Germany

Germany Arrests Turkish Man Suspected of Spying for Turkey

BERLIN, Dec 16 – German police have arrested a 31-year-old Turkish man who is suspected of providing information on Kurds living in Germany to Turkish intelligence agencies, the German federal prosecutor’s office announced on Friday. The arrest could exacerbate tensions between NATO partners Germany and Turkey, which has accused Berlin of harboring militants from the

[ Read More ]

12-year-Old Boy Tried to Blow Up Bomb at German Christmas Market

BERLIN, Dec 16 – A 12-year old German-Iraqi boy suspected of having links to extremist group Daesh tried to blow up a bomb at a Christmas market in the western town of Ludwigshafen, German magazine Focus reported on Friday, citing security and judicial sources. The boy, born in the same town in 2004, was “strongly radicalized”

[ Read More ]

Turkish Karate Group Seeks Asylum in Germany

BERLIN, Dec 10  – Eleven Turkish nationals in a martial arts group have applied for asylum in Germany after police determined they had not come to take part in a karate tournament as they said, a police spokesman said on Saturday. The group numbered 14 on arrival at Duesseldorf airport on a flight from Istanbul

[ Read More ]

Germans See Refugees as Biggest Problem Despite Falling Numbers

By Michelle Martin and Thorsten Severin BERLIN, Dec 9 – More than half of Germans see refugees and integration as Germany’s biggest problem, a survey showed on Friday, despite the number of newcomers falling significantly on the year. A record 890,000 mainly Muslim migrants from the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere arrived in Europe’s largest

[ Read More ]

Germany Urges Israel to Scrap “Illegal” Settlement Bill

BERLIN, Dec 7  – Germany urged Israel in unusually strong language on Wednesday to scrap legislation that would legalise Israeli settlement homes built on private Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank, saying this would break international law. Germany tends to be more reserved than other European nations in its criticism of Israel due to

[ Read More ]

German Police Arrest Iraqi Rape Suspect, Leaders Warn Against Backlash

BERLIN, Dec 6 – German police have detained an Iraqi migrant for suspected rape only days after an Afghan refugee was held in a separate rape and murder case, and the government warned against a political backlash to such crimes. The two cases threaten to fan anti-migrant sentiment in Germany, which saw a record 890,000

[ Read More ]

Germany Warns Against Backlash over Afghan Refugee Suspected of Murder

BERLIN, Dec 5  – The German government said on Monday nobody should try to make political capital out of a criminal case involving an Afghan refugee suspected of raping and murdering a German university student. The case could bolster support for anti-immigrant groups such as the Alternative for Germany (AfD), which have already gained ground

[ Read More ]

Germany Detects H5N1 Bird Flu on Poultry Farm in Brandenburg

BERLIN, Dec 2 – Germany reported a first case of the contagious bird flu strain H5N1 on Friday on a small poultry farm in the northeastern state of Brandenburg, the state’s consumer protection ministry said. The farm in the Oberhavel district was sealed off and some 500 chicks, ducks and geese were culled, a spokeswoman

[ Read More ]

“Submarines Affair” Prompts Investigations in Israel and Germany

By Luke Baker JERUSALEM, Nov 28 – Questions over the purchase of German submarines that started with media reports of a potential conflict of interest involving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s lawyer have mounted in the last 10 days, spurring investigations in two countries. At one level the issue is straightforward: Israel wanted to replace some

[ Read More ]

Israeli Police to Probe Naval Contract with Germany

By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM, Nov 24 – Israel‘s attorney-general ordered the police on Wednesday to investigate a government contract with Germany for three submarines and other naval craft, the Justice Ministry said. The deal has come under public scrutiny since it emerged that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s personal lawyer also represents the local agent of

[ Read More ]