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Europe Says ‘Adieu’ to Roaming Fees Today

Europe Says ‘Adieu’ to Roaming Fees Today

MUNICH—Roaming fees for European travelers are now a thing of the past.
Starting today, the “Roam Like at Home” rule means that every EU resident’s home plan will work anywhere in the European Union at no additional cost.
Voice calls, data, and text messages are all free of any roaming fees or surcharges.
A joint statement from the European Commission, European parliament, and European Council on Tuesday described the change as “a concrete, …

War of Words: Turbulence in the German-American Transatlantic Partnership

MUNICH—Germany and the United States have, since the end of the Second World War, been the closest of allies and partners. The relationship has been predicated on the two nations’ strong beliefs in democratic ideals and a strong transatlantic economic trade partnership.
The Berlin Airlift and the Marshall Plan did much to cement a positive perception of the United States in Germany much as U.S. opposition to the punitive Versailles treaty …

Trump Threatens the ‘Very Bad’ German Auto Industry

Trump Threatens the ‘Very Bad’ German Auto Industry

MUNICH—President Trump appears to not like the fact that German automobiles have been selling in the United States as well as they have.
During Thursday’s NATO summit in Brussels, the president reportedly threatened to call a halt to sales of German cars in the United States and had some choice words for them and a supposed trade imbalance between the two countries.
The Germans “are bad, very bad,” several participants in the …

Happy May, Ahem, Loyalty Day!

May 1 is a public holiday in many countries and is typically referred to as May Day. It harkens back to an ancient spring festival celebrated with dance, singing, and, of course, the maypole. It also coincides in some countries with a holiday intended to honor their workers.
Countries that celebrate the holiday in some fashion include Austria, Czechia, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Holland, and Sweden.
May Day is preceded by Walpurgis Night …

Report from the 87th Geneva International Motor Show

The Geneva International Motor Show (Salon International de l’Auto) kicks off the automobile year 2017 in Europe as the first important international auto event for car manufacturers. The show opened to the media at the beginning of the week although the big news – the sale of General Motors’ Opel unit to PSA Group, maker of Peugeot and Citroën – came from Paris on Monday.
Automakers put forth an unending display …

GM May Announce Deal to Sell Opel on Monday

GM May Announce Deal to Sell Opel on Monday

MUNICH—General Motors is expected to announce on Monday that it is selling its Adam Opel unit to French automaker PSA Group, maker of Peugeot and Citroën cars.
The two companies said Saturday they would hold a joint press conference Monday morning in Paris. Last month the two acknowledged they were in talks for PSA to acquire Opel.
Opel is GM’s European division and designs and manufactures Opel-branded automobiles for sale in Africa, …

EU Parliament Votes to End Visa-Free Travel for U.S. Citizens

EU Parliament Votes to End Visa-Free Travel for U.S. Citizens

MUNICH—The European Parliament passed a non-binding resolution to end visa-free travel for Americans entering the European Union.
The move follows the failure of the United States to agree to visa-free travel for citizens of five EU countries, namely Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland, and Romania, as part of a reciprocity agreement.
Currently, U.S. citizens can enter all EU countries without a visa.
The resolution was intended to “encourage” the United States to live up …