February 5th: News from Germany

These are the topics: Japan and Germany want to promote WTO reform + Banksy's shredded picture goes on show in Germany + Merkel: China must take responsibility for a peaceful world order

Japan und Deutschland wollen WTO-Reform vorantreiben
Japan und Deutschland wollen WTO-Reform vorantreiben dpa

Japan and Germany want to promote WTO reform 

Tokyo (dpa) - In the face of growing threats to global free trade, Germany and Japan want to work together for a reform of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday in Tokyo. As part of the ongoing Japanese presidency of the Group of 20 (G20) biggest economies in the world, reform of the WTO will feature high on the agenda, Merkel said on Tuesday in a discussion with students from Keio University in Tokyo. "And there is a high degree of common ground between Japan and Germany," she said.

Banksy's shredded Girl with Balloon goes on show in Germany 

Karlsruhe, Germany (dpa) - Girl with Balloon, the art work by Banksy that famously part-shredded seconds after being sold at auction in London in October, is to go on show at a gallery in Baden-Baden in the Black Forest region of Germany on Tuesday. The picture, which is one of a series by the anonymous English artist, shows a little girl with her dress blowing in the wind holding a balloon in the shape of a heart held by a string.

Banksy's shredded Girl with Balloon goes on show in Germany
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China must take responsibility for a peaceful world order

Tokyo (dpa) - Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged China to take more responsibility in the world as its global aspirations grow. China will have to "grow more into its responsibility for a peaceful world order," Merkel said on Tuesday in a discussion with students of Japan's elite Keio University in Tokyo.

In a debate over the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, Merkel said that one had to talk to China about "the company not simply handing over data to the state that is then used, but that one gets assurances there." "If you work in Germany, then it can not be that the Chinese state is able to access all the data on all Chinese products," she continued.