In Brief: German automaker Volkswagen scraps plan for 1.3 billion euro Turkish factory due to COVID-19

The manufacturer has reportedly decided to expand its factory in Bratislava instead.


By Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson and William Glucroft

First, Volkswagen said it was delaying building a factory in Turkey because of its military offensive in Syria. The delay continued with the advent of the coronavirus.

News reports say the German automaker has now decided to scrap the 1.3 billion euro plan altogether because of the slump in demand caused by COVID-19.

VW reportedly plans to expand its factory in Bratislava instead.


Berlin police report a spike in far-right crimes in Neukölln.

Far-right crime in Neukölln isn’t new, but it is at an all-time high: 137 offenses in the past nine months. That’s based on an information request from Berlin’s Left party, according to public broadcaster rbb.

Crimes include verbal and physical threats, insults and attacks with racist and anti-Semitic intentions. Investigators have also found a far-right produced “enemy list” with 500 names on it.

Despite a special investigative unit to track down extremist offenders in Neukölln, many cases have not been solved.

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