Von der Leyen blasts hard line on immigrants

Von der Leyen blasts hard line on immigrants

As Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen rejected calls to slash welfare payments to unemployed immigrants who don’t send their children to day care, the government on Wednesday pledged to improve its integration efforts.

German wage rises lowest in Europe

German wage rises lowest in Europe

Wages have risen less in Germany over the past 10 years than anywhere else in the European Union, the national statistics office said Wednesday, a trend irritating France and other neighbouring countries.

Cartoonist slams Islam ahead of Merkel speech

Cartoonist slams Islam ahead of Merkel speech

A Danish cartoonist who sparked protests around the world with a satire of Muslim violence has branded Islam a “reactionary” religion, just hours before Chancellor Angela Merkel presented him with an award defending freedom of speech.

Pastor’s former church in Cologne denounces Koran-burning plan

Pastor’s former church in Cologne denounces Koran-burning plan

The Cologne-based evangelical church founded by Terry Jones, a Florida pastor whose threat to burn copies of the Koran on September 11 has prompted global outrage, on Wednesday denounced his plans as "shocking."

Ladies love men with rhythm, study finds

Ladies love men with rhythm, study finds

Looking to get lucky on the dance floor? German scientists have found men who dance vigorously with a fast-moving right knee and large, varied movements of their neck and torso are more attractive to women.

State gambling monopoly illegal, EU court rules

State gambling monopoly illegal, EU court rules

Germany’s state monopoly on many forms of gambling and sports betting is illegal and should be abandoned because they do not help curb problem gambling, Europe’s highest court ruled on Wednesday.

Drinking culture: Oktoberfest gets odour-eating bacteria

Drinking culture: Oktoberfest gets odour-eating bacteria

A new smoking ban at Munich's Oktoberfest means visitors to the world-famous beer bash won't leave smelling like an ashtray, but what about the stink of sweat, roasted chicken and stale alcohol? One businessman has the answer: an odour-eating bacteria.

Galloping exports continue to drive growth

Galloping exports continue to drive growth

German exports rose sharply in July compared to the year before, official data showed Wednesday, providing a further boost to Europe's top economy as it bounces back from last year's crippling recession.

Fraunhofer warns Adobe Flash can be used as PC spying tool

Fraunhofer warns Adobe Flash can be used as PC spying tool

The popular program Adobe Flash Player can be used to take over another person’s computer and spy through their camera and microphone, researchers at Germany's Fraunhofer Institute have discovered.

Germans retiring later in life

Germans retiring later in life

Germans are retiring later in life, according to a government-commissioned study that could bolster calls to raise the pension age.

Germany tops group with 6-1 rout against Azerbaijan

Germany tops group with 6-1 rout against Azerbaijan

Germany coach Joachim Löw said he was pleased to see his side reproduce some of its dazzling World Cup form in the 6-1 rout of Azerbaijan in Tuesday night's Euro 2012 qualifier.