Priest jailed for seven years over sex abuse

Priest jailed for seven years over sex abuse

A court in Hesse sentenced a Catholic priest to seven years’ jail Thursday for sexually abusing children hundreds of times over more than a decade, often filming the assaults.

Merkel ‘pours cold water’ on Putin’s vision of free trade zone

Merkel ‘pours cold water’ on Putin’s vision of free trade zone

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday talked down the chances of a Russia-EU free trade zone, citing Russian tariffs and Moscow's trade relations with Kazakhstan and Belarus.

Bailout fund could top €750 billion, Weber says

Bailout fund could top €750 billion, Weber says

Bundesbank president Axel Weber has floated the possibility of increasing the €750 billion rescue fund for the euro should further bailouts of ailing countries be required.

Germany battles rising tide of sex trafficking

Germany battles rising tide of sex trafficking

German police are fighting a boom in sex trafficking from the Balkans region, driven by pimps and traffickers recruiting increasingly young women, experts said in Berlin this week.

Pensioner builds brick wall and traps himself in basement

Pensioner builds brick wall and traps himself in basement

A German DIY enthusiast accidentally walled himself into his own basement and only managed to escape by drilling his way through to his neighbours, police said Thursday.

Workers need to unplug, survey finds

Workers need to unplug, survey finds

The line between work and leisure time is becoming increasingly blurred, with the overwhelming majority of German employees now reachable by mobile phone and email outside of normal work hours, a survey has found.

Suspect boasted of teen murder on Facebook

Suspect boasted of teen murder on Facebook

The man suspected of murdering two teenagers in the Lower Saxony town of Bodenfelde boasted about the first killing – that of a 14-year-old girl – on the website Facebook, media reported Thursday.

What’s on in Germany: November 25-December 1

What’s on in Germany: November 25-December 1

This week's highlights: "A Christmas Carol" performed by candlelight in Frankfurt, holiday shopping in Cologne, and M.I.A. plays Munich.

Conservatives call on Muslims to report radicals in their midst

Conservatives call on Muslims to report radicals in their midst

As police brace themselves for a possible terrorist attack, the ruling conservatives have called on Germany’s Muslim community to root out extremists at mosques and report them to authorities.

Petraeus lauds Bundeswehr efforts

Petraeus lauds Bundeswehr efforts

US General and head of international operations in Afghanistan David Petraeus praised the Bundeswehr on Thursday for stepping up their efforts in the north of the country, calling their operations “very impressive.”

Schalke makes last 16 in Champions League with win over Lyon

Schalke makes last 16 in Champions League with win over Lyon

Schalke 04 booked their place in the last 16 of the Champions League with an impressive 3-0 win over Lyon on Wednesday night as they shook off their poor Bundesliga form to top Group B.

‘When We Leave’ takes European film prize

‘When We Leave’ takes European film prize

A drama about a young Turkish woman in Germany struggling to overcome her family's conservative ways has won the European Parliament prize for films exploring the continent's identity.