Westerwelle to take tough line on Serbia during Balkan tour

Westerwelle to take tough line on Serbia during Balkan tour

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle embarked Wednesday on a tour of the former Yugoslavia preparing a tough message for Serbia on Kosovo while encouraging the region's European Union ambitions.

Prosecutors seek suspended sentence for No Angels singer

Prosecutors seek suspended sentence for No Angels singer

A prosecutor called Wednesday for a suspended jail term for German pop star Nadja Benaissa on trial for hiding her HIV status from her sexual partners and infecting one of them with the virus.

Neo-Nazis targeting children online

Neo-Nazis targeting children online

German right-wing extremists are increasingly targeting children online, luring minors to websites by disguising their hate-filled ideology.

Berlin drafts financial crisis bank tax

Berlin drafts financial crisis bank tax

The German government said Wednesday it has adopted a disputed draft tax on bank profits intended to act as a buffer against the cost of future banking failures.

Sauerland cell terrorist’s wife one of three arrested for al-Qaida ties

Sauerland cell terrorist’s wife one of three arrested for al-Qaida ties

Germany's federal prosecutor’s office said Wednesday it had charged three German citizens with supporting groups linked to al-Qaida, including the wife of a man convicted in March of a thwarted car bomb plot.

Business confidence hits pre-crisis high

Business confidence hits pre-crisis high

German business confidence has regained levels not seen since before the global financial crisis, the Ifo economic institute said on Wednesday in the latest sign of strength in Europe's biggest economy.

‘The Neverending Story’ tops list of world’s favourite German books

‘The Neverending Story’ tops list of world’s favourite German books

Falkor! Michael Ende’s fantasy “The Neverending Story” has topped an international competition sponsored by the Goethe Institute to uncover the world’s favourite German-language books.

Gabriel signals Sarrazin should leave SPD over xenophobic views

Gabriel signals Sarrazin should leave SPD over xenophobic views

The Social Democrats' leader Sigmar Gabriel has signalled that Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazin should leave the centre-left party following his latest inflammatory and anti-immigrant statements.

Hospitals review hygienic standards after infant deaths

Hospitals review hygienic standards after infant deaths

German hospitals are reviewing their hygienic standards this week after the tragic deaths of three infants at a Mainz clinic where they were exposed to bacteria through dirty feeding infusions, a survey of facilities around the country showed on Wednesday.

Military reforms could alienate soldiers, Bundeswehr commissioner warns

Military reforms could alienate soldiers, Bundeswehr commissioner warns

Germany's parliamentary watchdog for the armed forces on Wednesday criticised Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg’s plans to streamline the military, saying that “clear cutting” Bundeswehr facilities would alienate soldiers from the rest of German society.

Steinmeier’s kidney donation successful

Steinmeier’s kidney donation successful

Social Democratic parliamentary leader Frank-Walter Steinmeier's kidney transplant to his wife was successful and both patients are now recovering, a media report said on Wednesday.