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Conservatives agree on foreigner road toll
Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt. Photo: DPA

Conservatives agree on foreigner road toll

UPDATE: Germany's conservative alliance has finally agreed to charge foreign motorway users a toll and hopes to raise €500 million a year, but critics say their plan isn't roadworthy. READ  

States sign Berlin deal to fight tax evasion
Finance ministers from 50 countries pose for a photo in Berlin after signing the agreement. Photo: DPA

States sign Berlin deal to fight tax evasion

More than 80 countries signed an agreement in Berlin on Wednesday that could end banking secrecy in the global battle against tax evasion and fraud, even though critics pointed to shortcomings in the deal. READ  

German exports to Russia dive by a quarter
Russia has banned food imports from the EU. Photo: DPA

German exports to Russia dive by a quarter

German exports to Russia have collapsed by more than a quarter, according to figures released on Wednesday, as sanctions brought about by the Ukraine crisis take effect. READ  

Bundeswehr has a black hole of €300 million
Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen. Photo: DPA

Bundeswehr has a black hole of €300 million

Germany's defence budget is too small to fund Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen's plan to make the military a more family-friendly and attractive employer, according to reports. READ  

Hooligans want to march in Berlin and Hamburg
More than 4,000 people gathered in Cologne on Sunday. Photo: DPA

Hooligans want to march in Berlin and Hamburg

UPDATE: Further far-right protests, of the kind seen in Cologne on Sunday, are being planned in Berlin and Hamburg, leading to fears of violence spreading to other cities. READ  

Syria Crisis
What will Berlin do for Syria's refugees?
Syrian women with their children in a refugee camp in Lebanon. Photo: DPA

What will Berlin do for Syria's refugees?

UPDATE: The United Nations issued a clarion call in Berlin on Tuesday for more funding to help countries such as Lebanon and Jordan host millions of Syrian refugees, warning it posed the world's "most dramatic humanitarian crisis". READ  

Opinion
'We can't allow a proxy war on German streets'
Police arrest a hooligan in Cologne on Sunday. Photo: DPA

'We can't allow a proxy war on German streets'

Pundits, politicians and police chiefs have all been sticking their oar into the debate over how to deal with the unholy alliance of drunken thugs and far-right politics which came to a head in Cologne on Sunday. READ  

Minister wants to ban hooligan protests
The demonstration in Cologne on Sunday turned violent. Photo: DPA

Minister wants to ban hooligan protests

North Rhine-Westphalia's interior minister wants to ban future violent far-right and hooligan demonstrations, following chaotic scenes in Cologne on Sunday in which 44 police officers were injured. READ  

No stress for German banks, but faith falls
Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble was pleased with the ECB results. Photo: DPA

No stress for German banks, but faith falls

UPDATE: A Europe-wide banking audit was failed by just one small German bank on Sunday, but on Monday an influential business confidence index fell to its lowest level for almost two years. READ  

Merkel: I won't support UK on EU migration
No David! Photo: DPA

Merkel: I won't support UK on EU migration

Chancellor Angela Merkel has dealt a blow to UK Prime Minister David Cameron's hopes of renegotiating Britain's relationship with the EU by ruling out changes to freedom of movement. READ  

Far-right thugs injure 44 officers in Cologne clash
Police used water cannon against the demonstrators. Photo: DPA

Far-right thugs injure 44 officers in Cologne clash

Police deployed water cannon and tear gas against an anti-Salafist demonstration by thousands of hooligans and far-right supporters in central Cologne when it descended into violence on Sunday. READ  

UN climate talks shuffle to a close in Bonn
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UN climate talks shuffle to a close in Bonn

Concern was high at a perceived lack of urgency as UN climate negotiations shuffled towards a close in Bonn on Saturday with just 14 months left to finalize a new global pact. READ  

Climate chief hails Bonn greenhouse gas deal
Pollution from a coal-fired power station in Frimmersdorf, North Rhine-Westphalia. Photo: DPA

Climate chief hails Bonn greenhouse gas deal

The UN's climate chief hailed a European agreement in Bonn on greenhouse gases on Friday as providing "valuable momentum" for a world pact to be inked in Paris next year. READ  

Germany gets €780m EU rebate for poor growth
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Germany gets €780m EU rebate for poor growth

Germany will get an early Christmas present of around €779 million from the EU, thanks to weaker than expected GDP growth. READ  

Steinmeier challenges UN over Isis gas reports
Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Kurds watching the attack on Kobane. Photo: DPA

Steinmeier challenges UN over Isis gas reports

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier pressed UN General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon to bring possible poison gas use by Isis in Iraq before the Security Council. READ  

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