Police seize boy in mafia fancy dress costume

Police seize boy in mafia fancy dress costume

An 18-year-old student dressed in a “mafia outfit” with a realistic toy gun stuck in his waistband triggered a federal police response near the Bremen train station, officials said Friday.

Former coach Heynckes set for Bayern Munich comeback

Former coach Heynckes set for Bayern Munich comeback

Bayern Munich said Friday that veteran Jupp Heynckes is set to replace Louis van Gaal at the end of the season for a third stint coaching the Bundesliga giants.

Germany provokes more tensions over Libya

Germany provokes more tensions over Libya

Angela Merkel’s government has gone on the offensive over its maligned Libya policy, pushing hard for a complete oil embargo and even hinting that its NATO allies are hypocrites for bombing the country while still buying its oil.

Bundestag votes to broaden Afghan mission

Bundestag votes to broaden Afghan mission

Facing criticism over Germany’s refusal to contribute to the military intervention in Libya, the Bundestag voted Friday to relieve NATO allies by broadening the German mission in Afghanistan.

Japanese food import checks tightened

Japanese food import checks tightened

Germany is demanding tougher inspections of Japanese produce following the partial meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant there, Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Minister Ilse Aigner said Friday.

Fallout continues after Brüderle’s nuclear gaffe

Fallout continues after Brüderle’s nuclear gaffe

The government’s reversal on nuclear power caused further embarrassment Friday, with an industry leader contradicting Economy Minister Rainer Brüderle’s claim he was misquoted saying the backflip was an election tactic.

Free Google initiative aims to get small businesses online

Free Google initiative aims to get small businesses online

Small and medium-sized businesses make up the backbone of Germany’s economy, but few are active online. An initiative led by search engine Google hopes to change this by offering free educational events and online tutorials on building websites.

Petrol industry calls for biofuel tax cut

Petrol industry calls for biofuel tax cut

The petroleum industry is demanding that the tax on a controversial ethanol blended fuel be slashed in response to the flaccid sales, according to a Friday news report.

Badly behaved MPs face €2,000 fines

Badly behaved MPs face €2,000 fines

Members behaving badly in the federal parliament will face fines of up to €2,000 under changes to rules of conduct, according to a Friday news report.

Merkel annoys Europe with euro change

Merkel annoys Europe with euro change

Chancellor Angela Merkel won a political battle late Thursday in Brussels over the euro rescue fund that is expected to help her party in future elections but has angered European colleagues.