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Philipp Rösler: From Vietnamese orphanage to vice chancellor

Philipp Rösler, Germany's incoming economy minister and vice chancellor, is a qualified heart surgeon who was born in war-torn South Vietnam and moved to Europe after being adopted as an infant from an orphanage.

Rösler takes Economics Ministry in reshuffle

Rösler takes Economics Ministry in reshuffle

Philipp Rösler, Germany’s health minister, will take over the Economics Ministry it was announced on Tuesday, as he prepares to lead the Free Democratic Party (FDP).

Seven including baby die in autobahn smashes

Seven including baby die in autobahn smashes

Seven people died in two car crashes on German autobahns on Tuesday, including one baby who was killed when the car it was in was completely crushed under a truck.

Merkel backs EU free trade deal with Japan

Merkel backs EU free trade deal with Japan

Germany backs the opening of talks on a free trade deal between Japan and the European Union, two of the world's economic giants, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday.

Westerwelle warns Syria of tighter EU sanctions

Westerwelle warns Syria of tighter EU sanctions

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle warned Syria on Tuesday that it would face tighter European Union sanctions if it continued its brutal crackdown against anti-government protests.

Wernher von Braun’s contribution to Nazi V-2 rocket questioned

Wernher von Braun’s contribution to Nazi V-2 rocket questioned

Newly unearthed documents challenge whether Wernher von Braun, Nazi physicist and crucial figure in the US space programme, was really the inventor of Hitler's infamous V-2 rocket.

Eurovision svengali Raab dominates song contest

Eurovision svengali Raab dominates song contest

With Germany hosting the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in three decades, the spotlight has shifted to the influence wielded by entertainer Stefan Raab – the mastermind behind teen singing sensation Lena.

IOC boosts Munich bid to host 2018 Winter Olympics

IOC boosts Munich bid to host 2018 Winter Olympics

Germany’s bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics received a boost on Tuesday with news that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) rates it nearly as highly as the favourite, South Korea, it emerged on Tuesday.

Eurozone fury unleashed over German Greek leaks

Eurozone fury unleashed over German Greek leaks

Germany's European partners on Tuesday expressed their anger over high-level leaks in Berlin allegedly responsible for sparking speculation last week that Greece was considering leaving the eurozone.

Demjanjuk ‘Nazi guard’ trial verdict this week

Demjanjuk ‘Nazi guard’ trial verdict this week

The trial of 91-year-old alleged Nazi camp guard John Demjanjuk is due to end this week, marking a watershed moment in Germany's bid to deal with World War II crimes judicially.

Booming economy to hit pre-crisis levels

Booming economy to hit pre-crisis levels

Germany’s booming economy is likely to this month reach a level last seen before the 2008 global financial crisis, the Financial Times Deutschland reported on Tuesday.

Free Democrats spin personnel carrousel

Free Democrats spin personnel carrousel

Economy Minister Rainer Brüderle was tipped on Tuesday to take over the parliamentary group of Germany's beleaguered Free Democrats, allowing incoming FDP boss Philipp Rösler to inherit the key economy portfolio.