Censorsula can’t stop child porn

Censorsula can’t stop child porn

In the latest installment of Portnoy’s Stammtisch, our column about life in Germany, Portnoy slams the government’s attempt to block child pornography online as a ham-fisted assault on civil liberties.

Child porn law sparks web censorship debate

Child porn law sparks web censorship debate

An attempt to tighten German laws against online child pornography has sparked resistance from some Social Democrats and its intended enforcers.

German debt set to balloon

German debt set to balloon

Germany could have to take on another €312 billion in debt by 2013, according to finance ministry documents cited on the website of the magazine Der Spiegel.

Sauerland cell members confess to planning attacks

Sauerland cell members confess to planning attacks

Suspected Islamic militants on trial for plotting to bomb US targets in Germany have begun making confessions after a shock twist in the high-profile case, a lawyer said Thursday.

Premium for old cars revs up women drivers

Premium for old cars revs up women drivers

Germany's cash-for-clunkers auto premium has drawn more women to Europe's biggest car market than ever before, according to a study released on Thursday.

Wet and stormy weekend ahead

Wet and stormy weekend ahead

This weekend might be the official start of summer, but you might prefer to put your barbecue plans on hold with stormy weather and rain expected across much of Germany.

Teen dies in jet ski accident

Teen dies in jet ski accident

A 14-year-old boy riding a high-powered jet ski has died after colliding with a channel divider on the Main River, police reported Thursday.

Troops in Afghanistan get heavy weaponry

Troops in Afghanistan get heavy weaponry

German troops in Afghanistan are to deploy heavy weaponry for the first time as fighting against the Taliban intensifies, the daily Handelsblatt reported on Thursday.

Chinese could spoil Magna-Opel deal

Chinese could spoil Magna-Opel deal

Canadian auto parts maker Magna seemed to get the green light to buy troubled carmaker Opel, but a report Thursday said a Chinese company is preparing a serious bid for the General Motors division.

What’s on in Germany: June 18 – 24

What’s on in Germany: June 18 – 24

This Week's Highlights: Faith No More take the stage in Frankfurt, Cologne celebrates gay pride, and Berlin busts into bloom with Fete de la Musique.

Thousands of bird nests along North Sea destroyed by fire

Thousands of bird nests along North Sea destroyed by fire

A fire on an uninhabited North Sea island and national park has destroyed thousands of bird nests, an official confirmed Thursday.

SPD warns Merkel against backing EU’s Barroso

SPD warns Merkel against backing EU’s Barroso

Germany’s centre-left Social Democrats have warned Chancellor Angela Merkel against offering EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso her support ahead of summit in Brussels on Thursday.

Bayern Munich try to hold Ribery as Real Madrid salivate

Bayern Munich try to hold Ribery as Real Madrid salivate

Real Madrid are ready to shell out another €55 million ($76 million) for French star Franck Ribery, although his club Bayern Munich have again insisted the playmaker is not for sale.