After nearly 20 years of heavy public spending to help rebuild Germany's former communist eastern regions, more money should now be spent in the west, Chancellor Angela Merkel has said.
This week's highlights: A marionette show at Berlin's Hanukkah market, an exhibition on Nico in Cologne, and Christmas carolling in Hannover.
She nearly lost her arm in a mailbox bombing in November, but a 12-year-old Berlin girl will likely be released from intensive care before Christmas, news agency DPA reported on Thursday.
Police have held the former head of internal security for Deutsche Telekom since last week on suspicion of breach of trust in an ongoing spy scandal investigation, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Wednesday.
The German cabinet on Wednesday backed new legislation that would aim to protect children from binational families during custody disputes.
German railway Deutsche Bahn has told French counterpart SNCF that it is fed up with a lack of competition in France, according to a letter obtained by news agency AFP.
Climate change made its presence known this year in Germany, one of the warmest years since 1901. While many may enjoy the balmy temperatures, scientists are alarmed because five of the century’s last seven warmest years have been very recent, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported this week.
Germany will reportedly be forced to borrow at least €30 billion ($42 billion) in 2009, more than double the amount this year, due to the weakening economy.
The famed Michelin Guide France has for the first time not only chosen a woman, but a foreigner to head the culinary bible beginning in January.
Police in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate stopped a man speeding at almost 200 kilometres per hour (125 miles per hour) on Tuesday night. His excuse? He couldn’t be late to the office Christmas party.
A man and woman arrested on Tuesday night in the attempted neo-Nazi murder on Passau police chief Alois Mannichl are not suspects, authorities told German radio station B5.
Authorities charged with managing the secret police archives of seven ex-communist states in eastern Europe formed a network Tuesday to assist victims of state repression and aid historical research.