Friedrich defends EU border control changes

Friedrich defends EU border control changes

German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich on Wednesday defended a controversial plan to restore border controls in Europe's visa-free Schengen area, saying this will make it easier for Romania and Bulgaria to join.

Bavaria won’t extradite Nazi hitman

Bavaria won’t extradite Nazi hitman

Bavaria has refused to extradite a convicted Nazi war criminal back to the Netherlands, from where he broke out of jail in 1952, Germany's justice ministry said Wednesday.

Fake census forms probe drug consumption and penis size

Fake census forms probe drug consumption and penis size

Forms masquerading as Germany's 2011 census but instead asking questions about drug consumption and penis size have been arriving in post boxes around the country.

CDU floats ‘private sheriffs’ idea to tackle big city crime

CDU floats ‘private sheriffs’ idea to tackle big city crime

Big cities in Germany could soon see 'private sheriffs' patrolling the streets of problem areas to combat crime, if Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union has its way.

Sound problems plague Eurovision semi-final

Sound problems plague Eurovision semi-final

The Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf got off to shaky start on Tuesday evening after the first semi-final was plagued by technical problems with the televised commentary.

University plagiarism report slams Guttenberg

University plagiarism report slams Guttenberg

The chances for former defence minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg to return quickly to German politics seemed effectively buried on Wednesday after his alma mater said his thesis was full of other people’s work that he had deliberately copied.

Merkel prepared to back Draghi for ECB job

Merkel prepared to back Draghi for ECB job

Germany is ready to back Italy's central bank chief Mario Draghi to take over as European Central Bank president, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday.

Germany could be nuclear-free within a decade, says commission

Germany could be nuclear-free within a decade, says commission

A government-appointed energy ethics commission reckons Germany could be nuclear power-free in ten years without any electricity supply problems, according a draft report seen by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Bayer faces US lawsuit over YAZ contraceptive

Bayer faces US lawsuit over YAZ contraceptive

The German pharmaceutical company Bayer faces a US lawsuit on behalf of a teenager who died from a blood clot allegedly linked to its YAZ contraceptive.

One in three cash machines replaced after ‘skimming’ attacks

One in three cash machines replaced after ‘skimming’ attacks

German banks had to replace nearly a third of all their cash machines last year because they were too easy for criminals to manipulate, according to the Financial Times Deutschland on Wednesday.

Bug-busters spray Rhineland trees to head off caterpillar threat

Bug-busters spray Rhineland trees to head off caterpillar threat

Teams of bug-busters have been deployed to the roads of western Germany to spray trees to rid them of poisonous hairy caterpillars which can seriously damage human health.

Mothers and over-55s called back to work

Mothers and over-55s called back to work

The German government intends to bring millions of non-working mothers and older people back into the job market in a bid to close a looming skilled worker shortage in the coming decades.