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  • Volkswagen to offer generous compensation for U.S. customers: paper
    Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) will offer generous compensation packages for the roughly 600,000 U.S. owners of diesel vehicles that emit an illegal amount of emissions, the head of its claims fund told a German paper. ...
    Yahoo.  Sun, 7 Feb 2016 19:15:09 GMT.
  • German Regulator Orders Halt to Maple Bank Transactions
    The subsidiary of Maple Financial Group of Canada was at the center of an attempt in 2008 by Porsche and its owners to take over Volkswagen, a bid that is also the focus of a criminal trial.
    Jack Ewing.  International Herald Tribune.  Sun, 07 Feb 2016 17:40:58 GMT.
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  • Merkel to visit Ankara over Syrian refugee crisis
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel will pay a visit to the Turkish capital on Feb. ...
    Hurriyet.  Sun, 07 Feb 2016 15:56:00 +0200.
  • German arm of Maple Bank shut down
    The German arm of Canada's Maple Bank is closed by German authorities over concerns about its financial position.
    BBC News.  Sun, 07 Feb 2016 15:15:50 GMT.
  • Fighting the fallout from Cologne's New Year's Eve sexual assaults
    CBC's Nahlah Ayed is in Cologne, where criticism of Germany's refugee policies doesn't appear to have softened, despite efforts to show the city has learned its lessons from the New Year's Eve assaults on women.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Sun, 7 Feb 2016 06:50:38 EST.
  • Church Confronts Abuse Scandal at a Famed German Choir
    A scandal that, because of the choir’s association with the former pope’s brother, became one of the most troublesome to roil the Vatican in the last decade and more.
    Melissa Eddy.  International Herald Tribune.  Sun, 07 Feb 2016 02:00:36 GMT.
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  • Anti-Migrant Protesters Rally in Several Major European Cities
    Germany's anti-Islamic organization Pegida held rallies in several European cities Saturday to protest against mass immigration and what it calls the “Islamization” of Europe. ...
    Voice of America.  Sat, 06 Feb 2016 17:33:44 -0500.
  • VW sued by N.J. over excess diesel emissions
    New Jersey filed a lawsuit against Volkswagen AG and its luxury units over the German automaker's excess diesel emissions, becoming the fourth U.S. state to take legal action.
    AutoNews.com.  Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:38:15 EST.  Subscription required.
  • The Hybrid War: Russia's Propaganda Campaign Against Germany
    The brief disappearance of a girl in Germany recently become an international political issue. Russia is exploiting the case for propaganda purposes as part of its strategy of a hybrid war aimed at destabilizing the West and dividing Europe.
    Spiegel Online.  Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:13:00 +0100.
  • German judges criticise EU trade plan
    German judges oppose new courts for investors to sue governments, which would be set up under a EU-US trade deal.
    BBC News.  Fri, 05 Feb 2016 19:44:24 GMT.
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The Federal Republic of Germany, located in north central Europe, is a federal multi-party republic with a bicameral legislature.  Its capital city is Berlin, and its currency is the Euro.  The primary language spoken in Germany is German, although the Slavic Sorbian language is used by a small minority.  In 2007, Germany's estimated population was 82,401,000.

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