Tag: Germany

Not Male or Female? Germans Can Now Choose ‘Diverse’

BERLIN — Germans will now be able to choose “diverse” as an option for gender on birth certificates and other legal records, after the country’s Parliament passed a measure introducing the third category on Friday, in a milestone for people who do not identify as either male or female. The change came more than a […]

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What Comes After the Merkel Era?

BERLIN — On Friday Germany’s Christian Democratic Union, meeting in Hamburg, elected Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to succeed Angela Merkel as the center-right party’s leader. Given the party’s dominant — if recently weakened — position in German politics, Ms. Kramp-Karrenbauer will also succeed Ms. Merkel as chancellor by 2021 at the latest. Ms. Kramp-Karrenbauer — or AKK, […]

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Picking Kramp-Karrenbauer as Leader, German Conservatives Choose Continuity

HAMBURG, Germany — German conservatives opted for continuity rather than change on Friday, electing Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, an ally of Angela Merkel, to succeed Ms. Merkel as their party leader and giving her the inside track on becoming the next chancellor of Germany. The vote by delegates of the Christian Democratic Union is the first concrete […]

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It Doesn’t Matter Who Replaces Merkel. Germany Is Broken.

Talk of succession is in the air. After 18 years, Angela Merkel is stepping down as chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union, Germany’s main ruling party since 2005. The party’s conference meets this week in Hamburg to decide her replacement. But whoever follows Ms. Merkel — for many, Europe’s de facto leader — will inherit […]

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Luxembourg to Become the First Country to Offer Free Mass Transit for All

LONDON — Luxembourg is a small country with big traffic jams. So when Prime Minister Xavier Bettel was sworn in for a second term on Wednesday, his governing coalition promised free mass transit for all, which would make the country the first to offer such a benefit. Luxembourg is barely larger than a city-state, with […]

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Who Will Replace Angela Merkel as German Conservatives’ Leader?

BERLIN — After 18 years under the leadership of Chancellor Angela Merkel, delegates of Germany’s conservative party, the Christian Democratic Union, plan to gather in Hamburg on Friday to elect a new leader who will shape the future of the party and the country, where it remains the strongest political force. Over the past month, […]

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‘Already an Exception’: Merkel’s Legacy Is Shaped by Migration and Austerity

CHEMNITZ, Germany — Two weeks after announcing that she would not seek another term, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany was standing in an old locomotive factory in the eastern city of Chemnitz, the scene of far-right protests this year. Outside, 2,500 protesters shouted: “Merkel must go!” Inside, 120 people — more polite but scarcely less […]

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Some Words Defy Translation. Angela Merkel Showed Why.

BERLIN — Some words can’t be translated easily. But they can cross national borders, lose their original context along the journey, assume different meanings and crop up in unlikely places. This week, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany proved that point — memorably. Speaking at a technology conference on Tuesday, Ms. Merkel, known as a staid, […]

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German Carmakers Head to Washington, Hoping to Dodge Tariffs by Offering Jobs

German auto executives are set to meet with top United States officials in Washington on Tuesday in hopes that promising to create jobs for American workers will stave off tariffs that would devastate their country’s most important industry. The hastily organized meeting, to be attended by representatives of BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen, comes amid a […]

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Fixes: Teaching Children Regardless of Grade

One day at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year in the rural Rishi Valley region of Andhra Pradesh, India, two dozen children in Grades 1 through 5 gathered quietly around four tables on colorful mats on the floor of their one-room school, working with books and worn laminated materials. Few looked up when I […]

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Never Look Away Grapples With Germany’s Past

Vergangenheitsbewältigung is one of those quintessential German words: a long, clunky amalgam of syllables and ideas that expresses a concept you never imagined you’d need to name. It refers to the process of coming to terms with the past—the definitive German lexicon Duden defines it as “public debate within a country on a problematic period […]

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Deutsche Bank’s Top Management Offices Searched by German Investigators

German law enforcement authorities targeted offices of the Deutsche Bank management board Friday as they spent a second day gathering evidence in an investigation into whether the bank helped clients launder money in an offshore tax haven. Searches at the top level of management significantly raised the stakes for Deutsche Bank, which was already reeling […]

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Deutsche Bank Offices Are Searched in Money Laundering Investigation

One hundred seventy officers searched the headquarters of Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt and five other sites in the area early Thursday as part of a money-laundering investigation involving hundreds of millions of euros, prosecutors in Frankfurt said. Two employees, who were not publicly identified but whose ages were given as 50 and 46, and other […]

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Germany’s antitrust watchdog launches Amazon investigation

(Reuters) — Germany’s antitrust authority has launched an investigation into whether U.S. ecommerce giant Amazon is exploiting its market dominance in its relations with third-party retailers who use its website as a marketplace. The Federal Cartel Office said in a statement on Thursday that it had received many complaints from traders about the business practices […]

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Update: European River Cruises Hit a New Obstacle: Not Enough Water

ImageThis stretch of the Rhine passing through Cologne is among the parts of the river experiencing record low water levels.CreditPatrik Stollarz/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images A week into a two-week river cruise along the Danube River in August, Erin Needham, her husband, Scott, and her mother-in-law, Linda, found themselves in an odd position: their trip, […]

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Rare Rides: A 1994 E500 – the Porsche Sedan by Mercedes-Benz

What do you get when you combine the sporty personality of Porsche with all the comfort and luxury of a Mercedes-Benz sedan? The answer is this E500. In the late 1980s Mercedes found itself riding a wave of popularity. Building quality automobiles of restrained and tasteful luxury had served the company well for quite some […]

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What an Italian Donkey’s Fate Tells Us About the Future of Europe

In the summer of 2012, in the small town of San Zeno di Montagna in northern Italy, my grandfather welcomed a new addition to the family: One of his donkeys gave birth to a female foal, which he kept as a pet. Much to our amusement, he decided to call it Angela Spread. Angela, of […]

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The Website That Shows How a Free Press Can Die

BUDAPEST — Hungary’s leading news website, Origo, had a juicy scoop: A top aide to the far-right prime minister, Viktor Orban, had used state money to pay for sizable but unexplained expenses during secret foreign trips. The story embarrassed Mr. Orban and was a reminder that his country still had an independent press. But that […]

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