Fiction and non-fiction can feed off each other in unusual ways. In the winter of 2018, Germany was shaken by the biggest media scandal since the forged Hitler diaries, after it emerged that the country’s bastion of investigative journalism had published stories by a reporter who had “fictionalised” his prize-winning articles with armies of invented characters. Now the “Relotius scandal” has gone into its second round, with the publication of a non-fiction book by the journalist who exposed his fraudulent colleague: a detective story about the search for truth in the era of fake news that makes a more gripping read than most novelists could have managed. The plot of Juan Moreno’s Tausend Zeilen Lüge (A Thousand Lines of Lies) resembles that of the 2003 film Shattered Glass, about New Republic reporter Stephen Glass – a film that the young Der Spiegel journalist Claas Relotius was shown as a cautionary tale as part of his journalism degree. … [Read more...] about ‘The biggest scandal since the forged Hitler diaries’: what is Germany reading?
IMAGE: Action from the stormy Germany vs Slovakia match in Bavaria in Germany on Sunday. Photograph: Germany/Twitter An inexperienced Germany suffered an embarrassing 3-1 defeat to Slovakia in a storm-affected friendly ahead of Euro 2016. Slovakia, who will make their European championships debut in Group B alongside Wales, England and Russia next month, recorded a deserved win in Augsburg in as Germany coach Joachim Loew fielded four uncapped players. A heavy storm in Bavaria at half-time meant the break was extended to 35 minutes and it was Slovakia who profitted from the soggy second-half conditions by adding their third goal. Germany took an early lead when Mario Gomez converted a penalty, while goals from Marek Hamsik and Michal Duris just before half-time put Slovakia 2-1 up at the break. The world champions looked out of sorts and a calamitous error by Germany's replacement goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen then gifted Slovakia's Juraj Kucka the only goal of the second half. … [Read more...] about Euro warm-up: Slovakia stun green Germany; Portugal, Spain win
The Turkish economy was rattled by US sanctions. Earlier in August, US President Donald Trump said he had authorized an increase of levies on aluminum and steel exports from Turkey, up to 20 and 50 percent respectively. In response, Ankara raised levies on several types of US imports, including tobacco and alcohol. In addition, Turkey already lodged a dispute complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) over the US tariffs. Germany to the Rescue © REUTERS / Murad Sezer/IllustrationTurkey Must Lift Interest Rates to Resolve Lira Crisis - Fmr. US DiplomatEarlier this month, Andrea Nahles, the leader of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), a partner in the ruling coalition, said that Germany might need to help Turkey despite any tensions with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. However, the government spokesman swiftly remarked that the issue of financial aid was not under discussion … [Read more...] about Turkey Faces Threat of Economic Crisis While Germany Weighs Options – Economist
BERLIN, Sept 20 (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel will on Friday unveil a major new climate protection package thrashed out by parties in her coalition through the night ahead of Friday’s global day of protests by activists demanding action on climate change. The parties are searching for an agreement aimed at setting the direction of Europe’s largest economy for coming decades. The Social Democrats (SPD), keen to offer voters sceptical about its participation in the coalition concrete evidence that it is achieving something in government, wants a carbon dioxide tax to fund social support for those who lose out from the transition. Merkel’s Conservatives want a market-based scheme involving trading in certificates entitling the bearer to emit carbon, a system optically less like a tax, with proceeds funding support for companies’ research and investment. As the sun rose over Berlin’s chancellery, the party officials inside were still haggling … [Read more...] about Germany’s coalition to detail carbon-free plans after marathon talks
* Key ECB roles up for grabs in board reshuffle * Panetta and Schnabel eye market operations * New president Lagarde set to redistribute responsibilities By Francesco Canepa and Balazs Koranyi FRANKFURT, Nov 29 (Reuters) - The German and Italian appointees to the European Central Bank’s board are vying for control of the ECB’s market operations, a key position that involves running its vast money-printing programme, two sources told Reuters. Isabel Schnabel and Fabio Panetta are due to take their seats in early January, completing a reshuffle that will then see new ECB President Christine Lagarde redistribute responsibilities among the six members of the board, who run the organisation. Whoever gets to control the ECB’s market operations will have a chance to influence its multi-trillion euro bond-buying scheme and have a big say on key questions such as which bonds the ECB can buy and for how long. A showdown between Schnabel and Panetta would extend a … [Read more...] about Italy and Germany vie for ECB’s money-printing press: sources