What’s on in Germany: January 13 – 19

What’s on in Germany: January 13 – 19

This Week's Highlights: Berlin hosts a Japanese festival, Cologne celebrates design and Frankfurt resounds with Italian arias.

Schäuble: Hike lending capacity of euro fund

Schäuble: Hike lending capacity of euro fund

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said on Thursday that the lending capacity of the euro crisis mechanism should be increased, but that the overall size of the fund should remain steady.

Banks to display extra ATM fees

Banks to display extra ATM fees

Starting Friday at midnight, cash machines in Germany will display the extra fees customers of rival banks are charged when making withdrawals, allowing them to abort the transaction.

Nazi-hunters give Germany top grades

Nazi-hunters give Germany top grades

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre has for the first time awarded Germany full marks in its annual "report card" on investigation and prosecution of war criminals, it said on Thursday.

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Porn star suffers heart attack during breast enlargement

Police are investigating a Hamburg plastic surgery clinic after a German porn actress named “Sexy Cora,” made famous by the TV show Big Brother, suffered a heart attack during a breast enhancement operation.

Commerzbank to boost capital

Commerzbank to boost capital

Commerzbank, the second-biggest German bank, said on Thursday it would raise its capital by 10 percent to strengthen core capital in line with tougher international regulations.

European court rules preventive detention of sex offenders unjust

European court rules preventive detention of sex offenders unjust

The European Court of Human Rights delivered another blow to Germany’s controversial “preventive detention” system on Thursday, ruling that four convicted sex offenders’ rights to freedom have been breached.

Lower Saxony hopes song contest will give voice to Plattdeutsch

Lower Saxony hopes song contest will give voice to Plattdeutsch

The Culture Ministry of Lower Saxony has launched a song competition to promote Low German, or Plattdeutsch, in a bid to keep the regional language alive among younger people.

Citizenship for Iraqi informant ‘Curveball’ sparks questions

Citizenship for Iraqi informant ‘Curveball’ sparks questions

The German naturalization of the notorious Iraqi informant “Curveball,” who provided false intelligence on Saddam Hussein's weapons programme prior to the US-led invasion, has sparked a flurry of questions in the state of Baden-Württemberg.

Ship with acid capsizes near the Loreley

Ship with acid capsizes near the Loreley

A tanker ship carrying 2,400 tonnes of sulphuric acid has capsized on the Rhine River near the rocky point known as the Loreley. Two crew members are missing.

Firm develops internet ‘eraser’ for web photos

Firm develops internet ‘eraser’ for web photos

A German firm is poised to launch software allowing users to have photos uploaded to websites such as Facebook, MySpace and Flickr erased automatically after a certain time.

Leftists fear becoming ‘attractive as a cow pie’

Leftists fear becoming ‘attractive as a cow pie’

Coming on the heels of an unwanted debate about communism, the embattled leader of The Left has rejected criticism of his supposedly opulent lifestyle, saying the socialist party was in danger of becoming “as attractive as a cow pie.”