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.
Police in Germany are investigating the mysterious deaths of three hotel guests who were found impaled with crossbow bolts in their hotel room in Bavaria on Saturday. Employees at the hotel found two crossbows next to the bodies in a guesthouse on the hotel property, which is located on the Ilz River in the southeastern town of Passau near the Austrian border. Police say the victims were a 53-year old man, and two women, ages 33 and 30. All are German citizens, according to German news agency dpa.
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.