1&1 and Deutsche Telekom in Germany just announced that (paraphrasing it) they will take email security more seriously now.
The announcement was from DT and United Internet (which has the sub companies 1&1.de, web.de, GMX.de), so you find the "eMail made in Germany" logo on all of them. These four plus GMail likely account for most email accounts in Germany. (And no, just because of having a subsidiary in the US doesn't make 1&1 an american company. It's not. Whether that helps the US employees against torture is another question, though.) Nevertheless, "more seriously" means enabling SSL encryption between servers, which technically is something that should have done a decade ago. So essentially it is nothing more than a marketing campain.
You might want t get an email account at GMX in Germany (product of 1&1)
You certainly don't want to. Fact is that the WW II hasn't ended in so far as there are still serious limitations on sovereignity on Germany from US side (the Russians gave up on them during German reunification). Essentially US authorities can order around German authorities, including in particular the order to not investigate US crimes on German soil. You also may want to look up the story of the guy who invited a few friends on fecesbook to take a walk to some spy facility to watch the endangered species of NSA agents from a distance (or some such). He had the modern equivalent of the Gestapo at his doorsteps a few days later and had to officially register this walk as a demonstration...
and then use PGP/GPG for fully
That for sure.