Business community expecting economic reforms from Merkel

Business community expecting economic reforms from Merkel

The new coalition of German Chancellor Angela Merkel will likely boost Europe's top economy, but analysts questioned Monday how far she will pursue crucial yet contentious reforms.

Afghans compensated for NATO air strike

Afghans compensated for NATO air strike

Three and a half weeks after the disputed air strike ordered by the German military in Afghanistan allegedly killed 30 civilians, the Afghan government has paid compensation to the families of survivors.

Future foreign minister Westerwelle refuses to answer English question

Future foreign minister Westerwelle refuses to answer English question

Guido Westerwelle, Germany’s newly designated foreign minister, refused to answer a question in English for a BBC reporter during his first press conference after the election, news magazine Der Spiegel reported on Monday.

CDU to lead Schleswig-Holstein, SPD in Brandenburg

CDU to lead Schleswig-Holstein, SPD in Brandenburg

Germans elected new governments in two states on Sunday. While the conservatives can hope for a razor-thin majority in the north in Schleswig-Holstein, the Social Democrats will remain in the driver’s seat in Brandenburg to the east.

English tourist dead after fall from Munich hotel window

English tourist dead after fall from Munich hotel window

A 25-year-old English tourist fell to his death from a Munich hotel window after drunkenly trying to use it as a loo, police in the German state of Bavaria reported.

Merkel warns Germans of challenges ahead

Merkel warns Germans of challenges ahead

Angela Merkel set to work Monday on a new centre-right coalition after clinching a second term, but warned Germans of a hard road ahead to revive the sickly economy and rescue jobs.

Pirate Party fires broadside at German political establishment

Pirate Party fires broadside at German political establishment

While it didn’t get enough votes to enter parliament, one of Germany's newest parties, the swashbuckling Pirate Party, took a surprising sixth place in the national election on Sunday.

Greens vow to oppose U-turn on German nuclear phaseout

Greens vow to oppose U-turn on German nuclear phaseout

Green groups vowed on Monday to hit the streets if Chancellor Angela Merkel's victorious new coalition keeps its campaign promise to reverse Germany's scheduled exit from nuclear power.

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World leaders congratulate Merkel on election win

US President Barack Obama and other world leaders hailed German Chancellor Angela Merkel's election triumph - but the international media highlighted the German conservatives' worst vote tally in half a century.

Islamist suspects detained amid tightened Oktoberfest security

Islamist suspects detained amid tightened Oktoberfest security

Munich authorities on Monday tightened security checks at Oktoberfest and detained two suspected Islamists just days after terrorist threats led them to declare airspace above the festival a no-fly zone this weekend.

Civil service workers face huge gender wage gap

Civil service workers face huge gender wage gap

Female German public officials earn almost a fifth less than their male counterparts, according to a new study published in daily Die Welt on Monday.

Duisburg high school closed after attack threat

Duisburg high school closed after attack threat

A high school in Duisburg will be closed on Monday after its director received a threatening email, police in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia reported.