Portrait of Bach heading back to Leipzig

Apr 30, 2015

Portrait of Bach heading back to Leipzig

A portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach that was one of only two known to have been painted in Leipzig during his lifetime will return after more than 265 years to the German city where he worked and is buried. E.G. Haussmann’s 1748 portrait of ...

Apr 30, 2015

Germany spied on French and EU officials for U.S.: report

German intelligence services spied on top French officials and the European Commission on behalf of the American spy agency NSA, according to an article to appear Thursday in Sueddeutsche Zeitung. Germany’s BND foreign intelligence agency helped the National Security Agency (NSA) carry out “political ...

Volkswagen Chairman Piech resigns after dispute over CEO

Apr 26, 2015

Volkswagen Chairman Piech resigns after dispute over CEO

Ferdinand Piech, chairman of the board of Volkswagen AG and a major figure in the German auto industry, has stepped down after clashing with other board members over his criticism of the company’s CEO. Volkswagen said in a statement Saturday that Piech, 78, was ...

Germany says 1915 massacre of Armenians genocide

Apr 25, 2015

Germany says 1915 massacre of Armenians genocide

Armenia marked the centenary on Friday of a mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks with a simple flower-laying ceremony attended by foreign leaders as Germany became the latest country to respond to its calls for recognition that it was genocide. Turkey denies the ...

Six British soldiers are reburied a century after dying

Apr 19, 2015

Six British soldiers are reburied a century after dying

Six British servicemen have been reburied in Flanders Fields over a century after they died in the chaotic first months of World War I. The six unknown soldiers were accorded a service with full military honors Thursday. Their bodies were found half a dozen ...

WWI Belgian gas attack anniversary marked

Apr 19, 2015

WWI Belgian gas attack anniversary marked

by Raf Casert

As a spring breeze wafted into his trench, commander Georges Lamour of the French 73rd Infantry saw something almost surreal drift his way: A yellow-green cloud. He barely had time to react. “All my trenches are choked,” Lamour cried into the field telephone to ...

Apr 16, 2015

Germany's Merkel urged Japan to join AIIB: sources

German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Japan to join the Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as a founding member, Japanese government sources said Wednesday. The sources said Merkel made the request during a telephone conversation with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on April 1. Abe ...

German Nobelist Gunter Grass dies at 87

Apr 14, 2015

German Nobelist Gunter Grass dies at 87

Germany’s Nobel-winning author, Gunter Grass, who acted as a moral compass for many in the postwar nation but later provoked criticism over his own World War II past, died Monday aged 87, his publishers said. The writer, one of Germany’s most influential if controversial ...