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Berlin dismisses boycott of Beijing Games

The German government and the German Olympic Committee have rejected a boycott of the Beijing Games this summer over China’s crackdown in Tibet. The country’s media largely agree with that decision – but not because of the official reasoning. The Local has a roundup of opinion in leading newspapers.

German vicar’s grave therapy thwarted

German vicar’s grave therapy thwarted

A German vicar in Düsseldorf decided to have parishioners lie in an open grave as a form of meditation, but was thwarted by nosy journalists, according to news agency Reuters on Friday.

Berlin Zoo scandal: scores of animals ‘disappeared’

Berlin Zoo scandal: scores of animals ‘disappeared’

In the wake of allegations that the more than 100 animals have 'disappeared' from the Berlin Zoo, its director Bernhard Blaszkiewitz has admitted to aiding in the deaths of four wild cats in 1991.

Berlin hardens ‘no’ to NATO offer for Georgia and Ukraine

Berlin hardens ‘no’ to NATO offer for Georgia and Ukraine

The German government underlined its opposition Friday to NATO opening the door to membership to former Soviet republics Ukraine and Georgia.

EON to pay €11.8 billion for Endesa assets

EON to pay €11.8 billion for Endesa assets

The German energy group EON is to pay €11.8 billion for energy assets in France, Italy and Spain as part of a deal that ended its bid for the Spanish group Endesa, EON said on Friday.

Özdemir: It’s wrong to censor Dutch anti-Islam film

Özdemir: It’s wrong to censor Dutch anti-Islam film

Prominent Turkish-German politician Cem Özdemir said on Friday that the controversial anti-Islam film "Fitna" by Dutch politician Geert Wilders should not be censored.

German cannabis growth on the rise

German cannabis growth on the rise

Cannabis is being grown in Germany in greater quantities than ever before, the German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) announced on Friday.

Jilted German swan reunited with paddleboat crush

Jilted German swan reunited with paddleboat crush

A lovesick German swan has been returned to its longtime crush – a paddleboat – after being jilted by another bird.

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MP demands ban for German neo-Nazis

The chairman of a key parliamentary committee has renewed his call for another attempt to ban Germany’s neo-Nazi NPD party, saying the case against the group had increased.

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Suspected PKK ringleader arrested in Germany

German police have arrested a 34-year-old suspected ringleader of Turkey's banned Kurdish separatist rebel movement PKK, the federal prosecutor's office said on Thursday.

Heidelberg plans ban on public drinking

Heidelberg plans ban on public drinking

Hordes of foreign travellers hoping to enjoy a few cold German beers outdoors in the tourist hub of Heidelberg this summer could face fines as the city aims to limit public drinking.