German economy heads for ‘stagnation’

German economy heads for ‘stagnation’

Germany may not be on the brink of a severe recession, but the country long seen as the financial powerhouse of Europe appears to be headed for economic stagnation.

Investigators chase hundreds of Nazis anew

Investigators chase hundreds of Nazis anew

German investigators are pursuing hundreds of former Nazi death camp guards around the globe – after the conviction of John Demjanjuk set two important legal precedents.

Kidnappers used victim as a slave to clean flats

Kidnappers used victim as a slave to clean flats

Police have arrested three people after a 19-year-old man was kidnapped and used as a slave to clean two filthy flats - fearing for his life after being beaten up and even dangled head-first off a bridge.

Former Beluga manager accused of stealing orphan school donations

Former Beluga manager accused of stealing orphan school donations

Former owner of the bankrupt Beluga shipping firm Niels Stolberg has been accused of funnelling money donated to rebuild a school in Thailand after the 2004 tsunami in Asia into his company’s coffers as he battled to keep it afloat.

Soggy weather replaces Indian summer

Soggy weather replaces Indian summer

Germany's flirtation with sunny weather is fizzling out as a large low pressure system travels down from Scandinavia. With it will come rain showers, gusty winds and cloudy skies.

SPD and Greens drop Berlin government talks

SPD and Greens drop Berlin government talks

Talks between the Social Democrats (SPD) and Greens on forming a coalition to govern Berlin collapsed on Wednesday – over disagreement over a three-kilometre stretch of motorway.

Germany disappointed as UN fails to censure Syria

Germany disappointed as UN fails to censure Syria

Germany on Wednesday lamented the failure of the United Nations Security Council to agree a resolution on a bloody crackdown in Syria that has left 2,700 dead, saying it had undermined the body's authority.

Linke split by rumours of a Lafontaine return

Linke split by rumours of a Lafontaine return

The socialist Left party (Linke) is being wracked by speculation that former leader and one-time Finance Minister Oskar Lafontaine could return to the top ranks of the party.

FDP rebels force party member vote on euro rescue plans

FDP rebels force party member vote on euro rescue plans

Angela Merkel’s junior coalition party, the Free Democrats (FDP), is being forced by its members to take an internal referendum on whether to oppose Germany’s involvement in measures to rescue the euro.

Polish opposition leader attacks Merkel

Polish opposition leader attacks Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants Poland to "submit" to the will of its powerful neighbour, Polish opposition leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski claims in a new book.