Berlin - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Berlin Today in History for May 12th Highlights of this day in history: The Soviet Union announces an end to its blockade of Berlin; Body of missing Lindbergh baby is found in a wooded area;... Fri, 12 May 2017 04:14:00 GMT 2017-05-12T04:14:00Z France's Macron backs European unity in Berlin, meets Merkel BERLIN (AP) — French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron pledged strong commitment to European unity and said that France needs to restore its economic credibility as he presented his plans to German leaders on Thursday. Macron, an independent centrist, met conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin a day after the Netherlands' prime minister hand... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 18:41:00 GMT 2017-03-16T18:41:00Z German official wants $53M fines for social media hate posts BERLIN (AP) — Germany's justice minister is proposing fines of up to 50 million euros ($53 million) for social networking sites that fail to swiftly remove illegal content, such as hate speech or defamatory "fake news." The plan announced Tuesday marks a further step in Germany's attempt to impose its strict domestic laws against incitement on the free-wh... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 15:17:00 GMT 2017-03-14T15:17:00Z Merkel postpones visit to meet with Trump due to weather BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday postponed her trip to Washington for her first face-to-face meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump due to the late-winter storm expected on the U.S. east coast. Merkel had been scheduled to arrive late Monday night for meetings with Trump on Tuesday but called off the trip at the last minute due to the we... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 18:20:00 GMT 2017-03-13T18:20:00Z German to deport alleged attacker to Tunisia BERLIN (AP) — A Tunisian man, who allegedly was involved in an attack on the Bardo National Museum that killed more than 20 people in Tunis in 2015, can be deported from Germany. German public broadcaster ARD reported Sunday that German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere confirmed Tunisia had sent the documents needed to deport him. T... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 15:35:00 GMT 2017-03-12T15:35:00Z Merkel: Turkish comments about Nazis trivialize to victims. BERLIN (AP) — Comments from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other Turkish officials accusing Germany of "Nazi practices" cannot be tolerated and need to stop, Chancellor Angela Merkel told Parliament on Thursday. In her strongest comments so far about Erdogan's statement, Merkel said the Nazi comparisons were "sad" and "so incredibly misplaced ... Thu, 09 Mar 2017 15:49:00 GMT 2017-03-09T15:49:00Z Europe's trend: Austria, once open, now shows migrants door VIENNA (AP) — Austria was among the first countries in Europe to put out the welcome mat when waves of people fleeing war and poverty reached the continent. Now, its focus is showing them the door. Parliament is set to pass a law stripping pocket money, food and shelter from those denied asylum, potentially leaving them on the street. The interior minister proudly touts figu... Sun, 05 Mar 2017 15:13:00 GMT 2017-03-05T15:13:00Z Official: Berlin truck attacker autopsy indicates drug use MILAN (AP) — An Italian official says that the autopsy on the chief suspect in the Berlin Christmas market attack indicated frequent drug use. A court official said Saturday that Anis Amri used both cocaine and hashish use, although not on the day he was killed. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to give details about the case, say... Sat, 04 Mar 2017 19:15:00 GMT 2017-03-04T19:15:00Z Merkel appeals court order to reveal chats with journalists BERLIN (AP) — The German government is appealing a court order requiring it to provide information about any background briefings that Chancellor Angela Merkel has with journalists. A Berlin court ruled in favor of a newspaper reporter who had demanded details about the time, place, participants and topics of Merkel's off-the-record chats, though not the precise contents. ... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:42:00 GMT 2017-02-20T14:42:00Z Hugh Jackman says he's 'fine' after latest skin cancer bout BERLIN (AP) — Hugh Jackman arrived at the premiere of "Logan" with a small bandage on his nose after taking to Twitter to announce he had been treated for skin cancer once again. But Jackman insisted he's OK. "It is fine, it is all done, all fixed, all out. Thank you for asking," he said at the Friday night debut of the film at the Berl... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:56:00 GMT 2017-02-17T23:56:00Z Strike at Berlin airports leads to 210 flight cancelations BERLIN (AP) — A union representing ground staff has called on its members to go on strike at Berlin's two airports, leading to the cancelation of some 210 flights. The ver.di union said the strikes were taking place Thursday between 4 p.m. (1500 GMT) and 10 p.m. (2100 GMT) at the German capital's Tegel and Schoenefeld airports. The airp... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:41:00 GMT 2017-02-16T15:41:00Z Films by Gomis, Tucci delight viewers at Berlin Film Fest BERLIN (AP) — Senegalese director Alain Gomis has delighted viewers at the Berlin Film Festival with "Felicite," a movie about the life and struggles of a singer in the Congo city of Kinshasa. The move, shown Saturday to much applause, tells the story of Felicite, played by Véro Tshanda Beya Mputo, who is struggling to raise money for an operation for her son, who was injure... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 14:56:00 GMT 2017-02-11T14:56:00Z German defense minister visits US, calls NATO demands 'fair' BERLIN (AP) — Germany's defense minister agrees with America's call for European NATO members to shoulder more of the burden in the alliance. Minister Ursula von der Leyen said Friday that the Trump administration's call — which echoes long-standing U.S. policy — is "a fair demand." Von der Leyen met with U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in Washington to discuss military co... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 18:38:00 GMT 2017-02-10T18:38:00Z Teacher wins Berlin compensation case over Muslim headscarf BERLIN (AP) — A German court has ruled that a teacher who didn't get hired by a Berlin elementary school because she was wearing a Muslim headscarf will receive 8,680 euros ($9,250 dollars) in compensation for discrimination. A higher labor court judge said Thursday that wearing the headscarf wouldn't have led to tension at the school. The plaintiff, who ... Thu, 09 Feb 2017 17:56:00 GMT 2017-02-09T17:56:00Z Berlin Film Festival kicks off with Nazi-jazz film "Django" BERLIN (AP) — A French film about a jazz guitar virtuoso who struggled under the Nazis kicked off the Berlin International Film Festival on Thursday, the first of the year's major European movie fests. "Django," from first-time director Etienne Comar, is the first of 18 movies competing for the festival's top Golden Bear award. The film, inspired by the s... Thu, 09 Feb 2017 16:19:00 GMT 2017-02-09T16:19:00Z German court convicts far-right politician over arson attack BERLIN (AP) — A German court has convicted a far-right politician for burning down a building intended as housing for refugees. The Potsdam court sentenced 29-year-old Maik Schneider, a member of the National Democratic Party , to eight years imprisonment for arson Thursday. The dpa news agency reports that Schneider was given an additi... Thu, 09 Feb 2017 15:35:00 GMT 2017-02-09T15:35:00Z Germany says human rights situation in Libya 'catastrophic' BERLIN (AP) — The human rights situation in Libya is "catastrophic," with migrants heading for Europe bearing the brunt of abuse, the German government said Monday. A report Sunday by German weekly Welt am Sonntag quoted an internal Foreign Ministry memo describing how migrants face torture and execution at detention camps in Libya. The country has become a key departure poi... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 20:53:00 GMT 2017-01-30T20:53:00Z Fear of US protectionism swelling among German firms BERLIN (AP) — German business confidence fell modestly in January as a result of rising worries over whether the Donald Trump administration in the United States will turn more protectionist, a closely watched survey found Wednesday. The Ifo Institute said its main index for Europe's largest economy fell to 109.8 points in January from 111 points in Decem... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 15:13:00 GMT 2017-01-25T15:13:00Z German police raid homes in connection with far right group BERLIN (AP) — Some 200 police officers in Germany are searching 12 apartments across the country in connection with an extremist far right group that is accused of wanting to attack police, asylum seekers and Jews. The federal prosecutors' office said in a statement that the raids Wednesday included searches of the homes of six people accused of founding ... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 09:44:00 GMT 2017-01-25T09:44:00Z Defiant EU nations ready themselves for Trump presidency BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union nations bracing for the looming Donald Trump presidency showed defiance Monday in the face of the president-elect's stinging comments on everything from NATO and German cars to the crumbling of the EU itself. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said the U.S. president-elect's view that NATO was obsolete and his c... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:22:00 GMT 2017-01-16T21:22:00Z Germany arrests Tunisian who dined with market attacker BERLIN (AP) — An acquaintance of suspected Berlin Christmas market attacker Anis Amri who dined with him the night before the rampage is under investigation for possible participation in planning the attack, German prosecutors said Wednesday. He was arrested, but in a separate case. The 26-year-old Tunisian had known Amri since the end of 2015 and the pai... Wed, 04 Jan 2017 20:57:00 GMT 2017-01-04T20:57:00Z Syrian on trial in Germany for fighting with IS group BERLIN (AP) — A Syrian asylum-seeker went on trial in Germany on Wednesday accused of being a member of the Islamic State group and scouting out Berlin landmarks for a possible attack. The hearing began two weeks after an attack on a Christmas market in the German capital, in which 12 people were killed and dozens more were injured. The Islamic State group said one of its me... Wed, 04 Jan 2017 13:17:00 GMT 2017-01-04T13:17:00Z German man's front door walled up overnight BERLIN (AP) — Police say a man in western Germany ran into a wall, literally, as he opened his front door to leave the house earlier this week. The man was heading out of his house in Mainhausen, near Frankfurt, on Monday morning but found that unknown perpetrators had — it seems quietly and without attracting anyone's attention — built a wall in the doorway during the night... Wed, 04 Jan 2017 07:45:00 GMT 2017-01-04T07:45:00Z German interior minister proposes domestic security shake-up BERLIN (AP) — Germany's interior minister is proposing a security shake-up that could include creating "federal departure centers" to ease the deportation of rejected asylum-seekers and centralizing the country's domestic intelligence agency. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere's suggestions in a guest article Tuesday in the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine ... Tue, 03 Jan 2017 12:49:00 GMT 2017-01-03T12:49:00Z Syrian band brings music of Aleppo to Berlin BERLIN (AP) — Instead of bombs there were beats. Guitars took over for guns. And there were cheers, not screams. But Aleppo was never far from the minds of the band Musiqana and the crowd at its record release concert in Berlin. "I didn't know if I should cry or be happy," said Samaa Hijazi, a 20-year-old medical student has been in Germany about five yea... Mon, 02 Jan 2017 14:50:00 GMT 2017-01-02T14:50:00Z The Latest: Berlin attack suspect reported videoed at mosque BERLIN (AP) — The latest on the deadly truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market (all times local): 12:05 a.m. German public broadcaster RBB reports that the fugitive suspect in the deadly truck rampage at a Berlin Christmas market was seen on surveillance footage visiting a mosque before and after the attack. RBB rep... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 23:08:00 GMT 2016-12-22T23:08:00Z Trump: Deadly violence in Germany is 'attack on humanity' PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump declared Wednesday that the deadly truck attack on a Christmas market in Germany was "an attack on humanity and it's got to be stopped." He also suggested he might go forward with his campaign pledge to temporarily ban Muslim immigrants from coming to the United States. "You know my plans. All along, I'... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 00:41:00 GMT 2016-12-22T00:41:00Z Trump blames terrorists for killings in Turkey, Germany PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jumping ahead of investigators, President-elect Donald Trump is blaming Islamic terrorists for deadly violence in Turkey and Germany and vowing anew to eradicate their regional and global networks. Authorities in both countries were still investigating Monday when Trump issued a pair of statements condemning the attacks, the same d... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 18:41:00 GMT 2016-12-20T18:41:00Z Police: Truck attack that killed 12 in Berlin 'intentional' BERLIN (AP) — The driver who rammed a truck into a crowded Christmas market in the heart of the German capital, killing at least 12 people and injuring nearly 50, did so intentionally, police said Tuesday. Chancellor Angela Merkel said authorities believe it was a terror attack. The truck smashed into the popular Christmas market filled with tourists and ... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 10:47:00 GMT 2016-12-20T10:47:00Z Greece's Tsipras visits Germany amid argument over bonus BERLIN (AP) — Greece's prime minister said Friday he wanted to reward Greeks who have made "enormous sacrifices in the name of Europe" as he visited German Chancellor Angela Merkel amid an argument about a Christmas bonus payment for low-earning pensioners. The bonus plan prompted creditors to suspend a new debt-relief deal reached only last week. The gov... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 15:31:00 GMT 2016-12-16T15:31:00Z