Merkel refutes Obama on G20 fiscal policy

Merkel refutes Obama on G20 fiscal policy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel directly contradicted US President Barack Obama on Saturday, saying spending cutbacks were now needed following the spate of throwing money at the global economic crisis.

Löw says Germany not in ‘headless-chicken mode’ after loss

Löw says Germany not in ‘headless-chicken mode’ after loss

Coach Joachim Löw insisted on Saturday that Germany's shock defeat to Serbia at the World Cup had not sent them into 'headless-chicken mode' and he was still confident of reaching the last 16.

Berlin celebrates gay pride parade

Berlin celebrates gay pride parade

Berlin’s Christopher Street Day parade drew thousands of people in Berlin on Saturday, as around 50 trucks and marchers round their way around the city to end up for the first time at the Brandenburg Gate.

Top music stars join calls to tax the rich more

Top music stars join calls to tax the rich more

Two of Germany’s biggest music stars, Herbert Grönemeyer and Marius Müller-Westerhagen have called for the rich to be taxed more in the current times of crisis in order to spare the poor.

German ‘female Viagra’ fails to excite US drug approval agency

German ‘female Viagra’ fails to excite US drug approval agency

A German attempt to develop a drug to help boost women’s sex drive has been knocked back by the US Food and Drug Administration, which said there was no evidence to show it was effective or safe.

Greens discuss BP boycott as CEO taken out of firing line

Greens discuss BP boycott as CEO taken out of firing line

Green politicians are discussing the idea of a boycott of BP and its Aral petrol stations in Germany, in the light of the multi-national’s failure to prevent or stop the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.

Premium rate service lines to drop fee for waiting callers

Premium rate service lines to drop fee for waiting callers

The infuriating telephone queues on premium rate customer ‘service’ lines where the caller pays in full to hear music or repeated recordings telling them how valued their custom is, will soon be free.

Parties prepare for NRW minority red-green rule

Parties prepare for NRW minority red-green rule

The Social Democrats and Greens in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) are preparing to form a red-green minority government, after conservative premier Jürgen Rüttgers said he would not contest a challenge for his position.