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 economists join forces against eurozone reform - Financial Times

Financial Times

German economists join forces against eurozone reform
Financial Times
Some of Germany's most prominent economists have joined forces to attack French president Emmanuel Macron's proposals for deeper eurozone integration and have called on European leaders to set up a framework to allow countries to quit the single ...
German economists FURIOUS over plans to reform Eurozone as nation fears 'liability'Express.co.uk

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The biggest winner from the unfolding US-China trade deal so far is Germany - CNBC

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The biggest winner from the unfolding US-China trade deal so far is Germany
CNBC
Beijing's latest concession in a trade dispute with the U.S. will likely benefit Germany the most. On Tuesday, China's Finance Ministry announced plans to cut tariffs on some foreign automobiles to 15 percent, down from as much as 25 percent. The ...



Boris Johnson joins US in criticising Russia to Germany gas pipeline - The Guardian

The Guardian

Boris Johnson joins US in criticising Russia to Germany gas pipeline
The Guardian
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 ...

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China's Trade Deal With US Leaves Germany Squeezed in Middle - Bloomberg

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China's Trade Deal With US Leaves Germany Squeezed in Middle
Bloomberg
China's pledge to buy more American goods as part of a deal to avert a trade war with the U.S. puts Germany on the spot. As China's biggest European trading partner, with a total volume of some $179 billion last year, Germany is first in line to suffer ...

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Germany's New Face in Foreign Affairs - New York Times

New York Times

Germany's New Face in Foreign Affairs
New York Times
The meeting will take place in rough times for trans-Atlantic relations, amid European worries over Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and a looming trade war. If Germany truly is the centerweight of Europe, then it matters enormously ...



Survey: Most Germans distrust Trump's America, see Russia as reliable - Big Think

Big Think

Survey: Most Germans distrust Trump's America, see Russia as reliable
Big Think
The survey, issued by German public broadcaster ZDF to 1,200 randomly selected citizens, showed that 82 percent of Germans don't see the U.S. as a “reliable partner for Germany when it comes to political cooperation,” while only 14 percent do. Russia ...
China blasts 'PROTECTIONIST' Germany just days before Merkel heads to BeijingExpress.co.uk
Angela Merkel in China: German chancellor looks for common strategy to ward off trade war amid fears of US' tariffsFirstpost

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Germany's Jedi Academy - National Review

National Review

Germany's Jedi Academy
National Review
Aspiring Jedi warriors attend the Jedi Academy Cham school in Loibling, near Cham, the only registered lightsaber show-fight school in Germany, where they hone their skills with the iconic Star Wars weapon (or at least a facsimile of one). Here's a ...



German asylum scandal: What is the Interior Ministry hiding? - Deutsche Welle

Deutsche Welle

German asylum scandal: What is the Interior Ministry hiding?
Deutsche Welle
Germany's conservative interior minister, Horst Seehofer, is coming under increased pressure from both within and outside the government over his handling of what have been described as "massive irregularities" in asylum cases. It's alleged that the ...
Changes afoot at Germany's migration agency over asylum scandalThe Jerusalem Post
Germany: Asylum for Cash ScandalGatestone Institute

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German police to check on children at airports in truancy crackdown - The Guardian

The Guardian

German police to check on children at airports in truancy crackdown
The Guardian
German children have been obliged by law to attend school since 1919. Children under the age of nine may be more easily excused, but those above that age have to receive formal written consent from a school authority to miss school, including in cases ...
German parents caught taking kids out of school early for holidays face hefty fines after airport crackdownTelegraph.co.uk
German parents are getting in trouble with the police for taking kids on vacation earlyQuartz
Families Playing Hooky May Be Fined In Germany….And PennsylvaniaWSKG.org

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Nurse who was Jewish spy in Nazi Germany to speak in Las Vegas - Las Vegas Review-Journal

Las Vegas Review-Journal

Nurse who was Jewish spy in Nazi Germany to speak in Las Vegas
Las Vegas Review-Journal
For her wartime service, Cohn has received honors that include the Medaille Militaire, and she tells her story in a memoir, “Behind Enemy Lines: The True Story of a French Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany.” (The book will be available for purchase at the ...