Union leader, Merkel at odds over financial transaction tax

Union leader, Merkel at odds over financial transaction tax

Germany’s top union boss called on Chancellor Merkel Sunday to “stop the gamblers” and enact a tax on financial transactions to stave off rampant speculation.

Merkel: Rescue package is a temporary fix

Merkel: Rescue package is a temporary fix

A trillion-dollar package to shore up ailing eurozone economies merely buys time until the deficits of certain members of the 16-member zone are cleaned up, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday.

Government to sidestep Bundesrat on nuclear power plant extension

Government to sidestep Bundesrat on nuclear power plant extension

The centre-right coalition government is looking to bypass the Bundesrat upper house to push through one of its more controversial policy plans – extending the lifetime of atomic power plants – according to a chancellery official.

Bundeswehr to boost air power with US attack helicopters

Bundeswehr to boost air power with US attack helicopters

German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg said German troops stationed in Afghanistan will be provided with more than 50 US combat helicopters next month, he told Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

Passion Play season opens in Oberammergau

Passion Play season opens in Oberammergau

The 2010 Oberammergau Passion Play premiered to nearly 5,000 spectators Saturday. The performance marks the start of the 41st production of the traditional five-hour play.

Bayern beat Bremen for German Cup

Bayern beat Bremen for German Cup

Franck Ribery grabbed one of the goals as Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich stayed on course for the treble with a 4-0 win over 10-man Werder Bremen in the German Cup final in Berlin on Saturday.