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Nov 17, 2014

German World Cup documentary pulls in crowds despite bad reviews

BERLIN (Reuters) – A behind-the-scenes documentary film about Germany’s successful campaign to win the 2014 soccer World Cup in Brazil pulled in the crowds in Germany on its opening weekend, despite woeful reviews.

Critics assailed “Die Mannschaft” (The Team) as a sugar-coated, corporate PR-style production, a far cry from a more critical and stirring movie by independent filmmaker Soenke Wortmann about the 2006 World Cup, which Germany hosted.

Nov 7, 2014

Stasi victims still in trauma as Germany cheers 25 years since wall fell

COTTBUS Germany (Reuters) – Sunday marks 25 years since the collapse of the regime that imprisoned and persecuted them, but many victims of former communist East Germany are still so traumatized that celebrating the unification of their country may forever be a challenge.

Thousands who were locked up for their political views, or had their children seized because the State did not consider them to be fit parents, are still deeply distressed – their condition aggravated by the fact that justice and recognition is yet to be granted, says a group lobbying for change.

Oct 28, 2014

Germany warns security situation ‘critical’ due to radical Islam

BERLIN (Reuters) – Radical Islam poses a critical security threat to Germany, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere warned on Tuesday, saying the number of people capable of staging attacks in the country stood at an all-time high.

Besides the risk posed by German jihadists returning from Syria, there was also the danger of violent clashes on German streets as rival extremist groups turn on each other – mirroring the conflicts of the Middle East, he told a security conference.

Oct 28, 2014

German spy agency sees Islamic State remaining big threat, luring more German recruits

BERLIN (Reuters) – Islamic State militants will be able to mount operations in Iraq “for the foreseeable future” despite U.S.-led air strikes and efforts by Iraqi security forces to regain territory, Germany’s BND foreign intelligence agency said.

German intelligence also sounded the alarm about a rising number of Islamist militants inside Germany ready to join IS in Iraq and Syria and warned of an increased risk of violent clashes on German streets between rival radical groups.

Oct 26, 2014

Germany scrambles to counter lure of Islamic State

BERLIN (Reuters) – At Berlin’s inner-city Carl von Ossietzky high school, Islamic State is on everyone’s lips, says history and politics teacher Nalan Kilic.

The pupils, the overwhelming majority of whom have a Turkish background and are Muslim, are anxious to talk about Islamic State’s advance, the Syria crisis, the videos they have all seen on Facebook and WhatsApp, and the radical Islam that has convinced hundreds of youths of the same age to leave Germany for the Middle East.

Oct 9, 2014

German exports plunge by largest amount in five-and-a-half years

BERLIN (Reuters) – German exports slumped by 5.8 percent in August, their biggest fall since the height of the global financial crisis in January 2009, in yet another sign that Europe’s largest economy is faltering amid broader euro zone weakness and crises abroad.

The Federal Statistics Office said late-falling summer vacations in some German states had contributed to the fall in both exports and imports, but the figures still painted a gloomy picture for Germany following steep drops in industrial orders and output data earlier in the week.

Oct 9, 2014

German exports plunge by largest amount in 5-1/2 years

BERLIN, Oct 9 (Reuters) – German exports slumped by 5.8
percent in August, their biggest fall since the height of the
global financial crisis in January 2009, in yet another sign
that Europe’s largest economy is faltering amid broader euro
zone weakness and crises abroad.

The Federal Statistics Office said late-falling summer
vacations in some German states had contributed to the fall in
both exports and imports, but the figures still painted a gloomy
picture for Germany following steep drops in industrial orders
and output data earlier in the week.

Sep 22, 2014

Valls tells Germans France isn’t EU’s “sick child”

BERLIN, Sept 22 (Reuters) – France’s Manuel Valls used his
first visit to Berlin as prime minister on Monday to try to
convince Germany his government is serious about making its
economy more competitive, declaring that France “is not the sick
child of Europe”.

Chancellor Angela Merkel praised the reform steps he
outlined but said it was up to the European Commission to judge
whether Paris should be granted yet more time to bring its
public deficit down to EU treaty limits.

Sep 22, 2014
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German Muslims condemn Islamic State in nationwide day of prayer

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(Muslims perform Friday prayers on Skalitzer Strasse (street) in Berlin September 19, 2014.  REUTERS/Hannibal )

German Muslims have condemned the actions of Islamic State in a nationwide day of prayer  and vowed to stem the tide of youngsters heading to join radical militants in Syria and Iraq.

Sep 4, 2014

German museum holds show on departing Soviet troops

BERLIN (Reuters) – Museums usually show visitors a past securely consigned to history. The German-Russian Museum in Berlin is marking a harmonious event not long ago that hardly seems real when set against the tensions between the two countries today.

Twenty years ago this week, the last Soviet soldier left Germany after one of the biggest peacetime military maneuvers in history, a triumph of organization that ended the Soviet Union’s almost 50-year Cold War presence in old East Germany.