Germany’s ‘Achilles heel’? Report claims Middle East consulates sell forged visas to migrants

Corrupt officials at German consulates in some Middle Eastern states have been collaborating with people smugglers and literally selling forged visas to migrants seeking to come to Germany as refugees, according to reports. The corrupt schemes “have been run smoothly [by employees] in the visa centers of many German diplomatic missions abroad,” and the Middle […]

THQ Nordic buys Germany’s mobile game maker HandyGames

THQ Nordic said it has acquired German developer and publisher HandyGames for an undisclosed price. The Vienna, Austria-based publisher THQ Nordic, which in February acquired Koch Media and its Deep Silver division, will gain control of HandyGames and its game properties. But the Giebelstadt, Germany-based company will retain its existing managemen…Read More

New Loew for Merkel: Strange parallels in politics & football after Germany’s World Cup disaster

Side-by-side Joachim Loew and Angela Merkel have overseen an era of German political stability and sporting success. Inscrutable heads of institutions that have dominated Europe and beyond. And both could soon be out of a job. An early World Cup exit for Die Mannschaft, and the spectre of political defeat for Merkel in Berlin, Bavaria […]

Germany’s migration chief is sacked amid an asylum agency fraud scandal – but is the problem solved?

The ousted head of Germany’s refugee agency was central to an unfolding asylum application fraud scandal, but firing her won’t fix core “structural problems” in the country’s migration system, a geopolitical analyst has told RT. After serving just 18 months as head of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), Jutta Cordt was fired […]

Germany’s data-driven FlixBus launches in the U.S. to make bus travel cool again

Almost five years after launching in Germany, FlixBus is about to make its biggest leap, strategically and geographically, by launching its data-driven bus service in the United States. The company announced today that it has begun serving a series of routes in the southwestern part of the country, operating out of Los Angeles for now. […]

Germany’s Tornado warplanes ‘unsuitable for NATO missions’ – report

A classified German Defense Ministry report says the country’s fleet of Tornado fighter jets may be unsuitable for conducting NATO missions, several media outlets said. The report, first cited by the German magazine Spiegel, says the Panavia Tornado, which first entered service in the 1970s, has several equipment flaws that make it vulnerable and no […]

Hundestag? Germany’s SPD red-faced after dog joins party

Members of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) began casting their votes on Tuesday to decide whether they would enter into government with Angela Merkel’s conservatives. One of them was a new member – a dog called Lima. The three-year-old mutt was signed-up for membership by Germany’s daily tabloid Bild. The paper claims that the stunt […]

3,500 litres of non-alcoholic beer has been delivered to the Olympic village — and it could be the secret to Germany’s medal success

Shutterstock German athletes have been drinking isotonic beer at the 2018 Winter Olympics. This beer is non-alcoholic and apparently “extremely healthy,” according to alpine ski racer Linus Strasser. The Krombacher brewery delivered 3,500 litres of it to the athletes’ village in Pyeongchang, so there is more than enough to go around. But you may have […]

Bundeswehr breakdown: What’s gone wrong for Germany’s army?

The Bundeswehr, one of NATO’s largest militaries, is now a steady source of news about planes that can’t fly, tanks that break down and troops that admire the Nazis. So what exactly has gone wrong in Germany’s army? It emerged last week that the German military can’t find enough money to fund a long-awaited modernization […]