Turkey condemns German reluctance on customs union expansion

ISTANBUL — Turkey’s EU minister has condemned German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s reluctance to expand the European Union’s customs union with Turkey. Speaking in Ankara on Thursday, Omer Celik called Merkel’s statement “unfortunate,” adding that it was a reaction to rising tensions between the two countries, and urged EU institutions not to “allow Germany to turn…


German state committee votes to lift nationalist’s immunity

BERLIN — A committee of a German state parliament has recommended lifting the immunity of a German nationalist leader so they can pursue an investigation of allegations that she lied under oath. German news agency dpa reported that the committee in Saxony on Thursday unanimously voted in favour of lifting Frauke Petry’s immunity from prosecutrion.…


Bundesliga top flight set for its first female referee

BERLIN — After a decade in Germany’s second division, Bibiana Steinhaus will make Bundesliga history this season by becoming the first woman to referee in the country’s top flight. The 38-year-old police officer is among four referees to have been promoted by the German football federation (DFB) into the league’s elite group of 24. “For…


Three keys for Liverpool vs. Hoffenheim

Here’s what Liverpool needs to do to get a result at Hoffenheim.


Back from holiday, Merkel shifts gear on diesel

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany must eventually follow other European countries in banning new diesel cars, Chancellor Angela Merkel said, conceding for the first time that diesel’s days are numbered in the wake of the emissions scandals. Her concession, in an interview with Super Illu magazine, followed mounting pressure over the summer on Germany’s auto makers […]


Hertha Berlin, Hansa Rostock ultras force delay of German Cup game

Flares rained down on fans of Hertha Berlin and Hansa Rostock during a German Cup match Monday.


Germany slams far-right US march as ‘repulsive scene’

BERLIN — The German government is condemning the white nationalist rally in Virginia that turned violent Saturday, expressing solidarity with peaceful counter-protesters. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters Monday that it was an “absolutely repulsive scene at this extreme-right march.” He said “there was outrageous racism, anti-Semitism and hate in its most despicable…