Funeral held for three soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Funeral held for three soldiers killed in Afghanistan

German Defence Minister Franz Josef Jung was among approximately 900 mourners on Thursday at the funeral for three soldiers killed in Afghanistan over a week ago.

Car companies fear downturn after scrap-bonus boom

Car companies fear downturn after scrap-bonus boom

Auto industry experts fear a sharp downturn in sales after this year’s figures have been dramatically boosted by the car-scrapping premium the German government introduced in January, news magazine Der Spiegel reported Thursday.

Axel Springer planning tribunal with 68er radicals

Axel Springer planning tribunal with 68er radicals

Media company Axel Springer is planning a tribunal on the upheaval that rocked Germany in the late sixties, including discussions with revolutionaries who were once the company’s bitterest enemies, CEO Mathias Döpfner announced Thursday.

Berlin approves new US ambassador pick

Berlin approves new US ambassador pick

The German office of the President has officially approved US President Barack Obama’s top choice for the next ambassador Phil Murphy, according to news magazine Der Spiegel on Thursday.

Germany faces massive national debt

Germany faces massive national debt

Germany is threatened with the largest debt growth in its history due to a fall in tax revenue because of the recession, newspaper Handelsblatt reported on Thursday.

Merkel says G8 ‘not sufficient’ to solve global problems

Merkel says G8 ‘not sufficient’ to solve global problems

The Group of Eight industrialised powers (G8) is no longer the appropriate forum to thrash out the world's problems, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday.

What’s on in Germany: July 2 – 8

What’s on in Germany: July 2 – 8

This Week's Highlights: Cologne gets irie, Springsteen rocks Munich, and Lucinda Williams drops in on Berlin.

Famous prostitute’s gravestone deemed too ‘slutty’

Famous prostitute’s gravestone deemed too ‘slutty’

An artist’s design for the gravestone of Germany's most famous prostitute has been rejected by the cemetery authorities for being too "slutty," newspaper Hamburger Morgenpost reported Thursday.

Terrorism risk escalates ahead of elections

Terrorism risk escalates ahead of elections

Three months ahead of national elections, German security experts are meeting in Berlin to discuss the danger of terrorist attacks in the country, daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Thursday.

Civil unions made legal in Bavaria

Civil unions made legal in Bavaria

Gay and lesbian couples in the German state of Bavaria may now officially register for civil unions, according to a bill approved by the State Parliament in Munich this week.

UN says Germany needs to tackle racism

UN says Germany needs to tackle racism

Germany needs more ethnic minorities in its political system, the police and its courts, and has to do more to tackle racism in daily life, a UN special rapporteur said on Wednesday.