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Spying claims are latest twist in Germany's Wirecard thriller

Jul 10, 2020 - 11:55 PM

(UPDATED) Wirecard's former chief operating officer Jan Marsalek reportedly had access to highly confidential information, with reports pointing to his links to secret services

German exports rise in May 2020 as lockdowns ease

Jul 09, 2020 - 10:45 PM

German exports climb 9% to 80.3 billion euros ($91 billion) in May 2020, a month after suffering their biggest plunge since records began

This aerial view shows containers at the harbour of Duisburg, western Germany, on May 8, 2020. (Photo by Ina FASSBENDER / AFP)

German industrial output shows modest recovery in May 2020

Jul 07, 2020 - 10:10 PM

Despite the 7.8% increase in Germany's industrial output, the figure falls short of the 10% rise predicted by analysts

MANUFACTURING. An industrial robot mounts the dashboard on the assembly line during the production of the Volkswagen electric car, the ID.3 model, in Zwickau, Germany, on February 25, 2020. Photo by Ronny Hartmann/AFP

Germany makes new arrest in Wirecard collapse

Jul 06, 2020 - 11:40 PM

German prosecutors say the managing director of Wirecard's Dubai-based subsidiary Cardsystems Middle East FZ-LLC was arrested on suspicion of serious fraud

Germany vows to beef up finance watchdog after Wirecard drama

Jul 05, 2020 - 11:55 PM

'We need far-reaching reforms,' says German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz

Merkel kicks off EU presidency with Brexit warning

Jul 01, 2020 - 7:50 PM

(UPDATED) The veteran leader is speaking on the first day of Germany's six-month EU presidency, set to be dominated by the pandemic and its economic fallout

MERKEL AND EU. In this file photo taken on March 22, 2020, German Chancellor Angela Merkel makes a press statement at the Chancellery in Berlin. File photo by Michael Kappeler/Pool/AFP

German unemployment inches up in June 2020

Jul 01, 2020 - 7:20 PM

Germany's labor market 'remains under pressure due to the coronavirus pandemic' but the government's shorter hours scheme 'stabilized' employment

MASKS. A woman checks out face covers on display outside a clothing store in Berlin on April 28, 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Frankfurt Airport starts fast-track coronavirus testing

Jun 29, 2020 - 10:15 PM

The walk-in coronavirus testing center at Frankfurt Airport can handle 300 tests per hour

GATEWAY. Frankfurt Airport in Germany. Photo from Frankfurt Airport's Facebook page

Germany investigating 30,000 suspects in pedophile probe

Jun 29, 2020 - 9:58 PM

'Child abuse cannot be punished like shoplifting. It is murder. Not physically but emotionally,' says North Rhine Westphalia interior minister Herbert Reul

Merkel, Macron meet as Germany takes on high-stakes EU presidency

Jun 29, 2020 - 1:52 PM

Berlin's chairing of the bloc will be its last with Merkel in charge, and could be the one that defines the legacy of the leader dubbed the 'eternal chancellor'

ANGELA MERKEL. German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives to attend the weekly cabinet meeting on June 24, 2020 at the Chancellery in Berlin. (Photo by Hannibal Hanschke/AFP

Brussels probes German regulator over Wirecard scandal

Jun 26, 2020 - 10:55 PM

(UPDATED) The European Securities and Markets Authority will examine whether Germany's regulatory responses to early signs that Wirecard was in trouble 'were adequate to protect investor confidence in EU securities markets'

Billionaire investor a new force to reckon with at Lufthansa

Jun 26, 2020 - 3:55 PM

Rail industry tycoon Heinz Hermann Thiele, one of the richest men in Germany, is the top Lufthansa shareholder

A handout photo dated June 2020 and released by Knorr-Bremse AG on June 25, 2020 shows majority shareholder and Honorary Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Knorr-Bremse AG, Heinz Hermann Thiele, who owns 15.5 percent of Lufthansa's stock. - German airline Lufthansa's biggest shareholder, German rail industry tycoon Heinz Hermann Thiele, said on June 25, 2020, he would back the plan that will dilute his shareholding in order to avoid insolvency and mass job losses. (Photo by Handout / Knorr-Bremse AG / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /Knorr-Bremse AG" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Key dates in Germany's Wirecard fraud scandal

Jun 26, 2020 - 3:25 PM

Here are the key developments that led to Wirecard's demise

Shareholders back bailout to rescue Lufthansa

Jun 26, 2020 - 8:50 AM

Over 98% of shareholders accounting for 39% of Lufthansa stock vote in favor of the German government's rescue package in a special online meeting

Emplayees of German airline Lufthansa demonstrate during a rally at the airport in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on June 25, 2020. - Lufthansa's top shareholder on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 said he would back a nine billion euro government rescue package, removing the threat of a last-minute veto that could have plunged the German airline into bankruptcy. (Photo by Daniel ROLAND / AFP)

5 things to know about the Wirecard scandal

Jun 25, 2020 - 11:05 PM

Here are the key facts about the scandal involving German payments provider Wirecard, which has reached the Philippines

Accused of 'elaborate fraud,' Wirecard files for insolvency

Jun 25, 2020 - 10:20 PM

(UPDATED) The Wirecard saga continues with the German payments provider facing 'impending insolvency and overindebtedness'

Relief for Lufthansa after top shareholder backs rescue deal

Jun 25, 2020 - 11:45 AM

German billionaire Heinz Hermann Thiele says he will support the 9-billion-euro government rescue package for Lufthansa

LUFTHANSA. Parked planes of the German carrier. Photo by Oliver Roesler/Lufthansa

German court orders Facebook to rein in data collection

Jun 24, 2020 - 9:47 AM

Facebook is ordered to stop merging data collected through Whatsapp and Instagram or other websites unless users explicitly agree, in a legal victory for competition authorities

FACEBOOK. In this file photo taken on July 10, 2019, the Facebook logo is seen on a phone in this photo illustration in Washington, DC. Photo by Alastair Pike/AFP

Germany orders first local virus lockdowns since easing

Jun 24, 2020 - 8:20 AM

The new lockdowns come after a coronavirus outbreak at a slaughterhouse that has infected more than 1,500 workers

A woman checks out face covers on display outside a clothing store in Berlin on April 28, 2020 amid the new coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - Masks are mandatory in shops across Germany from April 29, 2020, as medical experts warned the public to stay disciplined after official data offered a mixed picture on the battle against the novel coronavirus since Europe's biggest economy began a cautious easing of lockdown measures. (Photo by John MACDOUGALL / AFP)

1,200 jobs to go at slashed Lufthansa subsidiary

Jun 24, 2020 - 12:05 AM

'Flight operations by SunExpress Germany...will be ended shortly,' says a SunExpress spokesman

SUNEXPRESS. The airline is a joint venture between Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines. Photo from SunExpress website

German 'wise men' see summer growth rebound after virus

Jun 23, 2020 - 11:50 PM

The so-called 'wise men' panel expects Germany to see a deep 'V' scenario, referring to a sharp plunge and relatively swift rebound

REOPENING. People look at the tables of the reopened Cafe Prag in Schwerin, Germany, on May 9, 2020. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Ex-CEO of scandal-hit Wirecard freed on bail in Germany

Jun 23, 2020 - 5:25 PM

(UPDATED) Munich prosecutors believe Markus Braun artificially 'inflated' Wirecard's assets and sales volumes through 'fake order to make the company seem financially stronger'

RESIGNED. Markus Braun, CEO of the technology and financial services company Wirecard, poses at the company's headquarters in Aschheim near Munich, southern Germany. Photo by Christof Stache/AFP

Germany bans neo-Nazi Nordadler group

Jun 23, 2020 - 2:40 PM

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer declares far-right extremism the 'biggest security threat facing Germany' and promises tougher security measures, including a crackdown on online hate speech

HORST SEEHOFER. German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer talks to the press as he visits the location of riots in Stuttgart, southern Germany on June 22, 2020. Photo by Thomas Kienzle/AFP

German government moves to rescue Lufthansa bailout

Jun 23, 2020 - 9:45 AM

The German government holds crunch talks with Lufthansa representatives and rail industry tycoon Heinz Hermann Thiele, the company's top shareholder

LUFTHANSA. The German airline's planes parked at the Munich Airport on November 29, 2016. File photo by Christof Stache/AFP

Merkel condemns 'abhorrent' Stuttgart rampage

Jun 22, 2020 - 8:23 PM

The government condemns a rampage that saw hundreds of party-goers brutally attacking police officers and looting stores in the early hours of Sunday, June 21

Scandal-hit Wirecard says missing 1.9 billion euros may not exist

Jun 22, 2020 - 3:30 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Wirecard says further examination shows 'there is a prevailing likelihood that the bank trust account balances in the amount of 1.9 billion EUR do not exist'

Picture taken on September 18, 2018 shows the company logo at the headquarters of the technology and financial services company Wirecard in Aschheim near Munich, southern Germany. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP)

Germany's CureVac starts human trials for coronavirus vaccine

Jun 17, 2020 - 11:08 PM

Globally, there are now 11 coronavirus vaccines being tested on humans, according to the World Health Organization

HEALTH WORKERS. A physician wearing personal protective equipment is pictured at the intensive care unit of the community hospital in Magdeburg, eastern Germany, on April 16, 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic. File photo by Ronny Hartmann/AFP

'Concrete evidence' that Madeleine McCann is dead – German prosecutor

Jun 17, 2020 - 10:28 PM

'It is concrete evidence, facts that we have, not mere indications,' says Brunswick prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters, adding that he is unable to disclose exact information

MADELEINE MCCANN. Candles light a photograph of Madeleine McCann inside the church of Praia da Luz, near Lagos, on May 3, 2017, during a mass ceremony marking the 10th anniversairy of her disappearance. AFP file photo

German investor confidence highest since March 2006

Jun 16, 2020 - 11:45 PM

'The worst could be over' for Germany, but 'revenue expectations remain very different for different sectors'

Some few people stroll on the riverside walk of the river Rhine in Cologne, western Germany, on April 19, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Ina FASSBENDER / AFP)

Trump to halve U.S. troops in key NATO ally Germany

Jun 16, 2020 - 12:29 PM

Trump says he wanted to punish what he said were Germany's insufficient payments to NATO and to use the troops' future as a weapon to back up his threats of a trade war with the European Union

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump addresses the nation from the Oval Office about the widening Coronavirus crisis on March 11, 2020 in Washington, DC. File photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images/AFP

Germany takes stake in vaccine firm CureVac

Jun 16, 2020 - 12:00 PM

The German government will invest 300 million euros ($337 million) to take a 23% stake in CureVac, one of the companies developing a coronavirus vaccine

German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier (L), and state secretary at the economic ministry Ulrich Nussbaum (R) attend a news conference with CureVac CEO Franz-Werner Haas (on the screen right) at the economy ministry in Berlin on June 15, 2020. - The German government is taking a 23 percent stake in the German company CureVac working on a potential vaccine for the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Markus Schreiber / POOL / AFP)

German exports plunge in April 2020, trade surplus collapses

Jun 09, 2020 - 10:15 PM

Compared with a year earlier, German exports slump 31.1% in April 2020 – 'the biggest fall in a single month since foreign trade statistics began in 1950'

Shipping containers are pictured in a storage and repair center in the harbor of the northern German city of Hamburg on March 26, 2020. - German consumer confidence has hit its lowest level since the last global economic crisis, a key survey found on March 26, 2020, as Europe's top economy braces for the impact of COVID-19. (Photo by MORRIS MAC MATZEN / AFP)

German industrial output falls record 17.9% in April 2020

Jun 08, 2020 - 8:50 PM

Germany posts its biggest drop in industrial output since the data was first recorded in January 1991

This aerial view shows a blast furnace at the plant of German industrial conglomerate ThyssenKrupp in Duisburg, western Germany, on May 8, 2020. (Photo by Ina FASSBENDER / AFP)

Germany concerned over Trump plan to cut number of stationed U.S. troops

Jun 08, 2020 - 1:30 PM

(UPDATED) Some senior politicians slam US President Donald Trump's plan to cut the number of US troops in Germany

CUTTING TROOPS. The flags of the United States and Germany fly behind a sign at Ramstein Air Base in Ramstein-Miesenbach, July 30, 2014. File photo by Lucas Jackson/AFP

Trump plan to slash U.S. troops sparks concern in Germany

Jun 07, 2020 - 9:05 PM

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says both countries stood to gain from close cooperation even if the transatlantic relationship had become 'complicated' under Donald Trump

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 14: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on his way to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on May 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump is traveling to Allentown, Pennsylvania to visit Owens & Minor, a medical equipment distributor. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Germany's beleaguered Lufthansa to quit Frankfurt's Dax 30

Jun 05, 2020 - 7:00 AM

Real estate group Deutsche Wohnen will replace Lufthansa on the Dax starting June 22

A display showing the German share index Stock Market Index DAX is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, on March 24, 2019. - The German Stock Exchange in Frankfurt rebounded strongly on March 24, with the Dax gaining 10.98% at closing in a market reacting to the extent of monetary support from central banks and state budgets, in the fight against the economic damage caused by the COV-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Daniel ROLAND / AFP)

German car sales slashed in half in May 2020

Jun 04, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Just over 168,000 cars are registered in Germany in May 2020, down 49.5% compared with May 2019

CORONAVIRUS CLOSURES. Closed shops are pictured in the so-called Dutch district of Potsdam, eastern Germany, on April 4, 2020. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Dutch, French, Germans, and Italians form virus vaccine alliance

Jun 04, 2020 - 11:30 AM

The collaboration will enable 'the fastest and best possible results with key players in the pharmaceutical industry about promising vaccine initiatives,' the Dutch Health Ministry says

Germany unveils 130-billion stimulus to kick-start virus-hit economy

Jun 04, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Germany's latest coronavirus relief measures include temporarily slashing value-added tax and giving families 300 euros for each child

DESERTED. An empty pedestrian area is seen in Cologne, Germany, on April 19, 2020. Photo by Ina Fassbender/AFP

Berlin's historic Tegel airport back from brink of closure

Jun 03, 2020 - 11:50 PM

The Berlin-Tegel Airport in Germany, beloved for its retro look and super-fast check-in times, will now remain in operation until November 2020

GATEWAY. The Berlin-Tegel Airport in Germany. Photo from Shutterstock

Germany's Lufthansa inches closer to state bailout

Jun 01, 2020 - 11:35 PM

Lufthansa will now ask shareholders to back the $10-billion deal in an online meeting on June 25

LUFTHANSA. One of the airline's aircraft parked in Frankfurt, Germany. Photo from Shutterstock

Trump says he will delay G7 summit, invite other countries

May 31, 2020 - 3:38 PM

The US President would like to invite Russia, South Korea, Australia and India to join an expanded summit in the fall

TRUMP. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on April 27, 2020. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

German inflation grinds lower in May 2020

May 28, 2020 - 8:40 PM

Germany registers just 0.6% inflation in May 2020, driven by a drop in energy costs

ELDERLY. A woman and a man wearing face masks walk past a shop in Leipzig, Germany, on April 20, 2020. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

New turbulence in high-stakes Lufthansa rescue drama

May 27, 2020 - 11:55 PM

Lufthansa says its supervisory board is currently 'unable to approve' the aid package from Germany, as conditions must be 'analyzed intensively'

LUFTHANSA. The German airline's planes parked at the Munich Airport on November 29, 2016. File photo by Christof Stache/AFP

Battle ahead for EU's massive virus recovery plan

May 27, 2020 - 11:40 PM

If passed, this proposal would be the biggest European Union stimulus package in history. But Germany predicts talks would drag on until the end of 2020.

BIKING. People exercise along an esplanade in Barcelona, early on May 2, 2020. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

German choirs silenced as singing branded virus risk

May 27, 2020 - 11:11 AM

Hardly considered an extreme activity up to now, singing – especially choral singing – is quickly earning a reputation in the pandemic as about the most dangerous thing you can do

VOICES. The choir of Speyer is pictured during a memorial service for late former Chancellor Helmut Kohl on July 1, 2017 in the cathedral in Speyer. Photo by Marijan Murat/AFP

Ryanair to appeal Lufthansa rescue deal

May 26, 2020 - 11:40 PM

Ryanair argues that Germany's 'illegal state aid' to Lufthansa would 'massively distort competition'

RYANAIR. A man watches through the window as a Ryanair plane lands in Ukraine. Photo from Shutterstock

Hacker behind 'doxxing' of German politicians charged

May 26, 2020 - 5:12 PM

The German man – arrested in January last year – is accused of multiple computer crimes, as well as making false reports to the police and attempted blackmail

German gov't to climb aboard at Lufthansa in virus rescue

May 25, 2020 - 9:55 PM

(UPDATED) To help Lufthansa, the German government offers a 3-billion-euro loan and 5.7 billion of 'silent' capital. It also seeks to buy 20% of the company for 300 million euros.

STOP. A Lufthansa plane is immobilized next to the runway that has been closed at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany, on March 23, 2020. Photo by Arne Dedert/Pool/AFP

Top German court grants buybacks for Volkswagen diesel car owners

May 25, 2020 - 9:15 PM

Almost 5 years after Volkswagen's admission to cheating on emissions tests, the ruling is the first real legal setback for VW in its home country

EMISSIONS SCANDAL. This file photo taken on September 22, 2015 shows the logo of German car maker Volkswagen in Hanover, central Germany. File photo by Julian StratenSchulte/ DPA/ AFP