Berlin votes to keep religion classes voluntary in schools

Berlin votes to keep religion classes voluntary in schools

Ethics classes imposed after an "honour killing" in Berlin's Muslim community will stay compulsory after supporters of religion lessons failed on Sunday to force a change via referendum.

Munich airport prepares for swine flu

Munich airport prepares for swine flu

Munich airport is preparing emergency measures to respond to any arriving passengers who may show signs of the deadly swine flu that has struck parts of Mexico and the US, a spokesman said Sunday.

Hitler watercolors fetch €32,000

Hitler watercolors fetch €32,000

Two watercolours attributed to Adolf Hitler and dated 1914 have been sold at auction to a private collector for €32,000, the Weidler auction house said Saturday.

Child abandoner attempts suicide

Child abandoner attempts suicide

A man who helped a mother abandon her three children in Italy has attempted to commit suicide, Bild am Sonntag reported, citing an Italian police spokesman.

Elephants roam Berlin suburbs

Elephants roam Berlin suburbs

Three elephants that belong to a circus currently camped in a southern suburb of Berlin have been spotted roaming the area regularly, the daily Tagesspiegel reported on Sunday.

Germans fear crisis, many would take to streets

Germans fear crisis, many would take to streets

The economic crisis is hitting the German psyche hard; a new survey says 72 percent of Germans are scared by the crisis and over 30 percent would demonstrate on the streets, Bild am Sonntag reported.

Steinbrück warns of massive debt

Steinbrück warns of massive debt

Germany will take on a record €50 billion of new debt, due to the financial crisis and the world’s deepest recession in over 60 years, Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück warned Sunday, in an interview with Bild am Sonntag.

Berliners vote on religious education

Berliners vote on religious education

Berliners voted Sunday in a referendum on religious education in schools that goes to the heart of how Germany's sizeable Muslim minority is integrated into modern society, reports AFP's Simon Sturdee.