Berlin will miss its target to renovate public buildings to make them more heat-efficient. The aim was to cut usage by 20% by 2020. (Rheinische Post)
Ms. Merkel said there wouldn’t be a repeat of the 2015 influx of refugees. In Saxony, where people oppose her policy, the chancellor emphasized that rejected asylum seekers would be deported faster.
VW gained access to the files of the Braunschweig authorities on July 19, DPA has learned. The company faces ongoing investigations and lawsuits about Dieselgate.
Several Volkswagen workers might be fired immediately due to their association with the Dieselgate scandal and are preparing to take legal action. (Bild am Sonntag)
A record 4.6 million people took part in an EU survey about whether clocks should go forward in summertime.
Hundreds of Korean car owners want to sue BMW boss Harald Krüger, after a spate of engine fires. The company has apologized but customers say BMW tried to conceal the defect.
The heatwave has led to a proliferation of lion’s mane jellyfish in the Baltic Sea, prompting some beaches to ban swimming.
In July, annual inflation in euro zone rose to 2.1% from 2% a month earlier, just above the European Central Bank’s medium-term target.
Verdi, a German labor union, called for a nationwide contract to stop wage dumping in the eldercare sector.
Banks in the euro zone expect demands for loans among companies and households to rise in the third quarter, due partly to easier credit terms. (Reuters)
Germany’s Alexander Gerst started training with a humanoid robot at the space center in Wessling, Germany. ISS astronauts will work more with robots in the future.
Despite the accident on Friday in Rostock, the ADAC, Germany’s biggest motoring club, said bus travel is safe.
A highway accident outside the coastal town of Rostock left 16 people injured, some of them severely. The Flixbus was traveling from Sweden through Denmark to Germany.
Bavaria’s commissioner for anti-Semitism wants to set up an Israeli-Bavarian foundation for young people, which would include a helpline and an ongoing round-table discussion to address prejudice.
Clemens Fuest, head of the Ifo economics institute, expressed concern about Italy’s talk of leaving the EU and the ensuing danger to the euro zone. (Börsen-Zeitung)
Chancellor Merkel rejected calls to speed Germany’s exit from lignite coal for power generation, echoing the coal board’s concerns about the impact on workers.
The German Bishops’ Conference rejected accusations that Catholic churches hadn’t been transparent enough about cases of sexual abuse, after politicians said some hadn’t opened their archives for a study.
After seven illegal repatriations this year, Green Party politicians said too many people are being wrongfully deported. The German government is trying to bring back five of them.
Germany’s Bundeswehr will send 8,000 soldiers, 200 tanks and 2,000 vehicles to the Trident Juncture NATO maneuver in Norway that runs October 25 through November 7.
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer’s new draft for an immigration law was greeted by business and politicians alike, amid a shortage of skilled labor and given Germany’s aging population.
Mexican farmers blamed VW for the drought affecting their fields near the carmaker’s plant in Puebla. VW has been using sonic cannons to prevent hailstorms after storms caused $20 million of damage last year to new cars in its parking lot.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet Russia’s Vladimir Putin outside Berlin on Saturday. They will discuss Ukraine, Syria, and natural gas, and likely also Trump, the US trade war and the situation in Turkey.
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A German passenger jet operated by Condor Airways en route from Egypt to Düsseldorf was forced to land in Greece after a bomb threat. The 273 passengers were safely evacuated. (Deutsche Welle)
Niger, one of the refugee transit countries in Africa, wants more military aid from Germany. President Mahamadou Issoufou asked for help in combating terrorism and organized crime during a visit to Berlin. (Reuters)
Deutsche Bank’s fund management group, DWS, was hit by the withdrawal of about €5 billion by Cisco Systems as it repatriated profit to the US in the wake of the corporate tax reform there.
Cevian, the second-largest shareholder in ThyssenKrupp, may seek a second director on the board, sources told Reuters, as the conglomerate grapples with strategy and the need to replace the chairman and CEO.