Merkel’s tough euro plan sparks backlash

Merkel’s tough euro plan sparks backlash

Germany and France launched a radical drive Friday to unify the diverse, debt-ridden eurozone economy, but plans to stifle wage growth provoked an immediate backlash.

Foreign Ministry denies failure to help Germans leave Egypt

Foreign Ministry denies failure to help Germans leave Egypt

The German Foreign Ministry on Friday denied accusations that its embassy in Egypt had offered inadequate assistance to Germans trying to leave as the country descended into violence during the historic uprising of the last 11 days.

Consumers fearful of rising energy costs

Consumers fearful of rising energy costs

The cost of gas and electricity are the biggest financial worries for Germans, with nine of out 10 people concerned about the rising cost of energy, a poll published Friday has found.

Majority thinks quota needed for women execs

Majority thinks quota needed for women execs

Most Germans doubt that companies will boost the representation of women on their boards unless they are forced to do so by a mandatory quota, a poll published Friday found.

German women’s football team star and coach get Barbie dolls

German women’s football team star and coach get Barbie dolls

In anticipation of the Women’s World Cup in summer toymaker Mattel this week unveiled two new Barbie dolls modelled after Germany’s head coach and star player.

Half-century of CDU rule in Stuttgart on knife edge

Half-century of CDU rule in Stuttgart on knife edge

In the race for the key state of Baden-Württemberg, the centre-left opposition is within striking distance of taking power in the March election after more than half a century of conservative rule, a poll showed Friday.

Catholic theologians call for end to celibacy for priests

Catholic theologians call for end to celibacy for priests

More than 140 Catholic theologians from Germany, Switzerland and Austria called Friday for an end to celibacy as part of sweeping reforms in the wake of a sex scandal that rocked the Church.

Forgive Greek debt, bank boss Dibelius urges

Forgive Greek debt, bank boss Dibelius urges

The German boss of the top US investment bank Goldman Sachs called on Friday for Greece’s debt to be partially forgiven in order to save the ailing Mediterranean nation from possible bankruptcy.

Paris Hilton says she ‘wants to learn about Stuttgart 21’

Paris Hilton says she ‘wants to learn about Stuttgart 21’

Professional party girl and hotel chain heiress Paris Hilton is in southern Germany to educate herself on the controversial Stuttgart 21 rail project, her press relations agency said Friday.

Schröder for gradual quota for women execs

Schröder for gradual quota for women execs

Chancellor Angela Merkel may have ruled out a mandatory quota for women in executive positions at German firms this week, but on Friday Family Minister Kristina Schröder said she was still pushing a graduated scheme to achieve the same ends.

Dortmund hypes ‘most important match on earth’

Dortmund hypes ‘most important match on earth’

Borussia Dortmund hopes to tackle Ruhr valley rivals Schalke in front of 80,000 fans on Friday with no hype spared as the German league leaders' website described it as "the most important match on planet earth."