Sarrazin under fire for anti-Muslim views

Sarrazin under fire for anti-Muslim views

Bundesbank official Thilo Sarrazin faced increasing pressure from across the political spectrum due to his controversial views on Muslims and immigrants on Thursday, as calls grew for him to leave the Social Democrats (SPD) and his central bank post.

Police end rooftop Stuttgart station protest

Police end rooftop Stuttgart station protest

A special police unit on Thursday forcibly ended the occupation of Stuttgart’s main train station, which rooftop demonstrators had hoped would derail a controversial rail project in the southwestern city.

Merkel seeks renewable energy contribution from nuclear industry

Merkel seeks renewable energy contribution from nuclear industry

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday suggested that Germany's nuclear industry, already expected to pay a windfall tax on longer operating rights, should also stump up to help develop renewable energy.

No place for Ballack in Germany squad

No place for Ballack in Germany squad

Germany midfielder Michael Ballack is set to be dropped by national coach Joachim Löw for next month's Euro 2012 qualifiers, according to reports in the German media on Thursday.

Court forced to probe ‘world’s most expensive BBQ’ for Bush

Court forced to probe ‘world’s most expensive BBQ’ for Bush

A court in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania on Friday will consider whether the original bill from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s June 2006 barbecue with then US President George W. Bush has to be made public. The event is reported to have cost €8.7 million.

What’s on in Germany: August 26 – September 1

What’s on in Germany: August 26 – September 1

This Week's Highlights: Roxy Music plays Bonn, Goethe is feted in Frankfurt, a fantasy film festival in Munich, and a vintage clothing swap sets up shop in Berlin.

Love Parade files seized from Duisburg mayor

Love Parade files seized from Duisburg mayor

Officials searched the offices of Mayor Adolf Sauerland and others at Duisburg's city hall on Thursday, confiscating documents related to the ongoing investigation into the Love Parade tragedy which left 21 people dead.

Westerwelle warns Serbia: no EU entry without Kosovo deal

Westerwelle warns Serbia: no EU entry without Kosovo deal

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle warned Serbia Thursday that it had no chance of joining the European Union unless it adopted a "cooperative" stance on Kosovo.

No Angels singer not jailed for spreading HIV

No Angels singer not jailed for spreading HIV

Nadja Benaissa, an HIV-positive pop star who infected a former sex partner, avoided jail on Thursday after a German court handed her a two-year suspended sentence.

Booming growth boosts consumer confidence

Booming growth boosts consumer confidence

Record growth is lifting the spirits of Germany's traditionally cagey consumers, the GfK institute said Thursday as its household confidence index pointed to a sustained expansion of Europe's biggest economy.

Conservatives suggest mandatory public service for young adults

Conservatives suggest mandatory public service for young adults

As Germany debates major military reforms that will likely put an end to conscription – and thus the alternative public service – conservative politicians are suggesting a new compulsory service programme for young adults.

Bavarian doctors shut offices over government health policy

Bavarian doctors shut offices over government health policy

Bavarian doctors began a two-day protest on Thursday to air their concerns about German Health Minister Philipp Rösler’s policies. The general practitioners will refuse to see patients during this time.

Driver’s licences get expiration date

Driver’s licences get expiration date

German driver’s licences are getting an expiration date, according to a media report on Thursday. As of 2013, they will be valid for only 15 years.

French teen sentenced for desecrating German WWI graves

French teen sentenced for desecrating German WWI graves

A French court sentenced an 18-year-old woman on Wednesday to a suspended jail term for desecrating the tombs of German soldiers killed in World War I on a drunken spree, a court official said.