Ministry calls lawyers’ demands for Kunduz bombing victims unrealistic

Ministry calls lawyers’ demands for Kunduz bombing victims unrealistic

The German Defence Ministry may break off negotiations with lawyers after they demanded €7 million for the families of victims of a September 2009 bombardment that killed scores of Afghan civilians near Kunduz.

France attacks hefty German trade surplus

France attacks hefty German trade surplus

France on Monday accused Germany of trying to boost trade at the expense of Berlin's eurozone partners by squeezing salaries and pushing exports, as Europe seeks to emerge from the global economic crisis.

Catholic groups chastise pope’s silence on sex abuse scandal

Catholic groups chastise pope’s silence on sex abuse scandal

German Catholic groups on Monday criticised the pope's silence over a snowballing child sex abuse scandal rocking his native country's Church.

Westerwelle’s taboo travels

Westerwelle’s taboo travels

Homophobia didn’t disappear once Guido Westerwelle became Germany’s foreign minister. But questions about him promoting personal interests on official trips abroad have nothing to do with him being gay, argues Tissy Bruns from Der Tagesspiegel.

Audi blasts past French speed trap at 300 kph

Audi blasts past French speed trap at 300 kph

French police have arrested a man caught driving a German-registered sports car so fast that their speed trap couldn't clock the estimated 300 kilometres (186 miles) per hour he was travelling.

Week off to a slippery start as icy roads cause multiple accidents

Week off to a slippery start as icy roads cause multiple accidents

Wintery road conditions caused one death, traffic jams and several accidents across Germany, as commuters began their work week on Monday.

Deutsche Telekom introduces quota for women executives

Deutsche Telekom introduces quota for women executives

Europe's biggest telecommunications group, Deutsche Telekom, said Monday it would introduce a 30-percent quota for women in senior positions by the end of 2015.

German arms exports double in five years

German arms exports double in five years

Germany has doubled its arms exports over the last five years, making it the world’s third largest weapons dealer after the United States and Russia, according to a new study released on Monday.

Rösler mulling extra per capita health insurance premium

Rösler mulling extra per capita health insurance premium

German Health Minister Philipp Rösler plans to tack a monthly per capita premium of €29 on health insurance beginning in 2011 to make up for deficits at statutory insurers, a media report said on Monday.

Neo-Nazis resort to subtler tactics

Neo-Nazis resort to subtler tactics

Neo-Nazis in Germany are changing their recruitment strategy to include subtler tactics that target young people, a domestic intelligence expert said on Monday.

Westerwelle calls criticism of trips ‘slander’

Westerwelle calls criticism of trips ‘slander’

Germany Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has rejected charges that he used foreign trips to promote the business interests of his partner, family and party donors, calling them "slander" in an interview.