A court in Germany has rejected a fresh call from prosecutors to have Catalonia's former President Carles Puigdemont back into custody pending a decision on his extradition to Spain, where he has led a controversial movement for the independence of Catalonia.
German newspaper Sueddeutsche has pulled a cartoon that depicted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a controversial outfit, apologized for using it and fired the cartoonist who drew the image.
Germany’s democratic socialist political party Die Linke has proposed a draft bill aimed at banning weapons exports to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for their role in the three-year-old Yemen war, which has claimed the lives of thousands of civilians in the impoverished Arab country.
Even before Bundesbank will publish its annual statistics on the consolidation in the German banking industry in May, there are already indications that the total number of banks and branches has dropped even further. Banks from abroad or those focusing on very specific customer groups are among the few that are expanding.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has expressed his willingness for launching dialogue with Russia following a diplomatic row that has degraded ties between the West and Russia to the lowest level in years.
Weaker foreign demand drove a bigger-than-expected drop in German industrial orders in January, suggesting that busy factories in Europe’s largest economy could shift into a lower gear in the coming months.
Foreign trade drove a 0.6 percent expansion in Europe’s largest economy between October and December, German data showed, and the momentum from the fourth quarter is widely expected to carry over into the start of 2018.