Finance Minister to spend four weeks working from clinic bed

Finance Minister to spend four weeks working from clinic bed

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble will be admitted to the hospital for the second time this year but will carry on with his official duties from there, his ministry announced on Tuesday.

Criticism of controversial essay on anti-Semitism ruled unconstitutional

Criticism of controversial essay on anti-Semitism ruled unconstitutional

Germany’s high court ruled Tuesday that the Federal Agency for Civic Education’s (BPB) disparaging criticism of a controversial academic text on anti-Semitism during the Nazi era was unconstitutional. After distributing the essay, the agency disavowed its content and had further copies destroyed.

Man admits stabbing former teacher over poor marks

Man admits stabbing former teacher over poor marks

A 23-year-old man admitted before a Rhineland-Palatinate court on Tuesday to stabbing his former teacher to death for giving him bad marks.

Cabinet gives nod to nuclear extension

Cabinet gives nod to nuclear extension

Nuclear power will remain part of Germany’s energy supply until at least 2036 under a controversial extension of atomic reactors’ lifespans approved Tuesday by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet.

Getting through a smoke-free Oktoberfest

Getting through a smoke-free Oktoberfest

The 200th anniversary Oktoberfest is the first to be completely smoke-free, thanks to Bavaria's new no exceptions smoking ban and solidarity among the beer-tent landlords. Ben Knight found out how the locals are coping.

Poor caught in welfare trap, OECD warns

Poor caught in welfare trap, OECD warns

The risk of poverty in Germany is “very high” because the long-term unemployed have little incentive to work, the OECD said Tuesday in a dramatic entry into the Hartz IV debate.

Merkel predicts more jobs as consumer zeal signals recovery

Merkel predicts more jobs as consumer zeal signals recovery

German consumer and business confidence were at three-year high points on Tuesday and Chancellor Angela Merkel forecast that unemployment could fall below three million in Europe's biggest economy.

Ageing Hesse nuclear reactor has serious flaws, report finds

Ageing Hesse nuclear reactor has serious flaws, report finds

Experts have warned that an ageing nuclear reactor in the state of Hesse has major deficiencies including out-of-date building material and poor defences against earthquakes and floods, a media report said Tuesday.

France stymies German debt sanction plan

France stymies German debt sanction plan

Germany and France remain split over how swiftly the axe should fall on violators of Europe's budget rules despite an agreement Monday among finance ministers on the need to slap sanctions on errant European states.

Flood danger puts Saxony on alert

Flood danger puts Saxony on alert

Flood warnings have been issued in parts of the eastern state of Saxony following unrelenting rain and rising river levels, officials announced early Tuesday morning.