Investigation into sex abuse by Mixa dropped

Investigation into sex abuse by Mixa dropped

German prosecutors said on Friday they were discontinuing an investigation into charges of sexual abuse by former Catholic Bishop Walter Mixa, who resigned last month amid claims he had beaten children and misused Church funds.

Sweden’s SEB mulling sale of German bank unit

Sweden’s SEB mulling sale of German bank unit

SEB Group has confirmed it is talking to potential buyers regarding the sale of its German retail banking business.

Hamburg’s merry buccaneers celebrate a century of football

Hamburg’s merry buccaneers celebrate a century of football

Newly promoted to the Bundesliga, the Hamburg football club St. Pauli celebrates its 100th birthday this weekend. Jeff Kavanagh reports on its legendary devout following.

Hard-rocking Tokio Hotel guitarist in sex party Viagra overdose

Hard-rocking Tokio Hotel guitarist in sex party Viagra overdose

Tom Kaulitz, a member of German pop band Tokio Hotel, reportedly suffered a two-day erection after overdosing on Viagra for a sex party with groupies in Taiwan.

Municipalities face €15-billion shortfall

Municipalities face €15-billion shortfall

Germany’s local governments are slipping into their budget worst crisis since World War II, with total deficits of €15 billion forecast for this year, the German Association of Cities warned Friday.

France reportedly threatened to ditch euro

France reportedly threatened to ditch euro

French President Nicolas Sarkozy muscled Chancellor Angela Merkel by threatening to pull his country out of the euro currency union unless Germany helped Greece with its debt crisis, a Spanish newspaper reported Friday.

Going the distance: students race towards fuel-efficient cars

Going the distance: students race towards fuel-efficient cars

Self-proclaimed car nerds from around Europe recently gathered at a Brandenburg race track. But instead of burning rubber, the high school and university students were breaking long-distance fuel-efficiency records. Kristen Allen reports for The Local's automotive series Abgefahren.

Deutsche Bank chief doubts Greece can repay

Deutsche Bank chief doubts Greece can repay

The head of Germany's biggest bank has cast doubt on whether debt-wracked Greece will be able to repay billions of euros in loans, prompting fierce criticism in the financial press Friday.

Banker’s wife kidnapped

Banker’s wife kidnapped

A massive police operation was underway Friday to find a senior banker’s wife who has been kidnapped and held to ransom for several hundred thousand euros.

Löw unsatisfied with 3-0 win against Malta

Löw unsatisfied with 3-0 win against Malta

German coach Joachim Löw declared himself underwhelmed by his team's lukewarm 3-0 friendly win against minnows Malta on Thursday night.

Far-right leader sues over hotel ban

Far-right leader sues over hotel ban

The leader of the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party, Udo Voigt, is suing a Brandenburg hotel that openly turned him away because of his far-right views, a media report said Friday.

Käßmann stirs Catholics with pill speech

Käßmann stirs Catholics with pill speech

Former Protestant leader Margot Käßmann caused a stir at Munich’s interfaith gathering Thursday night by describing the birth control pill as “God’s gift” – in a Catholic cathedral.