Angela Merkel made her first official visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau on Friday after 14 years as Germany’s chancellor. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki accompanied her, as well as former prisoners and the representatives of various Jewish organizations. The International Auschwitz Committee has called Merkel’s visit an “especially important sign” of solidarity with those who survived the horrors of the Holocaust.
Germany will not exclude Chinese tech giant Huawei from its 5G mobile networks, saying it wants to create “a level playing field” for vendors. The US has banned Huawei from selling 5G equipment to its telecoms companies, saying it contained back doors that would enable Chinese surveillance. Huawei welcomed Germany’s “fact and standards based approach”.
Two people have been killed and another two seriously injured after a masked gunman tried to break into a synagogue in the east German city of Halle. In a statement, German interior minister Horst Seehofer said: “According to the federal prosecutors’ office, there are enough indications that it was possibly a right-wing extremist motive. They have taken over the investigations.”
German authorities on Friday said they had seized 4.5 tonnes of cocaine worth 1 billion euros ($1.11 billion) in the northern port city of Hamburg – the nation’s biggest drugs haul to date. The Hamburg customs office said it had examined a suspicious shipping container two weeks ago that came from the Uruguayan capital Montevideo and was bound for the Belgian city of Antwerp.
Germany’s Angela Merkel threw her weight behind her embattled new defense minister and heir-apparent on Friday, while insisting she herself was fit to carry on serving as chancellor through to the end of her term in 2021. Merkel, who turned 65 on Wednesday and has been in office since 2005, has suffered several bouts of shaking at public ceremonies in recent weeks that have stirred speculation about her health, though she has maintained she is fine.
Hundreds of climate activists called an end to their protest Sunday inside one of Germany’s biggest open-pit mines after police repeatedly ordered them to leave, citing life-threatening danger and authorities pulled some protesters out. Protesters and police accused each other of combative behavior in the mine and of causing injuries. The demonstrations began just hours after European Union leaders failed at a summit to agree on how to make the EU carbon neutral by 2050.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she is fine, after she was seen trembling as she greeted Ukraine’s president on a boiling day in Berlin. Mrs Merkel, 64, was visibly struggling as she stood next to Volodymyr Zelensky while a military band played the two countries’ anthems in the midday sun. The temperatures in the German capital were approaching 30C (86F) at the time.
The man suspected of killing a German regional politician had links to the right-wing extremist scene, local media reported Sunday. Walter Lübcke, head of the regional Kassel government in the central German state of Hesse, was found shot in the head on the terrace of his home earlier this month. According to reports in German newspapers Bild and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the suspect was a member of the right-wing extremist scene.
A German serial killer nurse was jailed for life on Thursday for the murder of 85 patients in his care, according to a statement from a court in the northwest city of Oldenburg. Niels Hoegel, a 42-year-old former nurse who is considered Germany’s deadliest post-war serial killer, was sentenced to life in prison at the District Court of Oldenburg. Hoegel was accused of giving his victims various non-prescribed drugs, in an attempt to show off his resuscitation skills to colleagues and fight off boredom.
The bodies of two women were found in Germany at the apartment of one of three people who died at a hotel several hundred miles away in a mysterious case involving crossbows, police said Monday. Bavarian police spokesman Stefan Gaisbauer said earlier Monday that there were no indications that anyone other than the dead victims were involved, but that it is not yet clear what happened. Crossbows can be purchased legally in Germany by adults.