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German 5G auction at risk if government demands roaming: FAZ

BERLIN (Reuters) – A German regulator has said the government’s auction of fifth-generation (5G) mobile licenses could be delayed if operators had to offer roaming in rural areas, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reported on Thursday. FILE PHOTO – People speak before the first demonstration of the technology 5G in Lisbon, Portugal June 4, 2018. Picture taken June 4, 2018. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante But the Transport Ministry said national roaming was not possible based on a European provision and so not planned. It said details in a letter cited by FAZ…

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German CDU: End of era as race to succeed Merkel hits climax

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Are these for me? Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (R) is leading opinion polls in the race for Angela Merkel’s party crown There is an air of finality in Germany. A sense that, as the year begins to draw to its close, so too does the era of Angela Merkel. She will step down on Friday as leader of her CDU party and has confirmed that she won’t stand again as chancellor when her fourth term ends in 2021. There’s a famous German saying: “Everything has an…

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The tiny German town fighting back against neo-Nazis

Image caption “Fed up with Nazis” – Ostritz’s residents are rallying against their visitors Eva Hauptfleisch returned to her parents’ old house last month in the tiny town of Ostritz, in Germany’s east, to join a resistance effort against neo-Nazis. She was not alone. Some 3,000 supporters turned out to oppose a Shield and Sword (SS) festival taking place in a hotel on the outskirts of the town, metres from the Polish border. “Why Ostritz?” a journalist asked Thorsten Heise, the head of the extreme-right National Democratic Party (NPD) in…

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Dominik Loyen: German base jumper dies in Portugal jump

Image copyright Dominik Loyen/Facebook Image caption Mr Loyen during a base jump in Nazaré earlier this month A well-known German base jumper has died during an attempted jump in Portugal, German media report. Dominik Loyen’s parachute did not open during Monday’s jump from a 100m (330ft) cliff in the coastal town of Nazaré, police told Bild newspaper. An investigation into the incident is under way, Bild said. Mr Loyen, 50, had been living in Switzerland, where base jumping is allowed, and was an instructor in Spain. Video of the incident…

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German cartel agency sees final decision on Facebook in early 2019

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The German federal cartel office Bundeskartellamt expects a decision on the EU’s Facebook investigation in 2019, an official said on Thursday. Speaking at a conference in Brussels, Sandro Gleave said: “We are expecting a final decision early next year.” Reporting by Foo Yun Chee, editing by Robin Emmott Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. Source link

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Walsall cancer patient meets lifesaving German donor

A young cancer patient has met the stranger from Germany who donated his bone marrow to help save his life. Jack Withers, from Walsall, was 10 when he was told three years ago he had six months to live. He was diagnosed with a form of blood cancer called MDS, just as his twin sister had been eight years previously. An elder sister proved a donor match for her, but her marrow was incompatible with Jack. Step forward 27-year-old Michael Merten who was on an international database of donors. Blood…

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VW to convert three German plants to build electric cars

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) will convert three German factories to build electric cars, as Europe’s largest automaker by sales starts mass producing zero-emission vehicles in a major strategy shift following its emissions cheating scandal. FILE PHOTO: A visitor takes pictures of Volkswagen’s I.D. Vizzion model car displayed during a media preview of the Auto China 2018 motor show in Beijing, China April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/File Photo The German company said on Wednesday its plant in Emden, which currently builds the VW Passat, would build electric cars from 2022…

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Einstein letter fearing German anti-Semitism sells for $32,000

A letter written in 1922 by physicist Albert Einstein is seen prior to its auction at Kedem Auction House in Jerusalem November 12, 2018. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A 1922 letter in which Albert Einstein confided his fears of the rise of anti-Semitism in Germany, more than a decade before the Nazis took power, sold at an Israeli auction on Tuesday for $32,000. “Here are brewing economically and politically dark times, so I’m happy to be able to get away from everything,” wrote the 43-year-old physicist to his sister,…

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German officials sound China alarm as 5G auctions loom

BERLIN (Reuters) – Senior German officials are planning a last-ditch drive to convince the government to consider excluding Chinese firms such as Huawei from building the country’s 5G infrastructure amid concerns this could compromise national security. FILE PHOTO: Journalists follow the presentation of a Huawei smartphone ahead of the IFA Electronics show in Berlin, Germany, September 2, 2015. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/File Photo The behind-the-scenes push in Berlin, which comes after decisions by Australia and the United States to ban Chinese suppliers from 5G, has emerged at a late stage, with Germany…

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Volkswagen open to joining German battery cell consortium: source

FILE PHOTO: Herbert Diess, Volkswagen’s new CEO smiles after a news conference at the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg, Germany April 13, 2018. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer/File Photo FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) is open to joining a German consortium exploring production of electric car battery cells and will discuss the matter at a supervisory board meeting on Friday, a person familiar with the matter said on Monday. A Volkswagen spokesman declined to comment. Volkswagen has already awarded multibillion-euro battery cell supply contracts to LG Chem and China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd., but…

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