By Geir Moulson and David Rising Published 3:49 pm, Monday, July 2, 2018 Photo: Carsten Koall / Getty Images Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 German Chancellor Angela Merkel reached a compromise with her interior minister over immigration after a two-week rebellion threatened to bring down her coalition government. German Chancellor Angela Merkel reached a compromise with her interior minister over immigration after a two-week rebellion threatened to bring down her coalition government. Photo: Carsten Koall / Getty Images Compromise reached in German government migration standoff 1 / 1 Back to Gallery BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel and her rebellious political allies broke an impasse over immigration that threatened to bring down Germany’s coalition government by agreeing on a compromise … [Read more...] about Compromise reached in German government migration standoff
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Expectations are high for the reigning champions who managed to beat Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final. But even before the shock loss to Mexico last weekend, they didn’t exactly show top form during pre-tournament friendlies, losing for instance 1-2 to Austria. Defending a title is psychologically difficult right from the start, psychologist and head of the Rheingold market research institute Stephan Grünewald told the German Press Agency (DPA), adding this is because it’s hard to achieve something if it’s already been achieved once before. “This hunger and lust for success just no longer seems to be a given" with the players, said Grünewald. Sports reporter at Berliner Rundfunk Ralph Guhlke agrees, telling KCRW radio station in an interview that die Mannschaft didn’t play against Mexico the same way they did four years ago as world champions. “Maybe it’s a mix of being self-satisfied… and maybe being a bit … [Read more...] about Is a pessimistic political mood affecting the German national team?
It's been three years since Dieselgate broke and sent the German car industry into a downward spiral of fines and indictments, but somehow, it's not over yet. In fact, the German government just levied one of its largest-ever penalties against a company by slapping Volkswagen with a 1 billion euro bill according to a report by Reuters."Following thorough examination, Volkswagen AG accepted the fine and it will not lodge an appeal against it. Volkswagen AG, by doing so, admits its responsibility for the diesel crisis and considers this as a further major step toward the latter being overcome," said Volkswagen representatives, in a statement.Volkswagen accepting the fine without any kind of pushback is interesting because it reads as a play to prevent further investigation into its past wrongdoing in Europe. This fine is also not the first to come in at over $1 billion for the company, as the US Environmental Protection Agency imposed a $4.3 billion fine in 2017, some of which is going … [Read more...] about Volkswagen slapped with 1 billion euro fine by German government
News briefs for April 17, 2018. Microsoft yesterday introduced Azure Sphere, a Linux-based OS and cloud service for securing IoT devices. According to ZDNet, "Microsoft President Brad Smith introduced Azure Sphere saying, 'After 43 years, this is the first day that we are announcing, and will distribute, a custom Linux kernel.'" The German government's Federal Information Technology Centre (ITZBund) has chosen open-source Nextcloud for its self-hosted cloud solution, iwire reports. Nextcloud was chosen for its strict security requirements and scalability "both in terms of large numbers of uses and extensibility with additional features". European authorities have effectively ended the Whois public database of domain name registration, which ICANN oversees. According to The Register, the service isn't compliant with the GDPR and will be illegal as of May 25th: "ICANN now has a little over a month to come up with a replacement to the decades-old service that covers millions of domain … [Read more...] about Microsoft Announces First Custom Linux Kernel, German Government Chooses Open-Source Nextcloud and More
Photo: DPA. Cyber attacks on the German government and businesses are becoming ever more sophisticated and effective, security experts warn. Each day there are more than 20 highly specialized attacks on the government's computer networks, the president of the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), Arne Schönbohm, told Bild on Tuesday. “Today cyber attacks are much more precise than before and aimed at single targets, like the German parliament. That unfortunately means they're also more successful,” Schönbohm said. The BSI is at the front line of protecting government networks, and so far “no hacker has yet cracked this”. Last year though, a magazine reported that German-owned Patriot missiles in Turkey were briefly taken over by hackers. Schönbohm said that the frequency of attacks on both private and public entities has become great. “Volkswagen says the number of attacks on their IT network is 6,000 per day.” … [Read more...] about German government attacked by hackers 20 times a day