Bundestag passes law paving way for EU reform treaty

Bundestag passes law paving way for EU reform treaty

The EU's Lisbon reform treaty took a significant step closer to coming into force on Tuesday as Germany's parliament passed a revised law paving the way to its ratification.

Germany rehabilitates Third Reich wartime ‘traitors’

Germany rehabilitates Third Reich wartime ‘traitors’

The German parliament voted Tuesday to lift Nazi-era convictions of wartime "traitors" whose names, 70 years after the fighting started, had still not been cleared.

Teen from Winnenden school massacre had killing fantasies

Teen from Winnenden school massacre had killing fantasies

The teenage boy responsible for the Winnenden school massacre in southwestern Germany last March was apparently haunted by killing fantasies long before his rampage left 15 people dead.

German education spending ranks low in international study

German education spending ranks low in international study

Germany invests less money in education than almost all other industrialised nations, according to a new study presented on Tuesday in Berlin by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

German trade surplus surges as output drops

German trade surplus surges as output drops

Germany's trade surplus soared in July as its export engine revved up, official data showed on Tuesday, but a drop in industrial output signalled that economic recovery is fragile.

Merkel defends German mission in Afghanistan

Merkel defends German mission in Afghanistan

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday defended Berlin’s military deployment in Afghanistan and rejected “prejudgement” of a controversial NATO air strike called by the Bundeswehr last week.

Knut’s Italian girlfriend Gianna arrives in Berlin

Knut’s Italian girlfriend Gianna arrives in Berlin

A new Italian girlfriend for Berlin’s famous polar bear Knut arrived on Tuesday along with two other bears from Munich’s Hellabrunn Zoo.

Germany set to face England in historic women’s Euro 2009 final

Germany set to face England in historic women’s Euro 2009 final

After beating Norway 3-1 in the semi-final in Helsinki, the German women’s football team faces England in the final of the Euro 2009 tournament in Finland on Thursday night.

Border town plans to fight prostitutes with stinky acid

Border town plans to fight prostitutes with stinky acid

A small community in Brandenburg said on Tuesday that it wants to protect its image by discouraging streetwalking by prostitutes by using “all available means” – including fatty acid smelling like vomit and secret cameras.

Bavarian woman claims to own world’s oldest dog

Bavarian woman claims to own world’s oldest dog

News has spread quickly that the world’s oldest dog, a dachshund-mix named "Chanel," recently died at the age of 21. Now a Bavarian woman claims that her dog Penny is actually even older.

German and French telecoms joining to dominate UK market

German and French telecoms joining to dominate UK market

Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom have launched exclusive talks to merge their British units to become Britain's top mobile operator, the German telecommunications group said Tuesday in a statement.

S-Bahn repairs create Berlin commuter chaos

S-Bahn repairs create Berlin commuter chaos

Tens of thousands of Berlin commuters faced heavy delays on Tuesday morning as the city’s S-Bahn train service announced last-minute technical problems that left only one-quarter of its fleet on the rails.

German wages stagnate at bottom of EU study

German wages stagnate at bottom of EU study

Wages are rising more slowly in Germany than all other European Union countries, according to a new study published by daily Die Welt on Tuesday.