After a child in the German city of Wiesbaden parked his bike at a particular lamppost for a year, a stranger posted a sign reserving the spot for the bicycle. His mother’s photo of the kindly gesture was shared 244,000 times on social media.
Foreign minister Heiko Maas patched up a diplomatic spat with Saudi Arabia sparked by his predecessor. After talks in New York with his counterpart, Riyadh’s envoy will return to Berlin after a 10-month absence.
At a recent meeting about strategy, Deutsche Bank mulled what would happen if it merged with UBS of Switzerland. Germany’s largest bank predicted however that such a move could be complicated.
The world’s largest photography trade show opened today in Cologne. As the market changes for cameras and photography, this year’s Photokina also focuses on imagery in film, mobile devices and AI.
Daimler will appoint Ola Kaellenius as its chief executive in 2019, with Dieter Zetsche moving to lead the supervisory board of the carmaker in 2021.
Dieter Zetsche, Daimler’s CEO, will step down in May so that he can become the company’s chairman in two years. His contract was to end on December 31, 2019.
Jutta Cordt, who was fired from her leading role at BAMF, the migration agency, will now work in the interior ministry, focusing on IT and at a lower pay grade. (Bild)
A Catholic school withdrew a work contract on learning that a teacher planned to marry his boyfriend. The school, in North Rhine-Westphalia, said this wasn’t in line with the values of the institution.
Whether Germany or Turkey will host the 2024 European soccer championships will be decided on Thursday.
Tobias Hartmann, head of US for Hello Fresh, is leaving the food delivery portal at the end of the year. He will become CEO of Scout24, which operates a German real estate portal and an auto site.
Former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, a dual citizen, announced he is running for mayor of Barcelona, his birthplace. It marks the first time an ex-government chief is seeking a political career in another EU country.
Ralph Brinkhaus will replace Volker Kauder as parliamentary floor leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative alliance of CDU/CSU. Mr. Kauder’s unexpected loss after 13 years is a major blow to the chancellor, who supported his reelection.
Ryanair has canceled 8% of its flights scheduled for Friday in anticipation of threatened crew strikes in Spain, Belgium, Holland, Portugal, Italy and Germany.
Siemens Gamesa has won contracts to build eight new wind farms in Spain in the first half of 2019. (DPA)
To avoid diesel driving bans, Germany and top car companies are considering offering higher trade-in offers for people willing to part with their diesel cars.
Deutsche Telekom and Germany’s military agreed today to work together to train IT staff and fight cyberattacks. (DPA)
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz criticized the interior minister’s advice to police to be less cooperative with “critical media,” saying the country’s free and independent press must be preserved.
Health Minister Jens Spahn has proposed paying doctors more for referrals and open consultation hours in hopes of decreasing patients’ wait times.
BMW is forecasting a “moderate” drop in pre-tax profits due to trade tensions and pricing pressure and expects its profit margin to drop to 7% of car sales.
In presenting a study on thousands of cases of sexual abuse in Germany’s Catholic Church, the Archbishop of Munich said, “The results of this study clearly show that we must keep going.”
Police said train track damage between Duisburg and Düsseldorf, which caused delays and cancelations today, was politically motivated. Vandals wanted to disrupt deportations from Düsseldorf airport. (WAZ)
At a business summit today, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany must consider reducing corporate taxes in light of strong international competition. (Reuters)
Economic experts have lowered their forecasts for German GDP growth this year from 2.2% to 1.7%. (Reuters)
Siemens has exported its German apprenticeship model to nine US states so far. (Fortune)
Germany’s aerospace coordinator is setting aside more funding for autonomous drone taxis, with the hope they’ll not only be built but also used domestically. (Tagesspiegel)
A sunken WWII tanker with more than 800,000 gallons of fuel is an impending ecological disaster for the Baltic Sea, a scientist warns. Saltwater is slowly corroding the hull, which will collapse if no one takes action. (DW)
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Volkswagen showed off an electric cargo bike prototype able to transport 210 kilograms at a commercial vehicles trade fair in Hanover yesterday.
WTO head Roberto Azevedo said Tuesday he’s relying on Germany and the EU to defend world trade. (Reuters)
Mattel Germany is rebranding Scrabble domestically as “Buchstaben YOLO.” Buchstaben is German for “letters,” and YOLO is an acronym for “you’re old, let’s not.”
RAG Stiftung sold 16.3 million shares in chemical firm Evonik for €500 million overnight. The lead investor plans to reduce its stake in Evonik to 60% by the end of the year.
Dieter Kempf, head of the German industry association BDI, is getting frustrated with Germany’s government, saying internal conflicts are distracting the coalition.
Burglars stole a sausage steaming device, coffee machine and meat from a butcher in Leipzig over the weekend.
Just weeks after its takeover by Chinese group Ningbo Jifeng, auto supplier Grammer saw three board members resign Monday.
The first autonomous tram, made by Siemens, is being tested on real-world tracks in Potsdam.
Jewish leaders were confused by a new special interest group for Jews in the Alternative for Germany, which they describe as “a party where anti-Semites can feel at home.”
Hackers overloaded the website of energy company RWE overnight. It’s unclear whether the cyberattack was connected to the company’s protested clearing of the ancient Hambach Forest.
In an email yesterday, Austria’s far-right interior minister Herbert Kickl suggested police be less cooperative with media outlets that criticize the government, triggering a backlash from press freedom supporters.
Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis is cutting more than 2,000 jobs in manufacturing and management over the next four years. (NZZ)