Germany to host G20 conference to tighten leash on financial markets

Germany to host G20 conference to tighten leash on financial markets

Germany is to host a conference on regulating the financial markets ahead of the next G20 summit, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said in an interview to be published Sunday.

Former East German athlete wants name removed from record

Former East German athlete wants name removed from record

Former East German sprinter Gesine Tettenborn has asked the German Athletics Federation to remove her name from Germany's 4x400m relay record after admitting to doping, according to a report.

Berlin reportedly keeping all nuclear plants online

Berlin reportedly keeping all nuclear plants online

Utility companies and the government have agreed to allow all of Germany's 17 nuclear power plants to keep operating, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Saturday, even two which were scheduled for closure soon.

Leftist chief Lafontaine to step down

Leftist chief Lafontaine to step down

The head of Germany's socialist party The Left, Oskar Lafontaine, will give up his leadership position and his Bundestag seat, party sources said on Saturday. The 66-year-old underwent cancer surgery last year.

Fake bomb sent to Hesse state premier Koch

Fake bomb sent to Hesse state premier Koch

A fake pipe bomb was mailed to the office of Roland Koch, the conservative premier of Hesse. The group taking responsibility for the threat said they were protesting remarks Koch made about tightening welfare rules.

Jobless rate for college grads jumped in 2009

Jobless rate for college grads jumped in 2009

On the employment front, last year was not a good one for German university graduates. The jobless rate increased 11.3 percent over the course of 2009.

SPD: No additional troops for Afghanistan

SPD: No additional troops for Afghanistan

Germany's opposition Social Democrats have said they are against increasing the number of troops serving in Afghanistan following reports the Defence Minister Guttenberg might call for more soldiers.