Berlin hopes Czech woes won’t kill EU deal

Berlin hopes Czech woes won’t kill EU deal

Germany said on Wednesday that it remained confident the EU reform treaty would be passed despite political turmoil in the Czech Republic, which currently holds the European Union’s rotating presidency.

DFB demands Ballack step up national team leadership

DFB demands Ballack step up national team leadership

Captain Michael Ballack must lead the German national team by example as the squad looks to bounce back from home defeats in their last two games, German Football Federation (DFB) boss Theo Zwanziger said on Wednesday.

Pensioner admits to clubbing garden colony neighbours to death

Pensioner admits to clubbing garden colony neighbours to death

A 66-year old penioner standing trial in a Hildesheim court on Wednesday admitted to clubbing to death a 33-year old man and his two parents – the culmination of a feud between the long-time garden colony neighbours.

Merkel backs extension of car scrapping scheme

Merkel backs extension of car scrapping scheme

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Wednesday they would consider extending Abwrackprämie, or scrapping premium, due to its “great success” in helping the nation’s ailing auto industry.

Germany to block access to child porn websites

Germany to block access to child porn websites

The German cabinet on Wednesday approved a plan to fight child pornography by requiring internet service providers (ISPs) to work with law enforcement and block questionable content, but some critics say the initiative won’t be enough.

What Germany’s new bureaucracy hotline can do for you

What Germany’s new bureaucracy hotline can do for you

Those struggling to navigate the murky depths of German bureaucracy now have a government-sponsored hotline that promises help for even the most intricate of administrative answers. The Local dialled 115 to check it out.

Police save 4,200 suffocating trout on Bavarian autobahn

Police save 4,200 suffocating trout on Bavarian autobahn

Officers managed to save some 4,200 trout from certain death on the autobahn after an emergency call from a truck driver, Bavarian police reported on Wednesday.

Germans oppose troops in Afghanistan

Germans oppose troops in Afghanistan

A majority of Germans oppose their nation's continuing military engagement in Afghanistan, according to a new poll released on Wednesday.

Ifo business confidence hits rock bottom

Ifo business confidence hits rock bottom

A key German index released Wednesday found corporate sentiment in Europe's biggest economy plumbing record new depths, but some economists detected signs the low point might be near.

Experts say child porn block may not work

Experts say child porn block may not work

The German cabinet meets on Wednesday to discuss a plan to block child pornography websites, but experts warn that the virtual barriers will only stop amatuer web browsers.

Porsche negotiates €10-billion loan to pay VW takeover debts

Porsche negotiates €10-billion loan to pay VW takeover debts

German luxury sports car manufacturer Porsche has managed to get billions in loans after weeks of negotiating with banks to secure its future, the company announced on Wednesday.

German woman running for Indonesian parliament

German woman running for Indonesian parliament

A German-born woman is breaking new ground in Indonesia by running for parliament in next month's general election, and is learning some tough lessons about politics along the way.