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Only One Country Beat US for Most Competitive Economy

Switzerland is No. 1 in World Economic Forum ranking

(Newser) - One of Donald Trump's platforms during the presidential campaign was to "restore America's competitive edge," but the US might not be doing so shabby after all. Quartz , which features the World Economic Forum's new Global Competitiveness Report , notes that the United States has actually ascended... More »

Merkel Faces Tough Choice After Germany Election Result

She hopes to form new government—by Christmas

(Newser) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative alliance won the most seats in Germany's election on Sunday, meaning she will keep her job for a fourth term—but it was her party's worst showing since 1949 and the process of forming a new government could drag into next year.... More »

Germany Poised to See Far-Right Milestone in Vote

Anti-immigrant AfD will be first in parliament since end of WWII

(Newser) - Germany votes on Sunday, with the latest polls suggesting that Angela Merkel will earn a fourth term as chancellor. A year ago, that outcome seemed in doubt, notes an analysis at Vox , thanks to Merkel's welcoming policy on refugees from Syria and elsewhere. So why is Merkel and her... More »

Germany, in Secret, Has Shepherded Half Its Gold Home

The repatriation effort wasn't supposed to finish until 2020

(Newser) - It could be the plot of a Hollywood movie, albeit one where apparently nothing goes wrong: On Aug. 23, Germany announced it had successfully and in secret shepherded half its gold reserves back home, per Reuters . Germany's 3,378 metric tons of gold had for decades been stored in... More »

Fearing Nuclear Disaster, German City Hands Out Iodine

It's an unusual move

(Newser) - In an unusual move, a German city is handing out iodine tablets to be used in a nuclear emergency without the justification of an actual disaster going on. The BBC reports Aachen is giving away free iodine tablets to the half a million people who live in the city and... More »

Germany Orders Biggest Evacuation Since WWII

Some 70K people need to evacuate Frankfurt on Sunday

(Newser) - The US and UK blanketed Germany with at least 1.3 million tons of bombs during World War II, and as much as 10% of that never exploded, with the Smithsonian reporting in 2016 that more than 2,000 tons of unexploded munitions are found in the country annually. That... More »

40-Year-Old Could Be 'Germany's Worst Post-War Killer'

Police allege Niels Hoegel killed at least 86 people

(Newser) - He has been convicted of killing two and attempting to murder two more—and he could actually be "Germany's worst post-war killer," reports the BBC . Niels Hoegel, 40, was sentenced to life in prison in 2015 for those crimes, but prosecutors voiced their belief that the nurse... More »

German Cops Seize Pills With a Familiar Look

Yes, those are Trump-themed ecstasy pills

(Newser) - Ich bin ein ecstasy pill. German police made a strange bust over the weekend that resulted in the seizure of 5,000 orange ecstasy pills in the shape of President Trump's head, reports CNN . In case there was any room for disagreement, the name Trump is on the back... More »

New Aim for Rosa Parks' Home: Return It to US

Artist Ryan Mendoza, who brought it to Berlin, says now is the right time

(Newser) - Last year, an American artist living in Germany bought Rosa Parks' dilapidated home in Detroit and reassembled it in Berlin as an art project. Now Ryan Mendoza says it's time for the home to return to the US, per the Detroit Free Press . He cites the recent racial violence... More »

Germany Begins to Apologize for a Different Genocide

Historians think slaughter in Africa was the first genocide of 20th century

(Newser) - In 1907, Germans cut the head off a man in Africa and sent it, with hundreds of others, to Germany as part of research to establish white superiority. The man, Cornelius Fredericks, was a legendary Nama fighter who'd led a rebellion against occupying German forces in Namibia, and he... More »

Thieves Steal 22 Tons of Nutella

Cops warn against buying chocolate through 'unconventional channels'

(Newser) - Look, we crave chocolate as much as the next news site, but this is ridiculous. The Telegraph reports thieves in Germany made off with more than 22 tons of Nutella over the weekend. The Nutella—along with Kinder Surprise eggs and other sweet treats—was in a refrigerated trailer that... More »

Chinese Tourists Arrested for Nazi Salutes in Berlin

Cops spotted them outside the Reichstag

(Newser) - Western tourists aren't the only ones who occasionally act like idiots in other countries: Two Chinese tourists were arrested in Berlin on Saturday after a police patrol spotted them taking pictures of each other giving the Hitler salute outside the Reichstag, the Telegraph reports. The two men, aged 36... More »

Hang On: Dramatic Rescue Saves Cable Car Passengers

Dozens safely rescued in Germany; only 2 slight injuries

(Newser) - About a week ago, firefighters in Germany drilled for an unlikely event: the rescue of cable car passengers. Over the weekend, that training paid off, reports the Guardian . Firefighters had to rescue about 75 people in Cologne on Sunday after one of the cars crashed into a support pillar. The... More »

Missing German Girl Found in Tunnel in Mosul

Linda Wenzel disappeared a year ago at age 15

(Newser) - A young Western woman captured amid the rubble of Mosul is believed to be Linda Wenzel, a German teenager suspected of running away to join ISIS. Wenzel, now 16, was 15 when she apparently converted to Islam in secret and was radicalized online, the Guardian reports. She is believed to... More »

Putin: In-Person Trump Not the Same as TV Trump

Russian president also thinks Trump accepted his election-interference denials

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin came away from his two-hour-plus meeting with President Trump Friday in Hamburg, Germany, with some definite impressions—notably, that the Trump we see on TV may not bear much similarity to the Trump behind the scenes, the Hill reports. "Trump on television very much differs from the... More »

Ivanka's 'Somewhat Unusual' G20 Move Has Internet Abuzz

First daughter took President Trump's place at table during meeting of world leaders

(Newser) - President Trump stood out Saturday as the only G20 leader not offering his support for the Paris climate agreement , but that wasn't the only buzzworthy happening in Hamburg with the name "Trump" attached to it. Per Bloomberg , when the president slipped away from a meeting on migration that... More »

Many Missing After Horrific Bus Crash

31 hurt, 17 unaccounted for, police in Germany say

(Newser) - Police in Germany say 17 people are unaccounted for after a horrific crash turned a bus with more than 40 passengers on board into a charred ruin. The bus went up in flames after crashing into a truck near the Bavarian town of Muenchberg early Monday, the AP reports. Police... More »

Vote Marks 'Joyous Turning Point' in Germany

Same-sex marriage legalized despite 'no' vote from Merkel

(Newser) - Germany's lower house of Parliament agreed Friday to tweak its civil code to legalize same-sex marriage, with one gay-rights advocate calling the moment a "joyous turning point," the Washington Post reports. The New York Times notes this places Germany, which legalized civil partnerships in 2001, among more... More »

Thousands Evacuate Music Festival Over 'Terrorist Threat'

Germany's Rock am Ring was shut down by police Friday

(Newser) - A "possible terrorist threat" shut down Rock am Ring, one of Germany's biggest music festivals, Friday near Nuerburg, AFP reports. Police say they have "concrete elements, in the light of which a possible terrorist threat cannot be ruled out." But no other details were released. According... More »

Parents Denied Access to Dead Daughter's Facebook

German court overturns prior ruling

(Newser) - When a 15-year-old girl died after being hit by a subway train in Berlin in 2012, her parents tried to access her Facebook account to determine whether it was an act of suicide. In 2015, a German court ruled in their favor, saying the girl's contract with Facebook passed... More »

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