German comedian loses case against Merkel over Erdogan poem

Europe 04/16/19, 09:00

A German comedian has lost a court case against Chancellor Angela Merkel's description of a crude poem he wrote about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as "deliberately hurtful."Amid tensions with Turkey over a TV satire poking fun at Erdogan, Jan Boehmermann read the poem on television in 2016 to illustrate ...

German government plane blocks runway at Berlin airport

Europe 04/16/19, 06:10

A rough landing by a German government plane at one of Berlin's airports brought flights to a standstill for more than two hours on Tuesday, adding to a long list of embarrassing mishaps for the military-operated fleet.The German air force, which operates the aircraft, said both wings of the Bombardier ...

Hertha Berlin coach Pal Dardai under pressure after 5th loss

Sports 04/15/19, 07:05

As the injuries and suspensions mount at Hertha Berlin, so do the losses. And coach Pal Dardai is taking the blame.Hertha lost its fifth straight Bundesliga match on Sunday, falling 5-0 at Hoffenheim to leave the team in 11th place and far from the European places."What's happening now is difficult," ...

Germany’s Merkel welcomes beleaguered Ukrainian leader

Europe 04/12/19, 08:15

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has praised the "very close relations" her country has built with Ukraine over recent years as she welcomed beleaguered President Petro Poroshenko to Berlin shortly before Ukrainian voters decide on their next leader.Polls show Poroshenko trailing by a wide margin ahead of the April 21 runoff ...

Duesseldorf aims to annoy Bayern again in Bundesliga race

Soccer 04/11/19, 06:21

Though it's only playing for pride with Bundesliga survival all but secure, Fortuna Duesseldorf could yet have a major say in whether Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund wins the title.Duesseldorf took points off both opponents earlier in the season with a 3-3 draw in Munich and a 2-1 home win ...

German taxi drivers protest against liberalization plan

Europe 04/10/19, 08:51

Taxi drivers have snarled traffic in Berlin and other German cities in a slow-driving protest against government plans to liberalize the market.Taxis in Berlin converged on the capital's famous Brandenburg Gate, filling up the wide boulevard that leads west from the monument. Wednesday's protests also disrupted traffic into the city's ...

Update: France promises EU unity over Brexit position

Europe 04/09/19, 02:57

The Latest on Brexit discussions (all times local):9:45 a.m.France is vowing that the 27 EU nations facing the United Kingdom in Brexit divorce proceedings will remain united at Wednesday's summit, where they need to agree whether to give Prime Minister Theresa May another deadline extension.Pro EU protestor banners are fixed ...

German official demands Brexit progress in Britain

Europe 04/09/19, 01:44

A senior German official is demanding "substantial steps" forward in Britain's Brexit standoff and insisting any delay must come with strict conditions, as Prime Minister Theresa May prepares to plead for more time in Berlin.Michael Roth, Germany's deputy foreign minister, said as he arrived at a European Union meeting in ...

Young German activists demand earlier coal-burning deadline

Europe 04/08/19, 10:53

Young German activists who have staged weekly "school strikes" to bring attention to climate change issued demands Monday that would require Germany's government to adopt measures far more ambitious than current plans for to curbing greenhouse gas emissions.The six key actions listed by Fridays For Future, the group that organized ...

Germany: Merkel rejects calls for apartment expropriation

Europe 04/08/19, 07:54

Chancellor Angela Merkel and her center-left allies are rejecting calls for the expropriation of apartments from corporate property owners in response to rising rents in German cities.Affordable-housing activists in Berlin launched a grassroots campaign on Saturday to force the city's government into taking over nearly 250,000 apartments worth billions. There ...

Bremen v Bayern, Hamburg v Leipzig in German Cup semifinals

Soccer 04/07/19, 14:35

Bayern Munich will play at Werder Bremen, and Hamburger SV will host Leipzig, in the semifinals of the German Cup.Sunday's draw dealt Bayern a trip to Bremen just days after they play each other in the Bundesliga in Munich on April 20.The teams met in the 2010 final with Bayern ...

New exhibit reconsiders the Weimar Republic, 100 years later

Entertainment 04/07/19, 03:20

A divided nation grappling with rising inequality, new mass media and the growth of populist politics.Sounds familiar?Germany's first democracy, the Weimar Republic of 1919-1933, has long been regarded as a lesson in political failure. Lately, it has also been held up as a cautionary tale for the present.In this Wednesday, ...

Berlin housing activists lead campaign to fight rising rents

Business 04/06/19, 02:13

Low-cost housing advocates are launching a grassroots campaign to force Berlin's state government into taking over nearly 250,000 apartments worth billions from corporate owners to fight rising rents in one of Germany's hottest real estate markets.The fight pits two philosophies against one another: free-market companies that see real estate as ...

Panda romance in the air at Berlin zoo, but love takes time

Europe 04/05/19, 07:52

Sometimes love takes its time, but the Berlin zoo is hoping that this is the year for panda romance.The zoo's two giant pandas, 8-year-old male Jiao Qing and 5-year-old female Meng Meng, arrived from China in June 2017. After nearly two years munching bamboo in neighboring enclosures, they were brought ...

Sea-Eye asks Germany to help find port for 64 migrants

Europe 04/05/19, 04:42

The German humanitarian group Sea-Eye says it is asking Berlin to use diplomatic channels to find a safe port for the 64 migrants it rescued off Libya earlier this week.Sea-Watch spokesman Carlotta Weibl said Friday that the rescue boat Alan Kurdi remains in international waters off Lampedusa and will not ...

Berlin zoo unveils name of latest polar bear cub

Europe 04/02/19, 04:31

It's Hertha.Berlin's Tierpark zoo has unveiled the much-anticipated name of its new star attraction, a four-month-old polar bear cub.Hertha, born on Dec. 1, is named after the German capital's eponymous top league soccer club, which is sponsoring the animal.The polar bear cub Hertha plays with a ball of soccer club ...

Thousands of students march in Berlin in climate protest

Europe 03/29/19, 05:23

Thousands of students are gathering in the German capital, skipping school to take part in a rally demanding action against climate change.Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, who inspired the protests in Germany and elsewhere by staging weekly "school strikes," is expected to lead the Friday rally through Berlin's government district.The 16-year-old ...

German band Rammstein blasted for concentration camp video

Entertainment 03/28/19, 14:44

Jewish organizations and the Israeli government criticized German hard rock band Rammstein on Thursday for a video promoting its new single that features group members on an execution gallows dressed as concentration camp inmates.Several organizations called the music video for the upcoming single, "Deutschland," tasteless and unacceptable."Whoever misuses the Holocaust ...

German court reinstates murder verdict for race drivers

Europe 03/26/19, 10:04

A German court has upheld the murder convictions of two men whose midnight drag race in downtown Berlin ended with a crash that killed another driver.Investigators said the two reached speeds of 170 kph (106 mph) during their 2016 race on Berlin's Kurfuerstendamm boulevard. One of the men racing struck ...

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