Police wielding truncheons beat back environmentalists Sunday trying to block a train carrying highly radioactive nuclear waste from western France to a dump in Germany.
Germany marked Sunday the 70th anniversary of the Kristallnacht pogrom, a prelude to the Holocaust, with solemn ceremonies throughout the country and celebrations of the rebirth of Jewish life.
Police took DNA samples from 5,000 elderly men in the town of Weiskirchen near the French border this week in a bid to nab an old serial killer who has been writing the cops anonymous letters, AFP's Arnaud Bouvier reports.
German logistics giant Deutsche Post is to slash up to 40,000 jobs, most in the US, as part of aggressive cost-cutting measures after losing billions, a German newspaper reported on Sunday.
Former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer has attacked Angela Merkel's crisis management in the face of the global financial crisis, saying the German chancellor had failed to take a leading role in Europe on the issue.
Plans by Deutsche Telekom to close nearly half its call centres across Germany are set to affect blind and wheelchair-bound workers, according to a report by news magazine Focus.
Andrea Ypsilanti, head of the Social Democratic Party in Hesse has abandoned efforts to become state premier, making way for a little-known candidate to lead the embattled party into regional elections next year.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and Jewish leaders are paying tribute to the victims of the Nazis' Kristallnacht pogrom on the 70th anniversary of the event at a ceremony in Berlin's largest synagogue on Sunday.