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. In 2018 prosecutors indicted four young men for the theft of the "Big Maple Leaf" coin.
    (AP, 3/27/17)(SFC, 10/18/18, p.A2)
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        Sep 29, Shareholders in Rosneft, a Russia energy giant, appointed Germany’s ex-chancellor Gerhard Schroder as a board director.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y7srpcpj)(Econ, 9/16/17, p.64)

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 men used a hammer to break down part of a concrete wall at the Ploetzensee prison before climbing over a barbed-wire fence. On Jan. 2 one of the escapees turned himself in.
    (AP, 12/28/17)(AP, 1/2/18)

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)

2018        Jan 1, German police said that a man (35) died after igniting fireworks, and a 19-year-old suffered fatal head injuries after he set off a homemade device in the Brandenburg region outside Berlin. Police in Cologne said there were seven cases of sexual harassment, while Berlin police reported 13.
    (AP, 1/1/18)

2018        Jan 3, In Germany a government study said violent crime rose by about 10 percent in 2015 and 2016. It attributed more than 90 percent of that to young male refugees.
    (Reuters, 1/3/18)

2018        Jan 4, Germany's highest civil and criminal court ruled that a transsexual woman, who used sperm she had banked prior to her sex change to have a baby with her female partner, cannot be legally registered as the child's mother.
    (Reuters, 1/4/18)
2018        Jan 4, South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Co. said it will begin selling its first self-driving vehicles by 2021 in partnership with US based self-driving technology startup Aurora Innovation Inc. Hyundai and Volkswagen each said they're partnering with Aurora Innovation, a US autonomous vehicle tech firm led by former executives from Google, Tesla and Uber.
    (AP, 1/4/18)

2018        Jan 6, Germany and Turkey's foreign ministers agreed to pull out all the stops to improve ties that have soured due to disputes over Ankara's post-coup crackdown and the arrests of German citizens in Turkey, but they stressed differences remain.
    (Reuters, 1/6/18)

2018        Jan 8, Germany's powerful metalworkers' union launched mass strikes over pay and working hours that could impact a key industry and the shape of labor nationwide. IG Metall demanded that all workers have the option to temporarily switch to a 28-hour week in the pursuit of better work-life balance.
    (AFP, 1/8/18)
2018        Jan 8, A bid by International Airlines Group, the parent of British Airways and Iberia, to acquire much of bankrupt Air Berlin's Niki division hit a legal stumbling block with an appeals court ruling. The Berlin state court decided that a Berlin administrative court did not have the jurisdiction to handle the insolvency of Austria-based Niki and that it's up to an Austrian court to decide.
    (AP, 1/8/18)

2018        Jan 9, German prosecutors said they had arrested Milorad Obradovic (51), a Bosnian Serb man. He was suspected of taking part in the illegal detention of around 120 Bosnian Muslim civilians in the village of Miska Glava, near the northwestern town of Prijedor, in July 1992, and their summary execution in nearby Ljubija.
    (AP, 1/9/18)
2018        Jan 9, In Germany and Italy 169 people, including mayors, businessmen and local administrators, were arrested in a large anti-mafia blitz against clan members who controlled restaurants, garbage collection and funeral services.
    (Reuters, 1/9/18)

2018        Jan 10, Germany's Central Council of Jews said new migrants to Germany must visit Nazi concentration camp memorials to help tackle a perceived rise in anti-Semitism, supporting a proposal by a Palestinian-German politician.
    (Reuters, 1/10/18)

2018        Jan 11, German authorities said they have arrested eight suspected members of an online pedophile network in what they describe as one of the most serious child sexual abuse cases they ever investigated. All the arrests occurred last fall.
    (AP, 1/11/18)
2018        Jan 11, A German federal court overturned the acquittal of seven men who posed as a self-styled "Sharia police" in Wuppertal, ordering a retrial on charges that they violated rules on wearing uniforms.
    (AP, 1/11/18)

2018        Jan 12, In Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel and Social Democrat (SPD) reached a deal that paves the way for a coalition government, saying its provisional terms were good for Europe.
    (Reuters, 1/12/18)

2018        Jan 13, Left-wing German Social Democrats lobbied party members against joining Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives in a re-run of their 2013-2017 alliance, a week before delegates are asked to back a coalition blueprint.
    (Reuters, 1/13/18)

2018        Jan 14, Germany's defense minister says her country is delivering millions of dollars' worth of equipment to Jordan's military to improve the kingdom's border surveillance.
    (AP, 1/14/18)

2018        Jan 15, It was reported that Japan's Softbank is investing 460 million euros ($558 million) in German used car trading platform AUTO1. The Berlin-based company was launched in 2012 and operates in over 30 countries, selling more than 40,000 cars a month on its associated sites.
    (AP, 1/15/18)

2018        Jan 17, Germany and Poland said they would consider setting up a commission to explore Polish calls for reparations for German actions during World War Two.
    (Reuters, 1/17/18)
2018        Jan 17, A copy of Lithuania's 1918 Independence Act found in German archives was returned to the Baltic country, but only on loan, to be returned in 2023.
    (AP, 1/17/18)

2018        Jan 18, German railway operator Deutsche Bahn suspended all long-distance rail service across Germany due to a powerful storm blowing across Germany and the Netherlands.
    (Reuters, 1/18/18)
2018        Jan 18, In the Netherlands at least 260 flights were scrapped and falling roof tiles led to the closure of airport terminals as powerful winds toppled trees and blew trucks off the road. Three people were killed in the Netherlands, three in Germany and one person in Belgium.
    (Reuters,  1/18/18)(AFP,  1/18/18)(SFC, 1/19/18, p.A5)

2018        Jan 19, In Germany a man identified only as Philipp K. (33), who sold the pistol used by a teenager in a deadly 2016 shooting rampage in Munich, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and other offenses and was sentenced to seven years in prison.
    (AP, 1/19/18)

2018        Jan 21, Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) voted to begin formal coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, moving Europe's economic powerhouse one step closer to a stable government after months of political deadlock.
    (Reuters, 1/21/18)
2018        Jan 21, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged to agree on a new French-German treaty this year to deepen cooperation between the two countries.
    (AP, 1/21/18)

2018        Jan 22, German and French lawmakers stressed the need for closer cooperation between the two nations as they mark the 55th anniversary of the 1963 signing of the Elysee friendship treaty.
    (AP, 1/22/18)
2018        Jan 22, German public prosecutors said they had brought new charges against former nurse Niels Hoegel, already serving a life sentence for murdering two patients, accusing him of killing another 97 people with lethal injections.
    (Reuters, 1/22/18)(SFC, 1/23/18, p.A2)

2018        Jan 23, In Germany a small aircraft crashed midair with a helicopter northwest of Stuttgart, killing four people.
    (AP, 1/23/18)

2018        Jan 24, In Germany named as Amaechi Fred O. (27), a Nigerian man suspected of being a member of Boko Haram and killing people in Nigeria during attacks on schools and a village, was arrested in Bavaria.
    (Reuters, 1/26/18)

2018        Jan 25, It was reported that Germany's caretaker government has decided to put on hold any decision on upgrading German-made tanks in Turkey as requested by its NATO ally Ankara.
    (Reuters, 1/25/18)

2018        Jan 27, German police shut down a tense demonstration in Cologne, after around 15,000 Kurds took to the streets to protest Turkey's offensive in northern Syria.
    (AFP, 1/27/18)

2018        Jan 29, The German government dismissed as unjustifiable any auto emissions testing on monkeys or people. German daily Stuttgarter Zeitung reported at the weekend that a research organization funded by German carmakers sponsored scientific experiments testing nitrogen dioxide, a gas found in exhaust fumes, on people.
    (Reuters, 1/29/18)

2018        Jan 30, In Lebanon German Pres. Frank-Walter Steinmeier met with Lebanese PM Saad Hariri in Beirut, where they discussed Berlin's participation in upcoming international conferences aimed at shoring up Lebanon's security forces and boosting its economy. Steinmeier also met with local Christian and Muslim spiritual leaders on the second day of his visit.
    (AP, 1/30/18)

2018        Jan 31, In Germany Marcel Hesse (20) was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison for killing a child and a 22-year-old acquaintance last March.
    (AP, 1/31/18)

2018        Jan, Two amateur archeologists found a silver coin on the German island of Ruegen. The state's archeology office became involved and soon uncovered hundreds of silver coins linked to the 10th century reign of Danish King Harald Gormsson.
    (SFC, 4/17/18, p.A2)

2018        Feb 1, German lawmakers approved a measure extending rules limiting migrants' rights to bring close relatives to the country, paving the way for a new migrant plan this summer.
    (AP, 2/1/18)
2018        Feb 1, German police arrested six members of the far right National Democratic Party (NDP), who were handing out tear gas bottles and flyers in the eastern city of Cottbus and said they were stepping up security ahead of an anti-refugee protest there on February 3.
    (Reuters, 2/1/18)
2018        Feb 1, Industrial workers in Germany began a second day of 24-hour strikes over pay and working hours, affecting companies including carmakers VW and Ford .
    (Reuters, 2/1/18)

2018        Feb 2, Weekly magazine Der Spiegel reported that Germany has granted asylum to four Turkish soldiers, including one Ankara accuses of playing a leading role in the failed military coup of July 2016, in a new setback for relations between the two countries.
    (Reuters, 2/2/18)
2018        Feb 2, In northwest Germany a mosque in the town of Oer-Erkenschwick may no longer broadcast its Friday midday call to prayer by loudspeaker for now after a local court upheld a challenge by a couple who live nearly 1 km (1,000 yards) away.
    (Reuters, 2/2/18)
2018        Feb 2, Car factories across Germany were at a standstill as industrial workers staged a third day of 24-hour strikes, focusing on plants owned by Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Audi and BMW.
    (Reuters, 2/2/18)

2018        Feb 3, The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency said North Korea has used its embassy in Berlin to acquire equipment apparently intended for its missile or nuclear programs.
    (AP, 2/3/18)
2018        Feb 3, Arab refugees and Germans carrying pro-immigrant and anti-fascism placards marched in Cottbus to denounce what they say are attempts by far-right groups to stoke tension in the eastern city after two knife attacks by Syrian teenagers.
    (Reuters, 2/3/18)

2018        Feb 4, In Germany US soldier 1st Sgt. Nicholas S. Amsberry (34), who was deployed to Europe as part of a mission to reassure eastern European allies, was found dead near a train station in the town of Parsberg.
    (AP, 2/6/18)

2018        Feb 5, In southwestern Germany a family of four was found dead in Esslingen. Police said their house had elevated carbon monoxide levels.
    (AP, 2/5/18)
2018        Feb 5, Software maker NVIDIA and German auto parts supplier Continental said they are teaming to build a self-driving vehicle system that will hit the market in 2021.
    (AP, 2/5/18)

2018        Feb 6, Germany's biggest industrial union and employers reached a wage deal that gives workers the equivalent of 3.5 percent annual raises over 27 months and the chance to work a 28-hour week for up to two years.
    (AP, 2/6/18)

2018        Feb 7, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives made major concessions to the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) to agree a coalition deal that should give Europe's powerhouse a new government after four months of uncertainty. Merkel handed her Social Democrat (SPD) coalition partners control of the finance ministry, giving them license to spend a record budget surplus, and embracing their demands for European reform.
    (Reuters, 2/7/18)

2018        Feb 8, The Christian Social Union (CSU), the smallest partner in Germany's prospective new government, signed off on the coalition deal giving Chancellor Angela Merkel a stable government for her fourth term.
    (AP, 2/8/18)

2018        Feb 12, In Germany millions of dressed-up revelers and schoolchildren took to the streets across the country to celebrate Carnival with elaborate costumes and fervor.
    (AP, 2/12/18)
2018        Feb 12, Germany’s dpa news agency reported that a local court has ruled that Facebook's insistence that users provide their real names violates the country's data protection laws.
    (AP, 2/12/18)
2018        Feb 12, In Germany several people died after a truck struck two cars on the A5 Autobahn, pushing the smaller vehicles under another tractor-trailer near Walldorf.
    (AP, 2/12/18)

2018        Feb 16, In southern Germany dozens of world leaders, top defense officials and diplomats gathered for the Munich Security Conference amid growing strains between the US and other NATO nations and Russia over the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine.
    (AP, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, At the Munich Security Conference the defense ministers of Germany and France pledged to redouble their military and foreign policy cooperation efforts, inviting other European countries to participate if they felt ready to do so.
    (Reuters, 2/16/18)

2018        Feb 21, In Germany John Ausonius (64), one of Sweden's most notorious criminals, was sentenced to life in prison by a Frankfurt court for a murder he was convicted of having committed in Frankfurt more than 25 years ago.
    (Reuters, 2/21/18)
2018        Feb 21, Scientists in Germany who developed a new way to make a key malaria drug several years ago said they have come up with a technique to make the process even more efficient, which should increase global access and reduce the cost.
    (AP, 2/21/18)

2018        Feb 22, Germany said it is withdrawing a system of special visa treatment for Cambodian officials, including PM Hun Sen and his family, citing the southeast Asian country's crackdown on the opposition.
    (AP, 2/22/18)
2018        Feb 22, A court in southeastern Germany has sentenced a former Catholic priest to 8½ years in prison for child sex abuse. The court found the defendant guilty of abusing five boys on more than 100 occasions since the mid-1990s. The man was previously imprisoned for sexual offenses from 2003 to 2009. A church court expelled him from the priesthood in 2008.
    (AP, 2/22/18)

2018        Feb 23, In western Germany a food bank in Essen drew widespread criticism for its decision to stop giving access cards to foreigners, who it says make up a growing percentage of its users. The move was hailed by some far-right groups.
    (AP, 2/23/18)
2018        Feb 23, Germany said another of its citizens has been released from jail in Turkey, a week after German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel was freed from detention in a move that helped to ease tensions between the two NATO allies.
    (Reuters, 2/23/18)

2018        Feb 26, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives approved a coalition deal with the Social Democrats (SPD), bringing closer a fourth term for her as well as an end to political limbo in Europe's preeminent power.
    (Reuters, 2/26/18)

2018        Feb 27, A top German court ruled that cities can impose diesel driving bans to combat air pollution, a landmark decision that plunges millions of drivers into uncertainty.
    (AFP, 2/27/18)

2018        Feb 28, Germany said security officials were investigating an isolated attack on its government computer networks, but the incident had been brought under control.
    (Reuters, 3/1/18)

2018        Mar 1, In Germany a top interior ministry official said security officials allowed hackers "controlled" access to government networks in order to track possible culprits and their methods, as outraged lawmakers complained about being kept in the dark.
    (Reuters, 3/1/18)
2018        Mar 1, In Germany police arrested Russian businessman Andrei Kovalchuk (49), accused of smuggling nearly 400 kg of cocaine from Argentina into Russia.
    (AP, 3/2/18)

2018        Mar 2, Police in western Germany arrested a leading member of the Italian mafia who is wanted in his home country since 2013.
    (AP, 3/2/18)
2018        Mar 2, Turkey requested that German authorities detain and extradite wanted Syrian Kurdish politician Salih Muslim, the former co-chair of the Democratic Union Party, or PYD.
    (AP, 3/5/18)

2018        Mar 4, Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) decisively backed another coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, clearing the way for a new government in Europe's largest economy after months of political uncertainty.
    (Reuters, 3/4/18)

2018        Mar 7, A German court sentenced seven men and one woman to four to 10 years in jail for founding the far-right terrorist “Freital Group” responsible for attempted murder and bomb attacks on refugee shelters and politicians in the former Communist East.
    (Reuters, 3/7/18)
2018        Mar 7, German prosecutors said they have indicted a Vietnamese man (47) on suspicion of espionage and involvement in the kidnap former Vietnamese oil executive Trinh Xuan Thanh and a woman accompanying him in Berlin last year.
    (AP, 3/7/18)
2018        Mar 7, German and Romanian officials raided homes and hotels in both countries to smash an illegal migrant trafficking ring they said was one of the biggest of its kind in Europe.
    (AP, 3/7/18)
2018        Mar 7, Germany’s Cabinet agreed to extend six overseas military missions, including its long-running operation in Afghanistan. It will increase the maximum number of troops deployed as part of the international "Resolute Support" mission by 320 to 1,300.
    (AP, 3/7/18)
2018        Mar 7, Germany deported a group of Egyptians to Cairo over violations of residency requirements, including those whose asylum requests were rejected.
    (AP, 3/8/18)
2018        Mar 7, European police said they have smashed an international weapons-smuggling ring operating in at least four countries. Police said the group traded firearms in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and France.
    (AP, 3/7/18)

2018        Mar 8, Germany’s the Federal Environmental Agency said some 6,000 early deaths linked to nitrogen oxides (NOx) are recorded each year in the country.
    (AP, 3/8/18)

2018        Mar 11, In Germany a mosque in the Reinickendorf district of Berlin was set ablaze early today, likely by three teenagers. Firebombs were also thrown at a Turkish immigrants' association in the western town of Meschede.
    (AP, 3/11/18)
2018        Mar 11, Cardinal Karl Lehmann (81), the former head of Germany's Catholic Bishops Conference, died at his home in Mainz.
    (AP, 3/11/18)

2018        Mar 14, German lawmakers voted to re-elect Angela Merkel as chancellor for a fourth term, that may prove her most challenging yet as she takes charge of a fragile coalition with her personal standing diminished.
    (Reuters, 3/14/18)
2018        Mar 14, German industrial group Siemens announced plans to invest a billion euros in Brazil over the next five years.
    (AFP, 3/14/18)

2018        Mar 15, The leaders of the United States, France and Germany joined Britain in blaming Russia for poisoning a former spy with a powerful nerve agent.
    (AP, 3/15/18)

2018        Mar 21, German authorities confirmed outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu type at a farm off the German North Sea coast. The virus was found on a farm of with 57 chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese on the island of Hallig Suederoog. All the birds on the farm have been culled.
    (Reuters, 3/21/18)
2018        Mar 21, The European Union approved Bayer's $57 billion buyout of Monsanto in a massive agriculture business deal, but said they will have to shed over $7.4 billion in firms and other remedies to ensure fair competition in the market.
    (AP, 3/21/18)

2018        Mar 22, A German court sentenced Afghan migrant Hussein K. to life in prison for raping and murdering a university student in Freiburg in 2016.
    (Reuters, 3/22/18)

2018        Mar 23, In Germany the decapitated body of Gerd Michael Straten (59), a homeless former picture framer, was discovered at main cemetery on Koblenz, where he regularly spent the night. Police later offered a 10,000 euro ($12,400) reward for information about the killing.
    (AP, 3/28/18)

2018        Mar 25, Carles Puigdemont, the fugitive ex-leader of Catalonia and ardent separatist, was arrested by German police on an international warrant as he tried to enter the country from Denmark. Puigdemont faces charges in Spain including rebellion that could put him in prison for up to 30 years.
    (AP, 3/25/18)

2018        Mar 28, German police searched the homes of 10 people suspected of providing support to the far-right extremist "Freital Group" in the states of Saxony, Lower Saxony and Bavaria.
    (AP, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 28, German Automakers Daimler and BMW said they agreed to merge their transportation services businesses, so they can expand offerings in ride-hailing apps, car-sharing, parking, and charging electric cars.
    (AP, 3/28/18)

2018        Mar 29, German police seized 16 kilos (35.3 pounds) of cocaine with a street value of 678,000 euros ($833,000) during a check on a highway near the Dutch border. They found the drugs hidden in an Italian-registered Volvo being driven along the A61 highway near Moenchengladbach by a 28-year-old Albanian man.
    (AP, 4/4/18)
2018        Mar 29, It was reported that Volkswagen AG has paid more than $7.4 billion to buy back about 350,000 US diesel vehicles through mid-February. The German automaker has been storing hundreds of thousands of vehicles around the US for months.
    (Reuters, 3/28/18)

2018        Mar 30, Russia ordered new cuts to the number of British envoys in the country, escalating a dispute with the West over the poisoning of an ex-spy in Britain. Scores of foreign ambassadors streamed into the Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow to receive the notices given to 23 nations: Albania, Australia, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden and Ukraine.
    (AP, 3/30/18)

2018        Mar 31, In Germany a bus driver was killed and 18 other people were injured when the bus drove into a truck on a Bavarian highway early today.
    (AP, 3/31/18)

2018        Apr 1, In Germany hundreds of Catalan independence supporters marched in Berlin to demand the release of ex-regional president Carles Puigdemont, who was arrested in Germany last week and faces extradition to Spain on rebellion charges.
    (AFP, 4/1/18)

2018        Apr 2, Israel announced it had reached a deal with the UN refugee agency to cancel a controversial plan to deport African migrants and replace it with a new one that will see thousands sent to Western countries. PM Benjamin Netanyahu said that Canada, Italy and Germany will take in some of Israel's African migrants under an agreement Israel reached with the UN refugee agency.
    (AfP, 4/2/18)(Reuters, 4/2/18)

2018        Apr 3, The Essen food bank in western Germany reversed a three-month old decision to prevent more foreigners from accessing its services, a move that drew criticism from aid groups and politicians.
    (AP, 4/3/18)

2018        Apr 4, A Berlin court convicted two Romanian men (29) of killing an Angora goat at the Hasenheide petting zoo in February, following a trial in which the defendants testified that they had been hungry.
    (AP, 4/4/18)

2018        Apr 5, In Antarctica German scientists said they have harvested their first crop of vegetables grown without earth, daylight or pesticides as part of a project designed to help astronauts cultivate fresh food on other planets.
    (AP, 4/5/18)

2018        Apr 6, In Germany former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont walked out of a prison after posting 75,000 euros ($92,000) bail, demanding that Spanish authorities release fellow Catalan separatists and open a dialogue on his region's future.
    (AP, 4/6/18)

2018        Apr 7, In Germany Jens Ruether (48) drove a camper van into a group of people sitting outside a restaurant in Muenster, killing two people. He then shot himself dead. Authorities later said Ruether acted alone and appears to have had mental health problems. A third person died three weeks later from injuries sustained in the crash.
    (Reuters, 4/8/18)(AP, 4/26/18)
2018        Apr 7, In Switzerland Karl-Erivan Haub (58), heir to the German Tengelmann retail empire, disappeared in Zermatt while training for a ski mountaineering race on the famous Matterhorn peak.  A search for him was officially called off after six months.
    (AP, 4/11/18)(AP, 10/11/18)

2018        Apr 8, German police raided the homes of suspected members of a far-right group in Berlin and in the states of Brandenburg and Thueringia, searching for weapons. The investigators believed the suspects are members of the Reichsbuerger (Citizens of the Reich) group, who do not recognize modern-day Germany as a legitimate state.
    (Reuters, 4/8/18)

2018        Apr 9, In Germany six men detained over concerns about a possible attack on Berlin's half-marathon were released after investigators found no concrete evidence to back their initial suspicions.
    (AP, 4/9/18)
2018        Apr 9, In southern Germany an employee at an airfield died after being hit by flying debris when the rotor blades of a military helicopter collided with the facility's control tower  at the Hassfurt-Schweinfurt airfield.
    (AP, 4/10/18)

2018        Apr 10, In Germany tens of thousands of air passengers were stranded as workers at airlines Lufthansa staged strikes that crippled traffic.
    (AFP, 4/10/18)

2018        Apr 11, In Germany trade unions piled more pressure on public sector employers with a second day of nationwide wage strikes, as more than 25,000 workers staged walkouts at hospitals, childcare centers and waste depots.
    (Reuters, 4/11/18)

2018        Apr 12, In Germany a woman (34) and her 1-year-old daughter died after being stabbed at a busy subway station in central Hamburg. The suspected assailant (33), the woman's ex-husband from Niger, was arrested.
    (AP, 4/12/18)
2018        Apr 12, In Germany Herbert Diess (59) was named as the new boss of VW, replacing longtime insider Matthias Mueller.
    (AP, 4/13/18)

2018        Apr 13, In Germany police in the central city of Fulda shot dead a young Afghan refugee (19) who went on a violent rampage in a bakery.
    (AFP, 4/13/18)

2018        Apr 20, In eastern Germany several hundred neo-Nazis gathered for a far-right rock festival in Ostritz on Adolf Hitler's birthday. Many local residents took a stance against them by attending a festival for peace.
    (Reuters, 4/21/18)

2018        Apr 21, It was reported that Ireland-based Smyths Toys has reached a deal to take over more than 90 Toys R Us stores in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
    (AP, 4/21/18)

2018        Apr 22, Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) elected Andrea Nahles (47) as their first ever female leader, hoping she can reinvigorate the country's oldest party after it suffered heavy losses in September's election.
    (Reuters, 4/22/18)

2018        Apr 24, Germany-based Audi said it is recalling about 1.2 million cars and SUVs worldwide because the electric coolant pumps can overeat and possibly cause a fire.
    (AP, 4/24/18)

2018        Apr 25, Germans of various faiths donned kippas, Jewish skullcaps, and took to the streets in several cities to protest an anti-Semitic attack in Berlin and express fears about growing hatred of Jews in the country.
    (AP, 4/25/18)

2018        Apr 26, German and French officials signed four documents in Berlin that they said underscored their determination to work together to jointly develop new weapons systems, including a maritime airborne warfare aircraft and a new fighter jet.
    (Reuters, 4/26/18)

2018        Apr 27, The German government said a Syrian presidential decree on real estate registration is a "cynical plan" designed to confiscate refugees' property. The decree, which ran in state-run media this month, gives property owners in certain parts of Syria one month to provide ownership deeds or face having their property confiscated.
    (AP, 4/27/18)
2018        Apr 27, US Pres. Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel aired differences over trade and NATO at a White House meeting where they tried to put on a show of warmth and friendship. Merkel faced an uphill struggle to save the Iran nuclear deal, avoid a trade war and make her relationship with the US president functional again.
    (AFP, 4/27/18)(Reuters, 4/28/18)

2018        Apr 29, Sprint and T-Mobile announced that they had reached a deal to merge. Deutsche Telekom would own roughly 43 percent of the combined businesses.
    (SFC, 4/30/18, p.A7)

2018        Apr 30, A leading German nationalist politician won a court injunction forcing Facebook to ensure a user's slur against her can't be seen in Germany.
    (AP, 4/30/18)

2018        May 1, Tens of thousands of workers marched across Germany and Austria rallying for their rights in the face of globalization.
    (AP, 5/1/18)

2018        May 3, Hundreds of German police officers raided a refugee shelter in the southern town of Ellwangen, days after an angry mob of migrants prevented authorities from deporting a 23-year-old man from Togo.
    (AP, 5/3/18)

2018        May 4, Munich-based Allianz said it will stop insuring coal-fired power plants and coal mines as part of its contribution to combating climate change.
    (AP, 5/4/18)
2018        May 4, Albanian police said Arber Cekaj, owner of the Arbi Garden company, has been arrested near Duesseldorf. His company owned a container with 613 kg (1,350 pounds) of cocaine that was discovered in February.
    (AP, 5/4/18)

2018        May 5, In Germany a larger than life statue of Communist philosopher Karl Marx was unveiled on the 200th anniversary of his birth in the western town of Trier. The 4.4-meter (14-foot) bronze statue of Marx was donated by China.
    (AP, 5/5/18)

2018        May 7, In Germany a crash between a freight train and a passenger train killed two people in Bavaria. A controller (24) was soon detained over the death of a train driver and a female passenger (73).
    (Reuters, 5/8/18)

2018        May 8, In northern Germany about 800 police officers raided properties overnight and into the morning arresting three men suspected of belonging to a gang of human traffickers with links to a right-wing radical movement.
    (Reuters, 5/8/18)
2018        May 8, German luxury carmaker Audi said it had detected "irregularities" in the emissions controls of recent A6/A7 models, prompting it to halt deliveries in the latest twist in the "dieselgate" scandal dogging parent company Volkswagen.
    (AFP, 5/8/18)

2018        May 9, Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet agreed on rules to allow a limited number of family members to join migrants in Germany, ending a long-standing dispute between the parties in her two-month old right-left coalition.
    (Reuters, 5/9/18)
2018        May 9, Germany's foreign minister vowed to work to preserve the Iran nuclear deal and prevent an "uncontrolled escalation" of tensions in the Middle East. The Federation of German Industries, or BDI, said it rejects "the extraterritorial application of sanctions" and called upon the EU to find a solution to protect European companies from the "unlawful and unilateral" application of US sanctions.
    (AP, 5/9/18)

2018        May 10, In Germany a gathering of almost 180 nations made slow progress on a "rule book" for a global climate accord at talks ending today and agreed to a new round of negotiations to break a diplomatic logjam before a year-end deadline for a deal.
    (Reuters, 5/10/18)

2018        May 15, Germany's police raided 20 flats in Berlin and Brandenburg and arrested three men suspected of being members of a gang smuggling Vietnamese people into the country.
    (Reuters, 5/15/18)
2018        May 15, The Open Society Foundations of billionaire philanthropist, George Soros, said it is relocating its headquarters to Berlin from Budapest in the wake of an "increasingly repressive" environment in Hungary.
    (AP, 5/15/18)

2018        May 17, German media reported that the country's foreign intelligence service secured a sample of the Soviet-developed nerve agent Novichok in the 1990s and passed on its knowledge to partners including Britain and the US.
    (AP, 5/17/18)

2018        May 18, Germany's top administrative court confirmed that local cities are entitled to ban older diesel vehicles from streets with immediate effect to bring air pollution levels in line with European Union rules.
    (Reuters, 5/18/18)

2018        May 19, In Germany two people were reported killed in a shooting near the southwestern city of Saarbruecken. Police said it was a domestic incident.
    (AP, 5/19/18)

2018        May 22, In Germany Susanna Feldman (14), a member of the Jewish community in Mainz, went missing. Her body was found June 6 on the outskirts of Wiesbaden. Police sought a fugitive Iraqi asylum-seeker and on June 6 arrested a Turkish man.
    (AP, 6/7/18)

2018        May 23, Germany's interior minister banned a local branch of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees from making asylum decisions amid a widening scandal over the allegedly improper granting of more than a thousand requests for asylum.
    (AP, 5/23/18)

2018        May 24, Germany's largest lender Deutsche Bank said it will slash over 7,000 jobs globally and dramatically scale back its investment banking activities as it seeks to turn the page on years of losses.
    (AFP, 5/24/18)
2018        May 24, Germany-based car-sharing service car2go said it is indefinitely suspending its operations in Toronto, Canada, because parking regulations make its business inoperable. It will suspend operations of the flexible, short-term rental system on May 31.
    (AP, 5/24/18)

2018        May 25, German magazine Der Spiegel reported that Daimler faces a recall order for more than 600,000 diesel-engine vehicles including C-Class and G-Class models because of suspected emissions manipulation.
    (Reuters, 5/25/18)

2018        May 27, In Germany thousands of demonstrators for and against the far-right faced off in mass rival rallies in Berlin, where calls of "We are the people" were met with chants of "Go away, Nazis" and techno music.
    (AFP, 5/27/18)
2018        May 27, In Germany Melanie Rehberger (30) was found dead in a park next to a railway line in the north of Berlin, two days after going missing during a work break. On July 3 Spanish police arrested a 38-year-old suspect and his extradition to Germany was sought.
    (AP, 7/4/18)

2018        May 31, Hamburg became the first German city to implement a ban on older diesel-powered trucks and drivers of such vehicles are now prohibited from using two road sections in the city. Hamburg will uphold the ban until air quality improves or Chancellor Angela Merkel's government enforces vehicle retrofits.
    (AP, 5/31/18)(Reuters, 5/31/18)

2018        Jun 1, In Germany a controversial decree requiring Christian crucifixes to be put up at entrances of most public buildings in Bavaria came into force, sparking accusations of identity politics ahead of elections in the state.
    (AFP, 6/1/18)

2018        Jun 3, Germany's Pres. Frank-Walter Steinmeier asked gays for forgiveness for decades of suffering and injustice they endured as a result of repressive laws in Germany in the Nazi era and after World War II.
    (AP, 6/3/18)
2018        Jun 3, In Germany the international airport in Hamburg suspended all flights because of a power outage, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded.
    (AP, 6/3/18)

2018        Jun 6, Germany's Transport Ministry said the motor authority KBA has ordered a recall of Audi A6 and A7 models with 3.0 liter Euro 6 diesel engines after finding illegal emissions software in them.
    (Reuters, 6/6/18)
2018        Jun 6, German authorities arrested four Iraqis suspected of membership in the Islamic State group, including one who is alleged to have carried out attacks (2006-2008) that killed and wounded US troops.
    (AP, 6/7/18)

2018        Jun 7, German pharmaceutical company Bayer AG said it has completed its purchase of US seed and weed-killer maker Monsanto Co.
    (AP, 6/7/18)

2018        Jun 8, German media reported that local prosecutors have issued an international arrest warrant for Jamil Hassan, a top Syrian intelligence officer, accused of overseeing the torture and murder of hundreds of detainees.
    (AFP, 6/8/18)
2018        Jun 8, Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq detained Ali Bashar (20) on suspicion of raping and murdering Susanna Feldman (14), a Jewish girl who went missing May 22 in Germany.
    (Reuters, 6/8/18)
2018        Jun 8, The United Nations General Assembly voted to elect Germany, Belgium, South Africa, the Dominican Republic and Indonesia for a two-year term in the Security Council starting on Jan. 1, 2019.
    (Reuters, 6/8/18)
2018        Jun 8, Vietnamese authorities released from prison and expelled prominent human rights lawyer Nguyen Van Dai (49) and dissident Le Thu Ha (36), both of whom were sent to Germany.
    (AP, 6/8/18)

2018        Jun 10, Germany and France sharply criticized US President Donald Trump's decision to abruptly withdraw his support for a Group of Seven communique, accusing him of destroying trust and acting inconsistently.
    (Reuters, 6/10/18)

2018        Jun 11, In Germany a young woman was fatally stabbed in the Casinogarten park in the city of Viersen and a massive search for the assailant was underway. The following day a new suspect (17) in the fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old Romanian girl in Viersen turned himself in to police.
    (AP, 6/11/18)(AP, 6/12/18)
2018        Jun 11, It was reported that German building materials maker Knauf is buying American building products maker USG in an approximately $7 billion deal. USG will keep its headquarters in Chicago.
    (AP, 6/11/18)

2018        Jun 12, German police arrested a Tunisian man after discovering "toxic substances" at his flat in Cologne. Der Spiegel soon named the suspect as Sief Allah H. (29) and said he had been trying to build a bomb containing the deadly poison ricin using ingredients he bought online.
    (AFP, 6/13/18)

2018        Jun 13, In Germany the regional court in Duesseldorf sentenced a man, identified only as Saleh A., to seven years in prison after finding him guilty of membership in foreign terrorist groups, manslaughter and other charges.
    (AP, 6/13/18)
2018        Jun 13, More than 150 German and Danish police officers searched a dozen apartments and offices in a joint cross-border raid on an illegal human trafficking network that focused on arranging hundreds of sham marriages.
    (AP, 6/13/18)
2018        Jun 13, Germany extradited Milorad Obradovic (49), a Bosnian Serb, to Bosnia. He was accused of taking part in the 1992 detention and torture of about 120 Muslim Bosniaks in the Bosnian war, and personally killing three others.
    (Reuters, 6/13/18)

2018        Jun 15, A German court ruled that investors pushing for damages over a sharp fall in Volkswagen shares after the carmaker disclosed emissions cheating in 2015 can also seek redress from majority shareholder Porsche SE .
    (Reuters, 6/15/18)

2018        Jun 18, Germany's environment minister said the country will likely miss its goal of cutting emissions by 40 percent by 2020, an embarrassing admission for a government that wants to lead the charge on limiting climate change.
    (AP, 6/18/18)

2018        Jun 19, French President Emmanuel Macron and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel said they have agreed to set up a common budget for the eurozone.
    (AFP, 6/19/18)
2018        Jun 19, Germany-based reinsurance group Hannover Re said will no longer invest in companies that earn 25 percent or more of revenue from mining or burning coal. It said the policy began "some months ago," but details of the policy are new.
    (Reuters, 6/19/18)

2018        Jun 21, German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised a $100 million loan to troubled Jordan, where mass protests over austerity measures forced the prime minister to resign earlier this month.
    (AP, 6/21/18)

2018        Jun 23, In western Germany 25 people were injured, four of them severely, when an explosion destroyed an apartment building late today in the city of Wuppertal.
    (AP, 6/24/18)

2018        Jun 24, In Germany hundreds of protesters marched through Berlin to demand an end to burning coal to produce electricity.
    (AP, 6/24/18)
2018        Jun 24, A majority of 16 of 28 EU national leaders gathered in Brussels for emergency talks on migration. German Chancellor Angela Merkel asked EU leaders to stop asylum seekers moving freely around the bloc, an issue that is threatening her ruling coalition.
    (Reuters, 6/24/18)

2018        Jun 25, German officials said a Tunisian man who allegedly served as a bodyguard to Osama bin Laden has been detained and is to be deported. Sami A. (41) had previously successfully argued against his deportation, saying he risked being tortured in his homeland.
    (AFP, 6/25/18)

2018        Jun 26, In southern Germany a woman and three children were found dead at an apartment in Gunzenhausen, and the woman's husband was being treated as a suspect. The children's father (31), was found lying outside the building with injuries caused by a fall from a great height.
    (AP, 6/26/18)

2018        Jun 27, Authorities in northwestern Germany opened an investigation into 21 deaths at a company, after a male employee was caught on camera poisoning a colleague's lunch. Police said they had arrested a suspect (56) in the town of Schloss Holte-Stukenbroc.
    (Reuters, 6/27/18)
2018        Jun 27, The first Rwandan-made Volkswagen car rolled off the assembly line on at the country's first auto factory in Kigali. The cars will be mostly for export to other African nations and will remain unaffordable to the average Rwandan.
    (AFP, 6/27/18)

2018        Jun 30, It was reported that German Chancellor Angela Merkel has secured agreements with 14 European Union countries to rapidly return some asylum seekers as she seeks to end a schism in her government over migration policy.
    (AP, 6/30/18)

2018        Jul 1, In Germany a Vienna-based Iranian diplomat, identified later as Assadollah Assadi (46), was arrested over a suspected plot to carry out a bomb attack on an exiled Iranian opposition group. French police also detained a man of Iranian origin in France.
    (Reuters, 7/4/18)(AP, 7/4/18)

2018        Jul 2, SpaceX's Dragon capsule delivered nearly 6,000 pounds of supplies to the Int'l. Space Station. The supplies included the round AI robot Cimon, slightly bigger than a basketball, from the German Space Agency intended to assist German astronaut Alexander Gerst with science experiments.
    (SFC, 7/3/18, p.A7)

2018        Jul 3, In Germany Wiesbaden prosecutors said that Ali Bashar (20), who's in custody for the May slaying of Susanna Feldman, is believed to have raped a 11-year-old German girl in a refugee home in March in the western city. Prosecutors said Bashar and a 14-year-old Afghan boy also raped the 11-year-old together in May. The Afghan boy is accused of also raping her another time and was arrested a day earlier.
    (AP, 7/3/18)

2018        Jul 4, German authorities deported 69 Afghans whose asylum requests were rejected back to their home country.
    (AP, 7/4/18)

2018        Jul 6, Germany's top court ruling that files of unpublished documents about Volkswagen's emission scandal seized from a US law firm may be reviewed. VW had hired law firm Jones Day and advisory firm Deloitte to investigate the issue and look at who was responsible shortly after the dieselgate scandal broke in September 2015.
    (Reuters, 7/6/18)
2018        Jul 6, Meeting in Vienna top diplomats from Germany, Britain, France, Russia and China reaffirmed their commitment to the 2015 deal with Iran, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
    (AP, 7/6/18)

2018        Jul 7, In Germany demonstrators marched in Berlin and several other cities in support of the private aid ships that rescue migrants in the Mediterranean Sea.
    (AP, 7/7/18)

2018        Jul 9, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese PM Li Keqiang stressed their commitment to a multilateral trade system. German companies signed a raft of agreements with Chinese partners at their meeting in Berlin.
    (AP, 7/9/18)(Reuters, 7/9/18)

2018        Jul 10, Germany-based BMW Group and the biggest Chinese SUV brand, Great Wall Motor, announced a partnership to produce electric MINI vehicles in China as global automakers ramp up development under pressure from Beijing.
    (AP, 7/10/18)

2018        Jul 11, In Germany Iranian diplomat Assadollah Assadi, suspected of involvement in a bomb plot against an Iranian opposition rally in France, was charged with activity as a foreign agent and conspiracy to commit murder.
    (AP, 7/11/18)
2018        Jul 11, In Germany Beate Zschaepe (43), a member of a neo-Nazi gang, was jailed for life for her part in the murders of 10 people during a seven-year campaign of racially-motivated violence.
    (Reuters, 7/11/18)
2018        Jul 11, President Donald Trump barreled into a NATO summit in Brussels with claims that a pipeline deal has left Germany "totally controlled" and "captive to Russia" as he lobbed fresh complaints about allies' "delinquent" defense spending at the opening of what was expected to be a fraught two-day meeting.
    (AP, 7/11/18)

2018        Jul 13, Germany deported a Tunisian man who allegedly worked as a bodyguard for Osama bin Laden, more than a decade after his asylum bid was first rejected. He was identified by German authorities only as Sami A. and by Tunis as Sami Idoudi, and had lived in Germany for more than two decades.
    (AP, 7/13/18)

2018        Jul 15, Germany said it had agreed with Italy to take in 50 of the 450 migrants aboard two EU border agency vessels, matching similar pledges by France and Malta.
    (AFP, 7/15/18)

2018        Jul 17, Amazon workers in Germany and Spain called for strikes over salary and working conditions to coincide with the online retailer's global sales event, Prime Day.
    (AP, 7/17/18)

2018        Jul 18, In Germany a Vietnamese man admitted in court that he helped his country's secret services to kidnap a former oil executive in broad daylight from a Berlin street and smuggle him back to Vietnam last year, where businessman Trinh Xuan Thanh has been jailed for life for corruption.
    (Reuters, 7/18/18)

2018        Jul 19, In western Germany Ahmed Massoud (32) was arrested in Duesseldorf after a standoff with police, who were alerted by the suspect's wife. The woman told officers that she had received a video call from Massoud in which he was seen holding their crying daughter (7) and threatening to hurt the girl. By the time police entered the apartment, the girl was dead.
    (AP, 7/21/18)

2018        Jul 20, In Germany a man armed with a knife attacked people on a bus in the northern city of Luebeck, wounding at least 14 people, two seriously, before being arrested by police.
    (Reuters, 7/20/18)
2018        Jul 20, German astronaut Alexander Gerst played a duet of Kraftwerk's 1978 song "Spacelab" with the band to cheers from an audience in Stuttgart.
    (AP, 7/21/18)
2018        Jul 20, Germany-based Bayer, the maker of a permanent contraceptive implant subject to thousands of injury reports and repeated safety restrictions by regulators, said that it will stop selling Essure in the US, the only country where it remains available.
    (AP, 7/21/18)

2018        Jul 22, In Germany thousands of people protested in the southern city of Munich against what they say is the "politics of fear" that is pushing public debate in the country to the right.
    (AP, 7/22/18)
2018        Jul 22, German soccer star Mesut Ozil announced his decision to quit the national team due to the "racism and disrespect" he faced over his Turkish roots. This triggered a bad-tempered public debate about the country's relations with its largest immigrant community.
    (Reuters, 7/23/18)

2018        Jul 24, Germany's domestic intelligence agency said the number of Germans who reject the legitimacy of the government has increased sharply over the past 18 months. the Reichsbuerger movement increased to about 16,500 people last year from about 10,000 in 2016. By July of this year officials estimated the movement had grown further to about 18,000 people.
    (AP, 7/24/18)
2018        Jul 24, German authorities arrested Yasmin H., the wife of a Tunisian man detained last month, over a plot to use the toxin ricin to carry out an attack, alleging that she was an accomplice. Her husband, Sief Allah H., was arrested on June 12.
    (AP, 7/24/18)

2018        Jul 25, A German court sentenced Long N.H. (47), a Czech-Vietnamese national, to nearly four years in jail for taking part in a brazen Cold War-style kidnapping ordered by Hanoi of an oil executive from a Berlin park.
    (AFP, 7/25/18)

2018        Jul 27, The German government said it took a minority stake in electricity transmission firm 50Hertz for "national security" reasons, thwarting Chinese investors from buying into the strategic company. 50Hertz is one of four transmission system operators in Germany and ensures that 18 million people are supplied with electricity.
    (AFP, 7/27/18)

2018        Jul 31, In Germany Ralf Spies (52) was cleared of 12 counts of attempted murder with a "racist" motive and with causing an explosion in the attack at a commuter rail station in the western city of Duesseldorf on July 27, 2000.
    (AFP, 7/31/18)
2018        Jul 31, German farmers intensified calls for around 1 billion euros ($1.17 billion) in special aid after crop damage from a drought and heatwave, but Berlin said it would wait for an August harvest report before making a decision.
    (Reuters, 7/31/18)

2018        Aug 1, German lawmakers approved the payment of a final bailout loan instalment to Greece worth 15 billion euros ($17.6 billion). Greece's third successive international bailout ends in late August.
    (AP, 8/1/18)

2018        Aug 4, In Germany Sahra Wagenknecht one of the country's most prominent left-wing politicians, launched a website for the "Aufstehen" ("Stand Up") movement, with a full official launch to follow next month. Wagenknecht is a divisive figure even within her own party, in part for taking a skeptical position on migration.
    (AP, 8/4/18)

2018        Aug 7, In southwestern Germany a mother (48) and her partner were convicted and jailed for repeatedly raping the woman's young son, now 10, and selling him to pedophiles on the internet, abusing him for more than two years.
    (AP, 8/7/18)
2018        Aug 7, A pharmaceutical company filed a lawsuit to prevent Nebraska from using lethal injection drugs next week in what would be the state's first execution in more than two decades. The federal lawsuit could delay the Aug. 14 execution of Carey Dean Moore, who was sentenced to death for killing two Omaha cab drivers in 1979. Germany-based Fresenius Kabi opposes the use of its drugs in executions.
    (AP, 8/8/18)

2018        Aug 8, Germany said it has reached an agreement with Spain for that country to take back previously registered migrants who show up at the German border, a first step toward implementing a deal to defuse a domestic political dispute over migration.
    (AP, 8/8/18)

2018        Aug 10, German police detained former cyclist and Tour de France champion (1997) Jan Ullrich (44) for attacking and injuring a prostitute in a Frankfurt luxury hotel.
    (Reuters, 8/10/18)
2018        Aug 10, Ryanair pilots in several European countries staged a strike over work conditions that prompted the budget carrier to cancel 400 flights. Walkouts called by German and Belgian unions accounted for many of the cancelations, with strikes also called in Sweden and Ireland.
    (AP, 8/10/18)

2018        Aug 15, Germany's Cabinet approved a third gender option for official records that will allow people to be registered as "diverse," complying with a ruling from the country's highest court.
    (AP, 8/15/18)
2018        Aug 15, German authorities deported 46 Afghans whose asylum requests were rejected to their homeland. German authorities have sent 349 people back to Afghanistan since December 2016.
    (AP, 8/15/18)

2018        Aug 17, The German government said Greece has agreed to take back migrants who apply for asylum there and later turn up at Germany's border with Austria.
    (AP, 8/17/18)

2018        Aug 21, Germany, citing its "moral duty", took in Jakiw Palij, a 95-year-old former guard at the Trawniki Nazi labor camp where more than 6,000 people were killed in 1943, after he was stripped of his US citizenship.
    (AFP, 8/21/18)

2018        Aug 22, The German government said it will compensate thousands of farmers whose harvests have suffered as a result of this year's extreme drought, which many experts have linked to climate change.
    (AP, 8/22/18)
2018        Aug 22, A man (26) in Germany died after a AA battery-charging device exploded, firing an object into the man's chest.
    (AP, 8/23/18)

2018        Aug 23, In Germany a wildfire southwest of Berlin forced the evacuation of residents in three villages.
    (SFC, 8/25/18, p.A2)

2018        Aug 25, In Germany searchers found the body of a Canadian man who went missing in the Bavarian Alps on August 2. The remains were found by a fellow Canadian, a police climber and friend of the man's family who had joined the search.
    (AP, 8/26/18)

2018        Aug 26, A German man was stabbed after a street festival early today in Chemnitz, Saxony state. Police soon arrested a Syrian (22) and an Iraqi (21) on suspicion of manslaughter. Prosecutors later said the killing was preceded by a verbal confrontation that escalated.
    (AP, 8/28/18)
2018        Aug 26, German journalist Mesale Tolu, who was on trial in Turkey on terror-related charges, returned to Germany after a Turkish court ruled that she could leave the country.
    (AP, 8/26/18)

2018        Aug 27, In Germany at least 20 people were injured as pyrotechnics and other objects were hurled by both far-right demonstrators as well as anti-fascist counter-protesters in the eastern city of Chemnitz. This 2nd day of protests followed the fatal stabbing of a German man (35) allegedly by a Syrian and an Iraqi.
    (AFP, 8/28/18)

2018        Aug 29, Germany announced a new agency to fund cutting-edge research on cyber security and to end its reliance on digital technologies from the United States, China and other countries.
    (Reuters, 8/29/18)
2018        Aug 29, In Germany a golden statue of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that was installed at an art festival whose motto is "Bad news" was taken down after authorities in the city of Wiesbaden said it was becoming a security issue.
    (AP, 8/29/18)
2018        Aug 29, A Namibian delegation in Berlin took possession of the remains of 27 countrymen whose bones were taken by German colonial forces more than a century ago for pseudo-scientific racial experiments.
    (AP, 8/29/18)

2018        Aug 30, German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Ghana during a three-nation West Africa visit aimed at boosting investment in a region that is a major source of migrants heading toward Europe. Merkel first stopped in Senegal, another of Africa's fastest-growing economies, and will continue on to Nigeria.
    (AP, 8/30/18)

2018        Aug 31, In Nigeria German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari wrapping up a three-day Africa visit with a meeting that focused on migration.
    (AP, 8/31/18)

2018        Sep 1, In Germany 18 people were injured as the anti-migrant far-right and counter-protesters held opposing rallies in the city of Chemnitz, which was hit by xenophobic demonstrations last week. Police brought an early close Saturday to the anti-migrant march that far-right activists hoped would launch a nationwide movement to challenge the political establishment.
    (AFP, 9/1/18)(AP, 9/2/18)
2018        Sep 1, In Germany Hesse state police arrested a 17-year-old on suspicion of preparing a serious act of violence. The suspect was reportedly planning to attack a gay nightclub in Frankfurt and a Catholic church in the city.
    (AP, 9/13/18)

2018        Sep 3, In Germany a migrant was convicted of murdering his 15-year-old German ex-girlfriend in Kandel in December 2017 and was sentenced to 8.5 years in prison.
    (AP, 9/3/18)

2018        Sep 4, In Germany lawmaker Sahra Wagenknecht, whose Left Party grew out of the former East Germany's communist party, and two members of the Greens and the Social Democrats said more than 100,000 people have pledged online to support a new movement called "Aufstehen" (Stand Up) with the aim of reviving the fortunes of the country's ailing left by attracting like-minded people across party lines.
    (AP, 9/4/18)

2018        Sep 6, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa ramped up an anti-corruption drive, authorizing an investigation of alleged wrongdoing in the national water department's dealings with German software firm SAP.
    (AP, 9/6/18)

2018        Sep 7, The US Army Europe said it's expanding its troop presence by adding 1,500 solders to its forces in Germany.
    (AP, 9/7/18)
2018        Sep 7, Speaking in Germany Qatar's emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani said in Berlin his country would invest some 10 billion euros ($11.6 billion) in Germany, as he battled a policy of isolation by neighboring states.
    (AFP, 9/7/18)   

2018        Sep 9, In Germany a 22-year-old German man died overnight in the eastern town of Koethen and two Afghans were detained on suspicion of killing him.
    (Reuters, 9/9/18)
2018        Sep 9, German pop singer Daniel Kueblboeck (33) went missing at sea after going overboard from the cruise ship AIDAluna off the coast of Canada.
    (AP, 9/9/18)

2018        Sep 12, Germany's Catholic Church said it was "dismayed and ashamed" by decades of child sex abuse by priests, after a report was leaked showing that thousands of minors were assaulted. The report said 3,677 people were abused by clergy between 1946 and 2014.
    (AFP, 9/13/18)(SFC, 9/13/18, p.A2)
2018        Sep 12, Irish budget carrier Ryanair was defiant as dozens of flights were disrupted in a walkout by German pilots and cabin crew, the latest flare-up in a bitter Europe-wide battle for better pay and conditions.
    (AFP, 9/13/18)

2018        Sep 13, German activists, living in treehouses to protect the ancient Hambach Forest from being razed for a nearby coal mine, vowed to resist as police began evicting them, in a major escalation of the long-running environmental battle.
    (AFP, 9/13/18)
2018        Sep 13, Volkswagen announced it would end production of its iconic "Beetle" cars in 2019 after adding a pair of final editions of the bug-shaped vehicles.
    (AFP, 9/14/18)

2018        Sep 15, California Gov. Jerry Brown announced a sister-state relationship with the German state of Baden-Württemberg that furthers strengthens climate and economic ties between the two entities.
    (AP, 9/16/18)
2018        Sep 15, Pyotr Verzilov, publisher of a Russian online news outlet and affiliated with the anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot, arrived in Berlin from Moscow late today on a medical transport plane. The anti-Kremlin activist lost his sight, hearing and his ability to walk in a suspected poisoning last week.
    (Reuters, 9/16/18)

2018        Sep 16, In western Germany some four thousand people protested against the expansion of a coal strip mine that would entail the chopping down of the ancient Hambach forest.
    (AP, 9/16/18)
2018        Sep 16, In northern Germany a Polish man (20) received a fatal stab wound after an altercation with an unknown man who then fled the scene in Neumuenster.
    (AP, 9/17/18)

2018        Sep 17, German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Algeria to promote bilateral ties and discuss migration and the situation in neighboring Libya.
    (AP, 9/17/18)

2018        Sep 18, In Germany Hans-Georg Maassen, the head of the BfV intelligence agency, was ousted from his post but then made deputy minister — with a hefty pay rise. He had been criticized for appearing to downplay anti-migrant violence and for his contacts with a far-right party.
    (AP, 9/21/18)

2018        Sep 20, In Germany a man (23) killed his baby son by throwing the infant from the 7th floor of a high-rise building before jumping to his death in Berlin.
    (AP, 9/21/18)

2018        Sep 22, In Germany the 185th Oktoberfest got under way in Munich.
    (SSFC, 9/23/18, p.A4)

2018        Sep 23, Sports car maker Porsche said it would become the first German auto giant to abandon the diesel engine, reacting to parent company Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal and urban driving bans.
    (AFP, 9/23/18)

2018        Sep 25, A German court said it could not enforce a Chilean prison sentence for Hartmut Hopp (74), a German former member of a Nazi pedophile sect, for complicity in child sex abuse because the evidence the Chilean court had provided against him fell short of that required under German judicial standards. Dr. Hopp was the right-hand man of convicted pedophile Paul Schaefer, a former Wehrmacht soldier and lay preacher who in 1961 founded the "Colonia Dignidad" commune that indoctrinated residents and kept them as virtual slaves.
    (AP, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, The head of the Catholic Church in Germany apologized "for all the failure and pain", after a report spanning a 70-year period ending in 2014, found indications of sexual abuse by 1,670 clerics, with more than 3,700 possible victims.
    (Reuters, 9/25/18)

2018        Sep 27, German steel company and industrial equipment maker Thyssenkrupp said it plans to split into two separate entities that will be run as independent, listed companies.
    (AP, 9/27/18)
2018        Sep 27, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Germany for a controversial three-day state visit that both sides hope will help rebuild relations that have been battered in recent years.
    (AFP, 9/27/18)

2018        Sep 28, In Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to rebuild strained relations after a two-year crisis despite remaining differences on civil rights and other issues. President Tayyip Erdogan called on Berlin to extradite what he said were the hundreds of supporters of the cleric Fethullah Gulen residing in Germany.
    (AFP, 9/28/18)(Reuters, 9/28/18)
2018        Sep 28, Germany's financial capital of Frankfurt unveiled its new "Old City" — 35 buildings reproduced in part an area that was destroyed during World War II bombings. The 7-hectare (17-acre) site was previously occupied by a 1970s concrete building that housed part of the Frankfurt city administration and was demolished in 2010.
    (AP, 9/28/18)

2018        Sep 29, In Germany Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan opened one of Europe's largest mosques in Cologne as he wrapped up a controversial 3-day visit, with police deploying in force to manage rival rallies.
    (AFP, 9/29/18)

2018        Oct 1, German police arrested six more men on suspicion of forming a "far-right terrorist organization" in the eastern city of Chemnitz and planning to carry out attacks against foreigners and political enemies. A seventh suspect was arrested in a separate case last month.
    (AP, 10/1/18)

2018        Oct 2, German ministers said the government will ease immigration rules to attract foreign jobseekers, including giving well-integrated, irregular migrants who are employed a shot at staying in the country to combat a fast-ageing worker shortage.
    (AFP, 10/2/18)
2018        Oct 2, German car giant Volkswagen said it was removing Rupert Stadler, the chief executive of subsidiary Audi who has been jailed in an emissions fraud probe since June, from his post and the parent group's board.
    (AFP, 10/2/18)

2018        Oct 3, The Japan Space Exploration Agency said the Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout (MASCOT), a German-French observation device, was released from the unmanned spacecraft Hayabusa2 and successfully landed on the asteroid Ryugu.
    (AP, 10/3/18)

2018        Oct 4, German Chancellor Angela Merkel paid homage in Jerusalem to the six million Jews killed by the Nazis and said Germany had a responsibility to confront anti-Semitism and never to forget the Holocaust. At a news conference Merkel reaffirmed her support for a two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and concern about Israeli settlement expansion in occupied territory where Palestinians seek for a country of their own. Germany and Israel agree that Iran should never be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons but they differ on how to achieve this goal.
    (Reuters, 10/4/18)

2018        Oct 5, In Germany the Muenster administrative court issued a temporary halt after an environmental group argued that the Hambacher Forest near Cologne deserves protected status because of the bats that live there.
    (AP, 10/6/18)

2018        Oct 6, In western Germany thousands of environmentalists protested the expansion of a coal mine a day after a court blocked the felling of endangered Hambacher Forest near the site.
    (AP, 10/6/18)

2018        Oct 9, A Berlin court ordered the city to ban older diesel vehicles from several downtown streets to reduce nitrogen dioxide levels in the German capital.
    (AP, 10/9/18)
2018        Oct 9, German police arrested a suspect in the rape and killing of a television journalist from Bulgaria whose work highlighted corruption in the East European country. Severin Krassimirov (21), a Bulgarian citizen, was arrested outside the city of Hamburg.
    (AP, 10/10/18)

2018        Oct 12, Germany said it will extend temporary controls at its border with Austria for six months due to concerns the EU's external frontiers are not sufficiently protected. The Danish government made a similar announcement, citing the threat of terrorism.
    (Reuters, 10/12/18)

2018        Oct 13, In Germany tens of thousands of people protested racism and discrimination in Berlin, a demonstration that came amid rising concerns about Germany's increasingly confident far right.
    (AP, 10/13/18)

2018        Oct 14, In Germany the Christian Social Union (CSU), the sister party of Merkel's own Christian Democrats (CDU), slumped to its worst result in almost 70 years in the election in Bavaria.
    (Reuters, 10/15/18)
2018        Oct 14, In western Germany three people died when a Cessna plane crashed into a crowd near Fulda, Hesse state.
    (Reuters, 10/14/18)(SFC, 10/15/18, p.A2)
2018        Oct 14, Britain, France and Germany insisted that "light must be shed" on the whereabouts of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as they called for a credible investigation into his disappearance at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
    (AFP, 10/14/18)

2018        Oct 15, Germany deported Mounir el Motassadeq (44) to Morocco. He was convicted in 2003 of membership in a terrorist organization and accessory to the murder of the 246 passengers and crew on the four jetliners used in the 2001 al-Qaida attacks on New York and Washington.
    (AP, 10/15/18)
2018        Oct 15, In Germany a Syrian refugee, identified only as Mohammad A.R. (55), sparked panic at the busy station in Cologne after he started a fire in a McDonald's restaurant that left a 14-year-old girl with burns. He then took a female employee hostage in a nearby pharmacy. Police opened fire on the suspect, who underwent emergency surgery and remained in a coma.
    (AFP, 10/17/18)

2018        Oct 18, A group of media outlets led by Germany's non-profit Correctiv reported that traders have manipulated transactions in multiple European countries over years, draining tax coffers of some 55.2 billion euros ($63.5 billion).
    (AP, 10/18/18)

2018        Oct 20, In Germany a 19-year-old man died after blowing up a ticket machine at a railway station in the eastern city of Halle. Two alleged accomplices, aged 15 and 20. were soon arrested. Six other ticket machines and an ATM were destroyed in Halle earlier this month.
    (AP, 10/21/18)
2018        Oct 20, The German group Sea-Watch said that the vessel, Sea-Watch 3, has been cleared to leave Malta for repairs. It had been "blocked" from leaving Malta since July 2 amid an investigation into Dutch-registered rescue ships.
    (AP, 10/20/18)

2018        Oct 21, Multinational giants Siemens and General Electric say they have signed memorandums of understanding with Iraq to rebuild the country's electricity infrastructure.
    (AP, 10/21/18)

2018        Oct 22, A German man (54) was convicted of attempted murder for poisoning baby food and putting it on store shelves in a failed attempt to extort money from supermarkets. He was sentenced in Ravensburg state court to 12 years in prison.
    (AP, 10/23/18)

2018        Oct 23, German automaker BMW said it is expanding a recall to cover 1.6 million vehicles worldwide due to possible fluid leaks that could result in a fire.
    (AP, 10/23/18)

2018        Oct 24, A court in Germany ruled that Volkswagen's parent company must pay 47 million euros ($54 million) in damages to investors for not making a timely disclosure of its scandal over cars rigged to cheat on diesel emissions tests.
    (AP, 10/24/18)

2018        Oct 27, In western Germany protesters blocked a railway line leading to a large strip coal mine near Cologne that has become a cause celebre for environmentalists amid plans to clear part of a neighboring forest to expand the facility.
    (AP, 10/27/18)
2018        Oct 27, The leaders of Turkey, Russia, France and Germany met to try to find a political solution to Syria's devastating civil war, provide access to humanitarian aid and salvage a fragile ceasefire in the country's last major rebel-held bastion.
    (AFP, 10/27/18)

2018        Oct 29, Angela Merkel announced she will quit as German chancellor when her mandate ends in 2021, as she sought to draw a line under a series of political crises that have rocked her fragile coalition.
    (AP, 10/29/18)

2018        Oct 30, In Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the G20 Compact with Africa meeting saying it's critical "not only to talk about Africa but to talk with Africa" about development needs and goals. So far 11 countries have joined the program: Benin, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, Togo and Tunisia.
    (AP, 10/30/18)
2018        Oct 30, A German court ordered the release of former Audi CEO Rupert Stadler, on condition that he refrain from contact with people relevant to the investigation, more than four months after he was arrested in an investigation into the manipulation of diesel emissions controls.
    (AP, 10/30/18)
2018        Oct 30, German police arrested a Russian man (43) suspected of smuggling some 12 million cigarettes into the country from 2009-2011.
    (AP, 11/1/18)

2018        Nov 13, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for an integrated EU military, recalling the lessons of the First World War and the divisions that led to the conflict.
    (Reuters, 11/13/18)
2018        Nov 13, German authorities said they suspect a male nurse of killing six elderly patients, and attempting to kill at least three more, after he admitted to injecting them with diabetes medication. Suspect Grzegorz Stanislaw Wolsztajn (36), arrested last February, denied intending to kill them.
    (AP, 11/13/18)

2018        Nov 19, Germany banned Saudi citizens suspected of involvement in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi from much of Europe and moved to halt all arms sales to the kingdom in a firming of its stance towards Riyadh.
    (Reuters, 11/19/18)

2018        Nov 22, A German teenager (15) was convicted of murder for killing a 14-year-old girl in a case that was seized upon by far-right groups, who falsely claimed that the perpetrator was a migrant. The German-born boy had reportedly planned the March 3 murder of schoolmate Keira G. (14) in advance.
    (AP, 11/22/18)

2018        Nov 23, Berlin prosecutors said Hans Werner H. (95) has been charged with more than 36,000 counts of being an accessory to murder on allegations that he served as a guard at the Nazis' Mauthausen concentration camp from 1944 to 1945.
    (AP, 11/23/18)
2018        Nov 23, Unions in Britain said they would stage protests at five sites to complain about safety conditions. In Germany, workers walked off the job at Amazon distribution centers in Rheinberg and Bad Hersfeld as part of a years-long push for higher pay. In Spain Labor groups representing workers at Amazon said that around 90 percent of workers at a logistics depot near Madrid joined a walkout.
    (AP, 11/23/18)

2018        Nov 27, In Germany Sergej Wenergold (29), who launched a shrapnel bomb attack on the team bus of football club Borussia Dortmund in April 2017 to make money on the club's shares diving, was sentenced to 14 years in jail.
    (AFP, 11/27/18)

2018        Nov 29, In Germany some 170 police officers, investigators and prosecutors raided the offices of Deutsche Bank on the suspicion bank employees helped clients set up offshore companies in tax havens to launder hundreds of millions of euros.
    (AP, 11/29/18)

2018        Dec 1, In Germany thousands of people marched in Berlin to demand that Germany make a quick exit from using coal-fired energy. This and a simultaneous event in the western city of Cologne were organized by environmental groups.
    (AP, 12/1/18)
2018        Dec 1, Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko said Russia is building up its land forces and weapons along the border as German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Russia not to block Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov.
    (AP, 12/1/18)

2018        Dec 2, Germany's Development Minister Gerd Mueller said his country will unveil an initiative at UN talks on climate change this week to attract more private investment in projects in Africa and elsewhere.
    (Reuters, 12/2/18)

2018        Dec 3, German police said the body of a missing 17-year-old girl has been found at a shelter for homeless people and others in western Germany and a resident has been detained. The girl's parents had reported her missing on Nov. 30 from her home in a neighboring region.
    (AP, 12/3/18)

2018        Dec 4, Germany's top human rights official said she has been denied entry to China's Xinjiang region, where the UN estimates that up to one million Muslims are being held in detention camps.
    (AFP, 12/5/18)

2018        Dec 5, Police arrested dozens of suspected mobsters in Europe and South America in dubbed "Operation Pollina," a huge international swoop targeting Italy's notorious 'Ndrangheta mafia clan. Police seized four tons of cocaine, 120 kilos of ecstasy and two million euros (dollars) in cash across Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Suriname.
    (AFP, 12/5/18)

2018        Dec 7, Germany's Christian Democrats elected Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (56) to replace Angela Merkel as party leader, a decision that moves her into pole position to succeed Europe's most influential leader as chancellor.
    (Reuters, 12/7/18)

2018        Dec 10, In Germany Thomas K. (37) was sentenced in Duesseldorf state court to six years in prison. He had fought for the Taliban in Afghanistan from 2013-2018 and was convicted of membership in a terrorist organization.
    (AP, 12/10/18)
2018        Dec 10, In Germany a four-hour strike affected more than 1,400 trains nationwide, hitting long-distance traffic and also metro rail systems in Berlin, Munich, Hannover and Frankfurt. The EVG labor union called the so-called "warning strike" to put pressure on Deutsche Bahn after wage negotiations broke off on Dec. 8 without an agreement.
    (AP, 12/10/18)

2018        Dec 12, Eight European Union nations (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and the United Kingdom) underlined their commitment to the Iran nuclear deal while urging Tehran to stop its "destabilizing regional activities" especially the launch of ballistic missiles.
    (AP, 12/12/18)

2018        Dec 13, In Germany three women were stabbed and wounded in Nuremberg. Police investigated whether the incidents were connected. A German man (38) was arrested on Dec. 15 in connection with the stabbing.
    (AP, 12/14/18)(AP, 12/16/18)

2018        Dec 14, A Berlin court said the insolvency administrator for bankrupt airline Air Berlin has sued its former largest shareholder, UAE-based airline Etihad, for 2 billion euros ($2.26 billion) in damages.
    (AP, 12/14/18)

2018        Dec 17, German authorities said five Frankfurt police officers are under investigation over allegations they shared far-right images, videos and texts in a chat group with one another.
    (AP, 12/17/18)

2018        Dec 18, A German court convicted a man of unauthorized dealing in firearms over the sale in 2016 of weapons that he advertised as being usable to "shoot down asylum-seekers." Mario R. (35) was sentenced to two years and 10 months in prison and was confiscated 99,100 euros ($112,287) in proceeds.
    (AP, 12/18/18)
2018        Dec 18, The Washington-based Fulbright Association said its 2018 prize for international understanding will go to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
    (AP, 12/18/18)

2018        Dec 19, Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet passed new immigration laws to make it easier for lower-skilled foreigners to seek work in Germany and offer rejected asylum seekers who can't be deported a path to residency.
    (Reuters, 12/19/18)
2018        Dec 19, German weekly Der Spiegel said Claas Relotius (33), one of its star reporters, has left the publication after committing journalistic fraud "on a grand scale" over a number of years. He resigned after admitting to inventing interviews.
    (AP, 12/19/18)

2018        Dec 20, Germany's top appeal court partially overturned the conviction of former Rwandan rebel group leader Ignace Murwanashyaka for abetting war crimes in CongoDRC, citing a lack of evidence and referring it to a different court.
    (Reuters, 12/20/18)
2018        Dec 20, Britain, Germany and France, three of the United States' main allies in the war against the Islamic State group, reacted with alarm to President Donald Trump's decision to pull US troops out of Syria. Analysts said the US decision to pull troops out of eastern Syria will leave the Kurds exposed to Turkish military threats and forced to cooperate with Damascus.
    (AFP, 12/20/18)

2018        Dec 24, South Korea said it will fine BMW 11.2 billion won ($9.9 million) and file a criminal complaint against the company with state prosecutors over an allegedly botched response to dozens of engine fires reported in the country. BMW has apologized and recalled some 172,000 vehicles of 65 different models in July and October over the fires.
    (AP, 12/24/18)

2018        Dec 26, Sea-Watch 3, a private rescue boat operated by a German humanitarian group, continued its appeal for a safe port. It has tweeted that 33 migrants were rescued from waters off Libya on Dec. 22.
    (AP, 12/26/18)

2018        Dec 27, German authorities said customs officials in the Hamburg area destroyed nine tons of drugs last week with an estimated total street value of about 520 million euros ($592 million).
    (AP, 12/27/18)

2018        Dec 30, In Germany an 18-year-old driver trying to evade a highway patrol crashed into a stationary vehicle near Heppenheim, killing a woman (39) and injuring her son (10).
    (AP, 12/31/18)
2018        Dec 30, In western Germany Edgar Hilsenrath (92), a German-Jewish writer whose fictional account of the Holocaust from the perspective of a Nazi perpetrator became a best-seller, died. His first novel, "Night," recounting the horrors of trying to survive in a Jewish ghetto, was published in 1954. His 1971 novel "The Nazi and the Barber," a grotesque story about an SS member who pretends to be Jewish after the war to escape prosecution, sold millions of copies worldwide.
    (AP, 1/1/19)

2019        Jan 1, In western Germany a man (50) ploughed his car into a crowd of people in early today, injuring at least four in Bottrop and Essen before being arrested by police on suspicion of attempted homicide. This appeared to have been an intentional attack against foreigners.
    (AP, 1/1/19)

2019        Jan 4, In Germany an Interior Ministry spokesman said personal data and documents from hundreds of German politicians and public figures have been published online, in what appears one of the most far-reaching cyber-attacks in a country that has become a target of choice for hackers.
    (Reuters, 1/4/19)
2019        Jan 4, Twitter suspended an account that posted links to sensitive personal data and documents stolen by hackers from hundreds of German public figures and politicians — from every political party but the far-right Alternative for Germany. The breach, discovered by journalists a day earlier, affected politicians at all levels.
    (AP, 1/4/19)

2019        Jan 5, Heavy snow caused travel chaos in parts of Austria and Germany as authorities closed roads and train routes because of avalanche danger and airports reported weather-related cancelations. A 20-year-old skier died in an avalanche on Mount Teisen, near the Austrian border.
    (AP, 1/5/19)(AP, 1/6/19)

2019        Jan 7, In Germany lawmaker Frank Magnitz (66), a local leader of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, was attacked and seriously wounded by several men in the northwestern city of Bremen.
    (AP, 1/8/19)

2019        Jan 8, German authorities said a local student (20) in Hesse state has admitted obtaining and publishing the personal data of hundreds of politicians and celebrities and told investigators he acted alone.
    (AP, 1/8/19)

2019        Jan 9, It was reported that France and Germany have agreed to deepen a 1963 treaty of post-war reconciliation in a bid to show that the European Union's main axis remains strong and counter growing eurosceptic nationalism among some other members. The extension to the Elysee Treaty will be signed on Jan. 22.
    (Reuters, 1/9/19)

2019        Jan 10, In Germany almost 640 flights were cancelled as security staff went on strike at three airports, meaning disruption for around 100,000 passengers.
    (AFP, 1/10/19)
2019        Jan 10, Heavy snowfall continued in parts of Austria and southern Germany, with several places cut off and the bad weather expected to persist. Snow was causing problems in other parts of Europe, even in Norway's Arctic Svalbard archipelago. At least 17 weather-related deaths have been reported in Europe over the past week.
    (AP, 1/10/19)

2019        Jan 11, In Germany airlines canceled around 120 flights at Frankfurt Airport and 90 at Munich Airport because of concerns about snow.
    (AP, 1/11/19)
2019        Jan 11, German automaker Volkswagen posted another annual sales record in 2018 as new SUV models boosted deliveries and the company managed to increase its share in China even as the car market there shrank for the first time in years.
    (AP, 1/11/19)
2019        Jan 11, Egypt deported a German citizen early today whom it detained in Cairo airport on Dec. 27 on suspicion of plotting terrorism.
    (AP, 1/11/19)

2019        Jan 12, In Germany a small plane crashed east of Berlin, killing two people.
    (AP, 1/12/19)

2019        Jan 11, Greece told German Chancellor Angela Merkel it had grounds to pursue a legal claim for billions of euros in reparations for the Nazi occupation of the country in World War Two.
    (Reuters, 1/14/19)

2019        Jan 15, In Germany Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess and Ford CEO Jim Hackett said they are forming a global alliance to develop commercial vans and medium-sized pickups together while exploring broader cooperation on future battery-powered and autonomous vehicles and services.
    (AP, 1/15/19)

2019        Jan 17, German authorities said they have arrested Navanithan G. (39), a suspected member of the Tamil Tigers. He is alleged to have been involved in the August 2005 assassination of Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Lakshman Kathirkamar and the attempted killing of Eelam People*s Democratic Party leader Douglas Devananda.
    (AP, 1/17/19)

2019        Jan 18, Germany-based Volkswagen Group said that it will pay a fine of 1 billion rupees ($14.2 million) imposed by India for installing software on vehicles that allegedly cheated pollution testing devices, though it is still appealing the order.
    (AP, 1/18/19)
2019        Jan 18, Russia said it has agreed for France and Germany to monitor shipping traffic in the Kerch Strait following a naval confrontation between Moscow and Kiev last year.
    (AFP, 1/18/19)

2019        Jan 20, Spiegel Online reported that German weapons maker Rheinmetall plans to sue the government over its decision to stop all arms exports to Saudi Arabia after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
    (Reuters, 1/20/19)
2019        Jan 20, Sea-Watch 3, run by a German NGO, said it has contacted Italy, Malta, Libya as well as the Netherlands, since the boat is Dutch-flagged, asking where it can bring the 47 migrants it had taken aboard. Another vessel crowded with panicking migrants and taking on water, meanwhile, put out an urgent, separate appeal for help in the southern Mediterranean.
    (AP, 1/20/19)

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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