Lufthansa demands EU compensation for volcano losses

Lufthansa demands EU compensation for volcano losses

The head of the German airline Lufthansa called Monday for the European Union to pay carriers compensation for business lost owing to the closure of European airspace after the eruption of an Icelandic volcano.

Axe falls on welfare and family benefits

Axe falls on welfare and family benefits

Reductions in social benefits will spearhead the deepest spending cuts in modern German history, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced Monday. But education and research will be spared the axe and income and sales taxes will not be increased.

Germans worry the most about unemployment, study shows

Germans worry the most about unemployment, study shows

Germans worry the most among people living in European countries, particularly about unemployment, a new study by the GfK market research institute reported on Monday.

Candidate Gauck blasts ‘timid’ politicians

Candidate Gauck blasts ‘timid’ politicians

Presidential contender Joachim Gauck launched a broadside Monday at the timid and short-sighted nature of politics and vowed to use the “power of words” to lift Germans up to match their potential.

Banned GM corn growing in seven states

Banned GM corn growing in seven states

Genetically modified corn has been grown in seven German states in breach of a national ban after contaminated seeds were sold to farmers, the environmental group Greenpeace revealed Monday.

Armed man sighted near Berlin school yard

Armed man sighted near Berlin school yard

Police scoured a school and surrounding buildings after witnesses reported seeing an armed man around the school's grounds Monday morning, authorities announced.

German team arrives in South Africa ahead of World Cup

German team arrives in South Africa ahead of World Cup

Germany was among the latest national teams to arrive in South Africa on Monday for the first World Cup staged on the continent.

Father dies trying to rescue toddler son from river

Father dies trying to rescue toddler son from river

A father of two died in Munich while trying to rescue his two-year-old son who fell into the Isar River from a bridge over the weekend, the city's fire department said Monday.

D-Day arrives for Germany’s budget

D-Day arrives for Germany’s budget

Germans are set to find out by lunchtime Monday the results of the cabinet’s brainstorming session on how to slash government spending by €51 billion over the next six years.

Coalition dubious about state aid for Opel

Coalition dubious about state aid for Opel

The prospect of state aid for car maker Opel dimmed on Monday with a large number of government MPs reportedly against giving government help to the firm.

Guttenberg blasted by predecessor Jung

Guttenberg blasted by predecessor Jung

Former Defence Minister Franz Josef Jung has reportedly blasted his successor‘s possible plan to cut the military budget by ending Germany’s conscription programme.