Merkel rules out tax cuts

Merkel rules out tax cuts

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday ruled out tax cuts in Europe's biggest economy "in the foreseeable future" following a "bitter defeat" in a key state poll in North Rhine-Westphalia.

How sick is Germany’s healthcare system?

How sick is Germany’s healthcare system?

Healthcare in Germany is better than in most countries, but patients are facing increasing costs and political doctoring. Ben Knight gives the system a check-up for Berlin’s English-language magazine Exberliner.

Parking lot ‘sheriff’ jailed for draconian towing scam

Parking lot ‘sheriff’ jailed for draconian towing scam

An Augsburg man dubbed the “Parking Lot Sheriff” by the German media was handed a four-and-a-half year sentence on Monday for a systematic extortion scam involving confiscating cars and demanding sky-high fees.

Berlin denies ailing Schäuble to step down

Berlin denies ailing Schäuble to step down

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble will be released from a Brussels hospital later on Monday and there is "no reason" to speculate he will step down due to poor health, officials in Berlin said.

Nuclear plant problems reportedly on the rise

Nuclear plant problems reportedly on the rise

The German government is considering extending the scheduled phaseout to nuclear energy until 2050, but the country’s ageing atomic power plants are reportedly sparking an increasing number of safety concerns.

Bidding the Iron Lady Chancellor auf Wiedersehen

Bidding the Iron Lady Chancellor auf Wiedersehen

The state election debacle in North Rhine-Westphalia for the Christian Democrats has finally robbed Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right coalition of its reformist illusions, writes The Local’s Marc Young.

Scientists find sunken islands in the Caribbean

Scientists find sunken islands in the Caribbean

German scientists announced on Monday they believe they have discovered sunken islands in the Caribbean Ocean following a deep sea expedition in April.

SPD faces difficult path to power in NRW

SPD faces difficult path to power in NRW

With a Social Democratic-Greens alliance coming up just one seat short of a majority in the North Rhine-Westphalia election, the SPD on Monday faced some uncomfortable options for forming a coalition in the state.

Trade surplus jumps as euro slumps

Trade surplus jumps as euro slumps

Germany's trade surplus leapt higher in March, official data showed on Monday, with the euro's fall in value against other major currencies helping crucial exports rack up solid gains.

Merkel says EU aid fund will protect the euro

Merkel says EU aid fund will protect the euro

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that an emergency trillion-dollar rescue package for crisis-hit eurozone countries would serve as bulwark for the beleaguered euro.

CDU defeat a ‘double debacle,’ press says

CDU defeat a ‘double debacle,’ press says

German voters, angry over a colossal bail-out for Greece, handed Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition a blistering defeat in a state poll on Sunday, which also cost it its majority in the upper house.

Southern German airports reopen after ash cloud scare

Southern German airports reopen after ash cloud scare

Five southern German airports closed due to a second ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano have been reopened, authorities announced late on Sunday evening.

Rainy days and frosty nights ahead

Rainy days and frosty nights ahead

Cool and wet temperatures are expected for the coming days, with nighttime temperatures dropping low enough for frost, the German Weather Service (DWD) said on Monday.