German media roundup: Merkel’s convoluted immigration policy

German media roundup: Merkel’s convoluted immigration policy

Chancellor Angela Merkel has declared “multiculturalism” dead but also wants to lure qualified immigrants to Germany. The conflicting messages left some newspapers in The Local’s media roundup on Monday confused.

Baltic island Usedom terrorised by arson spree

Baltic island Usedom terrorised by arson spree

Another northern German island has become the target of arsonists. After this summer’s series of fires on the North Sea island of Sylt, police said Monday they are investigating similar fires set on Usedom in the Baltic Sea.

Wulff visits Turkey as integration row simmers

Wulff visits Turkey as integration row simmers

German President Christian Wulff flew to Turkey Monday for a four-day visit amid a heated debate in his country over the integration of Muslim immigrants, many of them Turkish.

Lufthansa increases offerings for winter

Lufthansa increases offerings for winter

Germany’s largest airline Lufthansa plans to expand its 2010-2011 winter offerings to include more seats and new destinations, the company said on Monday.

Axel Springer shutters Russian edition of Newsweek

Axel Springer shutters Russian edition of Newsweek

German publisher Axel Springer announced on Monday it was shutting down the Russian-language edition of Newsweek, which was often openly critical of the Kremlin, for economic reasons.

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Man jumps to his death after failed attempt to crash small plane

Man jumps to his death after failed attempt to crash small plane

A 26-year-old man attempted to crash a sightseeing plane above Munich by attacking the pilot, but jumped to his death instead after he found he was no match for the Bundeswehr-trained aviator, Bavarian police reported.

Cities plan big tax increases to fill empty coffers

Cities plan big tax increases to fill empty coffers

Residents of many German cities will see their local taxes and fees rise significantly in 2011 due to a record €14-billion budgetary shortfall, the German Association of Towns and Municipalities (DStGB) said Monday.

TV licence fee reform will hurt businesses, experts warn

TV licence fee reform will hurt businesses, experts warn

The planned reform of Germany’s unpopular GEZ broadcasting licence fees could heavily burden businesses, industry experts warned on Monday.

Schavan pledges foreign credentials review

Schavan pledges foreign credentials review

Education Minister Annette Schavan on Monday promised a new law enabling better recognition of foreign credentials would provide 300,000 highly qualified workers for the booming German economy.

Facebook under fire for privacy glitch

Facebook under fire for privacy glitch

German ministers have criticised social networking site Facebook for failing to respect privacy, following a report of a serious flaw that allowed non-subscribers access to private data.