Knife attack on German train severely injures 3 people
BERLIN — (AP) — A knife attack on a high-speed train in Germany left three people severely injured, the Bavarian Red Cross said Saturday. One man has been arrested in connection with the morning attack at the train station in Seubersdorf, where the train is currently stopped, police said. The train in question, one of Germany’s high-speed ICE trains, was traveling between the Bavarian cities of Regensburg and Nuremberg at the time of the attack. Between 200 and 300 people were removed from the train and are now being taken care of at a nearby location, the Red Cross spokesperson said. Local police told The Associated Press that they received a call about the attack around 9 a.m. local time.wftv.com
Germany sees more patrols on Polish border to curb migration
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said he has sent a letter to his Polish counterpart proposing joint patrols on the Polish side of the border to identify illegal crossings and arrest people-smugglers. Germany says it has offered assistance to Poland by seconding additional border guards and providing logistical support for housing migrants in the country. Seehofer stopped short of introducing regular border checks on the border with fellow EU member Poland, something that authorities in the German border state of Brandenburg have opposed, or taking more drastic action. “No one intends ... a closure of the border,” Seehofer told reporters after a Cabinet meeting in Berlin. Migrants are apparently being transported across Poland to the German border in trucks and cars.wftv.com
Germany seeks to curb migrant crossings from Poland
Germany Migration Migrants sit in front of containers at the Central Initial Reception Facility for Asylum Seekers, ZABH, in the federal German state of Brandenburg in Eisenhuettenstadt, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. German federal police said more than 4,300 people crossed the border from Poland 'illegally' this year. Authorities in Germany say about 4,500 such crossings have been registered since August. German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer was due to lay out his plans at a regular Cabinet meeting Wednesday before announcing them at a news conference in Berlin. An Interior Minister spokesman, Steve Alter, said Tuesday that Germany has offered assistance to Poland by seconding additional border guards and providing logistical support for housing migrants in the country.wftv.com
German officials defend their actions on devastating floods
(Boris Roessler/dpa via AP) (Boris Roessler)BERLIN — (AP) — German officials defended their actions ahead of last week's severe floods that caught many towns by surprise and killed 196 people in Western Europe, but they conceded that more lessons can be learned from the disaster. As floodwaters receded Monday, authorities continued searching for more victims and intensified their efforts to clean up a sodden swath of western Germany, eastern Belgium and the Netherlands. Federal and state authorities faced criticism from some opposition politicians over the disaster, which comes as a national election looms in September. Officials in Germany's Rhineland-Palatinate state said they were well-prepared for flooding, and municipalities were alerted and acted. Germany doesn't have a text messaging system for disaster warnings, but Schuster told Deutschlandfunk radio it is exploring the possibility.wftv.com
The Latest: WHO: Recognize Chinese vaccines at borders
(AP Photo/Ana Brigida, File) (Ana Brigida)GENEVA — The World Health Organization says any coronavirus vaccines it has authorized for emergency use should be recognized by countries when they open their borders. The move could challenge Western countries to broaden their acceptance of two Chinese vaccines, which the U.N. health agency has licensed but most European and North American countries have not. In addition to vaccines authorized by Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, WHO has also given the green light to two Chinese vaccines made by Sinovac and Sinopharm. In its aim to restore travel across Europe, the European Union said in May that it would only recognize people as vaccinated if they had received shots licensed by the European Medicines Agency, which doesn’t include the Chinese vaccines. The event came as the more contagious delta variant is fueling a sharp rise in new COVID-19 cases in the U.K.wftv.com
The Latest: German official slams UEFA for allowing crowds
The event came as the more contagious delta variant is fueling a sharp rise in new COVID-19 cases in the U.K. There have been some 2.9 million registered COVID-19 infections, of which 75,000 have led to deaths. ___TUBINGEN, Germany — German vaccine maker CureVac says younger people could benefit from its coronavirus shot, following disappointing results in a broader age group. The World Health Organization has said vaccines with an efficacy above 50% are worth using, though many of those already approved have a far higher rate. He calls it “an important contribution to help manage the COVID-19 pandemic and the dynamic variant spread.”___BILLINGS, Mont.wftv.com
The Latest: German official slams UEFA for allowing crowds
A top German official says it was “absolutely irresponsible” of European soccer’s governing body to allow some 40,000 fans to watch England’s European Championship match against Germany at London’s Wembley Stadium. The crowd for Tuesday’s second-round match, which England won 2-0, was the biggest in Britain since the pandemic began in March 2020. The event came as the more contagious delta variant is fueling a sharp rise in new COVID-19 cases in the U.K.news.yahoo.com
Germany bans, raids 3 groups linked to Hezbollah
BERLIN — (AP) — Police raided sites in seven German states on Wednesday as German authorities announced a ban on three groups linked to the Lebanese militant organization Hezbollah. Germany's Interior Ministry said the groups are suspected of raising funds for families of killed Hezbollah fighters. Hezbollah, which is rooted in Lebanon’s Shiite community and has close ties to Iran, is an avowed enemy of Israel. “Whoever supports terror won't be safe in Germany,” Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said in a statement. German security officials estimate there are about 1,000 Hezbollah supporters in Germany.wftv.com
Germany bans Muslim group over alleged terror donations
Germany Muslim Group Banned Police officers stay in front of a building of the Ansaar International association in Duesseldorf, Germany, Wednesday, May 5. The German government on Wednesday banned the Muslim organization. (Marcel Kusch/dpa via AP) (Marcel Kusch)BERLIN — (AP) — The German government on Wednesday banned a Muslim organization that it accused of supporting "terrorism globally with its donations." Police raided buildings associated with Ansaar International in 10 German states, the German Interior Ministry said in a statement. “When wanting to fight terrorism, one needs to dry out its money sources,” German Interior Ministry Horst Seehofer said.wftv.com
German far-right crime rises; police arrest alleged neo-Nazi
Germany Extremism FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2020 file photo, a projectile lies on the sidewalk near a restaurant at the scene of a shooting in central Hanau, Germany. A German group called the National Socialist Underground was responsible for a string of violent crimes between 1998 and 2011, including the racially motivated killings of nine men with immigrant backgrounds and a police officer. German security agencies warned of the growing threat of violent far-right extremism. In 2020, Germany recorded a 72.4% increase in anti-immigrant crimes, up to 5,298 total cases over 3,073 in 2019, Seehofer said. “At these gatherings organized by the so-called Querdenker movement, attacks are directed against police officers and the press,” Seehofer said.wftv.com
German far-right crime rises; police arrest alleged neo-Nazi
Berlin police arrested a 53-year-old German man on suspicion of sending dozens of threatening letters to politicians, lawyers and journalists that were signed with the acronym of a neo-Nazi group, as officials warned Tuesday of a disturbing rise in far-right extremism across Germany. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said far-right crimes rose 5.65% in 2020, accounting for more than half of all “politically motivated” crimes. “This shows again that right-wing extremism is the biggest threat for our country,” Seehofer told reporters Tuesday.news.yahoo.com
Readout of U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland’s Participation in the Virtual Ministerial with Home Affairs Ministers of the G6 Countries
Earlier today, U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland met virtually with the Home Affairs Ministers of France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, and the United Kingdom to advance cooperation against transnational crime, terrorism, and malign foreign interference. The ministerial was the Attorney General’s first international engagement in office. U.S. Attorney General Garland was joined by U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. The meeting was hosted and chaired by United Kingdom Home Secretary Priti Patel. Other G6 attendees included French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, Italian Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese, Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Kamiński, Spanish Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska, EU Vice-President Margaritis Schinas, and EU Commissioner Ylva Johansson.justice.gov
Germany's 2020 borrowing comes in well short of forecast
One topic of the meeting are the current developments of the new coronavirus pandemic in Germany. Parliament had authorized 217.8 billion euros in new borrowing. Government spending last year totaled 443.4 billion euros, below the 508.5 billion euros that was forecast, the Finance Ministry said Tuesday. “Germany is in comparatively good shape because we acted quickly and strongly in the budget,” Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said in a statement. The economic development is better, job losses are smaller, tax income is higher and new borrowing significantly lower than was forecast at times.”Critics say that aid has been too complex and flowed too slowly.
Germany: Big companies must put women on management boards
(John MacDougall/Pool via AP)BERLIN – Germany's Cabinet on Wednesday approved legislation that will require large companies to put at least one woman on their management boards. The Justice Ministry said that will apply to around 70 companies, some 30 of which currently have no women on their boards. The government also plans to ensure that around 90 companies in which it has a majority stake have at least one woman on managements boards that have more than two members. Those companies include the national railway operator and the national air traffic control agency. The new legislation, which needs parliamentary approval, adds to rules in place since 2015 that require leading companies to have at least 30% women on their supervisory boards, the German equivalent of a board of directors.
Calls grow for wider lockdown as German virus cases rise
(AP Photo/Michael Probst)BERLIN – Calls grew Friday for tougher lockdown measures soon in Germany as the country’s disease control center reported record daily increases in both coronavirus cases and deaths. The Robert Koch Institute said the country’s 16 states reported 29,875 new cases of COVID-19, breaking the previous daily record of 23,679 cases reported the day before. “We wouldn't be able to forgive ourselves if this Christmas became above all a festival for the virus,” he added. “And if we're honest, the virus doesn't take much account of whether we've all finished our Christmas shopping or not." The latest polls show nearly 50% of Germans are for tougher restrictions, while 35% support the current lockdown measures.
Germany bans far-right, pro-Nazi group; Police raid homes
BERLIN – More than 180 police officers raided homes in three German states early Tuesday after the German government banned a far-right group, the interior ministry said. The homes of 11 members of the far-right group Wolfsbrigade 44 were searched in Hesse, Mecklenburg West-Pomerania and North Rhine-Westphalia to confiscate the group's funds and far-right propaganda material, the German news agency dpa reported. The far-right group, founded in 2016, is also known for its anti-Semitic and racist ideology as well as its violent and aggressive appearances in public and on social media. Earlier this year, the German government banned other far-right groups including the Combat 18 and the Nordadler, dpa reported. “There isn't any room in the military for enemies of the constitution,” Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said in a statement.
EU states accept plan as a basis to revamp asylum policy
BRUSSELS – European Union interior ministers agreed Thursday that sweeping new proposals to revamp the bloc's failed asylum system should form the basis for negotiations on building a fresh policy for managing the arrival of unauthorized migrants in Europe. Under the proposals, migrants arriving at Europe’s outside borders without permission would be screened within five days. EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson said she was “very encouraged” by the ministers’ response to the proposals she helped draw up. Broadly speaking, countries that accept to host refugees would receive 10,000 euros ($11,650) per person in assistance from the EU’s coffers. Those that don't would have eight months to deport people not allowed in or be forced to accept them.
Review: Few far-right cases in German security agencies
The security agencies of the country's 16 states, which have a combined 276,000 employees, investigated 319 suspected cases of internal far-right extremism during a time period of over three years, from January 2017-March 2020. Meantime, federal security agencies reported 58 alleged cases among their 109,000 employees during the same time period, while the military's counter intelligence agency reported 1,064 suspected cases among its 260,000-person military and civilian workforce. Hundreds of the reported cases are still being being investigated, and in several proceedings have been undertaken to discharge the suspected individuals. “”But the vast majority of members of the security agencies stands firmly behind our basic law." Earlier this year, the country's defense minister disbanded one of the military's special forces units after numerous allegations of far-right extremism.
Assaults, arson, slurs: Report finds anti-Semitism in Berlin
The Department for Research and Information on Anti-Semitism Berlin, or RIAS documented 410 incidents in Berlin, more than two a day, in the first half of 2020, including physical attacks, property damage, threats, harmful behavior and anti-Semitic propaganda. In a report released Tuesday, the Department for Research and Information on Anti-Semitism Berlin, or RIAS, documented 410 incidents — more than two a day — during the first half of 2020. In Kreuzberg, 10 “Stolpersteine” — brass memorial plates like the ones near the Lichtenberg bar — were painted black. The latest threat came the Monday before the arson, when an anonymous caller told the bar owner he wasn’t wanted in the neighborhood. The Jewish Forum for Democracy and Against Anti-Semitism's Salomon said more investment is needed to help fight anti-Semitism.
German leaders condemn far-right attempt to storm Reichstag
BERLIN Senior German officials on Sunday condemned attempts by far-right protesters and others to storm the parliament building following a protest against the countrys pandemic restrictions. Hundreds of people, some waving the flag of the German Reich of 1871-1918 and other far-right banners, breached a security barrier outside the Reichstag late Saturday but were intercepted by police and forcibly removed. About 300 people were arrested in front of the Reichstag and following an incident at the Russian embassy, according to police. Berlin's top security official, Andreas Geisel, praised three officers who had stood alone against the protesters outside the Reichstag until reinforcements arrived. The fact that Nazis with imperial war flags try to storm the Bundestag recalls the darkest period in German history, he told the Funke media group.
Germany sees rise in number of right-wing extremists
BERLIN Germany recorded a significant rise in the number of right-wing extremists last year, after security agencies added thousands of members of the country's main far-right party to the count. An annual report on extremism in Germany released Thursday estimates the number of right-wing extremists in the country at 32,080 last year. The report, released by the BfV domestic intelligence agency, includes for the first time around 7,000 members of the Alternative for Germany party's youth section and a radical faction known as The Wing. The number of far-left extremists increased by 1,500 to 33,500 last year, according to the report. More than two-thirds of those are classified as not violence-oriented.The report also counts about 28,020 people in Germany with tendencies toward Islamic extremism, up from 26,560 in 2018.
German intel warns against giving data to Chinese tech firms
(Hannibal Hanschke/Pool via AP)BERLIN Germany's domestic intelligence agency is warning consumers that personal data they provide to Chinese payment companies or other tech firms could end up in the hands of China's government. The head of the BfV, Thomas Haldenwang, said German's data isn't safe with Chinese companies because they are required by law to provide the data to their government. Any customer here in Germany who uses such a system shouldn't be surprised if this data is abused in Beijing, he told reporters. We can only warn against this.Germany's top security official also expressed concern about what he called the hybrid threat from China, which included the purchase of key German companies. Seehofer added that Germany has yet to reach a political decision on whether to let Chinese telecoms equipment company Huawei supply infrastructure to German cellphone service providers.
German far-right party wins court case against minister
BERLIN Germany's top security official violated the rights of a far-right party by posting remarks criticizing it on his ministry's website, the country's highest court ruled Tuesday. The Alternative for Germany party, known as AfD, whose anti-migration and anti-establishment stance helped it get into the German parliament in 2017, is currently the largest of several opposition parties. Its case against Interior Minister Horst Seehofer stems from an interview that his ministry posted on its website in 2018, in which he decried a broadside by AfD against President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Seehofer described AfD's behavior as undermining the state and asserted that they stand against this state. The interview was taken down from his ministry's website a little over two weeks after it was posted there.
Germany's Merkel dismisses talk she might seek 5th term
German Chancellor Angela Merkel ahead of a televised interview at the hauptstadtstudio (Capital city studio) of public broadcaster ARD in Berlin, Thursday June 4, 2020. Merkel dismissed such talk in an interview Thursday with ZDF television. Really not.Presssed as to whether her decision stands, she said: Very firmly.The 65-year-old Merkel, who became chancellor in 2005, announced in October 2018 that she wouldn't seek another term. But she did say she planned to serve out her current term, which is due to end late next year. It remains unclear who will seek to replace Merkel as chancellor.
The Latest: India surpasses China in coronavirus cases
(AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. TOP OF THE HOUR: India surpasses China in coronavirus infection cases. ___NEW DELHI Indias coronavirus infection cases have surpassed Chinas with the health ministry on Saturday reporting the spike to 85,940 cases with 2,752 deaths. The state recently surpassed 300,000 tests, which Kemp hailed as a milestone in efforts to locate virus cases. ___Follow AP news coverage of the coronavirus pandemic at https://apnews.com/VirusOutbreak and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak.
Grief, anger and calls for action after shooting in Germany
HANAU, Germany Hundreds of grieving people are flocked to Friday prayers in the mosques of the German town of Hanau, two days after a racially motivated shooting shook the country and prompted fresh calls for a crackdown on far-right extremism. In Hanau, German and Turkish flags flew at half-staff outside a mosque where worshipers were gathering Friday. More than 300 people attended prayers at the Turkish-speaking DITIB mosque attended by at least one of the victims. Mosques opened their doors to journalists who have swarmed into Hanau after the attack not the usual practice in privacy-obsessed Germany. "The threat posed by far-right extremism, anti-Semitism and racism is very high in Germany," Seehofer told reporters in Berlin.news-journalonline.com
Grief, anger and calls for action after shooting in Germany
HANAU, Germany Hundreds of grieving people are flocked to Friday prayers in the mosques of the German town of Hanau, two days after a racially motivated shooting shook the country and prompted fresh calls for a crackdown on far-right extremism. In Hanau, German and Turkish flags flew at half-staff outside a mosque where worshipers were gathering Friday. More than 300 people attended prayers at the Turkish-speaking DITIB mosque attended by at least one of the victims. Mosques opened their doors to journalists who have swarmed into Hanau after the attack not the usual practice in privacy-obsessed Germany. "The threat posed by far-right extremism, anti-Semitism and racism is very high in Germany," Seehofer told reporters in Berlin.ocala.com
Grief, anger and calls for action after shooting in Germany
HANAU, Germany Hundreds of grieving people are flocked to Friday prayers in the mosques of the German town of Hanau, two days after a racially motivated shooting shook the country and prompted fresh calls for a crackdown on far-right extremism. In Hanau, German and Turkish flags flew at half-staff outside a mosque where worshipers were gathering Friday. More than 300 people attended prayers at the Turkish-speaking DITIB mosque attended by at least one of the victims. Mosques opened their doors to journalists who have swarmed into Hanau after the attack not the usual practice in privacy-obsessed Germany. "The threat posed by far-right extremism, anti-Semitism and racism is very high in Germany," Seehofer told reporters in Berlin.dailycommercial.com
Video showing deadly shooting near synagogue on Yom Kippur was livestreamed
Video of the attack was livestreamed on streaming site Twitch, which said it had "worked with urgency" to remove it. A body lies on a road in Halle, Germany, Wednesday, October 9, 2019 after a shooting incident. APPolice secures the area after a shooting in the eastern German city of Halle on October 9, 2019. before the shooting, according to SITE. German federal prosecutors, who always handle cases involving suspected terrorism or national security, took over the investigation of shooting in Halle, according to German news agency dpa.cbsnews.com
Germany steps up border checks to discourage 'secondary migration'
A chain hangs in front of a Schengen sign at the dock where the 1985 European Schengen Agreement was signed on May 11, 2016, in Schengen, Luxembourg. The Schengen Agreement, which led to the creation of Europe's borderless Schengen Area, was(CNN) - Germany is to carry out more random border checks to discourage migrants from moving illegally around the European Union (EU). "Alongside the new border control arrangements on the border with Austria, I have instructed officers to step up random police checks on all other German borders." Last week Seehofer also extended border controls at the frontier with Austria for a further six months, citing continued high numbers of unauthorized entries. There have been 26,500 unauthorized entries detected at all national borders, according to an interior ministry statement.