A weekly round-up of news and happenings in German-American relations.

Business and Economics

Progressing in the diesel scandal, Volkswagen is proceeding with the conversion of their diesel-powered vehicles. (FAZ)

Yields in the Eurozone corporate bond market have hit new lows as the European Central Bank enters as a giant buyer. The ECB is forecasted to have a significant impact on the market. (WSJ)

Foreign and Domestic Policy

Prime Minister David Cameron pleads with unhappy voters to back away from ‘Brexit’. (Washington Post)

Parliamentary hearings for the investigative committee on NSA activities in Germany revealed that Germany may have been involved indirectly in helping US drone attacks. (DW)

Germany’s “Environment Week” is educating the youth through the presentation of 200 climate and environmental projects. (DW)

German President Joachim Gauck announces he will not be seeking a second term. This is likely to cause problems for Angela Merkel and her coalition. (NYT)

Society, Culture, & Politics

The German genocide vote inflames tensions with Turkey. (BBC)

Mitteldeutsche Regiobahn is introducing women-only train carriages following several violent sex attacks. (Telegraph)

Germany has been accused of failing to adequately tackle racist violence in the midst of rising hate crime and signs of institutional racism. (Guardian)

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