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Abracadabra! German executives turn to magic to up their game

Pullach Im Isartal - Harold Voit takes out his wallet, extracts a wad of 50-euro bills and gazes at it calmly as the cash goes up in flames.Slamming the billfold shut, Voit puts out the fire and opens it again to reveal the money intact and ready for spending.

Bauhaus design turns 100 as disputes over its legacy churn

Weimar - Bauhaus, the design school that left its mark on everything from teapots to tower blocks and iPhones to Ikea, marks its centenary this year, touching off a politically charged debate about its lasting impact.

Germany urges Russia to destroy missile to save nuclear treaty

Moscow - German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Friday called on Russia to destroy a controversial missile system Washington says breaches a key arms control treaty.

German far-right politician launches AfD splinter group

Berlin - A German far-right politician Thursday launched a "patriotic" breakaway party from the anti-immigration AfD, potentially weakening the populist opposition movement.

Germany's security agency steps up watch on far-right AfD

Berlin - Germany's domestic intelligence agency said Tuesday it will step up monitoring for political extremism in the far-right AfD party, a blow to the party in a busy election year.

Merkel's 'crown princess' seeks to chart own path

Berlin - Dismissed by some as a mini-Angela Merkel, the new leader of Germany's centre-right CDU party and likely next chancellor has marked the turn of the year by underlining a change in tone from her mentor.

Germany avoids recession despite 2018 growth slowdown

Frankfurt Am Main - Official data suggested Tuesday that Germany avoided a recession at the end of 2018 but confirmed a sharp slowdown in growth last year as Europe's largest economy cooled off from boom times.Economic growth sank to 1.5 percent in 2018 from 2.

British Jews take German path to Europe after Brexit

London - Two of British opera singer Simon Wallfisch's great-grandparents were shot in mass graves by the Nazis and another died in a concentration camp.

Hundreds of flights axed as fresh strike hits German airports

Frankfurt Am Main - Hundreds of flights were cancelled at eight German airports Tuesday, including at the nation's busiest travel hub Frankfurt, as security staff walked off the job in a deepening row over pay.

Regional lawmaker is Germany's first transgender MP

Berlin - Lawmakers returning to the Bavarian regional parliament after elections three months ago will find a transgender woman colleague, Tessa Ganserer, on the benches where Markus Ganserer previously sat.

US pressures Germany over Russian gas pipeline

Frankfurt Am Main - A transatlantic tiff over Europe's natural gas supply came to the boil Sunday, as Donald Trump's ambassador to Germany threatened firms involved in a pipeline from Russia with sanctions.

German far right dallies with 'Dexit' from EU

Riesa - As the British parliament prepares for a crucial Brexit vote Tuesday, Germany's far right voted Sunday to break a national taboo by campaigning to quit the European Union if its demand for reforms within the bloc are not met.

Far-right AfD to campaign on German EU exit

Riesa - German far-right party AfD voted Sunday to campaign for Berlin's exit from the EU in the upcoming European Parliament elections if its demand for reforms within the bloc are not met.

Merkel: Germany recognises 'historical responsibility' for Nazi crimes in Greece

Atenas - Germany recognises its historical responsibility for crimes committed by the Nazis in Greece, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday on her first visit to Athens since 2014."We recognise our historical responsibility.

Far right mulls prospects of German 'Dexit' from EU

Riesa - Far right party AfD meets from Friday to decide whether to champion Germany's exit from the EU in their campaign for the upcoming European parliamentary elections, at a time when Brexit is already roiling the bloc.

Merkel visits Athens to promote post-austerity ties

Atenas - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday heaped praise on Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in a show of post-austerity solidarity during a visit to Athens, lending diplomatic support for a name change for Greece's neighbour Macedonia.

German airports strike slashes 600 flights

Frankfurt Am Main - Almost 640 flights were cancelled in Germany Thursday as security staff went on strike at three airports, meaning disruption for around 100,000 passengers.

German court rejects suit over Pakistan factory fire

Frankfurt Am Main - A German court Thursday threw out a lawsuit by Pakistani plaintiffs against clothing retailer KiK over a deadly 2012 fire at a Karachi garment factory, saying the statute of limitations had expired.

Merkel visits Athens to promote post-austerity ties

Atenas - German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives in Greece amid tight security on Thursday, as she looks to turn the page on the biting austerity measures that sparked major protests during her last official visit to Athens in 2014.

German airports strike slashes 600 flights

Frankfurt Am Main - Almost 640 flights were cancelled in Germany Thursday as security staff went on strike at three airports, meaning disruption for around 100,000 passengers.

Four men face Berlin trial for giant gold coin heist

Berlin - Four Berlin men go on trial Thursday charged over the spectacular museum theft of a giant commemorative gold coin called the "Big Maple Leaf" and valued at 3.75 million euros ($4.3 million).

Syria Kurds say 8 foreign jihadists captured including US teen

Beirut - Syria's Kurds on Wednesday said they had captured eight alleged foreign jihadists including an American teenager in fighting against the Islamic State group.

Poland worried Ukrainian workers could choose Germany

Warsaw - Already desperately short of workers, Polish businesses are worried that hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians on whom they have come to rely may be tempted by higher wages further west as neighbouring Germany opens its doors.

Macron, Merkel to sign new Franco-German treaty on January 22

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will sign a new treaty on January 22 to further strengthen Franco-German cooperation in the run-up to next year's EU elections, Macron's office said Tuesday.

Germany returns Nazi-looted work to French Jewish collector's heirs

Berlin - Germany on Tuesday returned a painting looted by the Nazis to the heirs of French Jewish politician and resistance leader Georges Mandel.

Merkel leads condemnations of attack on far-right MP

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel led condemnations Tuesday of a "politically motivated" gang attack against a far-right German MP, an assault that underlined the increasingly tense political landscape in the country.

Suspect, 20, held over massive German politician data hack

Berlin - German police said Tuesday they have arrested a 20-year-old suspect in the case of private data stolen from hundreds of politicians, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, and published online.

'Fat years are over', Germany's Scholz says on tax intake

Frankfurt Am Main - German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz on Sunday warned that the days when the country's tax revenues consistently overshot expectations were over as Europe's top economy loses momentum.

Flights scrapped as Berlin airports brace for Monday strike

Berlin - Hundreds of German passengers were facing travel upheaval on Monday with security staff at Berlin's two airports set to walk out in a pay dispute.

Massive data leak targets German officials including Merkel

Berlin - Private data stolen from hundreds of German politicians including Chancellor Angela Merkel have been published online, the government said Friday, in a stunning breach of cybersecurity.
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100th Computer pioneer Konrad Zuse's Birthday
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Protests against worldwide NSA surveillance in Germany.
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Schwäbisch Hall: the town and the river on display.
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The exterior of Berlin's Jewish Museum, designed by Daniel Libeskind
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Schnute and Maxi, the official Berliner bears.
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This mosque in Berlin is one of the oldest in Germany.
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Fans of the German football team stand at the corner of Yonge and Dundas to celebrate Germany's recent World Cup win.
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German flag mounted on wall at Oktoberfest event
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A view of Löerrach in Southwest germany
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Schwäbisch Hall has a long tradition as a university town. Schwäbisch Hall attracts up to 2,000 students from countries around the world every year to study the German language.
100th Computer pioneer Konrad Zuse s Birthday
100th Computer pioneer Konrad Zuse's Birthday
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Bono performing at the "Deine Stimme Gegen Armut" (Your Voice Against Poverty) concert in Rostock, Germany on June 7th, 2007.
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Statues depicting Roman or Greek gods can be found in Berlin
Statues depicting Roman or Greek gods can be found in Berlin
Cologne Cathedral in Germany.
Cologne Cathedral in Germany.
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Feldherrnhalle  Odeonsplatz.
Feldherrnhalle, Odeonsplatz.
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Aerial view (from Post Tower) of the former members of parliament building Langer Eugen, now a part of the UN Campus in Bonn.
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On April 14, a group of students and former students organized a protest in Berlin against the educational system in Catholic schools.
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View of Magdeburg, Germany, at the River Elbe, showing the Cathedral of Magdeburg.
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Flooding on the Neckar river
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