Germany rejects Spanish plans to penalise EU budget breakers

Germany rejects Spanish plans to penalise EU budget breakers

Germany has rejected Spanish proposals to impose sanctions on European Union members that miss economic targets.

Merkel under pressure from party ranks

Merkel under pressure from party ranks

Internal squabbling and a lack of tangible results in the first few months of the new government resulted in growing political pressure against Chancellor Angela Merkel from leading members of her own party over the weekend.

Germany grinds to a halt under thick blanket of snow

Germany grinds to a halt under thick blanket of snow

Broad stretches of northern Germany were closed down over the weekend by blizzards, with many villages completely cut off and hundreds of drivers stuck in their cars over Saturday night.

Oktoberfest security to be kept at last year’s high level

Oktoberfest security to be kept at last year’s high level

The extra tough security measures deployed to combat terrorist threats at last year's Oktoberfest in Munich will likely become a permanent requirement, organisers said over the weekend.

Courts hear business cases in English

Courts hear business cases in English

Courts in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia have offered to handle business cases in English for a pilot project under keen observation by other courts, which could soon follow their example.

Bahn to lose Berlin S-Bahn monopoly

Bahn to lose Berlin S-Bahn monopoly

Berliners kicking their heels in the snow after months of local rail breakdowns have been told the city will end rail operator Deutsche Bahn's monopoly over its urban train network.