Andrea Nahles was elected to lead the center-left Social Democrats, or SPD, during an extraordinary party meeting on Sunday, the first female leader in nearly 155 years. She won 66.4% of the vote, the second-worst post-war result.
Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen wants to upgrade Germany’s military but is likely to lack funds beyond 2019 despite a budget increase to €42.4 billion per year by 2021 from €37 billion in 2017.
Germany wastes 18 million tons of food a year, according to a new study by environmental organization WWF. About half of that could be saved and the government must do more to reach that goal by 2030, WWF said.
A senior criminal investigator told a Berlin commission of inquiry that the terrorist Anis Amri, who drove a truck into a city Christmas market in 2016, could have been stopped. Amri was under surveillance that year but there were not enough observation teams to continue monitoring him.
Sixty MEPs called for a boycott of the World Cup soccer tournament in Russia this year. Among them were members of Germany’s Green party.
Austria will not allow Turkish politicians to campaign there this year in the run-up to early Turkish elections, announced for June. Last year campaign events in Europe created tension between the Islamic country and EU nations.
Berlin’s mayor says his state, which has the least public holidays, should get one more. Whether it will be June 17, for an East German uprising, May 8, the end of Nazism or January 27, in remembrance of the Holocaust, has not yet been decided.
The vast majority of Germans (86%) do not want the country to launch a military mission against the Syrian government, a survey by Kantar Emnid found.
Employees of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees are being investigated for corruption. The head of the Bremen branch and three colleagues allegedly profited personally when they approved as many as 1,200 asylum applications.
In 2017, Germany accepted about 60% of all asylum seekers coming to the EU. Of 538,000 asylum seekers in total, Germany took 325,400 of them.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin today. Hot topics on the agenda: Increasing protectionism in India and high tariffs on German-made auto parts.
Facebook’s director of global policy will answer questions in the German parliament in the wake of the scandal involving Cambridge Analytica. A regulator is also considering whether to fine Facebook over data privacy infringements.