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The Official Guide to the Best Christmas Markets in Austria, Belgium, Germany, and the United Kingdom

Munich's Rathaus, the site of its largest Christkindlmarkt

MUNICH—From mid-November until Christmas Eve, Christmas markets can be found in every major city and town in many European countries including Austria, Belgium, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
Today’s markets have their origins in Vienna’s December Market, which dates back to 1294, and which was followed by Christmas markets in Munich in 1310, Bautzen in 1384, and Frankfurt in 1393.
The smells of a Christkindlmarkt are addictive: Glühwein (spiced wine), scented candles, …

Lufthansa to Cancel Nearly 900 Flights Wednesday

Lufthansa to Cancel Nearly 900 Flights Wednesday

MUNICH—Lufthansa said Tuesday that it will cancel 876 of 3,000 scheduled flights Wednesday due to a strike by its pilots.
The move follows a call by Vereinigung Cockpit, the union representing the airline’s 5,400 pilots, for a 24-hour strike in a continuing dispute over wages.
The German flag carrier has cancelled 51 intercontinental flights including seven to the United States as well as hundreds of short-haul flights. Customers will be given the …

VW to Cut 30,000 Jobs in Restructuring

VW to Cut 30,000 Jobs in Restructuring

MUNICH—Embattled automaker Volkswagen said Friday it would cut 5% of its global workforce, totalling 30,000 jobs as it tries to recover from the Dieselgate scandal.
The workforce reduction, which will take place over the coming three years, will hit the company’s home market, Germany, harder than in other regions with cuts of some 23,000 employees. In a statement, VW said that union leaders had already agreed to the cuts and it …

VW Debuts 2017 Golf in Wolfsburg

VW Debuts 2017 Golf in Wolfsburg

Volkswagen unveiled Thursday the latest version of the popular Golf at its headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany. The 2017 Golf, which is a mid-life refresh of the current Mk7 model rather than all-new, will bring along a number of new high-tech features when it arrives in showrooms.
The Golf will get an all-new infotainment system with gesture control, minor changes to its exterior including new bumpers and updated headlights, and it’s also …

Volkswagen Chairman Subject of Dieselgate-Related Investigation

Volkswagen Chairman Subject of Dieselgate-Related Investigation

Embattled automaker Volkswagen said that two members of its board including its Aufsichtsratsvorsitzenden, or chairman of the supervisory board, Hans Dieter Pötsch are under investigation by the Staatsanwaltschaft, or state prosecutor, in Braunschweig for violating securities laws.
Mr. Pötsch, who previously served as the company’s chief financial officer, stands accused of failing to notify VW shareholders of the financial risks of the Dieselgate emissions cheating scandal. Dieselgate has already caused the …

5 Tips Before You Take a Fall Road Trip

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The impending end of Daylight Saving Time makes driving more dangerous as the days become shorter and dusk arrives earlier.
The shift to fewer daylight hours not only leads to more accidents but also increases the possibility of being stranded in the dark in the breakdown lane.
Regardless of whether you are embarking upon a long journey or merely staying local, being prepared for all eventualities and exigencies is crucial.
Here are five …

GM to Enlist IBM’s Watson for OnStar Go

GM to Enlist IBM’s Watson for OnStar Go

General Motors and IBM announced plans on Tuesday to integrate IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence technology in OnStar telematics systems starting in early 2017.
The new platform, dubbed OnStar Go, will be available in over two million GM vehicles including Buicks, Cadillacs, and Chevrolets in the first year.
The system will use artificial intelligence to become familiar with individual driver’s habits that would then provide reminders to purchase items, pay for fuel via …