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June 15, 2012

Lesson learned: Don’t trust a guy nicknamed “Forest Boy”

  • claim Nine months ago, a teenage boy stepped into Berlin, claiming he had been living in a nearby forest by himself for the past five years. Which obviously sounds totally plausible and stuff. He even got a nickname, “Forest Boy.”
  • rebuttal Now officials are saying this story is a total hoax, as the man’s former girlfriend says he’s 20 and from the Netherlands. Robin van Helsum went missing in September just days before he showed up in Germany. Hoaxed! source
11:03 // 1 year ago
June 14, 2012

Life at Nokia: Massive layoffs, executive shuffling, lower Q2 profit forecasts

  • execs Nokia Chief Marketing Officer Jerri DeVard, Executive Vice President of Mobile Phones Mary McDowell, and EVP of Markets Niklas Savander will all be shown the door, effective June 30.
  • layoffs The company will layoff approximately 10,000 employees, primarily as a result of plant closures in Canada and Germany, as well as cutbacks to the company’s Devices & Services division.
  • profits Nokia also announced that the layoffs and executive shuffling would mean lower Q2 profits than anticipated. Expected restructuring costs of €1 billion for Q2 tripled to €3 billion. source

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14:16 // 1 year ago
June 4, 2012
Germany’s Bild newspaper is reporting that Luka Rocco Magnotta (disturbing details at the link; not for faint of heart), the lead suspect in a brutal killing in Montreal, has been arrested in an internet cafe in Berlin (story is in German). We’ll update when we learn more. (ht Matt)
EDIT: Now Reuters confirms, via police source, that Magnotta has been arrested.

Germany’s Bild newspaper is reporting that Luka Rocco Magnotta (disturbing details at the link; not for faint of heart), the lead suspect in a brutal killing in Montreal, has been arrested in an internet cafe in Berlin (story is in German). We’ll update when we learn more. (ht Matt)

EDIT: Now Reuters confirms, via police source, that Magnotta has been arrested.

10:43 // 1 year ago
April 9, 2012

New poem earns German author lifetime ban from Israel

  • cause Günter Grass, one of Germany’s most famous authors, published a new 69-line poem titled “What Must Be Said" in German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung last week. The poem condemns what Grass perceives to be war-mongering on the part of Israel, repeatedly comparing the country to its bitter rival Iran.
  • effect Pundits, authors, and government officials around the world were quick to dismiss Grass’ new poem as little more than the anti-Semitic views of a former Nazi soldier. The debate also opened old wounds in Germany, where many continue to grapple with what’s appropriate when discusssing Israel.
  • fallout Israel’s Minister of Internal Affairs, Eli Yishai, has announced that the author has been banned from traveling in or out of the country, saying, “Grass’s poems fan the flames of hatred against Israel and the Israeli people, thus promoting the idea he was part of when he donned an SS uniform.” source

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21:41 // 2 years ago
February 25, 2012

Chancellor Merkel Gets a Beer Shower

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel gets doused in ice cold beer after an unemployed man a server leans a little too far forward.

Poor Frau Merkel. She’s still recovering from this traumatizing incident:

In which Germans shower their leaders with both praise and alcoholic beverages.

13:57 // 2 years ago
February 17, 2012
German president resigns amid political favors scandal: Christian Wulff, shown with his wife Bettina, had to resign amid allegations of offering political favors while the premier of Lower Saxony. He faced calls for his resignation for weeks, and may not have legal immunity for any crimes committed. source Follow ShortFormBlog

German president resigns amid political favors scandal: Christian Wulff, shown with his wife Bettina, had to resign amid allegations of offering political favors while the premier of Lower Saxony. He faced calls for his resignation for weeks, and may not have legal immunity for any crimes committed. source

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13:35 // 2 years ago
December 8, 2011
The return address was listed as a European central bank, which would likely increase the chances of him opening it.
New York Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne • Discussing the package received by Josef Ackermann, the CEO of Germany’s Deutsche Bank, which contained a fully-functioning bomb. The bomb didn’t detonate and was intercepted before it reached the CEO. Officials are saying that mail rooms at financial institutions should tighter up their security after the incident. source (viafollow)
11:05 // 2 years ago
December 4, 2011

German town discovers WWII bombs hiding in Rhine River

  • 45,000 people evacuated over old bombs source

» They were hiding in a river: In one of the weirder discoveries since the end of WWII, record-low water levels in the Western German city of Koblenz exposed old bombs from the latter part of the war — including a 1.8-ton bomb that would be big enough to destroy the city center. It’s a very sensitive situation and one that officials are very careful to handle only without people nearby. “Only when we are sure that all of the 45,000 Germans have left the town (can) the regional bomb-disposal squad start to operate,” said brigade spokesman Ronald Eppelsheim.

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9:30 // 2 years ago
September 26, 2011
10:38 // 2 years ago
September 16, 2011
There’s something world leaders don’t say every day
Berlusconi’s back: In a move that probably won’t help German-Italian relations, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was caught on tape referring to German Chancellor Angela Merkel as an “unf@#kable lard-ass.”  These are harsh words from the lothario Berlusconi; while he’s admitted to being “a bit mischievous" with his sexual exploits, he’s also insisted that he treats women with the utmost respect. Hopefully this won’t spark an international crisis (Reuters photo). source
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Berlusconi’s back: In a move that probably won’t help German-Italian relations, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was caught on tape referring to German Chancellor Angela Merkel as an “unf@#kable lard-ass.” These are harsh words from the lothario Berlusconi; while he’s admitted to being “a bit mischievous" with his sexual exploits, he’s also insisted that he treats women with the utmost respect. Hopefully this won’t spark an international crisis (Reuters photo)source

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0:19 // 2 years ago