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Report: German police made 'gross mistakes' before Christmas attack

Report: German police made 'gross mistakes' before Christmas attack

World
Oct. 12 (UPI) -- An investigation into the Christmas market attack in Berlin last year concluded Germany police made "gross mistakes" before the deadly incident that killed 12 people.Special investigator Bruno Jost said attacker Anis Amri, a Tunisian national, was detained several months before the attack and flagged for deportation. Officials also apparently had some evidence that Amri had radical Islamist ties, but not enough to deport him on that alone. Amri also was arrested on a drug charge, which could have been enough for deportation."There is no mathematical certainty that Amri could have been arrested and detained, but if everything had gone well, then there would have been a real chance of detaining him and at least to get him remanded in custody for a while," Jost said, accordin...
Prepare for 'very hard' Brexit, German firms told

Prepare for 'very hard' Brexit, German firms told

Business
Germany's biggest business lobby group has warned companies operating in the UK to prepare for a "very hard Brexit".The Federation of German Industries (BDI) accused Theresa May's Government of being "at odds" with itself on a clear strategy for the looming divorce, claiming the outcome was "completely open".Its managing director, Joachim Lang, told reporters in Berlin: "After four rounds of negotiations, German industry looks with concern at the progress of the Brexit negotiations."The British Government is lacking a clear concept despite talking a lot."German companies with a presence in Britain and Northern Ireland must now make provisions for the serious case of a very hard exit. Anything else would be naive."Video:Five key points from PM's Brexit speechThe BDI said it had created its ...
Merkel vs. Schulz: An American duel for German chancellor

Merkel vs. Schulz: An American duel for German chancellor

Finance
If pollsters are to be believed, half of all Germans eligible to vote will be glued to their television sets on Sunday evening for the only debate between Chancellor Angela Merkel and her challenger, Martin Schulz. In a campaign that otherwise feels soporific to outsiders, and even to Germans, this "showdown" will pass as a climax. Can Schulz, trailing badly in the polls, land a punch? Will Merkel, comfortably ahead, seem robotic or defensive in parrying his blows?These questions are fun, and we will soon have answers. But they distract from a bigger point: Germany should not have such debates at all, for they are, like so many things in Germany, an American import that does not fit into Germany's culture of democracy, which is very different from America's.More from Handelsblatt Global: ...
Police: Man kills 1, injures 4 in German supermarket attack

Police: Man kills 1, injures 4 in German supermarket attack

World
July 28 (UPI) -- A knife-wielding man killed one person and injured four others at a supermarket in Hamburg, Germany, on Friday, local police said.The man entered the grocery store, attacked five people with a knife and then left shortly thereafter, police for the northern German city said in a series of updates posted to Facebook on Friday. One victim died at the store.In a news release later Friday, police said the suspect is 26 years old and was born in the United Arab Emirates, but they could not confirm his current citizenship. Police have not yet identified him or the stabbing victims, although they said the person who died was 50 years old.CNN reported that police spokesman Timo Zill told German reporters the suspect also attacked people with his kitchen knife after he fled the supe...
Butterkist goes German with sale to KP Snacks

Butterkist goes German with sale to KP Snacks

Business
The Butterkist popcorn brand, whose adverts are familiar to generations of cinema-goers, will this week be added to the same stable of snack brands as Hula Hoops and McCoy's.Sky News has learnt that Butterkist is being sold by privately owned Tangerine Confectionery to KP Snacks, Britain's second-biggest owner of bagged snacks.Image:The Butterkist brand is familiar to generations of cinema-goersKP, which is part of the German food producer Intersnack Group, is expected to announce the deal on Monday.The value of the transaction is unlikely to be disclosed but is expected to be in the tens of millions of pounds.Insiders said that KP, which saw off rival interest from other multinational food companies, had been keen to buy Butterkist to gain exposure to the fast-growing popcorn category.As ...