German dads staying home with the kids

German dads staying home with the kids

Nearly a fifth of new German fathers have applied for parental leave benefits allowing them to stay at home on two-thirds of their pay for a year, the Family Ministry said on Wednesday.

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IKEA won’t sell its prefab homes in Germany

Swedish home furnishing giant IKEA announced Wednesday that it would not sell its BoKlok prefabricated house kits in Germany.

Going postal in Regensburg

Going postal in Regensburg

While on a princely trip to Bavaria, David Wroe decides to go postal in Regensburg by delving into the mediaeval history of the House of Thurn and Taxis.

‘Jordy’ bringing a wet and chilly weekend to Germany

‘Jordy’ bringing a wet and chilly weekend to Germany

After weeks of glorious sunny and warm weather, a low front from the north will have Germans turning their heaters back on this weekend, the German Weather Service (DWD) said on Wednesday in Offenbach.

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Böhmer rejects criticism of German naturalization tests

Germany's integration minister Maria Böhmer has rejected recent criticism over a standardized naturalization test for immigrants.

Bush urges Germany to cut business ties with Iran

Bush urges Germany to cut business ties with Iran

US President George Bush, pushing Germany to cut business ties with Iran, warned Wednesday he has not ruled out using force in the dispute over Tehran's suspect nuclear programme.

A third of SPD members mulling leaving the party

A third of SPD members mulling leaving the party

A third of all members of Germany’s Social Democratic Party are considering leaving the SPD, according to a survey published on Wednesday.

New iPhone to be released in Germany on July 11

New iPhone to be released in Germany on July 11

T-Mobile plans to release the new 3G Apple iPhone on July 11 in Germany, according to news agency Reuters.

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Merkel slams “Anglo-Saxon” financial market regulation

German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants Continental Europe to have a greater role in regulating global financial markets because Anglo-Saxon efforts have failed, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday.

Bush to prod Merkel on Iran ties

Bush to prod Merkel on Iran ties

US President George W. Bush swept into Germany Tuesday, looking to prod Chancellor Angela Merkel in whirlwind talks to further cut back Berlin’s lucrative ties with Tehran over its suspect nuclear programme, AFP's Olivier Knox reports.

Polish politician wants to strip Podolski of Polish passport

Polish politician wants to strip Podolski of Polish passport

Polish parliamentarian Miroslaw Orzechowski has said he wants to revoke Lukas Podolski’s Polish citizenship after he led Germany to a 2-0 win against Poland on Sunday. But the footballer says he doesn't even have a Polish passport.

German biker gangs descend on murder trial

German biker gangs descend on murder trial

Around 450 leather-clad bikers roared into the Germany city of Münster, in the western state of in North Rhine-Westphalia, on Tuesday to see two members of the Bandidos gang jailed for life for the 2007 slaying of a Hells Angel.