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“Returning to Reims”: A German Theatre Company’s Meditation on the Politics of Working-Class Families

In “Returning to Reims,” a production of the Berlin-based theatre company the Schaubühne at St. Ann’s Warehouse, in Brooklyn, the German actress Nina Hoss plays Katy, an actress who has been hired to read a voice-over for a documentary film based on a memoir by the French philosopher Didier Eribon. Eribon’s book, “Retour à Reims,” was published in France in 2009; it is a lucid, astringent account of his estrangement from his working-class parents, and his own coming to terms with his identity as a gay man and an intellectual….

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Facebook broke German privacy laws, court rules

Privacy rights campaigners are claiming victory over Facebook in a German legal battle. It follows a regional court ruling that found some of the social network’s data consent policies to be invalid. The Vzbv consumer group successfully argued that five of the app’s services were switched on by default, with the relevant privacy settings “hidden”. Facebook intends to appeal, but believes that planned changes to the app will ensure it obeys the law. Vzbv also plans to appeal because some of its other allegations were rejected. These included a claim…

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German shock at car exhaust tests on humans and monkeys

The German government has denounced experiments funded by German carmakers in which humans and monkeys reportedly inhaled diesel exhaust fumes. German media say the health impact research was done by EUGT, a body funded by Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW. Such tests could not be justified, the government said, demanding details. A minister called them “abominable”. Daimler also condemned them. VW is embroiled in a scandal over software that gave false diesel exhaust data. In 2015 VW admitted having fitted “cheat” devices in the US that made their engines appear less…

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German nurse charged with 97 more murders at hospitals

A German nurse who is already serving a life sentence for two murders has been charged with killing 97 more patients over several years at two hospitals in northwestern Germany, prosecutors said Monday. The new indictment against Niels Hoegel was expected after officials said in November that he may have killed more than 100 patients in total. He worked at a clinic in Oldenburg from 1999 to 2002 and in nearby Delmenhorst from 2003 to 2005. Hoegel was convicted in 2015 of two murders and two attempted murders in Delmenhorst…

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Two Chefs Shaking up German Fine Dining

When Michael Ellis, international director of the Michelin Guide, introduced the 2018 award ceremony in Berlin, he paid honour to “a highly motivated generation of young chefs [who have] made German gastronomy among the best in the world.” Testament to this new era are Julia Komp and Sarah Henke, two dynamic chefs breathing new life into Germany’s fine-dining culture. With the country now boasting a record 300 restaurants with Michelin status, we take a closer look at the two inspiring chefs. Finding their own Way in the Kitchen Julia won…

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This German advert shows what mascots do during the Bundesliga winter break

Watch the advert below Wednesday, December 20, 2017 Nearly every year there are calls for the Premier League to introduce a winter break, but there is one thing people in favour of one never think of. What do the mascots do? If they have no matches to attend over the winter period, what are those loveable goofs meant to get up to? Sky Sports DE answered this question with a video published on their official Facebook page, showing that mascots get the blunt end of the stick when it comes…

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German spy agency warns of Chinese LinkedIn espionage

China is using fake LinkedIn profiles to gather information on German officials and politicians, the German intelligence agency (BfV) has said. The agency alleges that Chinese intelligence used the networking site to target at least 10,000 Germans, possibly to recruit them as informants. It released a number of fake profiles allegedly used for this purpose. BfV head Hans-Georg Maassen said the accounts show China’s efforts to subvert top-level German politics. “This is a broad-based attempt to infiltrate in particular parliaments, ministries and government agencies,” he said. Social media shown as…

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