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Austria refugee tragedy suspects appear in court
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Austria refugee tragedy suspects appear in court

17 hours ago

Four defendants were to appear in court in Hungary on Saturday over Austria's migrant truck tragedy, as a "horrified and heartbroken" UN chief called for international action to end Europe's refugee crisis.

Elite cops' hazing ritual: eat ice cream off thighs
A Cologne SEK unit on deployment in 2013. Photo: DPA

Elite cops' hazing ritual: eat ice cream off thighs

1 day ago

Officers from Cologne's elite Spezialeinsatzkommando (SEK) police unit should be punished for hazing practices they inflicted on new members, an official in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) said on Thursday.

Army buys in new guns to replace defective G36
A German soldier armed with a G36 rifle during training exercises in Poland. Photo: DPA

Army buys in new guns to replace defective G36

1 day ago

Some German soldiers will be carrying different weapons within a year as the Defence Ministry scrambles to replace standard rifle which loses accuracy under hot temperatures.

Climate change
Sweltering summer has climatologists sweating
Dried out soil in Bavaria. Photo: DPA

Sweltering summer has climatologists sweating

1 day ago

Heat over 40 degrees, weeks without rain, sudden storms and flash floods – in the summer of 2015 Germany experienced all these things. Are these extremes set to become the norm?

Migrant crisis
Merkel: Austria tragedy a ‘warning’ for Europe
Forensic experts investigate a truck in which refugees were found dead as it stands by the Autobahn in Austria. Photo: DPA.

Merkel: Austria tragedy a ‘warning’ for Europe

2 days ago

The "horrible" discovery on Thursday of between 20 and 50 dead migrants on a truck in Austria is a warning to Europe to get to grips with the migrant crisis, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday. Other leading German politicians laid out their plans for handling the influx of refugees.

Internet surveillance
Spies 'traded Germans' data for US software'
Photo: DPA

Spies 'traded Germans' data for US software'

2 days ago

Media reports on Thursday alleged that German spies traded access to information about the country to the US National Security Agency (NSA) in exchange for surveillance software.

Lightning strikes at least twice in Cottbus
Lightning over Germany. Photo: DPA

Lightning strikes at least twice in Cottbus

3 days ago

If you feel like you are an unlucky person by nature you probably want to avoid Cottbus. A study released on Wednesday shows that the old wisdom that lightning never strikes twice is far from true in the town near the Polish border.

Merkel booed by crowd at refugee centre
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Merkel booed by crowd at refugee centre

3 days ago

Demonstrators booed Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday as she arrived at a refugee centre hit by violent far-right protests.

The Local List
Ten ways Germany puts Britain to shame
Big Brother keeping an eye on Big Ben. Photo: DPA

Ten ways Germany puts Britain to shame

3 days ago

As most true Brits realized long ago, there are a lot of reasons why Britain is pretty rubbish. Jörg Luyken argues that his fellow Brits should pack their bags and move to Deutschland.

MPs plan new close watch on spies
A dish at a German intelligence listening post in Bad Aibling, Bavaria. Photo: DPA

MPs plan new close watch on spies

3 days ago

MPs in Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) are planning to put Germany's security services on a much tighter leash in the future following a wave of scandals, media reported on Wednesday.

Bomb threat tops flood of SPD hate mail
A police officer standing outside the SPD's Willy-Brandt-Haus headquarters during the evacuation. Photo: DPA

Bomb threat tops flood of SPD hate mail

August 25, 2015

The headquarters of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), Angela Merkel's junior coalition partners, was evacuated on Tuesday afternoon after a bomb threat. The party has been targeted by the far-right since leader Sigmar Gabriel called anti-refugee demonstrators "vermin" on Monday.

Honest pensioner hands in €12,000 bin find
File photo of a trash bin: DPA.

Honest pensioner hands in €12,000 bin find

August 25, 2015

Gathering bottles and turning them in for cash in Germany can be quite a lucrative business, but one retiree collected perhaps a bit more than he bargained for on Monday.

Refugee crisis
Germany challenges EU to agree on refugee plan
German soldiers from the frigate Schleswig-Holstein with refugees from Somalia in the Mediterranean on Sunday. Photo: DPA

Germany challenges EU to agree on refugee plan

August 25, 2015

Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel published a 10-point plan on Monday to reform the way Europe deals with refugees.

Foiled train attack
Thalys train gunman was questioned in Berlin
A police forensics worker examining the crime scene on the Thalys train. Photo: DPA

Thalys train gunman was questioned in Berlin

August 25, 2015

The man who was stopped from carrying out a gun attack in a train from Amsterdam to Paris last Friday was questioned by police after setting off a silent alarm before boarding a Berlin-Istanbul flight in May.

Anti-refugee violence
Merkel to visit protest-hit refugee home
Far-right violence in Heidenau over the weekend left 30 police officers injured. Photo: DPA

Merkel to visit protest-hit refugee home

August 25, 2015

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will on Wednesday visit a refugee centre which was hit by violent far-right protests, her office said in a statement.

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