Germany’s culture minister, Monika Grütters, received many compliments on Israeli social media after flying to Tel Aviv on Easyjet. “Angela Merkel is my boss,” she told surprised fellow travelers. It’s quite common for German MPs to use budget airlines, a spokesperson said.
Ridesharing service Uber will start its e-car scheme, Uber Green, in Berlin this fall. Uber Green is already active in Munich.
Germany’s Green party asked financial oversight authorities to check whether Interior Minister Horst Seehofer’s so-called “master plan” for migration was inappropriately financed. They say it was a party-political document, not a ministry paper.
The EU-US balance of trade moved in the EU’s favor in the first five months of 2018. EU exports to the US rose 2.1%, while imports from the US fell around 3%. (Eurostat)
Sausage ban: Starting in September, “strong-smelling foods” will be prohibited on the subway in Vienna. The Austrian city joins others like Berlin and Singapore in forbidding snacks on the train.
Voter opinions on German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, who almost brought the coalition government down, just keep getting worse. A new RTL/n-tv survey shows 62% of Germans think his position is untenable; that includes 56% of his own party’s supporters.
Deutsche Post bought 14 freight planes from Boeing to deal with growing demand at its subsidiary, the delivery service DHL. The 777s cost $4.7 billion.
A mini-census by Germany’s statistics ministry shows around 72 percent of Germans aged between 18 and 64 are earning their own living through a job – that is, they are not dependent on aid or other people. In particular, the number of women doing so had increased – from around 52% in 2000 to 66% last year.
Deutsche Bank has a far better second quarter than analysts expected and anticipates an EBIT of around €700 million, the bank announced. Deutsche shares rose around 6% as a result.
Germany pledged to take 50 of the 450 asylum seekers on board two rescue ships, which were allowed to land in Sicily, Italy, last night. Four other EU countries will also assist.
We are worried about the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki, Niels Annen, a senior minister in Germany’s Foreign Office admitted on national radio this morning. “But we should not forget … Mr. Trump may be the most important representative of his country but he is not the only representative.”
At a press conference in Beijing, Chinese premier Li Keqiang appeared to substantiate rumors that German carmaker BMW will take a 75% share of a new Chinese-German automotive venture. How high a share BMW would take in China’s Brilliance cars had not previously been confirmed.
The EU will sign a historic trade deal with Japan this week. Nicknamed JEFTA, the deal will see a huge increase in free trade, with Japan reducing tariffs on dairy, meat and wine and the EU reducing tariffs on auto imports.
There is still time to prevent a trade war, European Council President Donald Tusk said, before he and other EU officials are to meet senior Chinese politicians in Peking today.
German business remains the most popular European investment for Chinese investors, an EY study found. They have spent $15 billion in the EU this year, of which $10 billion went into Germany.
By 2021, Germans who have public health insurance should be able to access their information on mobile devices, the minister of health said. It is part of the country’s digital drive.
Contrary to Interior Minister Horst Seehofer’s plans, German police will not play a major role in so-called “anchor centers,” the one-stop processing centers for asylum-seekers.
More Tunisians are being deported from Germany than previously. In 2017, 251 Tunisians were sent home. In the first six months of 2018, 155 have already left.
US President Donald Trump called Russia, China and the European Union foes. “Now you wouldn’t think of the European Union, but they’re a foe,” he told CBS News.
Angelique Kerber is the first German female player to win a Wimbledon title in 22 years.
A Ryanair flight made an emergency landing in Frankfurt after a sudden drop in cabin pressure. Many passengers, who reported nausea, pain and bleeding ears, are outraged by how the company handled the incident.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas warned US President Donald Trump against making unilateral deals that could hurt the US’ Western allies, ahead of Mr. Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday. (Reuters)
Germany will take in 50 of 450 migrants rescued off the coast of Italy, after Rome called for other EU members to take in their fair share of asylum seekers. Malta and France will also take in 50.
US President Donald Trump again attacked Germany over its participation in the Russia-Germany Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. He said it was a “terrible thing” as the pipeline weakened Germany and strengthened Russia.
New temporary ThyssenKrupp boss Guido Kerkhoff said he will continue the restructuring process started by his predecessor Heinrich Hiesinger, including pushing ahead with the controversial merger of the group’s steel division with Tata Steel. Owner the Krupp Foundation said it also backed both.
Wanna get rich quick? Move to Germany. The private wealth of Germans has reached a record level, with household assets reaching a total value of €5.875 trillion in the last quarter, the Bundesbank said.
Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said Germany had not agreed to fast-track defense spending at this week’s NATO summit. Critics had accused the government of bowing to US pressure to reach NATO’s spending target of 2% of GDP more quickly.
Ryanair accused archrival Lufthansa of trying to destabilize its new acquisition, Austrian airline Laudamotion. The Irish airline said Germany’s flagcarrier was trying to reclaim nine aircraft it had leased to Laudamotion, in breach of an EU ruling.
Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed Britain’s Brexit white paper. “We are pleased that Great Britain is now putting its own detailed position on the table,” said her spokesman.
Leading members of the Social Democrats, Angela Merkel’s junior coalition partners, criticized the chancellor’s reported plans to increase defense spending. Germany had caved in to US pressure, said deputy chairman Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel. (Rheinische Post)
Germany and France will never be divided by Donald Trump’s punitive trade tariffs against the EU, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said. Unity is the best response to the dispute, he added.