Germany

Country Germany
Capital Berlin
Continent Europe
Currency Euro(EUR)
Languages German

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As Europe's largest economy and second most populous nation (after Russia), Germany is a key member of the continent's economic, political, and defense organizations. European power struggles immersed Germany in two devastating World Wars in the first half of the 20th century and left the country occupied by the victorious Allied powers of the US, UK, France, and the Soviet Union in 1945. With the advent of the Cold War, two German states were formed in 1949: the western Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and the eastern German Democratic Republic (GDR). The democratic FRG embedded itself in key Western economic and security organizations, the EC, which became the EU, and NATO, while the Communist GDR was on the front line of the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact. The decline of the USSR and the end of the Cold War allowed for German unification in 1990. Since then, Germany has expended considerable funds to bring Eastern productivity and wages up to Western standards. In January 1999, Germany and 10 other EU countries introduced a common European exchange currency, the euro.

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German budget surplus highest since 1990 - BBC News

BBC News

German budget surplus highest since 1990
BBC News
Germany's budget surplus hit a post-reunification high of nearly 24bn euros (£20bn) in 2016 boosted by a higher tax take and increased employment. This is the third year running that German government revenue has outstripped expenditure. However, there ...
Germany's budget surplus hits record highFinancial Times
Germany posts record budget surplusDeutsche Welle
Germany overtakes UK as fastest-growing G7 economyThe Guardian (blog)
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Amid Growing Threats, Germany Plans to Expand Troop Numbers to Nearly 200000 - Foreign Policy (blog)

Foreign Policy (blog)

Amid Growing Threats, Germany Plans to Expand Troop Numbers to Nearly 200000
Foreign Policy (blog)
Germany is slowly shedding its reluctance to wield military power, announcing Wednesday it would boost the size of its armed forces to nearly 200,000 over the next seven years. While the move comes days after top U.S. officials called on Europe to step ...

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Germany: Voting rights group decries migrant exclusion - Deutsche Welle

Deutsche Welle

Germany: Voting rights group decries migrant exclusion
Deutsche Welle
That compared with 21 percent of Germany's 82 million inhabitants having migratory origins, including people of color. In the Bundestag as a whole, the migrant origin quota was only 5.9 percent, Citizens for Europe (CFE) concluded. In a graphic video ...



China overtakes US, France as Germany's most important trading partner - Reuters

Reuters

China overtakes US, France as Germany's most important trading partner
Reuters
BERLIN China for the first time became Germany's most important trading partner in 2016, overtaking the United States, which fell back to third place behind France, data showed on Friday. German imports from and exports to China rose to 170 billion ...

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Germany's Far-Right Party Hits New Low in Polls - Foreign Policy (blog)

Foreign Policy (blog)

Germany's Far-Right Party Hits New Low in Polls
Foreign Policy (blog)
Germany's far-right Alternative für Deutschland party fell to its lowest polling point in seven months, hinting that the Trump tidal wave is not one Germans are eager to ride. A poll by the Institute Allsenbach and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung asked ...
Germany's Social Democrats overtake Merkel's conservatives in pollReuters
Germany's anti-migrant AfD party slumps to worst poll results in seven monthsThe Independent
A far-right grouping may become the biggest opposition party in ...Washington Post
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Carnival party in Bavaria sparks racism debate in Germany - Deutsche Welle

Deutsche Welle

Carnival party in Bavaria sparks racism debate in Germany
Deutsche Welle
Carnival celebrations in Germany are not without their controversies - whether they are the political messages of parade floats or revelers' use of blackface and stereotypical Native American costumes. This year, a charity ball in the Bavarian village ...



Did Turkey order spying in German classrooms? - Deutsche Welle

Deutsche Welle

Did Turkey order spying in German classrooms?
Deutsche Welle
The Education and Science Labor Union (GEW), which represents educators, said on Thursday that it had received reports from some members that Turkish consulates in Germany's most populous state instructed Turkish teachers and parents to spy on other ...

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Not Russian hackers: Brit arrested for cyberattack on Germany blamed on Moscow - RT

RT

Not Russian hackers: Brit arrested for cyberattack on Germany blamed on Moscow
RT
A UK national has been detained in London on suspicion of carrying out a cyber-attack last year that left 1 million Deutsche Telekom customers without service. At the time, German Chancellor Angela Merkel hinted that Russia might be behind the attack.
Police arrest man suspected of building million-router German botnetPCWorld

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Germany's migration agency taking longer to process asylum requests - Deutsche Welle

Deutsche Welle

Germany's migration agency taking longer to process asylum requests
Deutsche Welle
While the number of people who entered Germany seeking refuge in 2016 was lower than in the previous year, the number of asylum applications was still on the rise. That's because many people who arrived in 2015 made their applications in 2016.

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Fake News Meets German Racism - New York Times

Fake News Meets German Racism
New York Times
BERLIN — The story, about a mob of Arab men rampaging through the well-heeled streets of Frankfurt and sexually assaulting German women as they went, must have been irresistible — so irresistible that Bild, a popular newspaper, published it early ...