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A challenge from China
The domestic intelligence service accused the Chinese spy agency of setting up fake accounts in social media to infiltrate German political and business circles. The Office for the Protection of the Constitution, known here by the abbreviation BfV, said 10,000 people were affected. Beijing denied the charge. Source:
Person of the day
Bibi in Brussels
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the European Union headquarters in Brussels on Monday and met with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. He urged the EU to follow US President Donald Trump’s lead and recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. European leaders, including Angela Merkel, dismissed the idea, saying Jerusalem's status needs to be part of negotiations on a two-state solution for Israel. Source:
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Back on the rails
Berlin and Munich are now connected via a new high-speed rail link that opened Sunday. The trains reach speeds of 300 kilometers (186 miles) per hour, but whether they can heal rifts between politicians is another question. Incidentally, the first trip from the German capital to Bavaria ended over two hours late due to technical difficulties.
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Toy, toy, toy
As the holiday season approaches, toymakers rejoice at booming sales. Around 37 percent of German toy sales – €3.1 billion last year – occur on the internet, while the rest come from specialized stores, supermarkets and other retailers, such as book and department stores. Lego, the eponymous Danish company, Ravensburger, a German puzzle and bookseller, and Brandstätter, the maker of Playmobil, are among Germany’s biggest sellers.