Germany decries Turkey’s actions in east Mediterranean , urges dialogue


Germany’s foreign minister on Tuesday criticized Turkey for unilateral steps” in the eastern Mediterranean that are undercutting efforts to de-escalate tensions with Greece and Cyprus over sea boundaries and drilling rights.


Heiko Maas said that it’s now up to Turkey to create those conditions without further provocations that will allow negotiations to move forward.


Maas said any attempt by a Turkish survey ship to begin prospecting for hydrocarbons in disputed waters around the Greek island of Kastellorizo would strike a serious blow” to efforts at easing tensions and improving ties between the European Union and Turkey.


Germany’s top diplomat also decried Turkey’s move to open the beachfront of Famagusta’s fenced-off suburb of Varosha in divided Cyprus’ breakaway Turkish Cypriot north as a completely unnecessary and provocative step.”

Varosha remained off-limits and in Turkish military control after its Greek Cypriot residents fled in

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Lewis Hamilton Ties Michael Schumacher’s Wins Record in Germany

NÜRBURG, Germany (AP) — Even Lewis Hamilton once saw Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 wins as unbeatable. Now he’s matched it.

Schumacher’s son, Mick, presented Hamilton with one of his father’s old helmets after the British driver took a record-tying 91st win at the Eifel Grand Prix.

“Seeing his dominance, I don’t think anyone, and especially me, didn’t imagine that I’d be anywhere near Michael in terms of records so it’s an incredible honor and it’s going to take some time to get used to,” Hamilton said, adding that he used to choose Schumacher as his character when playing a video game.

Schumacher has required constant care since he sustained severe head injuries in an accident while skiing in 2013.

Hamilton took a big step closer to matching Schumacher’s record of seven titles, too, after his teammate Valtteri Bottas failed to finish with an engine problem. Hamilton now leads the

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Lewis Hamilton Ties Schumacher’s Wins Record in Germany

NÜRBURG, Germany (AP) — Even Lewis Hamilton once saw Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 wins as unbeatable. Now he’s matched it.

Schumacher’s son, Mick, presented Hamilton with one of his father’s old helmets after the British driver took a record-tying 91st win at the Eifel Grand Prix.

“Seeing his dominance, I don’t think anyone, and especially me, didn’t imagine that I’d be anywhere near Michael in terms of records so it’s an incredible honor and it’s going to take some time to get used to,” Hamilton said, adding that he used to choose Schumacher as his character when playing a video game.

Schumacher has required constant care since he sustained severe head injuries in an accident while skiing in 2013.

Hamilton took a big step closer to matching Schumacher’s record of seven titles, too, after his teammate Valtteri Bottas failed to finish with an engine problem. Hamilton now leads the

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Mahle creates Germany mechatronics centre | Automotive Industry News

Mahle has created a new global development centre for mechatronics in Kornwestheim, near Stuttgart, Germany.

Around 100 engineers work at the location to develop complex product solutions for electric drive systems, actuators and electric auxiliaries for vehicles with hybrid, hydrogen, or battery electric drives.

Mahle has invested mid-double-digit millions to set up the centre. At the start of the year, the supplier founded a dedicated business unit for electronics and mechatronics. The technology group expects sales growth in this business segment to be well into double digits in the next ten years.

“Our new mechatronics development centre is another important step in Mahle’s technological transformation,” said member of the Mahle Management Board and responsible for the Electronics and Mechatronics business unit, Wilhelm Emperhoff.

“It’s now particularly important we develop the right know-how and portfolio so we can emerge from the current crisis in a stronger position as an established technology

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Mercedes team member tests positive for Covid-19 ahead of Eifel Grand Prix in Germany

A member of the Mercedes Formula One team has tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of the Eifel Grand Prix race weekend in Germany.





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The truncated F1 campaign is due to get back under way at the Nurburgring this weekend as reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton bids to equal the iconic Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 career victories following a frustrating third-place finish in Sochi last time out.

There are two practice sessions scheduled for Friday as usual, with a third taking place ahead of qualifying on Saturday and the race set for Sunday.

Less than 24 hours before P1 is due to begin, Mercedes have confirmed that an unidentified team member has now returned a positive test for coronavirus.

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Germany Mounts Car-Sales Comeback Powered by Electric Models

(Bloomberg) — Germany’s car market expanded for the first time this year, as sweeter incentives for battery-powered vehicles led Europe’s biggest auto market out of a deep slump.

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Almost a sixth of cars registered last month were plug-in hybrids or battery-electric models, Germany’s trade group VDA said Friday. Demand for those vehicles more than quadrupled from a year ago, supporting an 8.4% gain in total sales.

Germany boosted subsidies this summer to as much as 9,000 euros ($10,600) for electric vehicles and 6,750 euros for plug-in hybrids to help an industry decimated by the coronavirus pandemic get back on its feet. The nation’s auto sector was already reeling from the effects of trade wars prior to the pandemic, with car production slipping to a 23-year low last year.

Read more: Electric-Car Subsidies Render Renaults Free in Germany

While total sales advanced in September, registrations in the first nine

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Precigen Announces Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Increases Ownership Position Through Exercise of Convertible Note

GERMANTOWN, Md., Oct. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Precigen, Inc. (Nasdaq: PGEN), a biopharmaceutical company specializing in the development of innovative gene and cell therapies to improve the lives of patients, today announced that leading science and technology company and existing shareholder Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Ares Trading S.A., has elected to voluntarily convert a convertible note with an outstanding principal balance of $25 million to increase its stake in Precigen from approximately 11.6% to 14.8% of outstanding shares, remaining as Precigen’s second largest shareholder. As previously announced in December 2018, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, reassigned to Precigen exclusive chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) development rights that were part of an earlier transaction between the companies. This reassignment allowed Precigen to regain full autonomous development of its proprietary CAR-T technology platform in exchange for $150 million in stock and a $25

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FEV opens Germany high-voltage battery test centre | Automotive Industry News

FEV Group president and CEO, Stefan Pischinger has inaugurated what the supplier says is the world’s largest development and test centre in Germany for high-voltage batteries for passenger and commercial vehicles.

The durability testing centre is known by its German abbreviation eDLP.

“We look forward to continually enhancing Saxony-Anhalt’s strong expertise in the up-and-coming field of e-mobility with the now completed eDLP and to intensifying the solid long-standing collaboration with FEV as an innovative company and attractive employer in the region,” said Minister President of the Federal State of Saxony, Reiner Haseloff. 

For his part, Pischinger added: “As a globally leading developer of technologies for electric vehicles, FEV is advancing innovation and forward-looking solutions. With the eDLP, we are providing our customers with proof of this claim.

“After all, in addition to optimal technological support, we can also save development time and costs for our partners.

“We can offer every

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Tesla Sales Grow in Germany While Every Other Carmaker Is Struggling This Year

The Federal Motor Transport Authority – known as the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt or KBA for short – paints a bleak picture for every carmaker in Deutschland with the exception of Tesla in terms of year-over-year increases. The Palo Alto-based company is the only one with positive results, and at 24.5 percent compared to the period from January to September 2019, it’s a formidable growth given the global health crisis.

What comes as a bit of a surprise is that Tesla has also been affected by the sanitary crisis and that the Model Y for Germany is scheduled to start production in 2021. KBA further highlights that alternative drive is gaining traction in this part of the world, reporting three-digit increases compared to the month of September 2019.

No fewer than 21,188 EVs were registered last month, along with 54,036 hybrids and 20,127 plug-in hybrids. LPG and CNG vehicles have also posted positive

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