Global TV Video: Today's Top News at Noon in Berlin

Gerhard Schröder calls for refugee limits. Russians protest the alleged assault of a girl in Berlin. German defense spending to rise. Confectionary companies sue sugar producers for collusion.

Former Chancellor Calls for Refugee Limits

Former chancellor Gerhard Schröder is calling on his successor, Angela Merkel, to limit the flow of refugees into Germany.

Mr. Schröder said Ms. Merkel’s open-door policies are needlessly worrying Germans. In an interview with Handelsblatt, he called for daily limits on the numbers of refugees allowed into the country.

Mr. Schröder advised Ms. Merkel to get tough with countries ignoring an E.U. directive to take in refugees. Poland is the biggest recipient of money from the European Union, while Germany is the biggest net payer, Mr. Schröder noted in a Handelsblatt forum on Asian business.

Poland should be reminded that countries that accept money from the E.U. are bound to support its positions, he said.

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Russia Protests Alleged Assault on 13-year-old in Germany

Russia’s foreign minister has harshly criticized Germany for allegedly covering up the rape of a 13-year-old dual Russian-German girl in Berlin.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, in unusually strong terms, said Tuesday that German police had “swept the case under the carpet.’’ He cited reports that she had been assaulted by refugees.

Police in Berlin say they have no evidence that the girl, identified as Lisa, was raped or that the assault was carried out by refugees, as online rumors in Russia have said.

The girl was reported missing on January 11, but she returned the next day and said she had been accosted.

News of the incident sparked protests in Russia and among far-right groups in Germany over the weekend. Relations between Russia and Germany have been strained since Germany backed financial sanctions against the country for its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

German Defense Spending to Rise

Germany wants to spend an extra €130 billion on its military defense by 2030 to update old equipment and boost personnel.

Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday asked a parliamentary committee to approve the expenditure so Germany could participate in more military operations abroad and fulfill its commitment to the trans-Atlantic military alliance NATO.

Germany currently spends about €35 billion a year on its military, and the increase, if approved, would boost annual spending in 2017 by about 25 percent.

The country has traditionally spent only about half of what NATO countries are asked to spend on defense. Its recent deployments to Syria and Mali to help fight the Islamic State have strained its readiness, advocates say.

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Confectionary Companies Sue Sugar Producers for Collusion

More than 30 companies are suing Germany’s biggest sugar producers Südzucker, Pfeifer & Langen and Nordzucker for allegedly forming a cartel to push up prices.

Handelsblatt reported Tuesday that confectionery giants Nestle, Müller Milch and Lindt & Sprüngli have all filed lawsuits. Damages could run to at least €315 million. Germany’s cartel authority in 2014 fined the companies €280 million for collusion. The sugar makers claimed their actions did not damage candy companies because they simply passed on price increases to consumers.

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Tal Rimon and Kristen Allen are editors at Handelsblatt Global Edition. Narration: Kristen Allen. To contact the authors: [email protected]  and [email protected]