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Greece bailout passes with massive majority
Wolfgang Schäuble addressing the Bundestag on Friday. Photo: DPA

Greece bailout passes with massive majority

UPDATE:German MPs voted 542-32 in favour of extending Greece's bailout programme on Friday. READ  

Spoof hails Varoufakis: puts 'hell' in 'Hellenica'
Yanis Varoufakis, Greece's "Minister of Awesome". Photo: DPA

Spoof hails Varoufakis: puts 'hell' in 'Hellenica'

An offering that rehabilitates the much-maligned German sense of humour is rocking the internet with a searing spoof metal tribute to Greece's formidable new finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, filled with painful moments of self-mockery. READ  

Russia revives 'KGB methods' in Europe
Tried and tested: KGB documentation. Photo: DPA

Russia revives 'KGB methods' in Europe

Russia is busily enlarging its spying network in Europe along the former Soviet KGB model because of the Ukraine crisis, Germany's domestic intelligence chief warns. READ  

BILD says 'NEIN' to Greece bailout extension
Bild's second page on Thursday reading "NO! No more billions for the greedy Greeks". Photo: Matty Edwards

BILD says 'NEIN' to Greece bailout extension

BILD, Europe's biggest-selling daily newspaper, on Thursday targeted plans for an extension to Greece's bailout by asking readers to email in selfies with the paper's "NEIN" headline. READ  

Merkel talks refugees, Ukraine with Swedish PM
Chancellor Angela Merkel greets Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at the Chancellery in Berlin. Photo: DPA

Merkel talks refugees, Ukraine with Swedish PM

Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven in Berlin on Wednesday for talks on the two countries' shared migration and integration concerns. Between them, Germany and Sweden take in more asylum seekers from Syria than the rest of the EU combined. READ  

Ex-lawyer jailed again for Holocaust denial
Back again. Sylvia Stolz before her second sentencing on Wednesday for Holocaust denial. Photo: DPA

Ex-lawyer jailed again for Holocaust denial

A Munich court on Wednesday sentenced a previously convicted Holocaust denier and ex-lawyer to a second jail term, after she publicly declared that there had been no organized genocide of the Jews under Adolf Hitler. READ  

Party for tenants as coalition agrees rent cap
Rent caps and escape from broker fees signal brighter times for tenants. Photo: DPA

Party for tenants as coalition agrees rent cap

Amid growing housing shortages, the parties of Germany's coalition government have settled a long-running dispute around new draft legislation on rent increases and estate agents' fees. READ  

Bremen MPs want €1,900 chairs for 'backache'
Sitting pretty: The Bremen Parliament in session. Photo: DPA

Bremen MPs want €1,900 chairs for 'backache'

Bremen's MPs want new seats. Not the kind secured by elections, but ergonomic, colour-coordinated models costing some €1,900 each. That price tag doesn't sit well with voters in the financially struggling state. READ  

Greek crisis
Schäuble starts selling Greek deal to MPs
Wolfgang Schäuble at the rostrum of the Bundestag in September 2014. Photo: DPA

Schäuble starts selling Greek deal to MPs

UPDATE: Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble stressed Wednesday that Greece, having won breathing space in its debt talks, will not receive "a single euro" until it meets the pledges of its existing bail-out programme. He must convince sceptics in his own party of the Greeks' credibility before a Bundestag vote on Friday. READ  

EU energy union plan meets Berlin resistance
A worker at a gas facility in Siberia. Photo: DPA

EU energy union plan meets Berlin resistance

European Commission plans to create a single market in energy, partly to reduce dependence on Russian gas, are sure to raise hackles in Berlin. READ  

One fifth of Germans want revolution: report
A left-wing demo in Leipzig in May 2014. Photo: DPA

One fifth of Germans want revolution: report

One in five Germans believe that a revolution would be the only way to truly reform society, a study released by the Free University of Berlin on Monday shows. READ  

Pegida decides Hitler selfie is no problem
Lutz Bachmann. Photo: DPA

Pegida decides Hitler selfie is no problem

Just four weeks after announcing his resignation in the wake of a Hitler selfie scandal, the founder of the anti-Islam movement Pegida has been voted back into leadership. READ  

Women executive quota bill 'unconstitutional'
Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth Manuela Schwesig. Photo: DPA

Women executive quota bill 'unconstitutional'

As MPs meet to discuss a planned law which would force large companies and the government to hire more women managers and executives, experts say that the bill hasn't been properly drafted. READ  

Greece targets crooks in €7.3bn tax plan
The man with the plan: Greek Finance Minister Gianis Varoufakis. Photo: DPA

Greece targets crooks in €7.3bn tax plan

Greece has drawn up a €7.3 billion tax hit list aimed at the country's oligarchs and lucrative smuggling industry, a German newspaper said, as part of reform proposals due to its creditors Monday. READ  

German FM warns against escalation
Steinmeier has warned against a pro-Russian rebel advance on Ukraine’s Maripol. Photo: Vasily Maximov / AFP

German FM warns against escalation

Germany's foreign minister warned Sunday in comments to a newspaper that any attack on the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol would be a clear violation of a week-old ceasefire accord. READ  

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