Parents on dole must repay €20 windfall

Parents on dole must repay €20 windfall

Most of Germany’s unemployed parents receiving Hartz IV welfare support will be obligated to return an extra €20 in child benefit mistakenly paid out this month.

Merkel warns Iran of coming sanctions

Merkel warns Iran of coming sanctions

German Chancellor Angela Merkel ramped up pressure on Iran Tuesday over its disputed nuclear programme, saying next month would be a critical time for the world community to decide on sanctions.

Heavy snow to follow record lows

Heavy snow to follow record lows

Parts of Germany on Tuesday experienced the coldest temperatures of the winter so far, with overnight lows dipping to -21 degrees Celsius. But meteorologists are predicting even chillier weather and heavy snowstorms for the coming days.

Renée Zellweger joins Berlinale jury

Renée Zellweger joins Berlinale jury

Oscar-winning actress Renée Zellweger will join the jury for the 60th Berlin International Film Festival next month, organisers said on Tuesday.

Folklorists baffled over ‘love locks’ in Cologne

Folklorists baffled over ‘love locks’ in Cologne

Cologne city officials are trying to determine the origins of a new romantic phenomenon dubbed “love locks” on a bridge stretching across the Rhine River.

Berlin sending 500 extra troops to Afghanistan

Berlin sending 500 extra troops to Afghanistan

Germany plans to send 500 more troops to Afghanistan, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday ahead of a London conference on the international mission's future.

Business confidence continues record rise

Business confidence continues record rise

German business confidence rose for a record 10th month in a row, the Ifo index showed Tuesday, raising hopes that Germany's economy, Europe's largest, could lead the continent from its slump.

Hotel chain Starwood warns of possible credit card fraud

Hotel chain Starwood warns of possible credit card fraud

Customers who stayed at one of the hotels owned by international hotel conglomerate Starwood within Germany may have been victim to widespread credit card fraud, the company confirmed on Tuesday.

Two dead after boulder crushes family home

Two dead after boulder crushes family home

Two people are dead and another two seriously injured after an enormous boulder crushed a family home in the southern Bavarian town of Stein an der Traun on Monday evening.

Mercedes shows off ‘Brawny’ Schumacher

Mercedes shows off ‘Brawny’ Schumacher

Mercedes GP launched their new Silver Arrow car this week, but the real firepower in the German team's camp is set to be the renewed partnership between Michael Schumacher and Ross Brawn.