Merkel and Putin discuss gas ‘test phase’

Merkel and Putin discuss gas ‘test phase’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday after talks with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin there was a "test phase" being discussed with gas companies to resume Russian gas imports to Europe.

Grassroots effort boosts religion classes in Berlin

Grassroots effort boosts religion classes in Berlin

Berlin isn’t known as a very religious place, but as Mark Worth reports, a grassroots effort could soon bring God back into the city’s classrooms.

Germany to implement obligatory block on child porn sites

Germany to implement obligatory block on child porn sites

Family Minister Ursula von der Leyen announced this week that Germany will soon require internet service providers (ISPs) to block child pornography sites using a system already in place in other EU countries, but some critics fear it could be used to censor the web in the future.

Police confirm identity of girl murdered near Paderborn

Police confirm identity of girl murdered near Paderborn

Autopsy results on Friday confirmed the identity of an 8-year-old girl murdered near the Möhnesee Lake outside of Paderborn.

Politicians squabble over Gitmo prisoners

Politicians squabble over Gitmo prisoners

German politicians are bickering over whether Berlin should accept Guantánamo Bay inmates in order to help America close the terrorist detention centre.

German sex industry calls for state aid

German sex industry calls for state aid

German sex shop owners and erotic film makers, badly hit by the economic crisis, are pushing for state aid that has also been requested by their US peers, the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung reported on Friday.

Gourmet jungle cat scat coffee on sale in Hamburg shop

Gourmet jungle cat scat coffee on sale in Hamburg shop

Perk up gourmet coffee lovers, a Hamburg coffee shop is selling beans harvested from the faeces of an Asian civet that eats ripe coffee berries and partially digests them, daily Hamburger Morgenpost reported on Friday.

Putin returns to old KGB stomping ground

Putin returns to old KGB stomping ground

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin arrived in Germany Friday to a mixed bag: frosty talks in Berlin over the gas crisis and a medal in Dresden where he served as a KGB officer in the 1980s.

Court says driving on drugs not always punishable

Court says driving on drugs not always punishable

Dudes, driving under the influence of drugs is not always legally punishable in Germany, according to a ruling by a court in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate on Friday.

Economy Ministry to drastically reduce growth forecast

Economy Ministry to drastically reduce growth forecast

The Economy Ministry will revise its economic forecast for 2009 significantly lower next week to show Germany is likely to suffer the worst recession since World War II, daily Financial Times Deutschland reported on Friday.

Jewish Council slams police for Israel flag flap

Jewish Council slams police for Israel flag flap

The German Jewish Council on Friday harshly criticised police who confiscated two Israeli flags during an anti-Israel protest in Duisburg last week.

Polish mass grave likely German civilians killed in WWII

Polish mass grave likely German civilians killed in WWII

Investigators believe that remains exumed from of a mass grave found in Malbork, Poland are those of German civilians killed during World War II.