Merkel backs added EU budgetary surveillance

Merkel backs added EU budgetary surveillance

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday welcomed new proposals to shore up eurozone financial stability as a "step in the right direction" and said she was unfazed by EU plans to vet states' budgets.

Glitch shuts down German internet

Glitch shuts down German internet

A major technical glitch shut down a wide swath of the German internet on Wednesday, leaving many websites with .de domains unavailable.

Bosch opens Southeast Asian office for green technologies

Bosch opens Southeast Asian office for green technologies

German industrial group Bosch on Wednesday opened its Southeast Asian headquarters in Singapore focusing on environmentally clean technologies.

Turks found worst integrated group amid widespread bigotry

Turks found worst integrated group amid widespread bigotry

A new survey of immigrants in Germany has revealed that residents with Turkish roots, who make up the largest group of foreigners in the country, are the most alienated – but German prejudices are also at fault.

Bavaria reports heavy damage after overnight storm

Bavaria reports heavy damage after overnight storm

Police have reported significant damage in Bavaria after heavy storms and torrential rain battered the region on Tuesday night.

Berlin Airlift remembered at Tempelhof

Berlin Airlift remembered at Tempelhof

Just days after Berlin's Tempelhof Airport was turned into a giant city park, people gathered on Wednesday in the German capital to commemorate the Berlin Airlift.

Growth offers hope amid eurozone gloom

Growth offers hope amid eurozone gloom

The German economy grew by a modest 0.2 percent in the first quarter, official figures showed Wednesday, giving hope as Europe battles a fiscal crisis.

Church member leader urges end to celibacy for Catholic priests

Church member leader urges end to celibacy for Catholic priests

The Catholic Church needs to reconsider its sexual policies and end mandatory celibacy for priests in the wake of a massive child abuse scandal, the head of Germany's leading Catholic group said on Wednesday.

Day care guarantee not in danger, minister says

Day care guarantee not in danger, minister says

Families will still be guaranteed a day care spot for their young children by 2013 despite Germany's worsening budgetary situation, Family Minister Kristina Schröder assured on Wednesday.

EU court slams German penal system

EU court slams German penal system

The European Court of Human Rights this week condemned Germany's preventive detention system, which holds prisoners considered dangerous in jail for an indefinite period.

Merkel congratulates new British Prime Minister Cameron

Merkel congratulates new British Prime Minister Cameron

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was among the first world leaders to congratulate Britain’s new Prime Minister David Cameron via telephone on Tuesday night and has invited him for a visit to Berlin.