The bodies of five children were found in a home in Germany Wednesday and the mother, who fled with a sixth child, flung herself in front of a train, police said. Authorities made the grisly discovery after receiving a call around 1:45 p.m. local time from the children’s grandmother that her 27-year-old daughter had killed the children and escaped with an 11-year-old.
Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a variant of Novichok, a Soviet-era nerve agent, according to tests carried out by a German military laboratory. A German government spokesman said the evidence is “without a doubt.” Navalny “is the victim of a crime that intended to silence him,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said during a news conference Wednesday about the findings. The crime, she said, was an “attempted murder.”
German leaders have condemned the “unacceptable” attempt by protesters to storm the Reichstag building during a mass rally against coronavirus restrictions. Some of the protesters on Saturday carried the former imperial flag, which was used up until the end of the first world war. Police said about 38,000 people, double the number expected, had gathered in Berlin to protest against restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
A man who rammed several vehicles on a motorway in Berlin is being investigated for what prosecutors say was “an Islamist-motivated attack”. Three people were seriously injured when the suspect’s car collided with vehicles on the A100 motorway shortly before 19:00 (17:00 GMT) on Tuesday evening. Witnesses said the 30-year-old Iraqi suspect claimed to have a “dangerous object” in a box of ammunition. Nothing was later found inside.
The premier of the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia said on Tuesday he was putting the Guetersloh area back into lockdown until June 30 after a coronavirus outbreak at a meatpacking plant there. Guetersloh, with about 360,000 residents, is the first area in Germany to go back into lockdown after the authorities began gradually lifting restrictive measures at the end of April.
A total of 657 people have tested positive for the coronavirus at a slaughterhouse in northwestern Germany, authorities announced on Wednesday, out of 983 completed tests. Germany’s meat processing sector has come under increasing scrutiny during the pandemic, with several plants reporting massive outbreaks. The sector is plagued with poor working conditions, exploitative contracts and usurious rents in mass housing for eastern European workers.
Madeleine McCann, the British girl who disappeared in Portugal in 2007 aged just three, is dead, Germany’s prosecutor said on Thursday after identifying an imprisoned German child abuser as a murder suspect. Her disappearance sparked an international search, with missing posters of the little girl’s face papered across the world and celebrity appeals for information that could help track her down and bring her abductors to justice.
Lufthansa and the German government have finalized the terms of a €9 billion ($9.8 billion) bailout, following weeks of intense negotiations over the future of Europe’s leading global airline. The rescue package will give the government a 20% stake in the group, which owns airlines in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium, and two seats on its supervisory board.
The German economy shrank by 2.2 percent in the first quarter compared with the previous three-month period as shutdowns in the country and beyond started to bite, official data showed Friday. That means Europe’s biggest economy went into recession following a small dip at the end of last year. The decline in the January-March period was the biggest since 2009.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has said Germany’s goal of slowing the spread of coronavirus has been achieved, so all shops can be reopened as lockdown restrictions are eased. Bundesliga football has been given the green light to resume and schools will gradually reopen in the summer term. Germany’s 16 federal states, under an agreement with the government, will take control of timing the reopening.