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Germany confirms aid for animal feed after drought

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BERLIN: Germany has confirmed it will relax some environmental conservation rules to help farmers overcome a sharp rise in animal feed prices after this summer’s drought, the agriculture minister said on Wednesday. Agriculture Minister Julia Kloeckner also said she would await official crop figures before deciding on a response to calls for 1 billion euros ($1.13 billion) in crisis state ... Read More »

Germany arrests Albanian over record cocaine smuggling

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An Albanian businessman suspected of being involved in smuggling a record 613 kilos (1351 pounds) of Colombian cocaine in a cargo of bananas was arrested in Germany on Friday, police in Tirana said. The drugs haul, with a market value estimated at €180 million ($215 million), was discovered in a container that arrived from Colombia, via Italy, to the northern ... Read More »

Germany Extradites Cocaine Smuggling Suspect to Russia

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A German court has reportedly extradited the suspected mastermind of a busted South American cocaine-smuggling operation to Russia. Five people were arrested in February following a year-long investigation after more than 350 kilograms of cocaine were discovered at the school grounds of the Russian Embassy in Argentina. Andrei Kovalchuk, who is suspected of being the supplier of the drugs, was ... Read More »

Germany arrests Albanian over record cocaine smuggling

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An Albanian businessman suspected of being involved in smuggling a record 613 kilos (1351 pounds) of Colombian cocaine in a cargo of bananas was arrested in Germany, police in Tirana said. The drugs haul, with a market value estimated at €180 million ($215 million), was discovered in a container that arrived from Colombia, via Italy, to the northern port of ... Read More »

Europol arrests three on suspicion of smuggling irregular migrants into Germany

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Europol’s European Migrant Smuggling Centre has arrested three individuals suspected of smuggling irregular migrants into Germany. The arrests of three individuals in Romania, Serbia and the United Kingdom, who were suspected of smuggling irregular migrants into Germany on a large scale, followed several months of joint operational work between authorities in the countries involved, co-ordinated by Europol. Police forces took ... Read More »

Drug smuggler caught at Munich Airport with 95 bags of cocaine in his stomach

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Customs officials at Munich Airport became suspicious when they spotted a nervous-looking man who had just arrived on a flight from the Netherlands. Further investigation showed he had swallowed an astonishing quantity of cocaine. Officials’ suspicions were strengthened when the 26-year-old, who was apparently travelling on to Italy, responded to questions in a contradictory manner, customs announced. After a rapid ... Read More »

Nigeria, Germany explore new opportunities to strengthen economic ties

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As part of efforts to grow stronger economic ties between Nigeria and Germany, the delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Nigeria in collaboration with Nigeria-German Business Association and the German-African Business Association (Afrika-Verein der deutschen Wirtschaft) hopes to explore new investment opportunities at this year’s forum. According to the organisers, the investment forum which kicked-off yesterday with the theme; ... Read More »

Are German cars American enough?

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At first there were just hints that Germans export too many cars to the US and thereby destroy jobs. Manufactures countered that many German branded vehicles are actually assembled in American plants. Now even this answer has been swept off the table by Peter Navarro, an assistant to the American president for trade and manufacturing policy, in an opinion piece ... Read More »

Business mogul has plans for thriving Danish-German trade in southern Denmark

For første gang i verden uddeles CSR-Awards (Corporate Social Responsibility), og begivenheden finder sted på Alsion i Sønderborg torsdag aften d. 29 september 2011. Her er det Jørgen Mads Clausen, Danfoss på talerstolen. (Foto: Henning Bagger/Scanpix 2011)

With his vision of Digital Valley, a digital powerhouse spanning across southern Denmark and northern Germany, businessman and chairman of the board of Danfoss Jørgen Mads Clausen intends to create cross-border cooperation. Clausen argued at business conference DI South Jutland last month that growth and development across the borders between the two countries was “not working”, writes dibusiness.dk. When the ... Read More »

Germany’s AfD calls for parliamentary inquiry into Merkel’s migrant policy

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BERLIN: The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party called on Thursday for a parliamentary inquiry into Chancellor Angela Merkel’s migrant policy amid a scandal over irregular asylum rulings during an influx of more than 1.6 million migrants. The wave of migrants since 2014, many of them Muslims fleeing Middle East conflict, raised concerns about security and integration and helped push ... Read More »

Dozens of refugees, police clash in German city of Dresden

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Two police officers and a security guard were injured when fighting broke out at a migrant reception center in the eastern city of Dresden. There are a growing number of standoffs between asylum seekers and authorities. Around 50 refugees attacked police after they attempted to stop a fight at a migrant center, authorities in the eastern German city of Dresden ... Read More »

Russia-Germany business ties remain solid despite sanctions – German trade lobby

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German firms continue investing in the Russian economy despite facing barriers from economic sanctions against Russia, the head of the German business lobby told RT at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). “The foundations of German and Russian economic relations are solid even in the time of sanctions and low oil and gas prices. Last year, we saw high ... Read More »

Boris Johnson joins US in criticising Russia to Germany gas pipeline

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The UK foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, has joined the US in condemning “divisive” German plans to press ahead with the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, arguing it could leave European energy consumers heavily dependent on “a malign Russian state”. The giant pipeline, and the terms on which it is built, has become the ... Read More »

Germany accounts for 30pct of Dutch steel exports

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BERLIN: Germany, the next largest steel purchasing countries are Belgium (12%), France (9%), the United Kingdom (8%) and the United States (6%). In 2017, steel exports to the US amounted to 570 million euros. Not all steel that is exported by the Netherlands is produced locally. A large share is initially imported and, possibly after some processing, leaves the country ... Read More »

Germany Brushes Aside US Objection to Russia Gas Pipeline Link

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Germany brushed aside U.S. concerns about a major natural gas pipeline that will deliver Russian gas to Europe, suggesting President Donald Trump’s administration appears to be protecting its own interests. German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier defended the planned Nord Stream 2 pipeline as Chancellor Angela Merkel meets President Vladimir Putin in Russia. Yesterday, the U.S. warned it may impose sanctions ... Read More »

Germany moves slowly on returning museum exhibits to ex-colonies

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Berlin’s longest-standing African is 13 metres tall and carries in his bones the wisdom of 150m years. The skeleton of the Brachiosaurus brancai, the star of the city’s natural history museum, was dug up by a German paleontologist between 1909 and 1913 in Tanzania, then part of the German empire’s largest colony. When the French president, Emmanuel Macron, announced last ... Read More »

Crime rate in Germany at lowest level in 30 years, but antisemitism is on the rise

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The German crime rate has fallen by five per cent since last year, hitting its lowest rate since 1992. The new government figures show that 5.76 million crimes were reported in 2017. As a percentage of the population, crime is now at its lowest level for 30 years. “Germany has become safer,” Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said on Tuesday, as ... Read More »

Germany: Pedestrians injured in illegal road race crash

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A street-racing car crashed into a traffic light post, sending car parts flying and injuring five people. Two of those seriously injured were children. A dramatic crash took place in the German city of Essen evening, when the drivers of a Mercedes-Benz and a BMW took part in an illegal street race near a busy downtown shopping area. German newspaper ... Read More »

Europol-sought mafiosi arrested in Germany in joint search

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A “dangerous” Sicilian mafia fugitive has been caught near Darmstadt in a joint sweep involving German and Italian police. Europol says the arrest of Nicola Amoroso stemmed from its new tracing project “Eurosearch.” Amoroso was arrested Monday in Biebesheim, a 7,000-resident Rhine river town, relatively close to Frankfurt Airport and Darmstadt city in Germany’s central state of Hesse, German and ... Read More »

Foreigners in eastern Germany are fewer in number but better educated

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Compared to the west of the country, fewer and more highly educated non-Germans live in eastern Germany, an intergovernmental economic organization has found. Despite non-Germans in the east being better educated than in the west, newcomers are also less accepted in Germany’s eastern federal states, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). “While only one in two ... Read More »