German guns down two Italians after football row

German guns down two Italians after football row

A second Italian man has died after being gunned down alongside a compatriot by a German man angered in a pub row over World Cup football, the police in Hannover said on Tuesday.

The daily World Cup roundup

The daily World Cup roundup

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Germany touts lower deficit as an example to Europe

Germany touts lower deficit as an example to Europe

Germany's federal deficit is set to be much lower than expected, a draft budget suggested on Monday, as Berlin held up its tough line on spending as the best way for Europe to exit its debt crisis.

Stealth costs lurking behind ‘free’ bank services

Stealth costs lurking behind ‘free’ bank services

Many expats used to free banking back at home are often shocked when they try to open an account in Germany. Joe Morgan uncovers the pitfalls of hidden bank fees.

Iran Air says Germany not refusing refuelling

Iran Air says Germany not refusing refuelling

The German office of Iran Air, the national carrier, dismissed Iranian reports Monday that Germany had refused to refuel Iranian passenger planes since Washington imposed unilateral sanctions.

Corpse in crashed car boot was married to policeman driver

Corpse in crashed car boot was married to policeman driver

Saxony-Anhalt police investigating a deadly head-on car crash have discovered that the additional dead body of a woman found in the boot of one car was likely the wife of its deceased driver, who was a policeman, they said on Monday.

Teen offender beats girlfriend at school after trial flap

Teen offender beats girlfriend at school after trial flap

A 17-year-old known as the “€0.20 delinquent” for fatally beating a man over pocket change has allegedly attacked his teen girlfriend just six weeks after being released from police custody ahead of a retrial, according to the authorities in Hamburg.

Insect experts see impending mosquito plague

Insect experts see impending mosquito plague

The winter may have been long and cold this year in Germany, but that won’t stop a blood-thirsty plague of mosquitoes from hitting the country this summer, according to but experts.

Tough summer ahead in Afghanistan, minister warns

Tough summer ahead in Afghanistan, minister warns

German troops should expect a difficult summer in Afghanistan with increasing violence and further casualties, Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg warned on Monday.

Cold front bringing brief break from summer heat

Cold front bringing brief break from summer heat

A cold front is bringing a brief chance to recover from the weekend’s scorching heat, with milder temperatures predicted for early this week, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Monday.

Bavarians approve stricter smoking ban

Bavarians approve stricter smoking ban

The Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich is to become smoke-free after voters in a referendum Sunday in the southern German state of Bavaria opted for a total smoking ban.