Somali pirates extradited to Germany

Somali pirates extradited to Germany

The Somali pirates who recently captured a Hamburg freight ship are being extradited to Germany for what is expected to be the first trial of such pirates from the collapsed African nation on German soil.

Bishop Mixa attacked from within Church for dismissing victims

Bishop Mixa attacked from within Church for dismissing victims

The Catholic school headmaster who first raised concerns about sex abuse in the Church in January has attacked the embattled Bishop Walter Mixa, accusing him of being too dismissive of his alleged victim’s claims.

Daimler to ‘restructure’ Iran business ties

Daimler to ‘restructure’ Iran business ties

Automaker Daimler became the latest German corporate giant to give in to international pressure over its business ties with Iran on Wednesday, saying it would "restructure" its activities there.

Guttenberg boosts firepower in Afghanistan

Guttenberg boosts firepower in Afghanistan

Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg used a surprise trip to Afghanistan Wednesday to announce he was stepping up the firepower of the German troops in the wake of the Good Friday ambush that claimed the lives of three soldiers.

Transport minister halts pricey street sign update

Transport minister halts pricey street sign update

Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer announced this week that he would put an end to the nationwide update of traffic signs, saving already broke cities and municipalities hundreds of millions of euros.

Williamson’s Holocaust trial to start Friday – without him

Williamson’s Holocaust trial to start Friday – without him

British bishop Richard Williamson is declining to face court in person when his trial for Holocaust-denial begins Friday, according to his lawyer, who has said he will represent the absent clergyman.

Hamburg tops table of highest income-earners

Hamburg tops table of highest income-earners

Hamburg is Germany’s highest-earning city with an average net income of €23,366 a year, a survey published Wednesday found.

Liechtenstein digs in heels against stolen bank data

Liechtenstein digs in heels against stolen bank data

The small tax haven of Liechtenstein is preparing to backpedal on an agreement with Germany to crack down on tax dodgers, and now plans to give no help if investigations are based on stolen data, a report said Wednesday.

Police make biggest ever cocaine bust

Police make biggest ever cocaine bust

German police said Tuesday they had seized a record haul of 1.3 tonnes of cocaine with an estimated street value of €40 million and made seven arrests.

FDP tax plan gets broad thumbs up

FDP tax plan gets broad thumbs up

The Free Democrats' watered-down tax reform plans have been given a shot in the arm by their conservative coalition partners, who broadly welcomed the proposals on Wednesday.