Speaking during celebrations to mark German Unity Day on Friday, Chancellor Angela Merkel said young people in Germany needed to learn more about their country’s Communist past.
The credit crisis, high oil prices and a weakening European economy have hit the German car industry hard with luxury automakers BMW and Porsche registering shrinking sales.
A 16-year-old who threw a party at her parents’ new home in Lippstadt while they were on vacation got more than she bargained for when more than 200 teenagers rampaged through the house, torturing the family’s rabbits, ripping off wallpaper and peeing on the carpets.
Germany opend a three-day party in Hamburg on Unity Day on Friday with Chancellor Merkel and President Köhler to mark 18 years of the unification of East and West Germany.
German Family Minister Ursula von der Leyen is opposed to proposals to extend paid maternity leave for women to 18 months, warning they could backfire and hamper jobs in Germany.
Germany’s government and banks have agreed on the details of a 35-billion-euro rescue plan for embattled mortgage lender Hypo Real Estate hours after gaining European Union approval for the bailout.