Vatican denies pope failed to stop paedophile

Vatican denies pope failed to stop paedophile

The Vatican on Friday dismissed a fresh allegation by The New York Times that Pope Benedict XVI failed to bar the transfer of a known paedophile priest while he was the archbishop of Munich.

OECD says Germany needs greater innovation

OECD says Germany needs greater innovation

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development on Friday chided Germany for not doing more to boost innovation and services to help its recovery, and warned Europe's largest economy against creating a two-tier labour market.

Suspected far-right extremists set fire to politician’s car

Suspected far-right extremists set fire to politician’s car

Unknown perpetrators believed to be far-right extremists set fire to the car of a Berlin politician with Kurdish roots early on Friday morning, city authorities reported.

One dead after head-on collision with public bus

One dead after head-on collision with public bus

One person is dead and 23 others injured – six severely – after a head-on collision between a public transit bus and a van near Flensburg in the state of Schleswig-Holstein, police reported on Friday.

Three states present draft law for dual citizenship

Three states present draft law for dual citizenship

The states of Berlin, Brandenburg and Bremen on Friday presented a draft law to the upper house of parliament that would allow dual citizenship to children born to foreign parents in Germany, sparing them the choice between nationalities as adults.

Merkel hails EU deal on Greek financial aid

Merkel hails EU deal on Greek financial aid

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday hailed a European deal to support debt-laden Greece, saying it would provide stability for the euro. But the German media said Berlin could pay a high price for its victory.

Coalition mulls extending nuclear phaseout to 2050

Coalition mulls extending nuclear phaseout to 2050

The German government is reportedly considering extending the scheduled end to nuclear energy until 2050, though it’s not clear whether some of the country's power plants can continue operating that long.

Banks signal readiness to reduce ATM fees

Banks signal readiness to reduce ATM fees

German Consumer Protection Minister Ilse Aigner said on Friday promised a solution to soaring cash machine withdrawal fees was on its way, as banks have signalled a willingness to agree to an upper limit.

Warm weather won’t last

Warm weather won’t last

The sunny weather that graced Germany in recent days was unfortunately short-lived, meteorologists at the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Friday.

Germany, France unite on IMF rescue for Greece

Germany, France unite on IMF rescue for Greece

Germany and France have thrashed out a deal to involve the IMF in a rescue package for Greece's ailing economy, as European leaders sought a strategy to halt the euro's slide in Brussels.