Merkel tries to snuff out criticism on economy

Merkel tries to snuff out criticism on economy

In a speech to rally her divided party 10 months before a general election, German Chancellor Angela Merkel hit back Monday at charges she was sitting on her hands while faced with a crippling recession.

Berlin production brings theatre to youth offenders

Berlin production brings theatre to youth offenders

Can theatre be therapeutic? Ben Knight visits Kaspar H. – the latest prison production performed by inmates of the young offender’s detention centre in Berlin.

Knut to leave Berlin

Knut to leave Berlin

Berlin will soon lose its star polar bear Knut, as zoo owners contemplate plans for his relocation, media reports said on Monday.

Customs allows more duty-free items in Germany

Customs allows more duty-free items in Germany

As of December 1, anyone travelling outside of the European Union to do Christmas shopping will be able to bring more duty-free goods into Germany, the customs office announced on Monday.

More than 200 German tourists return from Thailand

More than 200 German tourists return from Thailand

More than 200 German tourists have arrived home after being trapped in Thailand for several days due to ongoing blockades by protestors at the Bangkok airport, travel agency Thomas Cook said on Monday.

Plastic surgeons get ‘Breast TÜV’ for quality control

Plastic surgeons get ‘Breast TÜV’ for quality control

German plastic surgeons can now apply for a seal of approval on their finished operations in a push to improve the quality of the industry, according to Munich daily tz on Monday.

Mother guilty of killing and freezing babies

Mother guilty of killing and freezing babies

A German mother was sentenced to more than four years in jail on Monday for killing two of her babies, whose bodies she stashed in the family freezer. She was not tried in connection with a third baby, also found in the freezer, who died over 20 years ago because the statute of limitations on the case had expired.

Steinmeier says West must engage Russia

Steinmeier says West must engage Russia

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Monday the West should seek to influence Russia through engagement rather than trying to contain or punish Moscow.

BayernLB to cut 5,600 jobs

BayernLB to cut 5,600 jobs

Bavaria’s regional state bank BayernLB is hoping to dig out of its financial troubles by laying off some 5,600 workers, a statement to employees said on Monday.

University enrollment reaches all-time high

University enrollment reaches all-time high

The number of students headed to university has reached an all-time high, Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) reported on Monday.

East Germans reject palace reconstruction in Berlin

East Germans reject palace reconstruction in Berlin

The majority of Germans from the formerly communist eastern states are against the reconstruction of a Berlin palace destroyed by East German authorities after World War II, according to a poll released on Monday.

Berlin could cut Kosovo aid over spy arrests

Berlin could cut Kosovo aid over spy arrests

Germany had to press Kosovo to win the release of three of its nationals held in a probe of a bomb attack in Pristina and is now considering cutting aid, a source told news agency AFP on Sunday.