Berlin favours possible ECB capital increase

Berlin favours possible ECB capital increase

German government sources said Tuesday they would be in favour of a possible European Central Bank capital increase to shore up confidence amid an ongoing crisis in eurozone bond markets.

Beckenbauer says FIFA damaged by World Cup vote

Beckenbauer says FIFA damaged by World Cup vote

Franz Beckenbauer, a member of FIFA's executive committee, said Tuesday he has lost some confidence in football's governing body after Russia and Qatar were awarded the 2018 and 2022 World Cups respectively.

Islamist groups raided in three German cities

Islamist groups raided in three German cities

German authorities on Tuesday mounted raids against two Islamist groups suspected of seeking to overthrow the government and establish a religious state, the Interior Ministry said.

Pensioner shoots dead teen intruder

Pensioner shoots dead teen intruder

A 77-year-old pensioner shot and killed one of five masked intruders in his Lower Saxony home, police said on Tuesday. The other four burglars remain on the loose.

Ryanair scales back service over flight tax

Ryanair scales back service over flight tax

Irish low-cost airline Ryanair said Tuesday that it would make further cuts to its services in Germany owing to a new tax on flights to be levied next year.

The royal Guttenbergs

The royal Guttenbergs

Not used to glamorous politicians, Germans are both dazzled and dismayed by Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg and his wife Stephanie. But Der Tagesspiegel’s Malte Lehming believes that might be changing.

Farmers dig in against Munich Olympics

Farmers dig in against Munich Olympics

Munich’s bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics faces fresh threats of derailment with 59 farmers categorically refusing to let their land be used for the games, media reported Tuesday.

Stem cell hair follicle creates hope for the bald, lab animals

Stem cell hair follicle creates hope for the bald, lab animals

Berlin researchers have grown the world’s first hair follicle using stem cells, giving hope to both the bald and animal rights activists around the world, a media report said Tuesday.

Federal police merger faces growing opposition

Federal police merger faces growing opposition

The recently announced decision to merge Germany’s federal police forces is encountering a growing chorus of opposition. Lower Saxony’s interior minister said Tuesday that the country's states would block the reorganization.

Russia’s ex-oligarch Khodorkovsky receives human rights prize

Russia’s ex-oligarch Khodorkovsky receives human rights prize

Former oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once Russia's richest man, now imprisoned for fraud and awaiting the verdict in a second trial, was in the spotlight in Berlin Monday for a different reason - a human rights prize.

More snow to come amid transport chaos

More snow to come amid transport chaos

Germany faced renewed waves of snow in the coming days as dismal weather wreaked havoc across swathes of the country on Tuesday.

Guttenberg slammed for Afghanistan trip

Guttenberg slammed for Afghanistan trip

After enduring snipes from the opposition for his supposed publicity stunt trip to Afghanistan with his wife, Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg on Tuesday suffered an attack from his own coalition colleagues.