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The 13 Best Christmas Markets in Austria, Belgium, Germany, and the U.K.

MUNICH—Did you know that there are 55 days left until Christmas, 23 days until Black Friday, and 31 days until the first Christmas markets open their stalls to customers?
Indeed, the holidays are coming and my favorite part of that is the wonderful Christmas markets or, as we say in Munich, the Christkindlmärkte.
In fact, you really haven’t truly experienced Christmas unless you’ve been to a Christmas market in Europe. They can …

‘O’zapft is!’ 185th Oktoberfest Opens in Munich

MUNICH—With the words “O’zapft is” (it’s tapped) and a 12-gun salute, the Lord Mayor of Munich, Dieter Reiter, opened the 185th Oktoberfest at the stroke of noon on Saturday.
A Festzug, or parade, preceded the ceremony from the city center to the Oktoberfest grounds at the Theresienwiese, led by the Münchner Kindl, the symbol of the city, followed by the lord mayor. The procession continued with horse-drawn carriages and floats from …

Audi CEO Arrested in Dieselgate Case

Audi CEO Arrested in Dieselgate Case

MUNICH—Rupert Stadler, the Vorstandsvorsitzender or CEO of Audi, the German automaker, was arrested Monday morning relating to the automaker’s diesel emissions compliance scandal, known as Dieselgate, according to a statement by the Staatsanwaltschaft or district attorney’s office in Munich.
Stadler’s apartment in Ingolstadt was also searched.
“We confirm that Herr Stadler was arrested this morning,” said Audi spokesman Toni Melfi to the German magazine Focus Online, adding that “the presumption of innocence …

Bosch Announces A ‘Breakthrough’ That Could Save Diesel

Bosch Announces A ‘Breakthrough’ That Could Save Diesel

MUNICH—Robert Bosch said Wednesday that it has developed a new diesel-exhaust system that would allow automakers to continue to offer diesel powerplants in the future.
The new technology would cut emissions to below the 2020 EU emissions regulations by bringing nitrogen oxides or NOx to 13 milligrams per kilometer, well below the current legal limit of 120 milligrams.
It does this by optimizing thermal management of exhaust temperatures and doesn’t require new …

Lufthansa Cancels 800 Flights Tuesday Amidst Public Sector Strike

Lufthansa Cancels 800 Flights Tuesday Amidst Public Sector Strike

MUNICH—German flag carrier Lufthansa said it was cancelling half of its scheduled flights on Tuesday after German trade union ver.di announced plans for a strike of public-sector workers such as ground workers and firefighters at multiple German airports.
The strike will commence at 5 a.m. local time at Frankfurt and Munich airports as well as at smaller airports such as Cologne and Bremen. The job action is related to a broader …

Munich Airport and Lufthansa Deploy IBM Watson-Powered Robot to Assist Passengers

Munich Airport and Lufthansa Deploy IBM Watson-Powered Robot to Assist Passengers

MUNICH—Lufthansa and Munich Airport announced the deployment of Josie Pepper, a humanoid robot that can interact with passengers who have questions.
The robot, powered by IBM Watson, an artificial intelligence platform used by and for business. The robot was developed by the French company SoftBank Robotics and was christened “Josie” by Munich Airport and Lufthansa staff members, after the airport’s official name, Munich Airport Franz Josef Strauss.
The English-speaking robot, which stands …

Report from Detroit – Highlights from the 2018 North American International Auto Show

DETROIT—The North American International Auto Show remains one of the most important auto shows of the automotive industry. Year by year, it kicks off the international car show calendar and is followed by major events in Europe and Asia. The show is held at the Cobo Center in Detroit and starts with two press days on January 15 and 16. After two industry preview days and a charity day, the …