Right-wing extremist rally in Cologne sparks clashes

Right-wing extremist rally in Cologne sparks clashes

The first day of a three-day right-wing "anti-Islamification congress" in Cologne against a supposed "immigrant invasion" in Europe was marked by minor scuffles with counter-demonstrators.

WWII bomb injures 17 at Hattingen construction site

WWII bomb injures 17 at Hattingen construction site

Seventeen people were injured on Friday when a construction crew unwittingly detonated a buried World War II-era bomb in Hattingen.

Chimney sweeps free to fire up competition

Chimney sweeps free to fire up competition

Some 20,000 German chimney sweeps will have to get used to more competition after the Bundesrat, the upper house of parliament that represents Germany's 16 federal states, voted unanimously to pass a parliamentary resolution relaxing regulations on Friday.

Germany hesitates on new sanctions against Iran

Germany hesitates on new sanctions against Iran

Germany appeared reticent on Friday amid US and French calls for new United Nations sanctions to press Iran to comply with demands for halting its controversial nuclear programme.

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Two terror suspects arrested in Frankfurt

Police arrested two men suspected of aiding the extremist group Islamic Jihad Union in the Frankfurt am Main region on Friday.

Massive Jesus statue rejected in Bad Reichenhall

Massive Jesus statue rejected in Bad Reichenhall

Proposed plans to erect a more than 50 metre (164 foot) tall statue of Jesus on a Bavarian peak have been overruled by the Bad Reichenhall city council. Even the clergy in the heavily Catholic region were against the statue.

Von der Leyen criticizes German firms for being anti-family

Von der Leyen criticizes German firms for being anti-family

German Family Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Friday said too many of the country’s companies still made it difficult to have a career and a raise a family.

‘Germany’s dumbest bankers’ suspended for Lehman scandal

‘Germany’s dumbest bankers’ suspended for Lehman scandal

Three officials called "Germany's dumbest bankers" have been suspended at state development bank KfW after it mistakenly wired a huge sum of money to Lehman Brothers as it was collapsing.

Smokers to enjoy final Oktoberfest before ban

Smokers to enjoy final Oktoberfest before ban

There are few places left in Europe where you can still enjoy a cigarette and a tipple, but the huge beer tents of the 175th annual Oktoberfest starting in Munich this Saturday are one of them.

Steinmeier calls on SPD to end debate on ‘Agenda 2010’

Steinmeier calls on SPD to end debate on ‘Agenda 2010’

The Social Democratic candidate for chancellor next year, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, has called on his party to end its divisive debate on the controversial reform package known as Agenda 2010.