Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told Turks living in Europe that they do not need to assimilate into their host societies. Erdogan was addressing an audience of 20,000 Turks gathered in Cologne on Sunday. The audience included Turks living in France, Belgian and the Netherlands, as well as in Germany.
Berliners will have to live with almost three days of closed streets and heightened security measures, as Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert visits the German capital. Olmert arrived in the city on Sunday for the three day trip. During this time Berlin will be on the highest security level.
Computer giant Apple is to open its first store in Germany, the company has announced. A link on Apple’s homepage put an end to speculation over the company’s plans for Germany by announcing plans to open the republic’s first Apple store in Munich. Apple is also looking for store employees over the Internet.
Plans to turn a three story Berlin sex shop into a huge brothel have been shelved after local protests. The venture at the LSD sex store on the boarder between the Mitte and Tempelhof-Schöneberg districts of Berlin, was halted by 3,400 signatures of local residents. The neighbourhood is known as a haunt of prostitutes, however, residents found the thought of a mega-brothel on a prominent corner overwhelming.
German users of online auction house Ebay are planning to boycott the site in protest of changes to its rating system. More than 5,000 users have already added themselves to the list of sellers who will not use Ebay between the 18th and 25th of February. Germany is the second most important market for Ebay.