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New EV charging system 3x more powerful than Tesla Superchargers

Jettingen-scheppach - A German research group that includes Porsche and BMW has unveiled the prototype of a new 450 kw charging station that has a capacity 3 times that of the existing Tesla Superchargers.

End of an era as ECB set to withdraw crisis-fighting stimulus

Frankfurt Am Main - A chapter of eurozone history will come to a close Thursday, with the European Central Bank widely expected to withdraw a key element of support for the economy while reassuring observers fearful of the growing risks.

World’s largest lithium deposit secured for Germany

The demand for batteries shows no sign of decreasing as the rise in electronic devices, and with electric mobility options in particular, continues. To create batteries quantities of lithium are required, and Germany has secured a large supply.

Germany opens negligent homicide probe in Mali Airbus chopper crash

Berlin - German prosecutors said Wednesday they had opened a probe against three individuals for negligent homicide in the 2017 crash of a German military helicopter in a UN operation in Mali.

Strasbourg killer was jailed in Germany but not known Islamist: officials

Berlin - The suspect in the deadly shooting attack at a Christmas market in eastern France was jailed for burglary in Germany but was not deemed a potentially dangerous Islamist, German authorities said Wednesday.

Berlin treads softly-softly on Macron over deficit

Berlin - Germany is taking a softly-softly approach to French President Emmanuel Macron's use of government largesse to calm violent "yellow vest" protests, government sources say, as Berlin puts European stability above fiscal discipline.

Juliette Binoche to head Berlin film festival jury

Berlin - Oscar winner and one of France's most recognised actresses, Juliette Binoche, will head the jury of next year's Berlin film festival, organisers said Tuesday.

Volkswagen may use U.S. Ford plants to build electric vehicles

Washington D.c. - U.S. auto manufacturer Ford is talking with Volkswagen in Washington, DC about the German auto maker possibly using Ford plants to make electric vehicles and sharing its platform with Ford in the U.S.

Space technology enables positioning without GPS

A German aerospace group have developed a new navigation system that functions in environments where GPS is not available. The platform is called the Integrated Positioning System.

Germany braces for train turmoil as workers strike Monday

Frankfurt Am Main - Germany's state train operator Deutsche Bahn is bracing for severe disruptions Monday due to a nationwide railworkers' strike over pay.

Merkel gets boost with ally's party win

Hamburg - The victory in a party leadership battle of a close ally of Angela Merkel greatly boosts her chances of seeing out her fourth term, but 2019 will bring new threats for the world's most powerful woman.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer: Merkel's 'mini-me' with a twist

Berlin - Best known to Germans as "AKK", the even-tempered and unpretentious Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is so used to being compared to her mentor Chancellor Angela Merkel that she is unfazed by her "mini-Merkel" nickname.

Merkel loyalist wins German party leadership battle

Hamburg - Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, a close ally of Angela Merkel, won a tight race to succeed her as party leader Friday, seeing off a longtime rival of the German chancellor.

Black Forest sanctuary for IS-abused Yazidi women

Donaueschingen - After surviving torment and rape at the hands of her Islamic State captors, Nadia Murad rebuilt her life at a trauma centre in Germany's Black Forest which became her sanctuary.

Tensions grip Merkel's party ahead of succession vote

Berlin - Tensions mounted in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right party on Thursday a day before a vote to decide who succeeds her as party chief, with splits deepening among party heavyweights.

Welcoming refugees may have ushered in Merkel's final act

Berlin - Opening Germany's doors to more than a million refugees may come to define Chancellor Angela Merkel's legacy, a landmark moment in her career that sparked a backlash which could hasten her political exit.

Germany looks beyond Merkel as party elects successor

Berlin - A knife-edge vote Friday will determine Angela Merkel's successor as head of her party after 18 years at the helm, with the German chancellor's own political fate and legacy on the line.

Merkel says German 'Mittelstand' mustn't fall behind in AI race

Nuremberg - Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday warned that Germany's vaunted "Mittelstand" must not fall behind in the digital era, as the economic powerhouse races to catch up to foreign rivals in new technologies like artificial intelligence.

EU in charge of trade policy, Merkel reminds car bosses

Frankfurt Am Main - Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday reminded German carmakers that Brussels is in charge of negotiating the bloc's trade policy, a day before auto bosses are to hold talks at the White House as punishing US tariffs loom.

Germany, France 'in fresh push for EU financial transaction tax'

Frankfurt Am Main - Germany and France will on Monday seek to revive the long-delayed EU financial transaction tax by proposing that member states be allowed to use the revenues to reduce their EU budget contributions, a German newspaper reported.
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