awarded the German Environmental Prize at a ceremony in the northern city of Braunschweig. The 1,400-km long swatch of land marked the former border between East and West Germany is now a refuge for a broad variety of flora and fauna.
    (Reuters, 10/29/17)
2017        Oct 29, High winds knocked down trees and caused widespread travel chaos across much of Central Europe, leaving five people dead and several injured in the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany and Poland.
    (AP, 10/29/17)

2017        Oct 31, German police arrested a Syrian (19) suspected of planning an Islamist-motivated bomb attack in Germany with the aim of killing as many people as possible. Yamen A. was arrested in the early hours in the northeastern town of Schwerin.
    (Reuters, 10/31/17)

2017        Nov 2, Volkswagen’s premium carmaker Audi said it would recall 4,997 of its A8 model vehicles with V8 diesel engines in Europe to update software after it found they emitted too much nitrogen oxide.
    (Reuters, 11/2/17)

2017        Nov 3, Britain, Canada, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands issued a statement late today critical of Egypt’s detention of Ibrahim Metwaly, who was helping investigate the 2016 murder of Italian student Giulio Regeni. Metwaly was taken by airport security in September while heading to Geneva to attend a UN conference on enforced disappearances.
    (Reuters, 11/5/17)

2017        Nov 4, In Germany some 25 thousand demonstrators marched through Bonn to protest the use of fossil fuels ahead of a global climate conference being held in the western German city next week.
    (AP, 11/4/17)(SSFC, 11/5/17, p.A4)

2017        Nov 5, In Germany more than 2,500 anti-coal demonstrators protested in the western town of Kerpen and at a nearby surface-mining site before an upcoming global climate conference in Bonn.
    (AP, 11/5/17)

2017        Nov 6, The UN said this year will be among the three hottest on record, as almost 200 countries began talks in Germany to bolster a global climate accord that the United States plans to quit.
    (Reuters, 11/6/17)

2017        Nov 7, Syria said at UN climate talks in Bonn that it would join the Paris Agreement, leaving the United States as the only nation to say it will remain outside the landmark treaty.
    (AFP, 11/7/17)

2017        Nov 8, Germany's highest court decided that people must be allowed to be entered in official records as neither male nor female, saying in a published ruling that authorities should create a third identity or scrap gender entries altogether.
    (AP, 11/8/17)

2017        Nov 9, In Germany a Swiss man (Daniel M.) was given a 22-month suspended prison sentence for spying on German tax officials between July 2011 and February 2015.
    (AP, 11/9/17)
2017        Nov 9, German police detained a 29-year-old man suspected of trading narcotic drugs internationally over the internet through anonymous websites and sending them by mail to customers in Germany. A day earlier, in Ingolstadt in Bavaria, police had arrested a man who had ordered marijuana and amphetamines. In cooperation with Dutch authorities, police soon seized 400,000 euros ($470,840) and 75 kg (165 lb) of ecstasy, marijuana, cocaine, amphetamine and heroin at the apartments of the suspect and at his mother in the Netherlands.
    (Reuters, 11/22/17)
2017        Nov 9, A coalition of US cities, companies and other groups said that many in the United States remained committed to the 2015 Paris climate agreement despite plans by US President Donald Trump to pull out. The coalition opened a 2,500-square meter tent pavilion outside the COP23 UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn.
    (AP, 11/9/17)

2017        Nov 13, German police published videos showing three former members of the Red Army Faction (RAF) militant group taking part in a 2016 armed robbery in northern Germany, and called for public help to track them down.
    (Reuters, 11/13/17)

2017        Nov 14, Brazil’s government said Germany and Britain will provide a combined $153 million to expand programs to fight climate change and deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.
    (Reuters, 11/14/17)

2017        Nov 16, German police said they have arrested a Dutch man earlier this week accused of running an international narcotics business from his apartment, after seizing drugs with an estimated street value of 3 million euros ($3.5 million).
    (AP, 11/16/17)
2017        Nov 16, In Germany delegates at UN climate talks in Bonn said at least 15 countries have joined an international alliance to phase out coal from power generation before 2030. China and 18 other nations representing half the world's population said they planned to increase the use of wood and other plant matter from sustainable sources to generate energy as part of efforts to limit climate change.
    (Reuters, 11/16/17)

2017        Nov 17, In Germany global talks on curbing climate change wrapped up, with delegates and observers claiming progress on several key details of the 2015 Paris accord.
    (AP, 11/17/17)

2017        Nov 18, In Germany hundreds of people formed a human chain between the United States and North Korean embassies in downtown Berlin during a protest of the rising tensions and harsh words between the two nations.
    (AP, 11/18/17)

2017        Nov 19, In Germany coalition talks to form a new government failed late today.
    (Reuters, 11/20/17)

2017        Nov 21, German police displayed around 100 recovered items that belonged to late Beatles star John Lennon that were stolen in 2006 from his widow in New York. Police a day earlier arrested a suspect and raided his Berlin home and cars. A second suspect, who is living in Turkey, was currently not available.
    (AP, 11/21/17)

2017        Nov 28, Airbus, Siemens and Rolls-Royce said they are teaming up to develop a hybrid passenger plane that would use a single electric turbofan along with three conventional jet engines running on aviation fuel.
    (AP, 11/28/17)

2017        Dec 3, In western Germany a fire in a multi-story apartment building killed at least four people and left 23 others injured so far in the city of Saarbruecken.
    (AP, 12/3/17)

2017        Dec 4, Ragia Omran, a prominent Egyptian human rights lawyer, was among 15 rights defenders from around the world to receive the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law, for her work representing political prisoners and torture victims as well as advocating for women's rights.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y9acyam7)(AP, 12/7/17)

2017        Dec 8, In Germany French President Emmanuel Macron was awarded Aachen’s prestigious International Charlemagne Prize for contributions to European unity in recognition of his "vision of a new Europe."
    (AP, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 8, Britain, France, Germany, Sweden and Italy called on the United States to put forward detailed proposals for peace between Israel and the Palestinians and described as "unhelpful" a decision by President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
    (Reuters, 12/8/17)

2017        Dec 9, In Germany the Swedish comedy "The Square" swept this year's European Film Awards in Berlin, winning six prizes, including for best film, director and screenwriter. This year's best actress award went to Alexandra Borbely of Slovakia for her role in "On Body and Soul."
    (AP, 12/10/17)

2017        Dec 10, The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency said the number of Islamic radicals is growing and becoming increasingly difficult to keep under surveillance as recruiting efforts move underground. He also warned that China is allegedly using social networks to try to cultivate lawmakers and other officials as sources.
    (AP, 12/10/17)(AP, 12/11/17)

2017        Dec 12, German lawmakers extended the military's participation in missions against the Islamic State group and in Afghanistan, Mali and Iraq until the spring of 2018.
    (AP, 12/12/17)
2017        Dec 12, Germany's KBA automotive watchdog announced a recall of Volkswagen's flagship European sport-utility vehicles (SUV) with 3-litre diesel engines after detecting two illicit emissions control devices in the models.
    (Reuters, 12/12/17)

2017        Dec 13, The Dutch government said it is joining Austria's lawsuit against Germany at the European Court of Justice over plans for a road toll for foreign drivers.
    (Reuters, 12/13/17)

2017        Dec 18, German government officials said Turkey has released German journalist Mesale Tolu after nearly eight months in prison on the condition that she does not leave the country.
    (AP, 12/18/17)

2017        Dec 19, German authorities arrested an Afghan man (21) accused of being a member of the Taliban. Jabar N. told investigators he left Afghanistan via Iran, Turkey and Greece in the summer of 2015.
    (AP, 12/20/17)

2017        Dec 20, The European Union's top court ruled that the bloc's divorce regulations don't cover private agreements, throwing a case back to a Munich court to decide whether to recognize a divorce granted under religious Sharia law to a couple who are both Syrian-German.
    (AP, 12/20/17)

2017        Dec 21, The EU approved a deal that will see Lufthansa take over part of defunct Air Berlin, formerly the second-largest carrier in Germany.
    (AP, 12/21/17)

2017        Dec 22, In Germany a Romanian truck driver was convicted of murder and rape in the killing last year of a woman (27) who was out jogging in a forest in Endingen. Austria sought the man's extradition for a further trial there over the killing in 2014 of a French female student in Kufstein.
    (AP, 12/22/17)

2017        Dec 25, German billionaire Erich Kellerhals (78), co-founder of electronics retail giant Media Markt and a major shareholder in its current owner Ceconomy, died.
    (Reuters, 12/28/17)

2017        Dec 27, In Germany an Afghan asylum-seeker (15) fatally stabbed his ex-girlfriend, a German of the same age, in a drugstore in Kandel. The suspect was taken into custody on suspicion of manslaughter.
    (AP, 12/28/17)

2017        Dec 28, In Germany four detainees escaped from a prison in Berlin, breaking out part of a concrete wall and climbing over a barbed-wire fence.
    (AP, 12/28/17)

2017        Dec 29, Germany's constitutional court ruled that Oskar Groening (96) must go to jail over his role in mass murders committed at the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz during World War Two, refusing to overturn a lower court ruling.
    (Reuters, 12/29/17)

2022        In Germany all nuclear power plants were expected to be switched off by this time.
    (Econ, 6/15/13, SR p.11)

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