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Whiff of foul play in Cologne mayoral election
An electoral poster next to Cologne Cathedral. Photo: DPA

Whiff of foul play in Cologne mayoral election

1 day ago

Did the Social Democratic Party (SPD) deliberately skew voting slips in Cologne's mayoral elections to hand their candidate an advantage?

Bavarian minister uses n-word on live TV
Singer Roberto Blanco (left) and Bavarian interior minister Joachim Herrmann (right). Photo: DPA:

Bavarian minister uses n-word on live TV

3 days ago

Bavarian interior minister Joachim Herrmann (CDU) has become the target of widespread outrage after calling singer Roberto Blanco a "wonderful negro" on live television - and failing to apologize when challenged on Tuesday morning.

Eurozone crisis
Nobel economist says Germany bullies France
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Nobel economist says Germany bullies France

3 days ago

France has been intimidated by Germany into pursuing an economic policy that isn't working, Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz told AFP in an interview on Monday.

Refugee crisis tests EU's core ideals: Merkel
Angela Merkel. Photo: DPA

Refugee crisis tests EU's core ideals: Merkel

August 31, 2015

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday said the refugee crisis facing Europe is testing the core ideals of universal rights at the heart of the European Union.

'No limit to refugees Germany can take in'
Refugees arrive at an intake centre. Photo: DPA

'No limit to refugees Germany can take in'

August 31, 2015

Germany's top official dealing with refugees said on Monday that there was 'no upper limit' to Germany's capacity for taking in people in need of asylum.

German court: Ban on refugee demos must stay
Anti-refugee demonstrators carry a sign accusing Chancellor Angela Merkel of being a "traitor to the nation" this week in Heidenau. Photo: DPA

German court: Ban on refugee demos must stay

August 28, 2015

Update: A German court on Friday night reinstated a ban on rallies in an eastern town hit by violent anti-migrant protests, overturning an earlier decision that found the restriction to be "illegal".

Netzpolitik Affair
Merkel's office 'hid knowledge of probe'
The Chancellery. Photo: Heinz Albers

Merkel's office 'hid knowledge of probe'

August 27, 2015

After digital rights blog Netzpolitik revealed that state prosecutors were investigating two of its journalists for treason, Chancellor Angela Merkel's office reacted with shock. Now Spiegel reports that the Chancellery knew about the investigation in April.

Facebook to meet gov on Internet hate-mongering
Are Facebook keeping a close enough eye on hate speech? Photo: DPA

Facebook to meet gov on Internet hate-mongering

August 27, 2015

Update: Facebook on Thursday accepted an invitation from Germany's justice minister to discuss doing more to purge the social network of racist posts after widespread complaints from users.

NATO troops join in large German training exercise
NATO paratroopers training in Romania on Wednesday. Photo: DPA

NATO troops join in large German training exercise

August 27, 2015

More than 1,000 NATO paratroopers jumped from aircraft above Germany on Wednesday in one of the alliance's largest airborne training exercises in Europe since the Cold War ended, the US army said.

Bavaria fights activist assault on cow bells
Is this the face of an animal in pain? Photo: DPA

Bavaria fights activist assault on cow bells

August 24, 2015

Animal rights activists have demanded that one of the signature sounds of the Bavarian Alps – the gentle ringing of distant cow bells – be brought to an end, claiming it is cruel to the animals.

Merkel, Hollande discuss migrant crisis, Ukraine
Chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Francois Hollande. Photo: DPA.

Merkel, Hollande discuss migrant crisis, Ukraine

August 24, 2015

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande will meet in Berlin on Monday to give a new push to European efforts to tackle the biggest migrant crisis in 50 years.

‘Architect of German unity’ dies at 93
Egon Bahr. Photo: DPA.

‘Architect of German unity’ dies at 93

August 20, 2015

Egon Bahr, an influential Cold War politician who helped stabilize relations between East and West Germany, has died at age 93.

Refugee crisis
Asylum 'could cost Germany €10bn' in 2015
Afghan asylum seekers at a barracks in Sigmaringen, Baden-Württemberg. Photo: DPA

Asylum 'could cost Germany €10bn' in 2015

August 20, 2015

Based on new projections for the number of asylum seekers expected to arrive in Germany this year, the country may have to find €10 billion to fund its already creaking system.

Greece crisis
MPs vote through third Greek bailout package
Chancellor Angela Merkel surrounded by MPs and party leaders in the Bundestag during the vote on Wednesday. Photo: DPA.

MPs vote through third Greek bailout package

August 19, 2015

German MPs voted through a third European bailout package for Greece on Wednesday, although a large number of abstentions and 'no' votes pointed to a sizable rebellion among Chancellor Angela Merkel's ranks.

Refugee crisis
Germany, Sweden need help with migrants: UN
Migrants queuing to enter a former army barracks in Thuringia. Photo: DPA

Germany, Sweden need help with migrants: UN

August 18, 2015

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees said on Tuesday that Europe must work out a fairer way of sharing refugees, days after Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that the refugee crisis would likely prove a greater political challenge for Europe than Greece.

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