Nuclear reactor not to be kept on stand-by

Nuclear reactor not to be kept on stand-by

Germany’s Federal Network Agency has decided not to keep any nuclear power stations operational as back-up in case of electricity shortfalls this winter. Eight reactors were shut down earlier this year after the Fukushima disaster in Japan reignited German fears.

Rich call for higher taxes

Rich call for higher taxes

Wealthy Germans are joining what is becoming a European trend: Ultra rich people saying they are willing to carry a higher tax burden in order to help the continent’s economies struggling with crushing levels of debt.

Germany kiboshes body scanners at airports

Germany kiboshes body scanners at airports

Body scanners being tested at Hamburg Airport are so error prone that the German government has decided not to introduce them across the country for the time being.

Unemployment, retail sales hold steady as economy slows

Unemployment, retail sales hold steady as economy slows

German unemployment was unchanged in August at 7.0 percent of the workforce, while retail sales were flat in July, official data showed Wednesday as Europe's biggest economy tried to find its footing.

Elvis estate slaps German record label with lawsuit

Elvis estate slaps German record label with lawsuit

The company that manages Elvis Presley’s estate and assets is suing the star’s former label in Germany, alleging it has made a disproportionate amount of money off Presley’s songs while underpaying royalties over the years.

Report: defence cuts endangering soldiers

Report: defence cuts endangering soldiers

The German parliament's defence commissioner Hellmut Königshaus has said that “severe shortages“ in Bundeswehr equipment could risk soldiers’ safety.

Frankfurt man confesses to killing US airmen

Frankfurt man confesses to killing US airmen

A 21-year-old man from Kosovo apologised in court Wednesday for killing two US soldiers at Frankfurt Airport as they headed to Afghanistan, saying he had been influenced by Islamist propaganda.

Pope’s visit delays crucial euro-vote

Pope’s visit delays crucial euro-vote

Germany's parliamentary vote on Europe's next rescue fund will be delayed until September 29 owing to a visit by Pope Benedict XVI, a leading member of Angela Merkel's ruling party said Tuesday.

Libyan rebels use German weapons

Libyan rebels use German weapons

Libyan rebels have reportedly been using Heckler & Koch G36 assault rifles in their struggle against dictator Muammar Qaddafi. The German company denies that it sold weapons to anyone in the embargoed country.

Heidelberg home has huge hornet nest

Heidelberg home has huge hornet nest

Around 1,000 Hornets have built a huge nest on the side of a house near Heidelberg – wowing bug experts and leaving the family bemused.