Berlin suggests sending election observers to Russia

Berlin suggests sending election observers to Russia

The German government on Monday called on Russia to see that next year’s presidential election observed “democratic principles,” and added that it would welcome a plan to send in independent election observers.

Nearly 600,000 addicted to internet

Nearly 600,000 addicted to internet

Some 560,000 or around one percent of the population between the ages of 14 and 64 cannot control their use of online gaming or the web, with the youngest users the most vulnerable, said the government's top addiction specialist.

Doctors go on series of two-hour strikes

Doctors go on series of two-hour strikes

Hundreds of doctors at German university medical clinics began a series of two-hour strikes on Monday that will continue until Wednesday, ahead of Thursday’s negotiations with the wage commission of the federal states (TdL) in Berlin.

Reaping the benefits of Germany’s seasonal mania

Reaping the benefits of Germany’s seasonal mania

Drew Portnoy, a proud child of 1970's American suburbia, was granted a great spiritual awakening when he came to Germany: that food does in fact have seasons. And sometimes even flavour.

Latest economic index shows more gloom

Latest economic index shows more gloom

The mood in the German economy dipped again in September, according to the latest index published by the Munich-based Institute for Economic Research (Ifo). But the figures are not as bad as feared.

Namibia reclaims stolen human skulls

Namibia reclaims stolen human skulls

A Namibian delegation will reclaim about 20 human skulls used by colonial-era scientists in Germany who sought to prove the racial superiority of whites over black people.

De Maizière worried about army quitters

De Maizière worried about army quitters

German Defence Minister Thomas de Maizière said Sunday he wants to find out why so many volunteers are leaving the army during training. Over 20 percent have quit training since the Bundeswehr became an all-volunteer force in July.

Another German tourist killed in Afghanistan

Another German tourist killed in Afghanistan

The German Foreign Ministry confirmed Sunday evening that a German civilian was killed on Saturday in the west Afghan province of Ghor.

Coalition hatches new minimum wage plan

Coalition hatches new minimum wage plan

Labor Minister Ursula von der Leyen said Monday she approves of Development Minister Dirk Niebel's plan to introduce commissions to decide a minimum wage.

Eurozone to pour cash into stability fund

Eurozone to pour cash into stability fund

European countries may beef up their financial rescue fund beyond the amount agreed in July, the EU finance commissioner Olli Rehn said in comments to be published in a Germany newspaper Monday.