The border controls between Germany and Austria should be extended and tightened to keep refugees out, Germany’s new interior minister, Horst Seehofer, told Welt am Sonntag.
An 18-year old asylum seeker from Somalia sustained life-threatening injuries after an unidentified man assaulted him with a knife in Bavaria. Police said on Sunday a racially motivated attack could not be ruled out.
A senior executive with Lufthansa said Berlin’s delayed airport should be “torn down and rebuilt.” The comment has drawn a rebuke from the CEO of the airport, whose opening is currently expected in 2020 — eight years behind schedule.
Volkswagen’s current boss, Matthias Müller, was in the passenger seat in a Porsche involved in a hit-and-run crash in South Africa in 2013, according to police files. Several people were injured in the collision caused by a German Porsche executive. (Bild am Sonntag)
A debate on whether to loosen abortion law in Germany has further escalated after Jens Spahn, the new health minister and a staunch conservative, said pro-choice activists prized the lives of animals more than unborn babies.
British authorities have detained and subsequently deported the founder of PEGIDA, a xenophobic movement based in Dresden. Lutz Bachmann, who lives in Spain, traveled to London to attend a far-right gathering.
Vladimir Putin has won a fourth term as Russia‘s president, as was widely expected and amid reports of irregularities in polling stations. A state exit poll on Sunday evening gave him 73.9% of the vote — far more than at the last election in 2012.
The EU Commission’s list of possible tariff targets in response to Donald Trump includes US motorcycles and corn, and totals €2.8 billion. (Reuters)
Transportation Minister Andreas Scheuer isn’t ruling out a nationwide diesel ban, saying the new government will start serious talks with automakers. (BILD)
German Economics Minister Peter Altmaier will travel to the US next week to talk trade disputes. (ARD)
A Hamburg court ruled a Volkswagen dealership must replace a customer’s diesel car with a new one, saying the software update provided wasn’t enough. (Reuters)
The number of personal bankruptcies in Germany dropped to 94,079 in 2017, down by 6.8% from 2016, credit reporting agency Crifbürgel found. (dpa)
A pizzeria in Berlin set the world record for most cheeses on one pie: 111 varieties, confirmed by a Guinness representative.
Almost three-quarters of Germans don’t want telecoms to provide “fast lanes” for preferred data, a DIVSI study found. The CDU and SPD clearly supported net neutrality in their coalition contract.
Niki Lauda will launch Laudamotion in March. The airline is a successor to the insolvent Niki, taken down in the Air Berlin flameout. Mr. Lauda expects it to be in the black again by the second year. (Reuters)
Markus Söder was formally elected head of the Christian Social Union, the Bavarian sister party of Chancellor Merkel’s Christian Democrats. He replaces Horst Seehofer, Germany’s new interior minister.
Fraport, which runs Frankfurt’s airport, expects up to 68.5 million passengers this year after a record 64.5 million in 2017. Discount flyers are keeping Germany’s busiest airport … busy.
Germany approved the import of 2,100 kilograms of marijuana from September 2017 to March 2018 following last year’s legalization of medical marijuana. It’s a steep climb from just over 1,000 kilograms total approved in the previous decade.
Some 138 incidents of police brutality were investigated following the violent G20 protests in Hamburg last year, with 118 cases referred to prosecutors. So far, 40 protestors have been charged but no police officers. (NDR)
Deutsche Bank employees received a total €2.3 billion in bonuses for 2017 despite a third consecutive year of losses; 50 managers took home more than CEO John Cryan’s €3.4 million salary.
New Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told BILD newspaper Islam “is not a part of Germany,” drawing ire from Chancellor Angela Merkel, who responded that the 4 million Muslims who live here do indeed belong to Germany.