September 22, 2013 |
BERLIN - Angela Merkel's conservatives won a major victory in Sunday's German elections, according to official results, putting her in position to serve a third term as chancellor after negotiations to form a coalition with the left-wing opposition. The results showed Merkel's Christian Democratic Union at 41.5%, leading the main opposition Social Democrats by 17 percentage points. A new party founded in opposition to the euro, the Alternative for Germany, received 4.7% of the vote, below the 5% threshold needed to enter Parliament.
September 20, 2013 |
BERLIN - Her necklace made more of a statement during a televised debate than she did, with beads the colors of the German flag. Even her supporters admit she's no soaring orator. A giant campaign billboard features a close-up of her hands, not her face. But the owner of that patriotic jewelry and those hands with their fingertips pressed together looks poised to renew her claim as the world's most powerful woman. Germans go to the polls Sunday, and almost all indications are that Chancellor Angela Merkel will emerge with a third term as leader of Europe's most populous nation and its biggest economy.
July 23, 2013 |
On a mission to hunt down long-elusive Nazi fugitives, Operation Last Chance was launched in major German cities Tuesday by the Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center. The center's director for Israel, Efraim Zuroff, pronounced the quest to bring the remaining war criminals to justice during a news conference in Berlin and in a campaign manifesto issued in Jerusalem. Some 2,000 posters have been affixed to walls, billboards and transit stops in Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne, offering rewards of as much as 25,000 euros ($33,000)
July 20, 2013 |
Roger Federer lost to Argentine qualifier Federico Delbonis , 7-6 (7), 7-6 (4), Saturday in the semifinals of the German Tennis Championships at Hamburg. Federer, a four-time champion in Hamburg, was outplayed by the 114th-ranked left-hander, who advanced to his first career final. Federer took a wild card for Hamburg after losing in the second round at Wimbledon. In the final, Delbonis will play Fabio Fognini of Italy. Fognini defeated third-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain, 6-4, 7-6 (1)
July 4, 2013 |
The Red Lion Tavern in Silver Lake was kitschy long before being kitschy became a hallmark of counterculture cool. The venerable German beer garden on Glendale Boulevard, which has always been earnest about its over-the-top Bavarian-themed decor and dirndl-clad bartenders, is now situated across the street from one of hipsterdom's most self-consciously ironic and aggressively kitschy bars, the Cha Cha Lounge. This faded Frau of Silver Lake was cool long before a pilgrimage of the young and tragically hip led to a steady gentrification process that last fall resulted in Forbes magazine dubbing Silver Lake "America's Hippest Hipster Neighborhood.
July 3, 2013 |
The Berliner Weisse is a traditional style of wheat beer that's been gaining popularity with local craft breweries and beer fans alike. The style is a perfect accompaniment to warmer weather and backyard barbecues. Light, pleasantly tart and low in alcohol, the Berliner Weisse is an approachable beer that fits the L.A. lifestyle and climate. The beer style was developed in Germany centuries ago, but the heyday of its popularity was during the first half of the 20th century when the tart ale became popular in Berlin's outdoor cafes.
June 25, 2013 |
The long-anticipated RingRacer at Germany's Nurburgring racetrack is set to join the ranks of the fastest roller coasters in the world when it reopens this summer after a four-year delay. Photos: RingRacer coaster at Germany's Nurburgring racetrack Back in 2009, the $15-million compressed-air-launch coaster was billed as the fastest coaster in the world with a top speed of 135 mph. Built by Utah-based S&S Worldwide, RingRacer was designed to launch with a force of 5.6 Gs and travel along a 4,000-foot-long track running between the grandstands and the racecourse.
June 23, 2013 |
Communications giant Vodafone Group of Britain has reportedly upped its price for Germany's largest cable company after Liberty Global Inc. of Colorado showed interest. Vodafone, which also owns a sizable stake in Verizon Wireless in the U.S., has reportedly reached a preliminary, $10.1-billion agreement with Kabel Deutschland Holding, Bloomberg News reported Sunday, citing anonymous sources. Reuters, citing two anonymous sources, reported that Vodafone would make the all-cash offer public Monday.
June 14, 2013 |
So, let's see if we've got this straight. When Ja'Nel is on the red team, the team racks up an unbelievable winning streak, taking home the trophy for every single challenge -- save one. And when she gets switched over the the blue team, lo and behold, they turn their losing streak around by nailing the relay challenge. Is Ja'Nel the one to beat? Perhaps, if she can stay out of the way of flying lobster. And perhaps, unless we find out this has all been crafty editing and one of the other competitors -- Mary, maybe?
June 11, 2013 |
The supervisor of a German bank worker who fell asleep at the computer and accidentally transferred nearly $300 million to a retiree's account got her job back after winning the case in court Tuesday. Her employee, a clerk, had dozed off and accidentally hit the number "2" key 11 times, sending €222,222,222.22 to an account of a retired pensioner, according to the Agence France Presse. The correct amount that should have been sent? €62.40 (or about $82.60). Unfortunately for the retiree, the bank rectified the mistake soon afterward.