Merkel: Greece puts euro in ‘very difficult phase’

Merkel: Greece puts euro in ‘very difficult phase’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel believes the euro faces a "very difficult phase" with Greece's budget crisis putting the eurozone under "huge, huge pressures," according to comments published Thursday.

Berlin and Tokyo to work together on climate, arms

Berlin and Tokyo to work together on climate, arms

Japan and Germany agreed Thursday to work together on climate change, nuclear disarmament and rebuilding Afghanistan during a Tokyo visit by Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle.

Competition watchdog raids major retailers

Competition watchdog raids major retailers

Germany’s federal competition watchdog raided the main offices of almost every large retail food and drugstore chain in the country on Thursday on suspicion of price-fixing. Among them were Edeka, Lidl, Metro, Rewe and Rossmann.

Young adventurers ditch kindergarten for Africa

Young adventurers ditch kindergarten for Africa

Three adventurous children aged between five and six sparked a huge search in Nuremberg after they ditched kindergarten to fly to Africa, police said on Thursday.

Tram collision injures 27 in Karlsruhe

Tram collision injures 27 in Karlsruhe

A dramatic tram collision in central Karlsruhe injured 27 people – six seriously – on Thursday, according to the police.

More snow forecast for the weekend

More snow forecast for the weekend

More snow is likely to fall this weekend in Germany - even as freezing temperatures mean that accumulation from last week's storm continues to snarl traffic, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Thursday.

Oettinger faces anti-Semitism accusations at EU hearings

Oettinger faces anti-Semitism accusations at EU hearings

Günther Oettinger, Germany's designated EU commissioner, on Thursday defended himself against suspicions of anti-Semitism, stressing that he had "very strong relations" with the Jewish community.

Farmers complain as discount grocers lower prices again

Farmers complain as discount grocers lower prices again

Despite criticism from farmers who say they are barely scraping by, German discount grocery chains Aldi and Penny Markt on Thursday announced further markdowns in an ongoing price war.

What’s on in Germany: January 14 – 20

What’s on in Germany: January 14 – 20

This Week's Highlights: A Manowar concert in Berlin, Hedwig and the Angry Itch in Frankfurt, and Chinese temples grace a Munich museum.

Germany offers €1 million in aid to Haiti

Germany offers €1 million in aid to Haiti

Germany has offered €1 million in emergency aid to help the victims of a devastating earthquake in Haiti, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said on Thursday.

Merkel stands by disputed tax cut plans

Merkel stands by disputed tax cut plans

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday defended her coalition’s controversial tax cut plans and said she would stand by her promise to overhaul Germany's tax system in the coming years, financial daily Handelsblatt reported.

Integration official says 20 percent of public jobs should go to immigrants

Integration official says 20 percent of public jobs should go to immigrants

Every fifth public service position in Germany should go to people with immigrant backgrounds, the country’s integration commissioner told daily Rheinische Post on Thursday.

Yemenis demand $2 mln for German hostages

Yemenis demand $2 mln for German hostages

Yemeni hostage-takers holding a family of five Germans and a Briton since June are demanding a ransom of $2 million for their release, news magazine Der Spiegel reported on Wednesday.