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Teen sentenced for faking neo-Nazi assault

A teenage girl in the eastern German state of Saxony was sentenced to 40 hours of community service on Friday for falsely claiming she had been assaulted by neo-Nazis.

Opel asks for state guarantees

Opel asks for state guarantees

German carmaker Opel, a unit of troubled US giant General Motors, said on Friday it has asked Berlin and regional states for credit guarantees to ensure its financing.

Snow on the way from Greenland

Snow on the way from Greenland

Germans should make the most of this weekend’s mild temperatures, because an arctic cold front is expected to bring snow early next week, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Friday.

Banned Berlin iPhone app to return with improvements

Banned Berlin iPhone app to return with improvements

An iPhone application for Berlin's public transport network will be back online and revamped in two weeks after being banned last month by Berlin bus and metro company BVG, daily Die Tageszeitung reported on Friday.

Cologne brothel offers tattoo discount

Cologne brothel offers tattoo discount

About 40 men have agreed to a Cologne brothel owner’s offer of lifelong free entry in exchange for getting tattoos of the establishment logo on their arms, daily Express reported on Friday.

Wagner’s granddaughter avoids accident as driver dies at wheel

Wagner’s granddaughter avoids accident as driver dies at wheel

The new head of Germany’s famed Bayreuth opera festival, Katharina Wagner, narrowly avoided an auto accident early on Friday morning when she took the wheel after the driver of the car suffered a heart attack and died.

Lafontaine demands ‘millionaire tax’ to boost economy

Lafontaine demands ‘millionaire tax’ to boost economy

Oskar Lafontaine, the head of the hard-line socialist Left party, on Friday demanded Germany implement a “millionaire tax” to help offset the economic impact of the financial crisis.

Prussian Potsdam named among world’s top historic places

Prussian Potsdam named among world’s top historic places

Brandenburg’s capital Potsdam has been named the world’s 8th best historic place, according to National Geographic Traveler’s fifth annual destination-stewardship survey released this month. The survey named the city “one of Germany’s most important cultural centres.”

From high finance to Hartz IV

From high finance to Hartz IV

With world financial markets gone mad, Roger Boyes, the Berlin correspondent for British daily The Times, weighs in on Germany's witch hunt for wicked bankers.

Bayern Munich eyeing US star Donovan

Bayern Munich eyeing US star Donovan

Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan has taken a step closer to a move to German giants Bayern Munich after impressing coach Jürgen Klinsmann on his 10-day trial in the Bavarian capital.

Dairy industry says it’s on the verge of collapse

Dairy industry says it’s on the verge of collapse

The dairy industry in Germany is on the verge of collapse, President of the German dairy farmer's federation (BDM), Romuald Schaber, told daily Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung on Friday.

Parliament approves leave benefits for grandparents

Parliament approves leave benefits for grandparents

German grandparents will now be able to apply for leave from work to care for their newborn grandchildren, according to a new law ratified by parliament late on Thursday evening.

Germany and France united for G20 summit

Germany and France united for G20 summit

European powerhouses Germany and France were often at odds after the global financial crisis erupted but they have stressed that they will be standing shoulder-to-shoulder at this weekend's G20 summit.