Notizen Weekly for June 3, 2016

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

Business and Economics

A press conference between Airbus and the Heinrich Boll Foundation was held to discuss how to make flying more environmentally friendly. (WIWO)

Germany is seeking an alternative to a Chinese takeover of robot maker Kuka. The economics ministry is working on putting together a European offer. (WSJ)

The planned merger between the London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Börse is likely to result in 1,250 job cuts. (The Guardian)

Society, Culture, & Politics

Chancellor Merkel supports the parliamentary resolution that classifies the massacre of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire as genocide. (FAZ)

Turkey recalls its ambassador after German parliament’s decision to recognize the Armenian massacre as genocide, causing more tension between the two countries. (Telegraph)

Foreign and Domestic Policy

Germany’s federal and state governments have come up with a new framework for renewable energy reforms. (DW)

German food retailer, Rewe, stops their use of plastic bags. Many stores have followed in the commitment to help Germany reduce its annual consumption of plastic bags. (WIWO)

The Dalai Lama states that too many refugees are coming into Germany. He explains that they should be admitted temporarily, but return and help rebuild their countries. (Washington Post)

Several people have died due to flooding in Lower Bavaria after heavy rain storms. The district has declared a flood disaster. (DW)

At AICGS

The annual AICGS Symposium discussing the U.S. presidential election and its significance for German-American relations is being held on June 6th.