Germany reluctant to rescue Greece

Germany reluctant to rescue Greece

Germany insisted on Tuesday it would not jump to the rescue of debt-laden Greece, digging in against fierce pressure from its euro area partners days ahead of a crucial EU summit.

Workers’ blues on the rise

Workers’ blues on the rise

Stress about work is playing ever greater havoc with the mental health of Germans, with sick days due to depression and angst almost doubling in less than 20 years, according to a study released on Tuesday.

Dresden shop offers Elbe sandstone dildos

Dresden shop offers Elbe sandstone dildos

Dresden has long been known as centre for quality handicrafts, but an erotic shop is taking a new twist on the tradition by offering dildos formed from local Elbe River sandstone.

Court rejects extra welfare to clothe growing children

Court rejects extra welfare to clothe growing children

Germany's Hartz IV welfare recipients will not get additional money to clothe their fast-growing children after a court ruled Tuesday that a revolving wardrobe door was just a fact of life for parents of young kids.

VW to raise €4.4 billion in fresh capital

VW to raise €4.4 billion in fresh capital

Europe's biggest car maker, Volkswagen, announced on Tuesday a long-awaited capital increase aimed at ensuring strong credit ratings as VW takes over the luxury sports car maker Porsche.

Qatar looking to invest more in Germany

Qatar looking to invest more in Germany

The Gulf emirate of Qatar is looking for more German investment opportunities after becoming the third biggest shareholder in Volkswagen, a top official told the business daily Handelsblatt.

Bakers fear EU could label salty German bread unhealthy

Bakers fear EU could label salty German bread unhealthy

Few things rouse German national pride like Teutonic bread, which is why the country’s bakers are fuming this week against supposed EU plans to label their loaves unhealthy due to high amounts of salt.

Former SS hit man given life sentence

Former SS hit man given life sentence

An 88-year-old former SS hit man was given a life sentence Tuesday for shooting dead three civilians in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands in 1944.

Politically motivated crime hits record high

Politically motivated crime hits record high

A huge jump in left-wing extremist and anarchist crime has reportedly sent the number of politically motivated offences in Germany soaring to its highest level since records began.

Boeing blasts Germany over Airbus loan

Boeing blasts Germany over Airbus loan

US aerospace giant Boeing lashed out Monday at Germany's plans for a multibillion-euro loan to develop Airbus's A350 airliner, ahead of a WTO ruling on EU aid to its European arch-rival.

‘Wise man’ warns bank levy could spark crisis

‘Wise man’ warns bank levy could spark crisis

One of Germany’s “wise men” of economics has cast doubt on the government’s plan to charge banks a levy that would be used to bail out troubled financial institutions, warning on Tuesday it could spark a credit crisis.