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May 3, 2024 5:21 PM

Germany summons Russian envoy over alleged cyberspying

Germany summoned the acting representative of the Russian embassy on Friday over a sweeping cyberespionage campaign dating back to 2022 that Berlin blames on Moscow's GRU military intelligence service. "We and our partners will not tolerate these cyberattacks and will use the entire spectrum of measures to prevent, deter and respond to Russia's aggressive behaviour in cyberspace," a foreign ministry spokesperson said. The Russian embassy did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Ru...

April 26, 2024 4:35 PM

France, Germany push on with 2040 joint tank project

France and Germany agreed on Friday to move to the next phase of a project to jointly develop a battle tank by 2040, their defence ministers said, as they seek fresh impetus despite reservations and differences on each side. Berlin and Paris in 2017 agreed to work on a joint fighter jet under French lead, estimated to cost some 100 billion euros in total, and also a Franco-German tank to succeed the German Leopard 2 and the French Leclerc. Both projects have been plagued by disagreements and d...

April 24, 2024 2:41 PM

Germany to resume cooperation with Palestinian UNRWA agency

The German government plans to resume cooperation with the UN agency for Palestinians (UNRWA) in Gaza, the foreign and development ministries said in a joint statement on Wednesday. The decision follows an investigation by the former French foreign minister Catherine Colonna into whether some UNRWA employees were involved in the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas. The Colonna-led review of the agency's neutrality on Monday concluded Israel had yet to back up its accusations that hundreds of UNRWA staff we...

April 15, 2024 3:01 PM

Abortions in first 12 weeks should be legal in Germany, commission says

Germany should legalise abortions within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, a government-appointed commission recommended on Monday. Abortion is illegal in Germany barring certain circumstances such as when the life of the woman is at risk or she is a victim of a violent crime. In these cases, the procedure must be performed within 12 weeks of conception. In reality, however, abortions are widely available and prosecutions extremely rare. Last year, Chancellor Olaf Scholz's centre-left coalitio...

April 12, 2024 11:48 AM

Russia, Germany, UK urge restraint as Iranian threat puts Middle East on edge

Russia, Germany and Britain on Thursday urged countries in the Middle East to show restraint and Israel said it was preparing to "meet all its security needs" in a region on edge over an Iranian threat to strike Israel. The German airline Lufthansa, one of only two Western carriers flying to Tehran, extended a suspension of its flights to the Iranian capital and Russia warned against travel to the Middle East. Iran has vowed revenge for the April 1 airstrike on its embassy compound in Damascus...

April 9, 2024 5:40 PM

Germany backs submarine negotiations with India, aims for long-term strategic partnership

Germany has expressed full support for negotiations between the Indian Navy and the German firm Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems regarding the construction of six new conventional submarines as part of Project 75, the Navy’s submarine procurement initiative. In an interview via email, Germany's Ambassador to India, Philipp Ackerman, said that Berlin is committed to strengthening its business relations with India due to the "increasingly challenging behaviour of India's big neighbour in the North E...

April 5, 2024 10:43 PM

German coalition agrees financing details of hydrogen network

Germany's ruling coalition on Friday agreed a financing mechanism for the country's future hydrogen network, extending a deadline for it to be built by five years to 2037 and offering protection for investors in case of bankruptcy. Many countries are betting on hydrogen, which can be used in part to replace natural gas, as they seek to decarbonise their economies and find ways to absorb intermittent renewable supplies into the power grid. Germany, which was heavily reliant on Russian gas until ...

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