Germany has halted arms exports to Jordan, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudia Arabia because of their role in the war against Yemen, government spokesman Sfeffen Seibert tweeted.
The eastern German city of Cottbus will temporarily accept no refugees following a series of violent crimes allegedly committed by Syrian refugees, the interior minister of the state of Brandenburg said. (RBB)
A new German law requiring social media sites to remove possibly illegal hate speech should not be copied across Europe and goes too far, European Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova said. (Der Spiegel)
Martin Schulz, head of the center-left SPD, warned that new elections would be called “quickly” if a party vote on Sunday goes against a coalition government with Chancellor Merkel’s conservative bloc.
A Munich court sentenced Philipp K. to seven years in prison for selling a pistol that was used in a right-wing attack at a Munich shopping mall that left nine people dead in 2016.
Last year German defense expenditures equalled 1.13% of the country’s GDP, well-below the 2%-of-GDP guideline set by NATO, according to the BDI industry association.
The far-right AfD party walked out of the lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, in protest late Thursday after their candidate wasn’t elected to an intelligence agency oversight board. The session was then cancelled for lack of a quorum.
Storm Friederike, which reached hurricane-force winds, killed 8 people in Germany on Thursday and Friday. Long-distance trains in southern Germany were running again but many routes in Lower Saxony and North-Rhine Westphalia remain closed.
The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) introduced its first bill into parliament, seeking to block some refugees from bringing close relatives out of war-torn countries to join them. (Deutsche Welle)
Germany and France plan to introduce a joint Bitcoin regulation proposal at the G20 summit in March. (Reuters)
Germany’s outgoing foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel plans to visit Israel at the end of January. He’s hoping it goes better than last time. (DPA)
Potsdam prosecutors accused several doctors of defrauding a local hospital and stealing as much as €3.8 million by colluding with pharmacists to double-bill for an expensive medication. (Die Welt)