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Germany: We're Moving to End Russian 'Blackmail'

Big importer of Russia's oil aims to be free of it by late summer

(Newser) - Germany says it’s making progress on weaning itself off Russian fossil fuels and expects to be fully independent of Russian crude oil imports by late summer, per the AP . Economy and Climate Minister Robert Habeck said Sunday that Europe’s largest economy has reduced the share of Russian energy...

Protest Opposes Destroying Village to Expand Coal Mine

Last farmer has lost case in German courts against eviction

(Newser) - Thousands of people on Saturday protested plans to bulldoze a village in western Germany to expand a coal mine that environmental activists say should be shut down, not enlarged. The German news agency dpa quoted police as saying that the demonstration in Luetzerath, 25 miles west of Cologne, was peaceful....

Millionaire Who Hit 257mph on Autobahn Won't Be Charged

Road was straight, visibility good, driver says

(Newser) - Prosecutors have decided not to press charges against a Czech millionaire who drove a high-powered sportscar along a German highway at speeds of at least 257mph. Germany's dpa news agency reported Friday that prosecutors in the town of Stendal reviewed footage of the stunt and concluded that Radim Passer...

Germany: We Unmasked Plot to Plunge Country Into Darkness

Group linked to far-right movements hoped to trigger civil war conditions: police

(Newser) - A group linked to far-right movements in Germany plotted to "overthrow the democratic system" by trigging a nationwide blackout and civil war conditions, authorities say. The plot also involved kidnapping Health Minister Karl Lauterbach and other high-profile figures, according to the BBC . Authorities searched 20 properties in several states...

Germany Picks Up Russian Talk About Killing Ukrainian Civilians

Intelligence service briefs lawmakers on satellite images, intercepted radio traffic

(Newser) - More evidence has surfaced that despite Russia's denials, its forces have committed atrocities in Ukraine. Germany's foreign intelligence service has briefed members of its parliament, Der Spiegel reports, about satellite images it has showing Russian involvement, as well as radio chatter it intercepted about civilian deaths. Ukrainian officials...

Police: Suspect Had as Many as 90 Vaccine Shots in Card Scam

Forged passes have a market in Germany among COVID deniers and others who don't want to be vaccinated

(Newser) - A 60-year-old man allegedly had himself vaccinated against COVID-19 dozens of times in Germany in order to sell forged vaccination cards with real vaccine batch numbers to people not wanting to get vaccinated themselves. The man from the eastern Germany city of Magdeburg, whose name was not released in line...

This Pro-War Symbol Could Lead to Jail in Germany
Germany: Letter 'Z'
Could Mean Jail

Germany: Letter 'Z' Could Mean Jail

Authorities to investigate use of the pro-war symbol, which symbolizes victory for Russia

(Newser) - People who display the letter "Z" as a show of support for Russia's war in Ukraine could now face prosecution in Germany. The interior minister for the state of Berlin said Monday that authorities will handle cases where the "Z" symbol—which stands for the Russian phrase...

Anchor From Kyiv to Deliver News to Refugees

German broadcaster already plans to expand 'Ukraine Update'

(Newser) - German broadcaster RTL has hired a Ukrainian presenter to host a daily news show for others who have fled their homeland after the Russian invasion. The commercial broadcaster said Karolina Ashion will present a 10-minute Ukrainian-language news program Mondays to Fridays addressed to the almost 200,000 people who have...

Europeans, Pope Denounce War
Europeans, Pope Denounce War

Europeans, Pope Denounce War

Francis calls Russia's killing of civilians, including children, 'barbarianism'

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of people rallied Sunday in cities across Europe to protest Russia's war in Ukraine, with small vigils taking place in Russia as well despite a crackdown by authorities against such demonstrations. German trade unions called a protest in Berlin, the AP reports. The march led from...

Germany Reverses, Will Send Lethal Arms to Ukraine

Major policy change could lead to shipments from other nations

(Newser) - After resisting the idea for months, Germany reversed course Saturday and agreed to send 1,000 antitank weapons and 500 Stinger missiles to Ukraine to fight off the Russian invasion. There have been exceptions, but Germany has long avoided sending lethal weapons to any nation's battle zone, the Washington ...

Europe Needs Russia's Gas. That's a Grave Weakness

A look at the implications of the world's dependence on Russian natural gas

(Newser) - One of Russia's most powerful weapons isn't a weapon at all. It's natural gas. As Kenneth C. Griffin and Niall Ferguson write in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, "Without Russian energy, European citizens would struggle to get through winter. Mr. Putin has long understood the leverage...

Champagne Spiked With Ecstasy Proves Fatal

One man dies, 8 others hospitalized in Germany

(Newser) - One man died and eight other people were hospitalized in serious condition after unknowingly drinking Champagne spiked with ecstasy at a bar in Bavaria, German prosecutors said Monday. The man who died was 52, and the others were between 33 and 52, police told the German news agency dpa, per...

Biden: Invasion Threatens Pipeline

4 nations' leaders confer about Ukraine crisis in 2 meetings

(Newser) - In a flurry of diplomacy across two continents, President Biden emerged from a meeting with Germany's new leader Monday vowing the crucial Nord Stream 2 Russia-to-Germany gas pipeline would be blocked if Russia further invades Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin said the US and its allies were the only...

Germany Is Returning Remains of Dozens of Native Hawaiians

'Human remains from colonial contexts have no place in our museums and universities'

(Newser) - The body overseeing Berlin's museums will hand over Hawaiian ancestral remains collected by a German naturalist in the 19th century to authorities in Hawaii. The Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation said Monday that the remains of 32 individuals, known as "iwi kupuna," will be handed over Friday to...

Biden Sending Thousands More Troops to Europe

US move meant to show support to NATO allies as tensions continue between Ukraine, Russia

(Newser) - President Biden is sending about 2,000 troops from Fort Bragg, NC, to Poland and Germany this week, as well as sending part of an infantry Stryker squadron of roughly 1,000 troops based in Germany to Romania, a senior administration official said Wednesday, per the AP . The military moves...

After Plea for Assistance, Germany Offers to Send 5K Helmets to Ukraine
Offer From Germany Leaves
Mayor in Ukraine 'Speechless'
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Offer From Germany Leaves Mayor in Ukraine 'Speechless'

Kyiv mayor says offer to send 5K helmets is a 'joke'

(Newser) - Ukrainian officials aren't thrilled about Germany's underwhelming response to a plea for military assistance. The mayor of Kyiv, the country's capital and biggest city, says he was left "speechless" by Germany's offer to send 5,000 helmets to defend against a possible invasion by 100,...

The Trial Begins, but the Jewels Are Still Missing

Six men are accused in the notorious 2019 'Green Vault' heist in Germany

(Newser) - Six men went on trial Friday in Germany over a spectacular theft of 18th-century treasures from Dresden’s Green Vault Museum in 2019, the AP reports. (Read about the wild heist details here .) The defendants, aged 23 to 28, appeared before a regional court in the eastern German city...

Gunman Fires 'Wildly' in University Lecture Hall

2 dead, including gunman, in Germany attack

(Newser) - A shooter fired "wildly" inside a lecture hall at a university in Germany Monday, killing one student and wounding at least three others, police say. The gunman killed himself after the shooting at Heidelberg University, police say. According to German media, the gunman, identified as an 18-year-old student at...

Ex-Secret Police Officer Guilty of Crimes Against Humanity

Syrian man was convicted in German court

(Newser) - A German court has convicted a former Syrian secret police officer of crimes against humanity for overseeing the abuse of detainees at a jail near Damascus a decade ago. The verdict Thursday in the landmark trial has been keenly anticipated by Syrians who suffered abuse or lost relatives at the...

Shepherd Hopes Germans Get Her Sheep's Message

It was easy enough to lead animals to a syringe, woman says

(Newser) - Tasty bits of bread did the trick for about 700 sheep and goats to join Germany's drive to encourage more people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The animals were arranged on Monday into the shape of a roughly 330-foot syringe in a field at Schneverdingen, south of Hamburg. Shepherd...

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