Abuse victims meeting leaves Pope ‘shamed’

Abuse victims meeting leaves Pope ‘shamed’

Pope Benedict XVI met victims of sexual abuse by clergy on Friday, an encounter that left him "deeply shaken", Vatican officials said.

Berlin police make arrest in hunt for car arsonist

Berlin police make arrest in hunt for car arsonist

Berlin police have re-arrested the son of a Left-wing politician, accusing him of setting fire to cars in the capital. Protests are expected as he is a well-known figure in the city.

Councils ‘refuse to put emergency rescue services out to tender’

Councils ‘refuse to put emergency rescue services out to tender’

German municipal councils are ignoring European rules which say contracts for emergency rescue services must be offered out for competitive bids – preferring to stick with volunteer-supported organisations.

Schäuble says Greece will need a decade to recover, criticises Italy

Schäuble says Greece will need a decade to recover, criticises Italy

Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said he expected Greece would need a decade to get over its debt crisis, and that it was clear there was no way it would return to the capital market in 2012.

Police arrest man who shot at papal security officers

Police arrest man who shot at papal security officers

Police arrested a man suspected of shooting at papal mass security officers early on Saturday morning in Erfurt, eastern Germany.

SPD and Greens see coalition hope in Berlin

SPD and Greens see coalition hope in Berlin

Nearly a week after the Berlin state election and hours of talks, all the indications point towards the incumbent Social Democrats (SPD) forming a coalition with the Greens.