Return to home2017 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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
2017 Jan 26, Germany's
Parliament extended the country's training mission in northern Iraq
for another year.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2017 Feb 8, Ljubisa Beara (77),
a Bosnian Serb commander convicted of war crimes over the 1995
Srebrenica massacre, died in a German prison.
2017 Feb 9, Germany reported
the world’s largest current-account surplus of about €270 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2017 Feb 21, Authorities in
southwest Germany authorized a ban on older diesel cars from driving
in the city of Stuttgart starting next year.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2017 Mar 28, German prosecutors
announced an investigation into claims that Turkish agents are
spying on alleged followers of exiled preacher Fethullah Gulen in
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.
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
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
(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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2017 Jul 20, Germany's
president signed legislation legalizing gay marriage, paving the way
for it to take effect this fall.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2017 Aug 10, Scientists in
Germany said they have identified a new type of pox virus that's
sickening young red squirrels in Berlin.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2017 Sep 13, Eight Afghans with
criminal records arrived in Kabul after their applications for
asylum were rejected in Germany.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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).
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2017 Oct 9, In Germany burglars
broke into Berlin’s immigration office and stole blank
identification documents, stamps and seals.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
2017 Oct 23, The German
government said it approved the sale of three Thyssenkrupp
submarines to Israel and will provide financial support for the
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.
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.
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
2017 Oct 27, Air Berlin,
Germany's second-biggest airline, ended operations after 38 years
with an evening Munich-to-Berlin flight.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
2017 Nov 19, In Germany
coalition talks to form a new government failed late today.
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.
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.
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
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
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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2017 Dec 28, In Germany four
detainees escaped from a prison in Berlin, breaking out part of a
concrete wall and climbing over a barbed-wire fence.
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
2022 In Germany all nuclear
power plants were expected to be switched off by this time.
(Econ, 6/15/13, SR p.11)