Merkel ‘nervous’ climate talks could fail

Merkel ‘nervous’ climate talks could fail

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday she was "somewhat nervous" that an impasse at the Copenhagen climate talks could nix hopes of a comprehensive deal by the end of the week.

Germany’s rules of disengagement in Afghanistan

Germany’s rules of disengagement in Afghanistan

A botched NATO air strike responsible for the tragic deaths of scores of civilians is threatening to derail Germany’s military engagement in Afghanistan, writes The Local’s Marc Young.

Fresh doubts on Mannichl stabbing case

Fresh doubts on Mannichl stabbing case

The unsolved stabbing of former Passau police chief Alois Mannichl – allegedly by a neo-Nazi – was thrown into doubt Tuesday when the public prosecutor in the case dismissed his testimony as inconsistent.

Polanski’s latest film to premier at Berlinale

Polanski’s latest film to premier at Berlinale

The 2010 Berlinale film festival will premiere the latest film by director Roman Polanski, who is under house arrest in Switzerland awaiting deportation to the United States on unlawful sex charges.

More than one in seven Germans on poverty line

More than one in seven Germans on poverty line

Official figures released on Tuesday showed nearly 15 percent of Germans were languishing near the poverty line in 2008, as a separate study said the country's long-term unemployed had a poor chance of having a normal work life.

German banks wary of fresh Iran sanctions

German banks wary of fresh Iran sanctions

German banks and companies are uneasy about proposals by an international anti-corruption body to require financial institutions to do more to curb exports to Iran, business daily Handelsblatt reported Tuesday.

Juvenile alcohol abuse surges

Juvenile alcohol abuse surges

More German children and teenagers got dangerously drunk in 2008 than at any time in the past decade, leading to a surge in hospitalisations, the federal government’s drug commissioner announced Tuesday.

Twitter entry provokes furious mayhem in Lower Saxon legislature

Twitter entry provokes furious mayhem in Lower Saxon legislature

A Twitter entry by a Greens MP branding a conservative opponent a right-wing extremist caused mayhem in the Lower Saxony state parliament, forcing an end to debate amid fears of a brawl, daily Hannoversche Allgemeine reported on Tuesday.

Exhibition shows how the Nazis stole Christmas

Exhibition shows how the Nazis stole Christmas

AFP's Francois Becker reports on a new exhibition in Cologne detailing how the Nazis tried to steal Christmas.

Vandals target Westerwelle’s car

Vandals target Westerwelle’s car

The personal car of German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has copped the fury of political critics, with unknown assailants sticking nails in the car’s tyres, daily Berliner Morgenpost reported Tuesday.

Privacy challenge to data-storage law reaches constitutional court

Privacy challenge to data-storage law reaches constitutional court

A controversial law forcing communications companies to keep records of customers’ phone and internet use for six months was to be scrutinised on Tuesday by the constitutional court after 34,000 people lodged appeals against the law.

NATO steps up call on Germany for fresh Afghanistan troops

NATO steps up call on Germany for fresh Afghanistan troops

NATO hopes to send two tactical groups, up to 3,000 troops, to north Afghanistan under German command, a NATO chief of staff said late on Monday.

Merkel set to become target in Kunduz affair

Merkel set to become target in Kunduz affair

The opposition Social Democrats in January will try to question Chancellor Angela Merkel over the deadly Afghan air strike affair as they broaden their political attack on the government, news magazine Der Spiegel reported Tuesday.