The finance and economics ministers of Germany and Turkey will meet to prepare a visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erodgan to Chancellor Angela Merkel on September 28.
A court ordered that Sami A., suspected of having served as one of Osama Bin Laden’s bodyguards, be brought back to Germany after he was unlawfully extradited to Tunisia last month.
An Austrian civil servant rejected an Afghan’s asylum request because he felt the man’s claim of homosexuality was not credible. “Neither your walk, your behavior nor your clothing have given the faintest indication that you could actually be a homosexual.” (Falter)
The Alternative for Germany removed Lars Steinke from his post as leader of the party’s youth arm in Lower Saxony. The politician had called a conspirator of a failed Hitler assassination in 1944 a traitor.
Farmers will discover next Wednesday whether or not Berlin will provide emergency aid after a three-month drought decimated crops in some regions.
Germany’s transportation minister rejected a claim that some German bridges were as bad as those abroad. Genoa’s collapsed bridge triggered criticism that the country invests too little in infrastructure. (n-tv)
Hardware refits of diesel cars are inevitable after a test at near-freezing temperatures showed that vehicles still emit too much toxic gases, German environmental group Umwelthilfe said.
Exyte, a builder of semiconductor factories, laboratories and data centers, plans to list on the stock market and could raise up to €1 billion, Reuters has learned. It was formerly known as M+W Group.
Bosch, the world’s largest car-parts maker, bought a stake in DeepMap, a Palo Alto-based digital map maker. The Series B financing, which included other backers, brought in more than $50 million. (Gründerszene)
Germany expects to soon sign refugee agreements with Greece and Italy. The agreements would allow Berlin to send asylum seekers back to the Mediterranean countries if they have already registered there.
Afghan and Syrian asylum seekers helped raise the number of young people in vocational training last year. However, a third of all apprenticeships still went unfilled.
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet approved a new bill that will allow people to register under a third gender which is neither male nor female. A Supreme Court ruling last year forced Berlin to change its identification laws.
The Swiss Central Bank said its expansive monetary policy was still appropriate in light of Turkey’s currency crisis and the recent appreciation of the franc versus the euro. The bank favors a weaker franc to support Swiss exports.
The quality of German school education dropped for the first time in 15 years as pupils performed worse in language and mathematics, and the percentage of drop-outs rose to 14.2%. (INSM study)
German municipalities need to spend €159 billion to bring their roads, bridges, schools, kindergartens and sanitation systems up-to-date and meet higher demand for transportation, education and child care. (KfW study)
The state of Saxony will set up two locations that can house between 500 and 750 refugees each to quickly process their asylum applications. It is part of Interior Minister Horst Seehofer’s stricter asylum policies.
Germany will accept up to 50 refugees from the rescue ship Aquarius, which has been looking for a port since Friday after picking up 141 people off the coast of Libya. The boat can dock at Malta, a Mediterranean island.
The state of Bavaria deported 46 Afghan refugees to their home country after authorities had rejected their asylum applications. A total of 194 Afghans have so far been expelled this year. (Welt)
Madame Tussauds in Berlin staged a live Donald Trump impersonator in its wax figure museum. The actor hit a picture of Chancellor Angela Merkel on a punchball and danced to the lyrics, “I’m sexy and I know it.”
The number of refugees traveling on top of cargo trains from Italy to Germany has risen sharply from a handful last year to 254 in the first six months of this year, police in the state of Baden-Württemberg said. (n-tv)
Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser said his company’s market value is as much as €20 billion too low compared to rivals. He wants to close this gap. (Passauer Neue Presse)
Ado Properties, which owns 22,000 homes in Berlin, reported a 26% rise in rental income in the first half year thanks to new rentals and rent increases. Its shares rose 1.4%
The number of jobs in Germany’s manufacturing businesses climbed to a new all-time high of 5.6 million at the end of June. Producers of data processing and electronic equipment added the most positions.
Shares of car-parts maker Leoni fell as much as 5.5% after second-quarter earnings disappointed investors and analysts.
Northern Europe’s summer heat exposed Germany’s dependency on solar and wind power: Due to a lack of wind, Germany’s 38,000 wind turbines delivered only a fraction of the electricity they could produce. High temperatures also reduced the performance of solar panels.
European cities, from Berlin to Barcelona, are imposing increasingly draconian restriction on Airbnb rentals, accusing the US home-sharing platform of exacerbating housing shortages and encouraging tax evasion.
Workers in two of 16 German states, Bavaria and Saarland, have a day off because of the Assumption of Mary holiday, which commemorates the ascension of Jesus’ mother into heaven.
The Bundesbank approved the government’s nomination of Sabine Mauderer for the vacant position on the central bank’s executive board. The 48-year-old director of development bank KfW will be the second woman on the Bundesbank board. (Reuters)
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