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18 Dead Following Tour Bus Accident in Bavaria

18 Dead Following Tour Bus Accident in Bavaria

MUNICH—A collision between a tour bus and a truck on a German Autobahn resulted in the death of 17 passengers on the bus as well as the bus driver. Thirty people were injured in the crash that occurred shortly after 7 a.m. local time in Southern Germany.
Some of the injuries were serious, police said and many of the victims were between the ages of 66 and 81. The …

BMW Plans to Debut a 3 Series Electric Vehicle at the Frankfurt Show

BMW Plans to Debut a 3 Series Electric Vehicle at the Frankfurt Show

BMW, which currently offers several electric vehicles including the BMW i3, will introduce an all-electric 3 Series at the 2017 International Motor Show in Frankfurt.
The news was first reported by the Handelsblatt, a German business newspaper.
The move is intended to counter the Tesla Model 3, a forthcoming compact four-door sedan that was introduced in early 2016 and slated to go into limited production later this year.
The all-electric 3er will reportedly …

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 …