Contents tagged with Germany

  • German Foreign Minister warns Trump against unilateral agreements with Putin

    During recent talks held in Helsinki, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas warned U.S. President Donald Trump against partaking in unilateral agreements with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Elaborating on his point, Maas stressed to Bild Newspaper that in particular, such agreements with Russia could cost the United States partners in Europe.

    “Dialogue requires clarity,” Maas stated. “And President Trump’s system of coordination lacks clarity. He who offends his partner risks losing them in …

  • Germany accuses Russian hackers of carrying out cyber-attacks on media and scientific organizations

    In Germany, several media outlets and a chemical research organization were exposed to cyberattacks,  Deutsche Welle reports , citing the Federal office for the Protection of the Constitution.

    According to German intelligence services, a wave of attacks was carried out in order to allegedly commit espionage. Then intelligence services believe that the attacks carried out in August 2017 and June 2018, which are possibly on-going, were made by the Russian group of hackers called Sandworm.

    This …

  • Germany confiscates historic castle from Russian tycoon

    On Tuesday, July 10, the land administration office of the Free State of Thuringia in Central Germany decided to expropriate the Reinhardsbrunn Castle. The decision was unprecedented in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany.     "I am very happy about this decision. It showed that the way we’ve chosen to take the land of the castle and a park back to state ownership proved its worth. Now the decay [of the property] and emergency measures taken by the authorities for the protection of …

  • Iran requests withdrawal of 300 million euros from German banks

    Due to the restoration of U.S. sanctions against Iran in the coming months, Tehran has requested to withdraw 300 million euros in cash from its account in German banks and send it by air to Iran. This information, which appeared on Monday, July 9 in the newspaper Bild, was confirmed by the German government. This is part of the money that belongs to Iranian authorities and is kept in the European-Iranian commercial bank in connection with the German Federal Bank, DW reports.

    The Federal Office …

  • Media: Germany fears that Trump will allow himself to be outsmarted by Putin

    Many politicians and public figures in Germany expressed concern regarding the forthcoming meeting of the Presidents of the USA and of Russia that will take place on July 16 in Helsinki, Voice of America reports.

    German media cite Peter Beyer, the Coordinator of Transatlantic Cooperation at the Federal Foreign Office who spoke about NATO’s concerns regarding the agreements that can be reached in the capital of Finland by Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump. …

  • Merkel: Russian annexation of Crimea and war in Donbas justify increase in German defense expenditures

    Russia’s annexation of the Crimea and its support of separatists in the East of Ukraine have become prime reasons for Germany to increase its defense expenditure, Merkel stated, DW reports.

    "Challenges faced by NATO have changed dramatically in recent years,” Merkel stated. According to the German Chancellor, it is important for NATO to focus on the protection of the Alliance after Russia’s annexation of the Crimea and its support of separatists in the East of Ukraine.

    "To do this, we should …

  • Germany suspects two companies of delivering titanium ore to Crimea

    Two German companies, Hansa Heavy Lift and Heinz Corleis are suspected of violating sanctions regarding the Crimea, German radio station Deutschlandfunk reported, prompting the Prosecutor’s Office of Hamburg to file criminal charges against them.

    Allegedly, the companies were to deliver titanium ore to the Russian mainland but cargo ended up in the Crimea instead, Deutschlandfunk say.

    The HHL Mississippi cargo ship belonging to Hansa Heavy Lift was in Kavkaz port in Krasnodar on November 23, 2 …

  • Media: Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard lived on welfare in Germany for 10 years

    German police arrested a Tunisian national who was once a bodyguard of Osama bin Laden, the notorious terrorist leader killed by US Special Forces, reports the German publication Bild.

    The man was 42 years old and lived in Bochum.

    The unnamed man first came to Germany in 1997 and from 2008, he received allowances in the amount of 1,200 euro every month. Members of his family also obtained German passports.

    The ex-bodyguard was arrested when he came to the police to get a registration stamp. …

  • Head of the German security agency accuses Russian hackers of attacking country’s power grid

    Hans-Georg Maassen, who currently serves as President of Germany’s Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, blamed Russia for a recent large-scale cyberattack on German power grids and energy companies in an interview with media group Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland’s newspaper. 

    "The modus operandi is in fact only one of [multiple] indications that point to Russian control of the attack campaign," he said. Hans-Georg Maassen did not reveal details of the investigation.

    Germany’s …

  • Merkel does not believe that ruling coalition of Germany will fall apart because of dispute over immigrants

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel does not believe that the ruling coalition in Germany will fall apart due to disagreements between the parties (the Christian Democratic and Christian Social Unions and the Social Democratic Party of Germany) on the issue of combating illegal immigration. She stated this on Thursday after a meeting in Berlin with the prime ministers of the federal states of Germany.

    The Chancellor stressed that even more effort should be concentrated on the implementation of the …