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Germany Opens Massive Spy Headquarters

4K agents will work in the massive complex

(Newser) - The largest foreign intelligence service headquarters on the planet just opened its doors in Berlin, reports the Guardian —just not to the public. The new home of Germany's Federal Intelligence Service took 12 years to build and cost $1.23 billion. Covering a site where an East German... More »

Banksy's Self-Shredding Painting Is Altered

Germany's Frieder Burda Museum isn't taking any chances

(Newser) - The first museum to display Banksy's partially shredded canvas has deactivated its self-destructing frame to ensure "Love Is in the Bin" isn't actually thrown in the bin. "We opened up the frame and found the shredder machinery, the battery holders, the wires and satisfied ourselves that... More »

Berlin Police Are Looking for Woman—in a 'Creepy' Way

Instagram story being called 'stalkerish'

(Newser) - Berlin Police are searching for a woman. No, she's not missing, she just caught the eye of one of the city's officers. "Please contact me," read an Instagram story posted to the police force's official account . "You were at the U-Bhf Halleschen Tor [metro... More »

Millions of Library Books Were Looted in War

But researchers are reuniting them with Jewish families

(Newser) - "People have looked away for so long, but I don't think they can anymore." So says a Nazi-looting expert about millions of works stolen during World War II—not paintings by master artists, but books once owned by Jewish families and institutions. Researchers in Europe and America... More »

Looks Like VW Is in Trouble Again

The carmaker may be helping vehicles avoid emissions standards

(Newser) - Volkswagen may be in trouble all over again for allegedly installing software in cars to help them duck emissions standards, Reuters reports. German authorities are investigating whether 1.2-liter engine Volkswagens, including the Polo, received a software update allowing them to trick emissions tests. Germany may also file charges against... More »

Merkel, German Politicians Hit by Data Breach

Addresses, phone numbers shared via Twitter on Friday

(Newser) - Personal data and documents on hundreds of German politicians and others have been posted online, and German cyber-defense experts were trying to figure out Friday how the information was obtained, per the AP . The data breach hit politicians at all levels—including the European, German, and state parliaments as well... More »

Cops: German Man Drove Into Crowds 'to Kill Foreigners'

At least 5 were injured in NYE attacks

(Newser) - A German man has been arrested after repeatedly driving into crowds of people, injuring at least five, in what authorities say appeared to have been intentional attacks against foreigners. Four people were injured early Tuesday in the western German city of Bottrop and one person was injured in nearby Essen,... More »

First-of-Their-Kind Eggs Aim to End a Brutal Practice

Researchers want to stop culling of male chicks

(Newser) - Shoppers in Germany are the first in the world to have a chance to buy what the Guardian calls "no-kill" eggs. The eggs result from a new process that aims to eliminate the culling of male chicks—an industrywide practice in which billions of chicks are gassed or sent... More »

Trump Makes 2nd Visit to US Troops Abroad

He greets troops at base in Germany

(Newser) - President Trump and his wife, Melania Trump, have greeted US troops in Germany. The president, making his second visit to US troops abroad in the space of a day, stopped at Ramstein Air Force Base on his way back from Iraq, the AP reports. Trump slowly made his way down... More »

US Ambassador Blames Bias for German News Scandal

Disgraced reporter Claas Relotius could face charges

(Newser) - The American ambassador to Germany is blaming anti-American bias for a "fake news" scandal that has shaken the country's leading news magazine. In a letter to Der Spiegel, Richard Grenell accused the magazine, and the media in general, of "institutional bias" when reporting on the US, the... More »

Germany to Compensate 'Kindertransport' Survivors

They fled Nazis as children

(Newser) - Germany has agreed to one-time payments for survivors, primarily Jews, who were evacuated from Nazi Germany as children, many of whom never saw their parents again, the organization that negotiates compensation with the German government said Monday. The New York-based Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany said the government... More »

After Factory Mishap, Road Ends Up Paved in Chocolate

Milk chocolate flowed after 'small technical defect,' solidified on the street

(Newser) - A street in a western German town got a repaving worthy of fictional candy maker Willy Wonka when a ton of chocolate flowed out of a factory and solidified, the AP reports. The German newspaper Soester Anzeiger reported Tuesday that a "small technical defect" involving a storage tank caused... More »

Teen Gets License, Loses It 49 Minutes Later

Congrats?

(Newser) - In what's sure to be some kind of record, a teen in Germany managed to lose his driver's license a mere 49 minutes after getting it. Traveling with four friends he might've been trying to impress, the 18-year-old was returning from his successful driving test when he... More »

Ex-SS Guard: I Knew Camp Was Bad, but I Didn't Do Bad Things

Johann Rehbogen, 94, is on trial in Germany for being an accessory to murder at Stutthof

(Newser) - A 94-year-old former SS guard says he was aware of the terrible conditions endured by prisoners in the Stutthof concentration camp in Poland, but he claims he didn't take part in atrocities against them. The statement came in the third day of his trial, which opened last week. The... More »

94-Year-Old Former Nazi Guard: I Knew Nothing

Johann Rehbogen is on trial for his time at a concentration camp

(Newser) - A former SS guard is on trial for allegedly serving as an accessory to hundreds of mass killings at a Nazi concentration camp, the AP reports. Johann Rehbogen, 94, isn't accused of a specific crime, but he served at Stutthof concentration camp in what is now Poland. More than... More »

His Plot to Make $607,933.50: 3 Bombs, One Soccer Team

Electrician Segej Wenergold is on trial in Germany after bizarre scheme

(Newser) - In April of last year, three bombs detonated as a bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund soccer team left a hotel in Germany. As it turns out, only one player suffered minor injuries, but the high-profile attack led authorities to assume that Islamist terrorists were to blame. They could not have... More »

Man Admits to Being Among 'Most Prolific Serial Killers'

Niels Hoegel's latest trial opens in Oldenburg, Germany

(Newser) - A German man in court on Tuesday essentially admitted being "one of the world's most prolific serial killers," as the BBC puts it. That he was a killer was already known: Niels Hoegel, a 41-year-old former nurse, is currently serving a life sentence in connection with the... More »

For Germany's Merkel, a 'Watershed Moment'

She will reportedly step down as chancellor at end of current parliamentary term

(Newser) - It looks like the beginning of the end for Angela Merkel's long tenure as Germany's chancellor. After her ruling party under-performed in state elections, Merkel told leaders of her Christian Democratic Union that this would be her final parliamentary term as chancellor, reports the AP . The current term... More »

Norway: Sorry How We Treated WWII's 'German Girls'

Women who had children with German soldiers faced severe consequences

(Newser) - When Germany invaded Norway in 1940, Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler endorsed the concept of German soldiers hooking up with Norwegian women, as that would help bring the Nazis closer to the Aryan master race they wished for. Per the BBC , about 50,000 Norwegian women ended up in relationships with... More »

Germany's Foreign Minister: Country Must 'Get Off the Couch,' Fight Racism

As far-right protesters, counter-protesters clash in Chemnitz

(Newser) - Thousands of far-right protesters gathered Saturday in Chemnitz, Germany, to denounce migration after a German was killed in the city, allegedly by two migrants from Iraq and Syria. After the march, as well as a counter-protest from leftists in support of migration, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas didn't mince... More »

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