The US has told Germany it would curb intelligence sharing with Berlin if it allows Huawei to participate in its 5G mobile network. The warning came in a recent letter from the US ambassador to Germany seen by the Wall Street Journal. The US has been lobbying its allies to boycott Huawei due to national security risks. The firm has pushed back against claims it poses a security threat including suing the US government.
Five paintings attributed to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler from his early days as a struggling artist have failed to sell at auction in the southern German city of Nuremberg, possibly over fears they could be fake. Sales of alleged artworks by Hitler, who for a time tried to make a living as an artist in his native Austria, regularly sparks outrage that collectors are willing to pay high prices for art linked to the country’s Nazi past. “There’s a long tradition of this trade in devotional objects linked to Nazism,” Stephan Klingen of the Central Institute for Art History in Munich told AFP.
Sensitive data belonging to hundreds of German politicians has been hacked and leaked online via a Twitter account. The huge cache of documents included personal phone numbers and addresses, internal party documents, credit card details and private chats, government spokeswoman Martina Fietz confirmed on Friday. The documents were published online via Twitter in December but only came to light when reports emerged in the newspaper Bild and public broadcaster RBB on Thursday night.
A former SS guard accused of complicity in mass murder at a Nazi concentration camp during World War II has gone on trial in Germany. The 94-year-old ex-guard Johann Rehbogen is being tried in a juvenile court as he was under the age of 21 at the time of the alleged crimes.
German ex-nurse Niels Hogel admitted to killing 100 patients during his trial. Hogel was accused of administering fatal doses of medication to patients and inducing cardiac arrest. Prosecutors claim Hogel’s motive was to impress colleagues by reviving patients. Hogel is currently serving a life sentence for the deaths of 6 patients.
The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has announced she will not seek re-election after her term ends in 2021. Merkel made the announcement at a news conference in Berlin having faced a number of recent setbacks. Ms. Merkel has been the leader of the center-right Christian Democratic Union party since 2000 and has been Germany’s chancellor since 2005.
Angela Merkel’s sister party the Christian Social Union (CSU) is set to lose its absolute majority in Bavaria’s state parliament. The loss increases tensions between CSU and Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU). It is just the second time since 1962 that the CSU has lost its absolute majority. Merkel’s leadership is now under greater pressure.
Following tension with Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany’s domestic intelligence chief Hans-Georg Maassen was removed from his position on Tuesday. Maassen’s removal comes after he challenged the authenticity of a video showing far-right protesters chasing immigrants in Chemnitz. Disturbances in Merkel’s coalition were revealed as Maassen was forced from his post. His successor has not been announced.
Following the murder of a German man by an Iraqi and Syrian in the city of Chemnitz, additional police have been deployed as far-right protesters aim to ‘show who is in charge of the city.’ People were injured as far-right and Anti-Nazi demonstrators clashed. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said ‘vigilante justice’ would not be tolerated.
Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) have voted in favor of a grand coalition which would put Angela Merkel in the position to form and lead her fourth government. Merkel congratulated the SPD saying she ‘looks forward to working together again.’ Merkel will need to reassert her authority on the international stage following six months of political limbo.