Businesses fret over delayed electronic income tax system

Businesses fret over delayed electronic income tax system

Germany fiscal officials are citing “technical delays” for postponing the nationwide introduction of an electronic income tax tracking system starting in 2012. The delay has some businesses grumbling.

Sunny skies set to stay for the week

Sunny skies set to stay for the week

The crisp sunshine being enjoyed by most of Germany isn’t over yet, as the rest of the week will see steadily clear skies, with a little light fog and cloud cover. Only western Germany will see some rain showers.

Greek referendum plan shakes financial markets

Greek referendum plan shakes financial markets

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou’s shock decision to hold a referendum on the EU's bailout deal has drawn angry reactions from Germany’s financial sector. The DAX stock index plunged by six percent in midday trading.

Germany offers help finding Libyan weapons

Germany offers help finding Libyan weapons

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has offered to help Libya follow a United Nations resolution ratified on Monday that obliges the country’s new government to control and destroy small arms and chemical weapons.

Cows can’t go home for fear of Hessian herpes

Cows can’t go home for fear of Hessian herpes

Bavaria’s veterinary authorities are preventing a herd of 69 cows that spent the summer grazing in the state of Hesse from coming home without having a blood test for herpes virus BHV-1.

Voluntary service shows signs of acceptance

Voluntary service shows signs of acceptance

The Federal Voluntary Service (BFD), which replaced the civilian national service alternative to military conscription, is finally managing to attract volunteers after a slow start, but there is still unease about the scheme.

Merkel to join crisis talks on Greek vote threat

Merkel to join crisis talks on Greek vote threat

The leaders of France and Germany will meet the head of the IMF, top European officials and Greek representatives on Wednesday after Greece's shock referendum decision, a joint Franco-German statement said.

Qaddafi son’s Munich mansion in limbo

Qaddafi son’s Munich mansion in limbo

A mansion formerly lived in by Muammar Qaddafi youngest son, killed in April, is in limbo in Munich, partly because his eccentric revamp of the interior could make the luxury property difficult to sell.

Man gets three months in jail for throwing firecracker at kids

Man gets three months in jail for throwing firecracker at kids

A 29-year-old Berliner was sentenced to three months in prison on Monday for throwing a firecracker from his window at a group of children who were playing too noisily while he was trying to sleep.

Dortmund face crunch match in Europe

Dortmund face crunch match in Europe

Borussia Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp admits his side must beat Greece's Olympiakos on Tuesday to keep any hopes alive of reaching the knock-out stages of the Champions League.