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Germany To Repatriate Gold From Us, France

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How Tesla Motors Plans to Supercharge the Autobahns of Germany

By Biography Dec. 22, 2013 4:05 p.m. ET By common consent, last week's eurozone deal to create a banking union was a turkey. Barely anyone has had a good word to say in its defense. Euro-zone leaders insisted that the decision to hand over power to wind up failed banks to an independent eurozone agency with access to a common eurozone fund was a significant pooling of sovereignty. But the critics were adamant: the resolution process was too complex, the fund too small, the...
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But when police looked at the stolen cars on computer maps, they were pinging from Tajikistan. Even for German stolen cars that was a bit unusual. And unusual for stolen cars here takes some doing. For instance, the Ukrainian justice minister drives a Mercedes-Benz stolen from Germany. But these cars had passed beyond the Black and Caspian seas and then would have united states had to pass through either Russia or Iran to get to Tajikistan, on the northeastern edge of Afghanistan.
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If Germany Doesn?t Bend, Europe May Break

The total value of the returned gold is estimated at 1.1 billion euro, the head of Bundesbank, Jens Weidemann told visit the website the Bild newspaper. Weidemann explained it is part of a program to increase the reserves held in Frankfurt, and there was no doubt on the security of the gold held in America and France. The gold reserves of the country will be stored in Frankfurt because it has a special storage with the corresponding equipment, said Carl-Ludwig Thiele, a Bundesbank board member. A large part of the German gold is held in foreign banks, primarily in New York and Paris. At the beginning of this year the Bundesbank said it intended to repatriate 700 tons of gold worth 27 billion euro by 2020. Once completed, a half of the Federal republics gold reserves, or about 3,400 tons will be stored within the country. During the Cold War fearing a Soviet invasion the German government shipped two-thirds of its gold reserves to the UK, France and US.
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For most of 2013, with elections looming, it was hard for Merkel to challenge them. She no longer has that excuse. After her victory in September, she leads a coalition that commands a huge parliamentary majority. Still, she continues to combine calls for more Europe (meaning stronger oversight of southern Europes governments) with an insistence on less Europe (meaning little or no new money for mutual fiscal support). Take Europes long-promised plan to form a banking union. A deal reached last week promises a new 55 billion-euro resolution fund, financed by levies on banks. Germanys finance minister, Wolfgang Schaeuble , seemed to think it a breakthrough.
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'Jihad Tourism': From Germany To The Syrian Battlefield

In fact, Tesla expects demand in Germany to be around 200-300 vehicles per week by the end of 2015, according to Forbes contributor Mark Rogowsky. On a quarterly basis, that's 3,200-4,800 vehicles per quarter. That's a significant number considering that Tesla said during it's second-quarter- earnings call that demand for all of North America was about 5,000 cars per quarter based on weekly net orders at the time. Already, Tesla has four active Supercharger stations in Germany, based on data from its website. Tracking Tesla's global expansion Of course Germany isn't the only country in Tesla's current global expansion. The company plans to begin delivering vehicles in China at the beginning of next year.
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Germany should ban U.S. contracting companies passing data to NSA: report

Their teams will meet in a pre-World Cup friendly on June 1. Andre Penner/AP FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Germany will play fellow World Cup participant Cameroon in one of its final warmups for the tournament in Brazil. The match is scheduled for June 1 in Moenchengladbach. Germany also plays Poland on May 13 and is looking for an opponent for a June 6 match, one day before departing for Brazil. German Football Federation president Helmut Sandrock says the coaching staff wanted Germany to play against a ''strong African team'' ahead of the tournament.
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Germany, Cameroon to meet in pre-World Cup friendly

German news magazine Focus on Saturday cited Hans-Peter Uhl, parliamentary spokesman on interior policy for the conservatives, as saying Cisco needed to be required by contract not to pass sensitive material to the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). He said the German government wanted to monitor U.S. contracting companies more closely in future. A spokeswoman for the German government declined to comment on the Focus magazine report. Reports earlier this year that the NSA had tapped phones and emails in Europe, including Merkel's mobile phone, caused outrage in Germany, where memories remain of eavesdropping by the Stasi secret police during communist rule in East Germany.
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Germany suspects its stolen cars traveling to Tajikistan

Also, a German security official who spoke to NPR on the condition of not being identified says there's concern about radicalized war veterans coming back to Germany with knowledge of weapons and explosives that could be used to carry out attacks there. Rhein says it's imperative to prevent those who want to fight in Syria from leaving home in the first place. So he's proposed an early detection system that will include telephone hotlines and counseling centers. The Hesse minister says the system which he's trying to get other German states to adopt will be similar to existing German programs that identify right-wing extremists. He says the idea is to create lines of communication with relatives, friends and teachers who would likely be the first to notice when an individual is becoming radicalized. A nationwide system would also make it easier for German states to share information on radical Islamist activities with each other. That's something authorities there would welcome.
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