Long wage dispute with day care workers ends

Long wage dispute with day care workers ends

The long wage dispute between 220,000 public day care workers and state employers ended with an agreement in Frankfurt on Monday.

Bundeswehr shooting restrictions eased

Bundeswehr shooting restrictions eased

Rules of engagement for German forces in Afghanistan are being eased to allow soldiers to use their weapons more often. They will also be allowed to shoot at fleeing attackers, the Defence Ministry announced Monday.

Politicians criticise EU-US bank data talks

Politicians criticise EU-US bank data talks

Plans to share confidential banking data between the European Union and the US for anti-terrorism purposes have united disparate parts of the German political spectrum in opposition.

Heavy holiday traffic expected all week

Heavy holiday traffic expected all week

German autobahns will probably become parking lots this weekend as school vacations begin in southern Germany and come to a close in much of the north, auto club ADAC said Monday.

Lost mini-horses taken in by kindly Bavarian monks

Lost mini-horses taken in by kindly Bavarian monks

A lost herd of "peaceful" mini-horses from Bavaria has been taken in by a cloister of Franciscan monks until their owner is found, police in the town of Bad Neustadt reported Monday.

Schmidt slammed for stolen limo

Schmidt slammed for stolen limo

Health minister Ulla Schmidt faced a barrage of criticism from political rivals Monday after her official vehicle was stolen while she was visiting Spain.

Exploring the politics of Berlin’s secret gardens

Exploring the politics of Berlin’s secret gardens

An aerial view of Berlin shows one of its most unique characteristics: the expanse of green space. Almost no other metropolis can boast the same tree per capita ratio or the same percentage of park area. But there is a whole other swathe of greenery in Berlin, a private one.

Two flat-rate bordellos closed after police raids

Two flat-rate bordellos closed after police raids

Two of Germany’s controversial flat-rate bordellos were closed over the weekend after nationwide raids uncovered poor conditions and illegal sex workers, police reported.

Shoppers spending cash despite recession

Shoppers spending cash despite recession

Despite the worst economic crisis since 1945, German consumers are ever more confident in the future and increasingly willing to part with their hard-earned cash, a closely-watched survey said on Monday.

Pampered pooches pull on German purse strings

Pampered pooches pull on German purse strings

German pooches are getting the royal treatment as owners dish out more than €5 billion each year for pedicures, winter jackets and even wedding dresses for their dogs, the German Kennel Club (VDH) said on Monday.

Economy drives East Germans to join army

Economy drives East Germans to join army

Is economic adversity forcing eastern Germans to become “cannon fodder” for the military? David Wroe reports on the growing trend to join the Bundeswehr.