Japan beat USA to win World Cup on penalties

Japan beat USA to win World Cup on penalties

Japan won the women's World Cup for the first time on Sunday, beating the United States in a penalty shoot-out after the final had finished 2-2 in extra-time.

Merkel calls for European credit rating agency

Merkel calls for European credit rating agency

German chancellor Angela Merkel called Sunday for the creation of a European credit rating agency, on the back of recent discontent over the downgrading of some EU economies.

De Maizière promises to equip soldiers better

De Maizière promises to equip soldiers better

Reacting to a parliamentary report that German soldiers in Afghanistan are being endangered by a shortage of equipment, Defence Minister Thomas de Maizière promised that problems would be addressed immediately.

Speculation mounts for Steinbrück comeback

Speculation mounts for Steinbrück comeback

Former Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück has apparently returned to leadership discussions in the Social Democratic Party, heating speculation that he could be the party's chancellor candidate in the 2013 election.

Kohl says Merkel is ‘ruining’ Europe

Kohl says Merkel is ‘ruining’ Europe

Helmut Kohl is apparently less than pleased with the work of his erstwhile protégé Angela Merkel. The former chancellor reportedly told a friend privately that Merkel's European policies were "very dangerous."

Koch-Mehrin to contest loss of her doctorate

Koch-Mehrin to contest loss of her doctorate

Free Democratic Party politician Silvana Koch-Mehrin is to fight for the PhD title she was stripped of following accusations of plagiarism. Media reports say the prominent MEP will appeal against the University of Heidelberg's decision.

Patent row escalates between Samsung and Osram

Patent row escalates between Samsung and Osram

South Korea's Samsung LED said on Sunday it had asked the US International Trade Commission to ban US imports of goods made by Osram due to a patent row with the German lighting firm.

Underdogs Japan ready to topple giants US

Underdogs Japan ready to topple giants US

Japan coach Norio Sasaki has said his side are ready to pull off another giant-killing in Sunday's women's World Cup final when they take on two-time winners the USA in Frankfurt.