Merkel promises German help in Cyprus impasse

Merkel promises German help in Cyprus impasse

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday she would visit Cyprus in January to offer Germany's help in resolving an impasse holding up security cooperation and Turkey joining the European Union.

240 rescued as Baltic ferry catches fire

240 rescued as Baltic ferry catches fire

Some 240 people were rescued from a ferry in the Baltic Sea in the early hours of Saturday after an explosion on the ship set it on fire.

Sharia law being used in Germany in Muslims’ domestic disputes

Sharia law being used in Germany in Muslims’ domestic disputes

A leading law professor has contradicted Chancellor Angela Merkel’s statement that Sharia law was not practiced in Germany, saying a variety of Sharia-based rulings were being made all the time.

Removal of nukes from Germany not on NATO agenda

Removal of nukes from Germany not on NATO agenda

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has failed to get the removal of tactical nuclear weapons from German soil onto the agenda of this coming week’s NATO ministerial meeting, according to Der Spiegel magazine.

Most children have integrated friendship groups say researchers

Most children have integrated friendship groups say researchers

Young children have lessons to teach their parents in making friends with people from other ethnic backgrounds, a study of first-graders has shown.

Stuttgart 21 fight benefits Greens, mediator says work will stop

Stuttgart 21 fight benefits Greens, mediator says work will stop

The fight over the Stuttgart 21 rail project is lifting support for the Green Party in Baden-Württemberg to record levels, with the latest poll suggesting it could push the conservatives out of government in next March’s election.