US and Germany talk security and trade

US and Germany talk security and trade

The United States and Germany underscored their mutual dependence on Tuesday, as Washington said it needs German forces in Afghanistan and Berlin urged the US resist sealing off its economy with protectionist measures.

Merkel: Pope’s comments on Holocaust denial ‘insufficient’

Merkel: Pope’s comments on Holocaust denial ‘insufficient’

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday joined a growing chorus of criticism in Germany calling for Pope Benedict XVI to clarify the Catholic Church’s position on rehabilitating a bishop who is a known Holocaust denier.

Bloody man plunges from Hamburg overpass

Bloody man plunges from Hamburg overpass

Police in Hamburg had to temporarily close down a main street and metro line on Tuesday morning after someone found the bloody corpse of a man thought to have plunged from a train overpass.

Munich and Hamburg ranked Europe’s best property investments

Munich and Hamburg ranked Europe’s best property investments

Munich and Hamburg top the list of places to invest in real estate in Europe, according to a new study released this week.

Study finds long-life gene in elderly Germans

Study finds long-life gene in elderly Germans

A gene linked to longevity in Japanese people has also been uncovered in Germans, suggesting people with the right genes the world over can reach a ripe old age, a study published Tuesday showed.

Wave of flu infections to increase related deaths this year

Wave of flu infections to increase related deaths this year

The number of influenza-related deaths in Germany is expected to rise this flu season due a wave of infections more intense than years past, the head of the National Centre for Influenza at the Robert Koch institute Brunhilde Schweiger told German broadcaster Deutschlandfunk on Tuesday.

German retail sales continue to slide

German retail sales continue to slide

German retail sales fell unexpectedly in December, seasonally corrected data released Tuesday by the national statistics office showed as the biggest European economy remained gripped by recession.

East German songwriter commits suicide in jail

East German songwriter commits suicide in jail

East German songwriter Kurt Demmler was found dead on Tuesday morning in his Berlin jail cell, the same day he was to stand trial for more than 200 counts of child sexual abuse, daily Berliner Morgenpost reported.

Number of traumatised German troops in Afghanistan grows

Number of traumatised German troops in Afghanistan grows

The number of traumatised German soldiers returning from Afghanistan is on the rise, daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Tuesday.

Workers strike in four German states

Workers strike in four German states

Public sector workers staged warning strikes beginning on Tuesday morning in an escalating wage dispute with the states of Saxony, Lower Saxony, and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Meanwhile a transit worker strike crippled rush hour traffic in the state of Bavaria.

US army deserter pleads for asylum in Germany

US army deserter pleads for asylum in Germany

A deserter from the US army seeking asylum in Germany pleads his case this week in a hearing that could have major political and legal ramifications.