February 20th: News from Germany
Germany, France push for EU industrial policy after rail merger flop + German police chief: Repeat violator migrants need close surveillance + German volunteer scientist finds oldest white dwarf star for NASA.
Germany, France push for EU industrial policy after rail merger flop
Berlin (dpa) - After EU regulators rejected a merger between France's trainmaker Alstom and the rail business of Germany's Siemens earlier this month, Berlin and Paris want to press ahead with the development of a European industrial strategy to go up against increasing global competition. "We need to pool our strengths and act more strongly in unison," German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said after a meeting with his French counterpart Bruno Le Maire in Berlin on Tuesday.
German police chief: Repeat violator migrants need close surveillance
Berlin (dpa) - Repeat violators who migrated into Germany illegally from North Africa need to be kept under close police surveillance, the head of the country's federal police told a conference in Berlin on Wednesday. Failure to monitor them will give them space to create organized criminal structures, as has been the case with criminal elements among previous migrant waves from the Middle East and Kurdish areas, Holger Muench told the European Police Congress.
German volunteer scientist finds oldest white dwarf star for NASA
Los Angeles (dpa) - A German volunteer scientist working with a NASA-led project has found the oldest and coldest known white dwarf, which significantly is also ringed by debris and dust, the space administration said in a statement Tuesday. Melina Thevenot, one of the volunteers sorting through data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer space telescope as part of the Backyard Worlds project, discovered the Earth-sized remnant of a dead star while in the European Space Agency's archives.