Coalition agrees to tax cuts in 2013

Coalition agrees to tax cuts in 2013

Germany’s governing coalition on Thursday agreed to modest tax relief starting in 2013 after Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble and Economics Minister Philipp Rösler announced plans to adjust tax brackets for inflation.

More cool sunshine ahead for weekend

More cool sunshine ahead for weekend

Up to 20 centimetres of snow covered the Black Forest as well as Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze, on Wednesday – but a high pressure system across the country will bring more golden autumn sunshine over the weekend.

Most young criminals re-offend after jail

Most young criminals re-offend after jail

More than two-thirds of young criminals in Germany re-offend after being released from custody – largely due to insufficient preparation made for their release, according to new research.

Greenpeace’s new Rainbow Warrior premiers in Hamburg

Greenpeace’s new Rainbow Warrior premiers in Hamburg

The Rainbow Warrior III, Greenpeace’s brand new ship, docked in Hamburg on Thursday, where it will be opened to visitors over the weekend to celebrate its launch and maiden voyage.

Berlin and Paris make new euro rescue bid

Berlin and Paris make new euro rescue bid

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet Saturday to prepare a "global and ambitious answer" to the eurozone crisis ahead two key EU summits, they said in a statement issued in Paris.

Eurozone crisis to hit 2012 growth hard

Eurozone crisis to hit 2012 growth hard

The eurozone crisis will hit Germany hard next year with growth expected to be dramatically lower than previously thought, the government said on Thursday.

Shoddy spyware spurs web security reform call

Shoddy spyware spurs web security reform call

Outrage over shoddy government computer spyware created by a private contractor is spurring calls for a federal minister to deal with internet security issues and pledges by the authorities they will develop such software internally in the future.

Arrests made in Media Markt corruption probe

Arrests made in Media Markt corruption probe

Prosecutors investigating corruption in Europe’s biggest consumer electronics chain have arrested five people, including a top manager and his wife – over allegations of massive bribery.

What’s on in Germany: October 20 – 26

What’s on in Germany: October 20 – 26

This Week's Highlights: A French DJ in Cologne, Tori Amos in Frankfurt, and Hungarian chamber music in a Munich museum.

Leaders meet ahead of euro summit

Leaders meet ahead of euro summit

Chancellor Angela Merkel met French President Nicolas Sarkozy and other key European figures in Frankfurt ahead of this weekend’s Brussels summit on the Greek debt crisis.

Big Champions League win for Bayer Leverkusen

Big Champions League win for Bayer Leverkusen

Ex-Germany captain Michael Ballack inspired Bayer Leverkusen to come from behind to beat Valencia 2-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday to stay in touch with leaders Chelsea in Group E.

Prosecutors investigate elite sports school sex assault claims

Prosecutors investigate elite sports school sex assault claims

Prosecutors are investigating claims that two 16-year-olds sexually attacked classmates at an elite sports school in northern Germany which trains the country's top young athletes.