Holocaust denier Williamson to battle fine of up to €12,000

Holocaust denier Williamson to battle fine of up to €12,000

A German court has slapped Holocaust-denier Richard Williamson with a fine of up to €12,000, which the English bishop’s lawyer vowed on Monday to fight.

Berlin City Palace delayed until 2016

Berlin City Palace delayed until 2016

The €552-million reconstruction of Berlin’s historic city palace will not be finished until at least 2016 – two years later than planned – government officials announced Monday.

Merkel admits tax cut plan may fail

Merkel admits tax cut plan may fail

Doubts grew on Monday over the viability of the new German government's choice to rely on tax cuts alone to boost the ailing economy, with Chancellor Angela Merkel herself admitting the plan might not work.

Doubts dog Oettinger appointment to Europe

Doubts dog Oettinger appointment to Europe

The conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) chose their parliamentary leader Stefan Mappus as the new Premier of Baden-Württemberg on Monday, as the controversy over his predecessor Günther Oettinger’s surprise appointment as Germany’s new EU commissioner deepened.

Nature reclaims German Cold War death strip

Nature reclaims German Cold War death strip

Once a menacing death strip during the Cold War, Germany’s stretch of the Iron Curtain has been transformed into a leafy nature refuge, as Hannah Cleaver reports.

Merck upbeat despite drop in profit

Merck upbeat despite drop in profit

German chemical and pharmaceutical group Merck KGaA on Monday reported a sharp slump in quarterly net profit, but forecast higher earnings from its chemicals units and unveiled its first site in China.

Car on wrong side of road collides with school bus

Car on wrong side of road collides with school bus

A woman was killed and at least five children injured Monday morning in Bavaria when a packed school bus collided head-on with a car driving the wrong way on a motorway, police reported.

Germany starts swine flu vaccinations

Germany starts swine flu vaccinations

Several German states on Monday began offering mass vaccinations against swine flu in an attempt to head off a widespread epidemic this winter.

Black-belt German tourist gives Aussie attacker the chop

Black-belt German tourist gives Aussie attacker the chop

A black-belt German tourist gave her Australian attacker the chop – and a karate kick to the head – after being assaulted in the Outback town of Alice Springs, police said on Monday.

Filthy flat filled with 300 abandoned guinea pigs

Filthy flat filled with 300 abandoned guinea pigs

Around 300 abandoned guinea pigs were rescued from a filthy flat in Aachen over the weekend, according to the police.

Egyptian stab victim’s husband describes attack

Egyptian stab victim’s husband describes attack

An Egyptian man told a German court Monday how his pregnant wife was murdered before his eyes in a frenzied anti-Islamic attack, in a case that has inflamed tempers in the Muslim world.