German campaigners castigate G8 climate deal

German campaigners castigate G8 climate deal

Climate change campaigners and opposition politicians in Germany have panned G8 leaders‘ plan to halve global carbon emissions by 2050, arguing that a much tighter timetable is needed to tackle global warming.

Merkel doesn’t want Obama speech at Brandenburg Gate

Merkel doesn’t want Obama speech at Brandenburg Gate

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed misgivings about US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama speaking in front of Berlin's famed Brandenburg Gate.

Munich customs rocked by huge corruption scandal

Munich customs rocked by huge corruption scandal

State prosecutors in Munich have raided the offices of several customs and transport authorities and are investigating 24 people suspected of tax evasion, fraud, forgery and corruption.

China asks German firms to halt production before Olympics

China asks German firms to halt production before Olympics

The Chinese government has asked six German companies to close factories near Beijing ahead of and during the Olympic Games in Beijing to help cut pollution, business daily Handelsblatt reported.

Kurdish rebels kidnap German climbers in Turkey

Kurdish rebels kidnap German climbers in Turkey

Separatist Kurdish rebels have abducted three German mountaineers on Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey, the governor of a province in eastern Turkey told a local news agency.

Top German EADS exec held in insider trading probe

Top German EADS exec held in insider trading probe

A former top Airbus executive and current head of a German EADS plant, Andreas Sperl, was held for questioning in France on Wednesday for alleged insider trading.

German police raid 600 buildings in drug investigation

German police raid 600 buildings in drug investigation

Police raided some 600 homes and businesses in Germany, Switzerland and Austria on Wednesday in an investigation of two online companies thought to be selling chemicals used to make illegal drugs.

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Pirates free German freighter after 41 days

A German freighter that was ambushed by pirates in late May off the coast of Somalia has been freed after 41 days.

Merkel asks China to push for success in Tibet talks

Merkel asks China to push for success in Tibet talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday asked Chinese President Hu Jintao to push for a successful outcome to talks between China and Tibet’s spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

German MPs demand voting rights for children

German MPs demand voting rights for children

More than 40 German deputies on Tuesday proposed that the voting age be lowered to birth to give children a say in the country’s political future, the parliamentary press service said.