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Adidas is closing its high-tech ‘robot’ factories in the US and Germany just 3 years after the first one opened

“Adidas plans to close high-tech “robot” factories in Germany and the United States it launched to bring production closer to customers, saying on Monday deploying some of the technology in Asia would be “more economic and flexible.”” writes Emma Thomasson for businessinsider.com. Adidas started production of shoes largely by robots at its “Speedfactory” in the southern town of Ansbach near its Bavarian headquarters in 2016 and opened another near Atlanta in 2017.The German sportswear company did not give details for why it was closing the facilities, which have proved expensive…

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Poland Criticizes NETFLIX After ‘Terrible Mistake’ on Holocaust…

“WARSAW (Reuters) – Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has pressed Netflix, the U.S. streaming and production company, to make changes to a documentary that includes a map showing Nazi death camps inside the borders of modern Poland” writes Min Read for reuters.com. A German court convicted Ukrainian-born Demjanjuk in 2011 pending appeal as an accessory to the murder of 27,000 Jews at the Sobibor death camp in occupied Poland. Source: reuters.com

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German coalition parties avert government crisis with pension deal

“If the partners had failed to reach a pension deal, SPD members might have decided to vote against staying in the coalition at a party congress on Dec. 6-8” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Senior coalition members, including Merkel and SPD Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, sealed a deal during talks in the chancellery that lasted more than six hours, officials said. Coalition leaders are expected to present their compromise deal at a news conference in the chancellery at 1645 CET (1545 GMT). Source: 95kqds.com

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In big step forward, tampons in Germany won’t be taxed as luxury items

“In the U.S., tax rates vary from state to state, with a growing number of states now dropping the tax” writes Natasha Pinon for mashable.com. Meanwhile, other countries around the world, like Kenya, India, and Canada  have eliminated their former “tampon tax” rates.A vote on Thursday in German parliament changes the tax rate for menstrual hygiene products like tampons or pads from their current designation as “luxury items” to that of “daily necessities.”. “It is the women who bear these costs ― and periods are no luxury for women,” Roloff…

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Power struggle escalates at German railways: sources

“Seen as a reformer at the company, Doll still has some supporters on the supervisory board, including among trade union representatives, the sources said” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. However, that appointment could also be at risk because of the power struggle around Doll.BERLIN (Reuters) – A power struggle has escalated at Germany’s Deutsche Bahn [DBN.UL], with the position of finance chief Alexander Doll at risk, company sources said ahead of a special meeting of the supervisory board of the railway company on Thursday.Members of the executive and supervisory…

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After Brexit, let’s formalize the ‘E3’ European security trio: German minister

“Kramp-Karrenbauer said that after Brexit, close cooperation with France and Germany should continue, creating an added security forum alongside the EU and NATO. “Brexit or not, the island won’t just sail away” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. It remains part of our security architecture,” she said in a speech in Munich. Kramp-Karrenbauer, leader of Angela Merkel’s conservatives and widely seen as the Chancellor’s preferred successor, said a further meeting of the three countries’ defense ministers should take place later this year. Source: 95kqds.com

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Germany’s Merkel renews push for FTA with India, pledges green funds

“A free trade pact with India has been a long-pending demand from Germany which is India’s largest trading partner in Europe” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. NEW DELHI (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday there was a need for a fresh attempt to restart talks on finalizing a free trade agreement (FTA) between India and the European Union.Merkel who is in India along with several cabinet colleagues and a business delegation, began talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on trade, investment, regional security and climate…

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