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One of Europe's Most Powerful Modern Leaders Is Dead

Germany's Helmut Kohl died at home Friday

(Newser) - Helmut Kohl, the physically imposing German chancellor whose reunification of a nation divided by the Cold War put Germany at the heart of a united Europe, has died at 87, the AP reports. Kohl's Christian Democratic Union Party posted on Twitter: "We are in sorrow. #RIP #HelmutKohl."... 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 »

12 Years After Honor Killing, Brothers Acquitted—Again

2005 murder of woman over her 'Western lifestyle' rattled Germany

(Newser) - Hatun Surucu was 23 when her life ended at a Berlin bus stop a dozen years ago, three bullets fired into her head. The German-born ethnic Kurd's killer, her youngest brother, Ayhan, was allegedly avenging the family's honor—Hatun Surucu had divorced the husband she'd been forced... More »

Trump: 'The Germans Are Bad, Very Bad'

President was talking about trade, and auto sales in particular

(Newser) - One of President Trump's comments during a meeting with EU leaders Thursday isn't going over well in Germany. "The Germans are bad, very bad," the president said, as quoted by Der Spiegel . It came during a trade discussion, with Trump's reference being about auto sales.... More »

Obama to Berlin Crowd: 'We Can't Hide Behind a Wall'

Former president appears with Merkel, speaks on democracy, global responsibility

(Newser) - If anyone understands the concept of a wall, it's the people of Berlin. Which is why former President Obama's appearance there Thursday, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at his side, had particular resonance. "We can't isolate ourselves" from conflict, poverty, and other problems throughout the world,... More »

Music Fest Makes Hardcore Investment in Fans' Drinking

A pipeline will bring in 105K gallons of beer to heavy-metal aficionados

(Newser) - Concertgoers at Germany's annual Wacken Open Air music festival are hardcore, and soon their drinking setup will be, too. Vice's Munchies reports that organizers for the fest—which takes place in August and will this year include the likes of Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, and Megadeth, plus dozens... More »

Hotel Knows Name of Her Child's Father. She Doesn't

Court rules hotel can keep man's identity a secret

(Newser) - A court in Munich has rejected a woman's legal bid to obtain the name of a man she spent three nights in a hotel with seven years ago, reports the AP . The unidentified woman gave birth to a son nine months after the encounter in Halle, eastern Germany, and... More »

After Crash, Cops Deliver 'Shaken Yet Edible' Pizza

German delivery driver was seriously injured in accident, so police finished his job

(Newser) - German police came to the aid of a pizza courier who crashed his car in the southwest German town of Gaggenau—by completing his delivery. The AP reports that the 46-year-old driver hit another car early Saturday after failing to yield. Both drivers required hospital treatment in the accident that... More »

Ivanka Greeted With Boos at Women's Summit

Audience didn't care for her gushing about President Trump's 'advocacy' for women

(Newser) - Media access to the first family may be somewhat controlled in the US, but Ivanka Trump found such a buffer doesn't exist in Germany. Trump took the stage in Berlin on Tuesday at the W20 summit on women's entrepreneurship, at Chancellor Angela Merkel's invite, and she was... More »

Germany: Bus Bomber Motivated by Greed

He bought options to sell 15K shares in soccer team

(Newser) - A 28-year-old German-Russian citizen was arrested Friday in Germany on suspicion of bombing the bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund soccer team in an attack last week that prosecutors allege was motivated by financial greed. A Dortmund player and a policeman were injured in the triple blasts last week as the... More »

As Suspect Arrested in Bombing, German Soccer Team Plays on

Dortmund lost hastily rescheduled game 3-2

(Newser) - German authorities arrested a suspected Islamic extremist Wednesday in their investigation into a bomb attack on a top German soccer team , while the team—missing a defender wounded in the blast—lost 3-2 to Monaco in a hastily rescheduled Champions League match. Amid heightened security, the defeat for Borussia Dortmund... More »

German Soccer Player Hurt in Bus Explosions

It's unclear who is responsible for the explosions

(Newser) - A German soccer team says defender Marc Bartra was injured when three explosions went off near the team bus and is being treated at a hospital, the AP reports. Borussia Dortmund tweeted the news after its Champions League quarterfinal first leg game against Monaco was called off because of the... More »

'Dumbest Bank' Makes Another Massive Error

KfW did get its money back though

(Newser) - To err is human, and a major bank is reminding the world of this for the second time after once again accidentally transferring a massive sum of money it shouldn't have. The blunder occurred on Feb. 20, when Frankfurt-based lender KfW, a German government-owned development bank, transferred $5.4... More »

Anne Frank Center to Tim Allen: 'Have You Lost Your Mind?'

Wants apology from Allen for comparing being conservative star to being in '30s Germany

(Newser) - The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect is calling on Tim Allen to apologize for comparing the experience of being a conservative in Hollywood to living in Germany in the 1930s. Allen made the comments on Jimmy Kimmel Live last week while discussing his attendance at President Trump's inauguration,... More »

Wiretapping Joke Doesn't Help Tense Trump-Merkel Meeting

President says he and Merkel 'have something in common'

(Newser) - President Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a joint press conference following a meeting Friday, and NPR reports it was "wide ranging and occasionally tense." That's no surprise, as Trump has previously called Merkel a "catastrophic leader" and accused her of "ruining Germany,"... More »

He Insulted Her on Campaign Trail. Now, They Meet

Trump, Merkel are seen as polar opposites in personality and world view

(Newser) - President Trump hosts German leader Angela Merkel at the White House on Friday, and the Christian Science Monitor says it could go a long way toward clarifying relations between the US and Europe under Trump. He's made disparaging comments about the EU, NATO, and Merkel herself, and analysts say... More »

5 Hurt in Ax Attack at German Train Station

One person has been arrested

(Newser) - A man was arrested after injuring five people with an ax at Duesseldorf's main train station late Thursday, police said, correcting earlier police reports of two arrests. A spokeswoman for Duesseldorf police Anja Kynast told the AP that the man arrested was also injured. She was unable to say... More »

Boy With Metal Detector Hits WWII-Era Jackpot

Danish teen and dad find German WWII fighter plane, remains of pilot

(Newser) - Young boys tend not to forget fantastical stories told by their grandpas, especially if those stories involve downed World War II fighter planes. Klaus Kristiansen of Denmark apparently couldn't get the tale his own grandfather had told him out of his head—that an aircraft had crashed behind their... More »

Stolen 'Work Sets You Free' Gate Back at Dachau

Famous wrought-iron gate was found under a tarp in a Norwegian parking lot

(Newser) - The wrought-iron gate to the Nazis' Dachau concentration camp, which prompted an international outcry when it was stolen more than two years ago, has been returned to the German memorial site. The gate, bearing the slogan "Arbeit macht frei," ("Work sets you free"), was located in... More »

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