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Airline Flies to Italy, Forgets to See if Airport Is Open

After 'sightseeing tour,' Eurowings took 2 passengers back to Germany

(Newser) - A plane carried passengers from Germany to Italy before turning around midair because its intended airport is closed until next month. A spokesperson for German airline Eurowings confirmed the Saturday mix-up, which played out over four hours, per CNN . Flight EW9844 set off from Düsseldorf, intending to make the... More »

Star Chef Says 'No Chinese Wanted' at Reopening

He later said he was referring to 'dictators'

(Newser) - Restaurants are reopening in Germany—but one chef in Dusseldorf has managed to alienate many customers before a single post-lockdown meal was served. Jean-Claude Bourgueil, the French chef at Im Schimmchen, made a remark this week on his personal Facebook page that critics called "sickening," Deutsche Welle reports.... More »

Soccer Is Back Here, but 'Without Fans Is Nothing'

Professional soccer is starting up again in Germany, but the stadiums are empty

(Newser) - Professional soccer resumed in Germany after a two-month break, with four games in the second division on Saturday taking place behind closed doors. The games were the first since soccer was put on hold March 13 due to the coronavirus pandemic, and they were played in empty stadiums amid strict... More »

First European Country Declares Outbreak Over

Slovenia is opening its borders

(Newser) - Slovenia has become the first European country to proclaim an end to the coronavirus epidemic at home. The European Union state’s government said Friday the COVID-19 spread is under control and there is no longer a need for extraordinary health measures, the AP reports. The government says EU residents... More »

American's Plot to See German Girlfriend Ends Up Being a Flop

He hoped to blend in with janitors at Frankfurt airport

(Newser) - A US man flew to Frankfurt, threw on a yellow vest, and tried to convince airport security that he was a janitor in an effort to sneak into Germany, where his girlfriend resides. The 20-year-old Pennsylvania native flew from Washington, DC, on a United Airlines flight on Sunday despite the... More »

Nations Praised for Their Virus Policies Run Into Problems

Germany and South Korea have to clamp down

(Newser) - South Korea's capital closed down more than 2,100 bars and other nightspots Saturday because of a new cluster of coronavirus infections, and Germany scrambled to contain fresh outbreaks at slaughterhouses, underscoring the dangers authorities face as they try to reopen their economies, the AP reports. Germany and South... More »

In Berlin, New May Holiday Sends 'Unmistakable Message'

City makes May 8 a public holiday to commemorate end of WWII, Nazi rule

(Newser) - The US and Britain recognize May 8 as a special date—and now Berlin is joining them, even going so far as to make it a public holiday. Victory in Europe Day commemorates May 8, 1945, the day when German troops surrendered to the Soviets, effectively ending World War II.... More »

In Germany, Doctors Are Taking It All Off

Naked protest draws attention to protective equipment shortages

(Newser) - German doctors are stripping off their clothes to protest shortages of personal protective equipment. Photos appearing to show nude medical workers with body parts artfully obscured by stethoscopes and other medical equipment have been posted to the website Blanke Bedenken , which translates to "Naked Qualms," per the Guardian... More »

Bavaria Nixes Oktoberfest

Public health risk will still be too high in 5 months, authorities say

(Newser) - Since social distancing and Oktoberfest go together about as well as beer and milk, this year's festival in Bavaria has become the latest COVID-19 casualty. This is the first time the beerfest has been cancelled since World War II and Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter says it is a "... More »

Latest Virus Victim: Breweries

Tradition-laden German breweries hard-hit as restaurants, pubs they depend on close

(Newser) - Germany's Werneck Brewery has survived world wars, economic crises, and decades of declining beer consumption. But after 400 years it has finally met a fatal challenge: the coronavirus. The brewery, which the AP reports traces its history to 1617 and has been owned by the same family since 1861,... More »

Germany Hurls Big Accusation at Trump Over N95 Masks

'Methods from the Wild West should not become prevalent,' a German official says

(Newser) - German officials are accusing the Trump administration of "modern piracy" after 200,000 high-quality masks were apparently seized before reaching Germany, the Wall Street Journal reports. Seems the N95 masks—sought after by medical professionals for protection against the coronavirus—were made by the US company 3M's factory... More »

Patron Saint of Epidemics Has a Name That Will Throw You

Germany's Aachen Cathedral readies for showcase on—wait for it—St. Corona

(Newser) - Whether it's true irony or Alanis Morissette-style irony (i.e., something closer to coincidence) may be debatable, but what can't be refuted is that a German cathedral is about to reintroduce to the world an oddly named saint for these times. As the coronavirus sweeps the globe, Reuters... More »

'Imbecile' Rebels Flout Coronavirus Lockdowns

From Germany to France to Florida, people are still out and about

(Newser) - Young German adults hold "corona parties" and cough toward older people. A Spanish man leashes a goat to go for a walk to skirt confinement orders. From France to Florida to Australia, kitesurfers, college students and others crowd the beaches. Their defiance of lockdown mandates and scientific advice to... More »

Researcher: Museum Won't Give Up Art Nazis Plundered

Sibylle Ehringhaus says Germany's Georg Schaefer Museum used her as a 'fig leaf' for 'appearances'

(Newser) - Heirs of Jewish collectors who say their work was stolen by the Nazis have claimed about 20 pieces of art housed in the Georg Schaefer Museum in Schweinfurt, Germany, and there had been a provenance researcher there whose job was to verify those claims. But Sibylle Ehringhaus chose not to... More »

Isolated Big Brother Contestants About to Get Their Minds Blown

They went into house in Germany at the beginning of February, before coronavirus pandemic

(Newser) - One way to very effectively practice social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic: Go on a reality show that involves being sequestered inside a house for months. As Deutsche Welle reports, the contestants on Germany's Big Brother knew about the virus when they went into the house on Feb. 6,... More »

Old Laptop Sold on eBay Had Classified Information

German defense officials are not happy

(Newser) - It was quite a bargain. An old but working laptop up for sale on eBay went for $100, and the buyer got classified information from Germany's military as part of the deal. As Deutsche Welle explains, the gaffe started when the military sent decommissioned laptops to a recycling company... More »

Prosecutors: 4 Guards Were In On $1.1B Jewel Heist

4 guards under the microscope for suspected role in November's Green Vault break-in in Germany

(Newser) - Seven people in total are believed to have been involved in November's brazen jewelry heist from Dresden's Green Vault, and four of them may have been security guards in on the scheme. The Guardian reports that two of the suspects were working at the museum on Nov. 25,... More »

Ex-Nazi, 94, Found Living in Memphis

Friedrich Karl Berger, in the US for 60 years, will be deported to Germany

(Newser) - The US government said Thursday that it's deporting a 94-year-old German ex-Nazi who has been in the United States for decades. An immigration judge ordered Friedrich Karl Berger's deportation on Feb. 28 after a two-day trial in Memphis, Tenn., authorities said. It's unclear when he'll be... More »

Germany Overturns Its Assisted Suicide Law

Court finds ban on professionally assisted suicide is unconstitutional

(Newser) - "Commercial promotion of assisted suicide" is no longer a criminal offense in Germany. The country's top court on Wednesday determined that a 2015 law that banned professionally assisted suicide is unconstitutional. Judge Andreas Vosskuhle found that the ban violates a citizen's right to determine their own death... More »

German Cops: Driver Plowed Into Parade on Purpose

Dozens injured, some gravely

(Newser) - A man intentionally drove a car into a crowd of people at a Carnival parade in a small town in central Germany, injuring dozens of people including children, police said Monday. The driver was arrested, but police couldn't immediately provide details about the man's motivations for crashing into... More »

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