On average Germans spent 261 euros on Christmas presents last year and are expected to spend a bit more this year. Vouchers and books top the list of gifts. We crunch the numbers.
Shortly before the season starts authorities have unveiled reforms to Germany's video assistant referee system. They include efforts to make decisions more transparent and improve the VAR's ability to judge offsides.
With the summer heat leading to increased beer consumption, some breweries in Germany complain about lacking enough bottles and crates. Beer packaging, it seems, is a recurrent, long-term problem for the industry.
The leaders of the US intelligence community have gathered at the White House to present a united front. Donald Trump has faced massive criticism for failing to act on Russian election interference.
The world's third-largest economy has slid into reverse for the first time in two years as a result of sluggish consumption and seasonal factors. But experts said it was not the beginning of a longer downswing.
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