Thousands in Germany protest planned EU internet reforms
BERLIN (AP) — Tens of thousands of people have marched in cities across Germany to protest planned European Union copyright reforms that they fear will lead to online censorship.
Snow is extra man for Leverkusen in 3-2 win at Hannover
BERLIN (AP) — Bayer Leverkusen got a helping hand from the snow in its 3-2 win at Hannover in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
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BERLIN (AP) — Two Bundesliga teams offered contrasting examples on Sunday over the value of switching — or keeping — coaches in a midseason relegation fight.
Leipzig ruins Doll’s Hannover debut to consolidate 4th place
HANNOVER, Germany (AP) — Hannover's hopes of a fresh start under new coach Thomas Doll took a blow in losing at home 3-0 to Leipzig, which consolidated fourth place in the Bundesliga on Friday.
Doll, who took over from the fired Andre Breitenreiter on Sunday, watched his new team stretch its run without a win to nine games.
Leipzig captain Willi Orban scored twice in the second half as the visitors tightened their grip on the last place for Champions League qualification.
Shinji Kagawa leaves Dortmund again, this time for Besiktas
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund's Japan international Shinji Kagawa has turned down Bundesliga rival Hannover and instead joined Turkish side Besiktas on loan.
Dortmund says Kagawa requested the move. The 29-year-old midfielder had only made two league appearances this season and did not feature prominently in coach Lucien Favre's plans.
4 teams battling relegation in Germany
BERLIN (AP) — The Bundesliga is a bit upside down this season.
Instead of Bayern Munich running away with the title while several teams fight against relegation, there is excitement at the top of the standings while four teams trail well below the rest at the bottom.
Struggling Hannover replaces Breitenreiter with Doll
HANNOVER, Germany (AP) — Relegation-threatened Hannover fired coach Andre Breitenreiter on Sunday after eight Bundesliga games without a win, then hired former Dynamo Berlin midfielder Thomas Doll as his replacement.
The club said Doll, who coached Hamburger SV and Borussia Dortmund before coaching stints in Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Hungary, agreed a deal late Sunday to take over through June 2020.
"He knows the Bundesliga inside out," Hannover general manager Horst Heldt said in a club statement.
Hannover coach facing axing after thrashing from Dortmund
BERLIN (AP) — Coach Andre Breitenreiter was facing the chop after his Hannover side was thrashed by Bundesliga leader Borussia Dortmund 5-1 on Saturday.
Hannover is second from bottom, level on points with last-placed Nuremberg, and Breitenreiter received little support from club president Martin Kind or general manager Horst Heldt before the game.
Kind said the club needed to consider all options and "anything else would be dishonest."
Strike by German airport security staff causes travel chaos
BERLIN (AP) — A strike by security staff at eight German airports on Tuesday is causing travel chaos for tens of thousands of travelers.
The ver.di union called on staff at airports including Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover and Bremen to walk off the job between 2 a.m. and 8 p.m. local time (0100 and 1900 GMT).
In Frankfurt alone where more than 1,000 security staff were participating in the strike, 570 flights were canceled and that across Germany up to 220,000 passengers may be affected.
Planned strike expands to Frankfurt, other German airports
BERLIN (AP) — A German labor union has expanded a planned strike by security staff at Frankfurt Airport on Tuesday to include several other airports, including Hamburg.
News agency dpa reported that the ver.di union on Sunday announced the one-day walkout at Hamburg, two days after calling the strike at Frankfurt, Germany's busiest hub.
Walkouts are also expected Tuesday at the smaller Hannover, Bremen, Leipzig-Halle, Dresden and Erfurt airports.
Germany: Hannover Airport intruder ordered held in custody
BERLIN (AP) — Police say a judge has ordered the continued detention of a young Polish man who forced open a locked perimeter gate at Germany's Hannover Airport and drove his car onto the airfield.
The 21-year-old suspect's motive remained unclear on Sunday, but police said they still had no indication his alleged actions were terror-related.
Germany: Drugged driver forces car onto airport tarmac
BERLIN (AP) — A man forced open a locked gate on the security perimeter of Hannover Airport in northern Germany and drove a car onto the airfield Saturday before coming to a halt underneath an airliner and being detained, police said.
No one was hurt in the incident, but flights were suspended for more than four hours.
Germany’s CEBIT computer show scrapped after 32 years
BERLIN (AP) — Organizers say they are scrapping the annual CEBIT computer show in Germany, an event that has drawn tech enthusiasts to Hannover for more than three decades.
Deutsche Messe AG said Wednesday that technology has become so ubiquitous that its presentation at other trade fairs has reduced demand for the 32-year-old CEBIT.
The event began in 1986 and was once billed as the biggest computer show in the world, drawing around 800,000 visitors at its peak around the turn of the century.
Gladbach reclaims 2nd in Bundesliga despite early Wood goal
BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Moenchengladbach reclaimed second place in the Bundesliga on Sunday with another fine attacking display in a 4-1 rout of Hannover.
Only league leader Borussia Dortmund has scored more goals (35) in 12 rounds so far, as Gladbach took its tally to 30 despite starting on the wrong foot.
Volkswagen to devote 3 German plants to electric car push
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen will convert three factories in Germany to manufacture electric cars, ramping up production of zero-local emission cars ahead of tougher European emissions standards, the company said Wednesday.
Wolfsburg-based Volkswagen said Wednesday that it would begin local production of electric-powered vehicles at its facilities in Emden and Hannover in 2022. A plant in Zwickau was designated previously for e-car production.
Bebou helps Hannover beat Wolfsburg 2-1 in Bundesliga
HANNOVER, Germany (AP) — Ihlas Bebou set up one goal and scored another to give struggling Hannover a 2-1 home win in the derby against Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga on Friday.
Pressure on Bayer Leverkusen after indifferent season start
BERLIN (AP) — Bayer Leverkusen coach Heiko Herrlich is under pressure after an indifferent start to the season.
The club had hopes of challenging for a top-four place and qualification for the Champions League, but Herrlich's team is 13th with just two wins from its opening eight games in the Bundesliga.
Stuttgart hires former Schalke coach Markus Weinzierl
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Stuttgart has hired former Schalke and Augsburg coach Markus Weinzierl to take over from Tayfun Korkut, who was fired on Sunday.
The club says the 43-year-old Weinzierl agreed a deal through June 2020 and will take charge of his first training session on Wednesday.
Stuttgart fires coach Korkut after lackluster start
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Stuttgart has fired coach Tayfun Korkut and his assistants Ilija Aracic and Steven Cherundolo after the side's poor start in the Bundesliga.
Losing to previously bottom Hannover 3-1 on Saturday left Stuttgart last in the league after seven games.
Former Germany defender Andreas Hinkel was to take over on an interim basis.
Augsburg’s Finnbogason repeats hat trick against Freiburg
BERLIN (AP) — Iceland striker Alfred Finnbogason kept with tradition by scoring a hat trick for Augsburg in its 4-1 win against Freiburg in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
Finnbogason, who scored against Argentina in Iceland's debut at this year's World Cup, also got a hat trick in the 3-3 draw between Augsburg and Freiburg last season.
Bundesliga fans protest commercialization with silence
BERLIN (AP) — Bundesliga games kicked off to uncustomary silence on Tuesday as fans protested against inconvenient kick-off times, increased ticket prices and the general commercialization of the game.
German zoo sends its last orangutan to Louisiana
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A German zoo is sending its last orangutan to Louisiana, and he's already learning some English.
Jambi is a 22-year-old Sumatran orangutan, a critically endangered species of the red-haired Asian great apes.
He'll travel 5,000 miles (8,050 kilometers) from Hannover Adventure Zoo to the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, where he will join three females: Reese, Feliz, and Feliz's daughter, Menari.
Hannover holds Borussia Dortmund to 0-0 in Bundesliga
HANNOVER, Germany (AP) — Hannover held visiting Borussia Dortmund to the Bundesliga's first scoreless draw of the season to start the second round on Friday.
The home side dominated possession but Dortmund went closest in the first half. Marco Reus twice gave Hannover a scare before the break, Michael Esser's outstretched leg saving his first effort while the crossbar denied his second minutes later.
Dortmund looking for Alcacer’s goals to put it in contention
BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Dortmund is looking for goals, and hoping Paco Alcacer provides them.
Despite an array of attack-minded players, Dortmund has struggled to score since Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang departed last season for Arsenal. The Gabon striker scored 98 goals and set up 25 more in 144 league appearances. Replacement Michy Batshuayi managed seven in 10 games before his loan spell from Chelsea was ended by injury.
Airport in Germany reopens after heat damaged runway
BERLIN (AP) — The airport at Hannover in northern Germany has reopened after damage caused to the runway by persistent heat forced operators to shut it for repairs.
News agency dpa reported that airport officials said departures resumed with a flight to Amsterdam just after 6.30 a.m. Wednesday. The airport expected some cancellations and delays before operations return to normal around midday.
BERLIN (AP) — Days of extreme heat have damaged a runway at Germany's Hannover airport, forcing operators to shut it down pending repairs.
Germany's ninth-busiest airport said Tuesday that 41 flights are affected by the closure, which is expected to last until Wednesday.
The airport's closure hits thousands of passengers during the busy summer holiday travel period.
HANNOVER, Germany (AP) — United States striker Bobby Wood switched to Bundesliga side Hannover from relegated Hamburger SV on Monday.
The 25-year-old Wood joined on loan for one year, with the option to then make the switch permanent, Hannover said in a statement.
The Hawaii-born forward is the club's third loan signing of the summer, after Kevin Wimmer (from Tottenham) and Takuma Asano (Arsenal).
SINSHEIM, Germany (AP) — Andrej Kramaric scored a hat trick for Hoffenheim to stake its claim for a Champions League spot with a 3-1 win over Hannover in the Bundesliga on Friday.
A mistake from Salif Sane, who is joining Schalke next season, gifted Hoffenheim the first when Serge Gnabry ran onto his botched back pass to give Kramaric a tap in. Gnabry had to go off with a thigh injury afterward.
WOLFSBURG, Germany (AP) — Relegation-threatened Wolfsburg has fired sporting director Olaf Rebbe after his unsuccessful attempt to hire general manager Horst Heldt from Bundesliga rival Hannover.
Wolfsburg says Rebbe and the club are ending their cooperation and "he is being released from his duties with immediate effect."
Mexico’s Pena Nieto optimistic on NAFTA overhaul talks
BERLIN (AP) — Mexico's president has said at a trade fair in Germany that he's optimistic about reaching a deal to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement.
President Enrique Pena Nieto and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday opened the annual Hannover Messe fair, where Mexico is this year's guest country.
Both welcomed a preliminary agreement reached Saturday between the European Union and Mexico to update their nearly 20-year-old trade deal.
HANNOVER, Germany (AP) — Hannover defeated Werder Bremen 2-1 to end its five-game losing streak and all but secure Bundesliga survival on Friday.
The visitors went closest early on but Martin Harnik broke the deadlock when he got his toe to Miiko Albornoz' cross and beat Bremen goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka at the near post.
Felix Klaus made it 2-0 before the break, converting on the rebound after Marvin Bakalorz struck the post.
BERLIN (AP) — German police say a woman and her adult son have apparently been killed by their dog at an apartment in the city of Hannover.
Police said a relative alerted authorities on Tuesday night after seeing a body through a window of the apartment. They said firefighters had to catch the Staffordshire terrier before finding the bodies of the 52-year-old woman and her 27-year-old son.
Swastika removed from church bell in Germany
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Lutheran church said Tuesday that a swastika has been removed from a church bell in a small northwestern town, following a local controversy over the Nazi symbol.
BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say three people have been arrested in the northern city of Hannover when Kurdish demonstrators protesting Turkish military attacks in northern Syria clashed with police.
The dpa news agency reported that some of the estimated 11,000 protesters threw plastic bottles at police Saturday and threatened them with the flagpoles they were waving.
Convicted ‘Accountant of Auschwitz’ reported dead at 96
BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors said Monday they were notified that a former Nazi death camp guard dubbed the "Accountant of Auschwitz" died before he could begin serving his 4-year sentence.
Hannover prosecutor Kathrin Soefker said a lawyer informed her office that Oskar Groening, 96, died Friday in a hospital. The office is awaiting an official death certificate, Soefker said.
Hannover wants fans to get banners approved before games
HANNOVER, Germany (AP) — Bundesliga club Hannover wants fans to submit banners with slogans for club approval up to 24 hours before games.
Supporters criticized the move as an alleged attempt to stifle free speech.
The midtable German team says on its website that the "new, clearly defined rules" are taking effect from Saturday's home game against Augsburg, and that the banners should be checked by a club representative and brought to the stadium "in a controlled manner."
Germany’s Green Party elect new party leaders
BERLIN (AP) — Members of Germany's opposition Green Party have elected a new leadership who vowed to continue lobbying for a united Europe and fight against poverty and climate change.
The German news agency dpa reported that Robert Habeck, 48, and Annalena Baerbock, 37, were elected Saturday at a national party convention in Hannover. The Green Party traditionally has two leaders on the national level.
Hannover apologizes after Mainz players racially abused
BERLIN (AP) — Hannover president Martin Kind has apologized for the racial abuse Mainz players Leon Balogun and Anthony Ujah were subjected to before the teams' Bundesliga game on Saturday.
Balogun says on Twitter: "Ujah and I were racially insulted with ape noises among other things as we warmed up in front of the Hannover fan block. I'm shocked that such behavior exists in 2018 in the Bundesliga, where players of differing backgrounds, skin colors and religions fight daily for their fans."
Former Iran judiciary chief being treated in German hospital
BERLIN (AP) — The German government says the former head of Iran's judiciary is receiving treatment at a hospital in Germany.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Rainer Breul said Monday that Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi has been at a hospital in Hannover for several weeks.
Breul said Shahroudi had sought treatment in Germany for a "serious illness" and that the request was granted after "credible health reasons" were given.
Bailey stars but Leverkusen held 4-4, Hertha beats Leipzig
BERLIN (AP) — Jamaica striker Leon Bailey scored twice as a substitute but Bayer Leverkusen failed to hang on as Hannover grabbed a 4-4 draw in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
Bailey, who came on at the break, needed only two minutes to equalize after Hannover had gone 3-2 ahead, and he scored again 20 minutes later to put Leverkusen 4-3 in front.
But the 20-year-old missed another chance to complete a hat trick and Julian Korb scored late for Hannover to draw.
Dortmund’s winless run continues; Bayern beats Hannover 3-1
BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Dortmund's winless run in the Bundesliga continued with a 1-1 draw at 10-man Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday that will test the club's patience with Peter Bosz as coach.
Dortmund hasn't won in the league since September and has only one win across 11 competitive games. It has fallen 10 points behind Bayern Munich, having previously led the defending champions by five.
Rising German nationalist party elects leaders amid protests
BERLIN (AP) — Members of a rising nationalist party in Germany elected their leadership Saturday at a convention in the city of Hannover that was overshadowed by protests.
Joerg Meuthen was re-elected as chairman at the first full party congress since the Alternative for Germany, known as AfD, won seats in the national parliament for the first time.
Alexander Gauland, one of the party's parliamentary leaders and a power within AfD, was elected as co-chair.
Nationalist party in Germany to hold leadership election
BERLIN (AP) — A nationalist party in Germany that won seats in parliament for the first time this year has a leadership race this weekend to fill a void created when its best-known figure abruptly quit.
Alternative for Germany co-chair Frauke Petry quit the party, known as AfD, in September, accusing it of flirting with far-right extremism.
Promoted sides Hannover, Stuttgart draw 1-1 in Bundesliga
HANNOVER, Germany (AP) — Hannover substitute Niclas Fuellkrug converted a penalty to earn his side a 1-1 draw against promoted rival Stuttgart in the Bundesliga on Friday.
Takuma Asano's first-half strike looked to be enough for Stuttgart to claim its first away win of the season, but Fuellkrug equalized from the spot with a quarter-hour remaining after Benjamin Pavard was adjudged to have brought down Matthias Ostrzolek.
6 Syrians accused of terror plans detained in German raids
BERLIN (AP) — Prosecutors say authorities have searched eight apartments across Germany and temporarily detained six Syrian men who are accused of preparing a terror attack.
Frankfurt prosecutors wrote in a statement that 500 police officers searched buildings early Tuesday in the cities of Kassel, Hannover, Essen and Leipzig.
Heynckes stays perfect as Bayern beats Leipzig to go top
MUNICH (AP) — Jupp Heynckes maintained his perfect start to his return to Bayern Munich after his team beat 10-man Leipzig 2-0 to top the Bundesliga as Borussia Dortmund's slump also continued on Saturday.
First-half goals from James Rodriguez and Robert Lewandowski gave Bayern the victory which sent it three points clear of Dortmund, which lost at Hannover 4-2.
Leipzig, which played most of the match with 10 men after Willi Orban's dismissal, remained third, four points behind Bayern.
Kagawa becomes highest Japanese scorer in Bundesliga
BERLIN (AP) — Shinji Kagawa became the highest scoring Japanese player in the Bundesliga by showing a touch of class to give Borussia Dortmund a 2-1 win at Augsburg on Saturday.
Kagawa, who scored 21 league goals in his first stint at Dortmund from 2010-12 before leaving for Manchester United, has 17 in his second stint after rejoining the club in 2014.
Promoted Hannover beats Hamburg, maintains unbeaten start
HANNOVER, Germany (AP) — Promoted Hannover defeated injury-hit Hamburger SV 2-0 at home in the "little northern derby" to maintain its fine start to the Bundesliga on Friday.
Second-half goals from Martin Harnik and Ihlas Bebou, on his first home appearance for Hannover, gave Andre Breitenreiter's side its third win from four games and maintained its unbeaten start.
US forward Bobby Wood misses Hamburg’s Bundesliga game
HANNOVER, Germany (AP) — United States forward Bobby Wood was missing for Hamburger SV in its Bundesliga game at promoted Hannover on Friday due to a reported knee injury.
Kicker magazine and local media report that Wood, who had one goal from Hamburg's first three league games, has been bothered by a knee problem since the international break.