Germany introduces 3rd gender… but LGBT groups say three’s not enough

Germany is allowing citizens to register their newborn children as a third gender –diverse– and even to change their own legal gender, so long as they have a doctor’s certificate. LGBT groups say the requirement is discriminatory. The “diverse” classification is intended to meet the needs of intersex people whose anatomy does not fit typical […]

Germany and the US are haggling over access to secret missile-defense data

Matthias Schrader (Associated Press) COLOGNE, Germany — The United States and Germany continue to negotiate behind the scenes over access to a highly classified computer model that Berlin needs so it can build its next-generation anti-missile system, according to sources and documents. The spat, which is only partially resolved, is mentioned briefly in the German […]

Europe is closing in on Amazon, as Germany investigates if the firm is abusing its market position

David Ryder/Getty Images Germany’s competition watchdog has launched an investigation into whether Amazon is abusing the dominance of its marketplace platform. The probe was prompted by numerous complaints lodged against Amazon by third-party sellers. It will run in tandem with a similar investigation by the EU into Amazon’s marketplace. Germany’s competition watchdog has launched an […]

‘Your land, your future’! Germany offers migrants cash to go home in controversial ad campaign

As Germany still struggles to balance its migration policy, the Interior Ministry has apparently decided to take one of the issues into its own hands and, through an ad campaign, boost the numbers of voluntary repatriations. The ministry, led by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Bavarian ally Horst Seehofer, decided to lure potential repatriates with a supposedly […]

Cousins Reunited: How America's Century-Old Occupation of Germany Still Reverberates

The clues were in a faded, tattered black-and-white photograph that Johannes Heibel’s father carried with him everywhere. Nearly 100 years after it was taken in a German village, the photo shed light on a family secret that connected Heibel to a cousin he had never known in faraway Tennessee. In this centennial year marking the […]

Common ground on Syria: What France, Germany, Turkey & Russia agreed on in Istanbul

Published time: 27 Oct, 2018 22:19 Edited time: 27 Oct, 2018 22:35 Despite years of disagreements on Syria, leaders of Turkey, France, Germany, and Russia have worked out a common vision of the steps to reconciliation in the war-torn country as they met in Istanbul. Here’s the summary of it. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, […]

Germany sees Russia as stable energy partner as US demands Europe dump Nord Stream 2 pipeline

Europe should stop backing a Russia-led project to deliver natural gas to the continent, according to US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell. However, not all the European nations agree. Earlier this week, Mitchell urged the European countries not to “deepen the energy dependence” on Russia, saying that supporting projects […]