States mutiny against Merkel’s tax cut bill

States mutiny against Merkel’s tax cut bill

The January 2010 tax cuts planned by Chancellor Angela Merkel's new centre-right coalition faced failure on Friday amid growing resistance from Germany's states. Politicians are now discussing the possibility of pushing the changes back to 2011.

Father of Winnenden school shooter charged with manslaughter

Father of Winnenden school shooter charged with manslaughter

Prosecutors in the German state of Baden-Württemberg on Friday pressed manslaughter charges against the father of a 17-year-old boy who killed 15 people during a rampage started at his old school in March.

US man missing for seven days in Frankfurt

US man missing for seven days in Frankfurt

A 22-year-old American man went missing in Frankfurt seven days ago – vanishing without a trace after attending a concert with a friend, his father told The Local on Friday.

Jung resigns over Afghan air strike

Jung resigns over Afghan air strike

German Labour Minister Franz Josef Jung resigned on Friday amid accusations of a cover-up surrounding a controversial NATO air strike in Afghanistan during his tenure as defence minister.

A contract for both sides of Germany’s integration equation

A contract for both sides of Germany’s integration equation

The German government’s newly proposed “integration contract” for immigrants could be a step forward – but only if its a two-way commitment, argues Der Tagesspiegel’s Jost Müller-Neuhof.

Cops play cowboy after cattle block A6 motorway

Cops play cowboy after cattle block A6 motorway

The southbound A6 motorway near Mannheim was closed for six hours on Friday morning after a truck transporting cattle tipped over and the freed animals roamed the autobahn.

Ethics watchdogs call for end to baby hatches

Ethics watchdogs call for end to baby hatches

Germany’s baby hatches, which allow mothers to give up their children anonymously, have been called into question by the German Ethics Council, which has deemed them morally “problematic.”

Steel giant Thyssenkrupp to slash 20,000 jobs

Steel giant Thyssenkrupp to slash 20,000 jobs

Thyssenkrupp said on Friday it would slash its workforce worldwide by about 20,000 in the coming year, as the steelmaker battles with record losses and an industry in crisis.

Two dangerous criminals escape Aachen prison

Two dangerous criminals escape Aachen prison

Police have issued a warning to the public after two dangerous criminals escaped from an Aachen prison on Thursday night. The men, who were serving sentences for murder and kidnapping, are believed to be armed.

No winter weather in sight as Christmas markets open

No winter weather in sight as Christmas markets open

Germany's Christmas market season kicks off this weekend, but mild and wet weather will put a damper on the wintry atmosphere, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Friday.

Bayern Munich hopes to return to winning ways after boost

Bayern Munich hopes to return to winning ways after boost

Bayern Munich striker Ivica Olic warned the German giants will use their midweek Champions League success to boost their flagging confidence in a highly-emotional Bundesliga game at Hannover on Sunday.