Rösler vows high drug prices to fall

Rösler vows high drug prices to fall

Big pharmaceutical firms have been put on notice that the government plans to crack down on high drug prices, with German Health Minister Philipp Rösler vowing Wednesday to bring prices “under control.”

Klein addresses closed Kunduz air strike inquiry

Klein addresses closed Kunduz air strike inquiry

Colonel Georg Klein, the German commander who ordered the controversial air strike that killed up to 140 Afghans last year, appeared before an parliamentary inquiry on Wednesday after defending his actions publicly through his lawyer.

Rhineland jesters try to get Munich to lighten up for Karneval

Rhineland jesters try to get Munich to lighten up for Karneval

Maybe it's the ''calming'' effect of all that Bavarian beer, but the relatively sedate approach to Karneval in Munich has the excitable folks from Cologne worried. So they've decided to do something about it.

Leading Germany’s kids down a dead-end street

Leading Germany’s kids down a dead-end street

Germany’s highest court has ruled Hartz IV welfare payments unconstitutional because children only receive a percentage of adult benefits. But Tissy Bruns from Der Tagesspiegel doubts the decision will end up helping poorer kids.

Politicians defend Hartz IV following high court ruling

Politicians defend Hartz IV following high court ruling

Senior government figures defended the maligned Hartz IV welfare system on Wednesday as political fallout continued following the German high court's ruling that the programme is unconstitutional.

Support for Merkel’s coalition flagging

Support for Merkel’s coalition flagging

Voter support for the two parties in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s struggling centre-right coalition has fallen to its lowest level since 2001, a poll published Wednesday found.

Police bust Vietnamese human-trafficking ring

Police bust Vietnamese human-trafficking ring

Police busted open a Vietnamese people-smuggling ring on Wednesday morning, raiding 17 houses across three German states and arresting three men believed to be the ringleaders.

Bundeswehr launches investigation into hazing

Bundeswehr launches investigation into hazing

Reports of ritual hazing at a Bundeswehr mountain infantry training camp surfaced on Wednesday, spurring Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg to urge an investigation into the mistreatment of young recruits.

Rampaging ‘wild cows’ near A1 autobahn shot dead

Rampaging ‘wild cows’ near A1 autobahn shot dead

Police said on Wednesday they were forced to shoot two cows that went on a rampage in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia when they threatened to endanger traffic.

Berlin eyes ‘firewall’ to contain Greek debt crisis

Berlin eyes ‘firewall’ to contain Greek debt crisis

Germany, the eurozone's biggest economy, is examining how to build a "firewall" to prevent the Greek debt crisis tearing through the countries that use the euro, media reports said on Wednesday.