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Victims of GDR regime get benefit boost
Former GDR political prisoners Hartmut (l) and Gerda Stachowitz in a East Berlin prison which has stood empty for 20 years. Photo: DPA

Victims of GDR regime get benefit boost

Benefit payments to former political prisoners of ex-communist East Germany (GDR) will be raised to send an "important message" 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the government said on Wednesday. READ  

Cabinet agrees cap on city rent rises
Apartments in Leipzig. Photo: DPA

Cabinet agrees cap on city rent rises

Germany's cabinet agreed on Wednesday to cap ballooning property rents in high-demand urban neighbourhoods in a law set to come into force early next year. READ  

German firms top EU lobbying list
Siemens was the highest ranked German company when it came to spending on EU lobbying, according to the register. Photo: DPA

German firms top EU lobbying list

Germany companies are among the biggest spenders when it comes to EU lobbying to influence decision makers in Brussels. There are more German lobbying organizations registered than from any other country in Europe but Belgium. READ  

Oettinger blames celebs for nude photo hack
Oettinger (l) appeared to misunderstand how the internet works in his comments about the photo hack which has reportedly affected celebrities including Amber Heard (r). Photo: DPA/EPA

Oettinger blames celebs for nude photo hack

German newspapers on Tuesday ridiculed incoming EU Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger after he blamed "stupid" celebrities for having their private nude pictures hacked and spread online. READ  

Pickpocket fools minister at anti-crime event
Ralf Jäger in front of a sign reading "eyes open and pockets closed" at the pickpocketing awareness event. Photo: DPA

Pickpocket fools minister at anti-crime event

North Rhine-Westphalia's interior minister Ralf Jäger was pickpocketed by a magician at a press conference he called on Monday to launch a campaign against pickpocketing. READ  

Police suspect neo-Nazis of Reichstag attack
An investigator gives a sniffer dog the scent of an object found at the scene. Photo: DPA

Police suspect neo-Nazis of Reichstag attack

Investigators believe a Molotov cocktail thrown at the Reichstag building in Berlin early on Monday morning was the work of a far-right group, a police spokeswoman said on Tuesday. READ  

Germany struggles with Turkey Nato mission
A Bundeswehr Patriot missile in southern Turkey. Photo: DPA

Germany struggles with Turkey Nato mission

A shortage of trained troops caused more embarrassment for Germany's military on Tuesday when it emerged that more than one in four soldiers taking part in a Nato mission in Turkey are not getting their allotted time off between deployments. READ  

EU may drop Russian gas, Merkel warns
Chancellor Merkel with Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb in Berlin on Monday. Photo: DPA

EU may drop Russian gas, Merkel warns

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that Germany and Europe may have to review their energy cooperation with Russia in the long-term if the Ukraine standoff does not abate. READ  

Germany's military can't meet Nato commitments
Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen in Iraq last week. Photo: DPA

Germany's military can't meet Nato commitments

Germany's military is in such a poor state it cannot currently live up to all its Nato commitments, the country's defence minister admitted on Sunday, warning it could take years to overcome equipment problems. READ  

Conference on Syrian migrants set for Germany
Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier speaks to reporters in New York after addressing the United Nations. Photo: DPA

Conference on Syrian migrants set for Germany

Germany will host an international conference next month to mobilize aid for Syrian refugees after the launch of US-led airstrikes, the foreign minister has told the United Nations. READ  

EU: Russia wrong to bar German lawmaker
Rebecca Harms with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. Photo: DPA

EU: Russia wrong to bar German lawmaker

The EU condemned Russia on Friday for barring entry to the German leader of the Green fraction in the European Parliament who flew to Moscow to observe a trial of a Ukrainian pilot accused of espionage. READ  

Coalition to mark potential terrorists' ID
A German national identity card in an electronic reading machine. Photo: DPA

Coalition to mark potential terrorists' ID

The coalition government is considering plans to stop potential terrorists travelling to Iraq and Syria to join Islamic fundamentalist fighters by marking their identity cards. READ  

Revealed: Germany's military feet of clay
Bundeswehr Chief of Staff Volker Wieker with Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen. Photo: DPA

Revealed: Germany's military feet of clay

The German military (Bundeswehr) has suffered a series of embarrassing setbacks in recent weeks, forcing politicians to come to its defence. Is it fit to fulfil Germany’s new ambitions on the world stage? READ  

Germans look to UK to liven up Parliament
UK Prime Minister David Cameron faces a very different atmosphere in Parliament to Merkel. Photo: DPA

Germans look to UK to liven up Parliament

When it comes to the question of how to liven up the snore fests of German parliamentary debates, politicians think they’ve found the answer – copying Britain’s Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs). But will it work in Germany? READ  

Von der Leyen makes surprise visit to Iraq
Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen arrives in Irbil. Photo: DPA

Von der Leyen makes surprise visit to Iraq

Germany's defence minister Ursula von der Leyen made a surprise trip to Iraq on Thursday, hours after the Bundeswehr started its first delivery of weapons to Kurds fighting the Islamic State (Isis). READ  

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