German Chancellor Angela Merkel hit out at the Chinese goverment on Friday after a Beijing court jailed Chinese dissident and human rights campaigner Liu Xiaobo for 11 years.
The presidents of Germany's five major economic research institutes have increased pressure on the German government over its controversial tax cut plans. They have called on the chancellor to balance the country's books.
At least five people died after a pre-dawn Christmas Day fire in a house in the German town of Unna in North Rhine-Westphalia, the police said on Friday.
Students in Berlin and Potsdam have continued their occupation of university auditoriums over the Christmas holidays, a spokesman for the protestors said Friday.
The leader of the German Protestant church Margot Käßmann has called the military operation in Afghanistan "unjustified" and has demanded a complete troop withdrawal.
The United Nations' refugee agency has expressed praise and criticism for Germany's refugee policy. Although Germany took in more than 2,000 Iraqi refugees from Syria and Jordan in 2009, Romani were deported to Kosovo.
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