German court rules for Jewish claimants
27 November 2003 , LEIPZIG – Setting a major legal precedent, Jewish claimants won restitution this week of a plot of land that their ancestors sold in 1936 at what was termed a token price. The case went all the way to Germany’s Federal Administrative Tribunal in Leipzig, with a local authority in Teltow-Seehof arguing the land situated in the Berlin suburbs had been sold at a fair price, and could not be returned. More than 700 other claims by the Jewish heirs for other plots are now likely to succeed, f
Iran to downgrade economic ties
27 November 2003 , TEHERAN – Iran plans to downgrade economic ties with those countries which took an unfavourable stance towards the Islamic state at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) board of governors meeting in Vienna, the Teheran press reported Thursday. “We will not forget the stance of those countries which have not been on Iran’s side at the IAEA and should therefore downgrade economic ties with them,” Hassan Rowhani, the chief negotiator on the nuclear dispute, was quoted by the press
UN: warmest-ever 2003 is a warning
27 November 2003 , BONN – With this year likely to go down on record as the warmest ever recorded, the world should take this as a serious warning about the changes going on in the planet’s climate, the United Nations said in Bonn. At the same time, according to the Bonn-based secretariat of the Framework Convention on Climate Change, while progress has been made in some areas of protecting the climate, more needs to be done. The issues will be taken up at the Ninth Session of the Conference of the Parties
German prosecutors probe leading bank
27 November 2003 , DUESSELDORF – German prosecutors have launched an investigation into one of the country’s leading banks over its financing of the British television rental company Boxclever. The Duesseldorf state prosecutors office said Thursday it had begun an investigation of managers of WestLB, Germany’s fifth-largest bank, on suspicion of breach of trust. The German banking regulatory authority BaFin had referred files on the case to prosecutors in June. WestLB’s chief executive, Juergen Sengera, an
Basta with the stability pact
Should we really worry about the stability pact unravelling? Instead of getting wound up about France and Germany lording it over the other EU states, we argue that the grim state of the European economy means that the pact is really long overdue for a rethink.
Rags-to-riches-to-jail drama with a happy end
It was a rags-to-riches criminal drama that captivated Germany: a young woman who was transformed into a stunning beauty by her much older plastic surgeon husband ended up in jail following his violent death. But now, as Ernest Gill reports, the story has a happy ending.
Big investment in the car of the future
26 November 2003 , FRANKFURT – Automobile producers are investing a fortune in designing the car of the future with their research and development departments sometimes employing more staff than several a big university, data released by the German auto industry showed. Researchers are looking at cleaner, cost-saving engines, new material concepts, simpler driving and control systems, improved steering and perfect emission systems. Sometimes they just look at a more practical cup holder or dirt-free seatin
Deportation of fugitive SS guard ordered
26 November 2003 , WASHINGTON – A 77-year old former Nazi concentration camp guard at Mauthausen camp in Austria was ordered deported from the US by an immigration judge in Detroit, Michigan, federal justice officials said. The man, Johann Leprich, served as an armed SS Death’s Head guard at Austria’s Mauthausen Concentration Camp from 1943 to 1944, according to US court findings in 1987. Although Leprich’s U.S. citizenship was revoked by that court, he disappeared for 16 years as a fugitive from justice.