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[4 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

Auto giants Toyota and BMW said Thursday they have agreed to collaborate on research for cleaner, next-generation car batteries, underlining the growing push in the industry for green technology.
The agreement brings together Toyota Motor Corp, Japan’s No. 1 carmaker and a leader in gas-electric hybrids, and BMW AG of Germany, a European maker that has a strong luxury brand image in both Japan and Europe.
“We are now joining forces to further develop environmentally-friendly technologies and to expand our innovation leadership in each of our segments,” Norbert Reithofer, chairman of BMW, …

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[27 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

Toyota Motor Corp. and Germany’s BMW are holding talks over forming a partnership to develop environmentally friendly vehicles, sources said Saturday.
Under the proposed arrangement, BMW would provide diesel engines for Toyota’s cars, while Toyota would share its hybrid vehicle technology with the German carmaker, the sources said.
The two firms hope to slash research and development costs for core technologies as they believe their respective strengths and knowhow complement each other.
It would be Toyota’s second tieup with a major foreign automaker over hybrid vehicle technology, following a deal reached with Ford …

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[26 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron came to an EU summit on Sunday bearing gifts for French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s new baby daughter, respectively a teddy bear and a baby blanket.
Dr Merkel’s gesture was tendered amid no-holds-barred talks between Paris and Berlin ahead of the euro crisis, with Europe’s power couple in deep disagreement over how to overcome the euro’s debt woes.
The French leader even missed the birth of his daughter, Giulia, on Oct 19. After having to rush to Germany for talks with the chancellor, …

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[13 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said European leaders will do “everything necessary” to ensure that banks have adequate capital, joining French President Nicolas Sarkozy to persuade investors they can stamp out the debt crisis roiling global markets.
At a joint press conference in Berlin, Sarkozy set a deadline of the Nov. 3 Group of 20 summit to deliver a response that addresses the immediate crisis in Greece and what he called the structural defects in the 17-nation euro area. No details were provided today.
“By the end of the month, we will have …

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[31 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]

Germany is celebrating this year the birth of the automobile, with a patent applied for by Carl Benz 125 years ago for a motorized tricycle, in hopes of drawing tourists smitten by cars.
The national tourism office has made the auto industry a highlight of its annual programme for the first time and the south-western region of Baden-Wuerttemburg alone has organised 200 events from May through September.
Anyone travelling to the regional capital Stuttgart will not miss the Mercedes star that sits above the main train station or the posters that advertise …

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[29 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]

Prince Georg Friedrich Ferdinand of Prussia, great-great-grandson of Kaiser Wilhelm II, has married Princess Sophie of Isenburg, a royal wedding that has rekindled German interest in the nation’s long-defunct royals.
The couple were married in a church in Potsdam, outside Berlin, the former seat of the prince’s family that ruled much of Germany until the monarchy was abolished in 1918.
After Saturday’s ceremony, the couple travelled by horse-drawn carriage to Sanssouci Palace for a dinner and a ball.
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Several hundred onlookers lined the streets outside the church to see the …

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[26 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]

Forbes magazine on Wednesday named German Chancellor Angela Merkel the world’s most powerful woman, calling her the ‘undisputed’ leader of the European Union and head of its only ‘real global economy.’
Dr Merkel, who has topped the list of the world’s 100 most powerful women in all but one of the years since she became chancellor in November 2005, beat out US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and, in 3rd place, Dilma Rousseff, who became Brazil’s first woman president on Jan 1 2011.
‘German Chancellor Angela Merkel is head of the one …

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[13 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]

GERMAN officials said on Saturday that bean sprouts had led to a deadly bacteria outbreak across Europe, but that the farm producing the toxic vegetable was not to blame.
The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) confirmed test results announced on Friday that identified bean sprouts from an organic farm in the northern village of Bienenbuettel as carrying the virulent E. coli strain EHEC-0104, ending a frantic two-week probe.
Although the farm has since closed down, regional farm minister Gert Lindemann said that it ‘had, according to his knowledge, done nothing wrong’.
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[1 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]

Prominent conductor Yutaka Sado, 50, led the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in a regular concert for the first time Friday in front of an audience of more than 2,000.
It was the fulfillment of a 40-year-old dream for Sado, who as an elementary school student had written in his graduation essay that he wanted ‘‘to become a conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic.’‘
Sado, who was born in Kyoto, said he hoped to send a message to those affected by the March 11 earthquake disaster in Japan to ‘‘keep hold of their dreams’’ too.
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[21 May 2011 | No Comment | ]

ONE in three university students in the German capital would consider sex work as a means to finance their education, a study from the Berlin Studies Centre said on Wednesday.
The figure in Berlin, where prostitution is legal, was higher than students surveyed in Paris (29.2 per cent) and in Kiev (18.5 per cent), the three cities the report looked at. The study found some 4 per cent of the 3,200 Berlin students surveyed said they had already done some form of sex work, which includes prostitution, erotic dancing and Internet …