Guttenberg: air strike ‘militarily inappropriate’

Guttenberg: air strike ‘militarily inappropriate’

German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg on Thursday said an air strike responsible for the deaths of scores of Afghan civilians in September was ‘not militarily appropriate’ and acknowledged it had been a mistake.

Berlin extends military mission in Afghanistan

Berlin extends military mission in Afghanistan

Germany's parliament voted Thursday to extend the mandate of troops serving in Afghanistan for one year but did not lift the upper limit of soldiers, currently set at 4,500.

Merkel expecting major climate change effort at Copenhagen talks

Merkel expecting major climate change effort at Copenhagen talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said Thursday they did not expect a perfect agreement at the Copenhagen climate summit but foresaw a major step forward.

EU court rules German custody laws discriminate against fathers

EU court rules German custody laws discriminate against fathers

German child custody laws discriminate against single fathers and should be changed, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday.

Deutsche Bahn faces long-distance bus rivals

Deutsche Bahn faces long-distance bus rivals

National rail provider Deutsche Bahn will soon have competition from cheaper, faster bus coaches if the new government coalition’s plans to remove a long-haul bus ban go through, daily Berliner Zeitung reported on Thursday.

Thou shalt not shop

Thou shalt not shop

Jost Müller-Neuhof from Der Tagesspiegel wonders how Germans can criticise Switzerland’s vote to ban minarets on mosques as an attack on religious freedom yet they blithely accept being told by Christian churches whether they can shop on Sundays or not.

Petition forces Bavarian smoking ban referendum

Petition forces Bavarian smoking ban referendum

Organisers of a petition for a referendum to strengthen Bavaria’s porous smoking ban are celebrating on Thursday, as preliminary results show they exceeded the amount of necessary signatures by several hundred thousand.

Siemens posts billion euro loss

Siemens posts billion euro loss

German industrial giant Siemens said Thursday it suffered a net loss of €1 billion in the last quarter of its 2008/09 fiscal year, and expected the current year to be worse.

What’s on in Germany: December 3 – 9

What’s on in Germany: December 3 – 9

This Week's Highlights: Tattoos in Berlin, The Pet Shop Boys play Hamburg and Munich gets mediaeval for Christmas.

Conservatives say Muslims must show restraint with mosques

Conservatives say Muslims must show restraint with mosques

Following a controversial Swiss referendum to ban mosques with minarets, Christian Democratic state interior ministers in Germany on Thursday recommended Muslims show restraint when building houses of worship.

Paul McCartney kicks off tour in Hamburg, where it all began

Paul McCartney kicks off tour in Hamburg, where it all began

Paul McCartney kicked off his first European tour in five years Wednesday night in Hamburg, the German city where he first exploded on to the pop scene with the Beatles nearly five decades ago.

Eight students injured in laboratory chemical accident

Eight students injured in laboratory chemical accident

Eight students were injured in a chemical laboratory accident on Wednesday night at the University of Karlsruhe, police reported.