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For decades, the CIA read the encrypted communications of allies and adversaries

For more than half a century, governments all over the world trusted a single company to keep the communications of their spies, soldiers and diplomats secret. But what none of its customers ever knew was that Crypto AG was secretly owned by the CIA in a highly classified partnership with West German intelligence.

Germany: Merkel’s party in crisis as heir apparent quits

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s heir apparent unexpectedly threw in the towel Monday, plunging her conservative party into an even deeper crisis as it struggles to agree on its future political direction after losing votes to the far right.

German soccer pledges to support Holocaust Memorial Day

The German soccer federation says it has a “special responsibility” to support Holocaust Memorial Day as its former president Felix Linnemann was directly responsible for sending victims to be murdered at the Auschwitz extermination camp.

EU pressures Iran on atom deal in last-ditch bid to save it

Britain, France and Germany on Tuesday ratcheted up pressure on Iran to stop violating its landmark nuclear deal in a last-ditch effort to resolve their differences through talks while also starting a process that could bring back punishing U.N. sanctions on Tehran.

Apes, monkeys among 30 animals killed in German zoo fire

A fire raced through a zoo in western Germany in the first few minutes of the new year, killing more than 30 animals, including apes, monkeys, bats and birds, authorities said. Police said paper sky lanterns launched nearby to celebrate the arrival of 2020 were probably to blame.

Wealthy German family gives millions to Holocaust survivors

One of Germany’s richest families is giving millions to support Holocaust survivors with critical needs as it seeks to atone for its use of forced laborers during the Nazi era and its enthusiastic support of Adolf Hitler.

Germany’s Merkel voices ‘shame’ during 1st Auschwitz visit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced a feeling of “deep shame” during her first-ever visit on Friday to the hallowed grounds of the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, where Adolf Hitler’s regime murdered more than a million people.

Germany expels Russian diplomats in probe of Berlin killing

Germany expelled two Russian diplomats Wednesday over the brazen killing of a Georgian on the streets of Berlin in August as prosecutors said evidence suggested the slaying was ordered either by Moscow or authorities in Russia’s republic of Chechnya.

Amazon workers stage strike on Black Friday

Workers at Amazon distribution centers in Germany have gone on strike for better pay on Black Friday, one of the busiest days of the year for the online retailer.

Germany offers expert group in bid to end NATO rift

Germany sought Wednesday to ease French worries about NATO by offering to set up a group of experts to examine the alliance’s security challenges after President Emmanuel Macron lamented the “brain death” of the military organization.