Moody’s downgrades 10 German public banks

Moody’s downgrades 10 German public banks

Moody's downgraded on Wednesday its ratings of 10 German public-sector banks including BayernLB and Deutsche Hypo saying they were now less likely to receive state support if needed.

Robber beats retreat after children offer savings

Robber beats retreat after children offer savings

An armed robber who held up a babysitter at gunpoint in Lower Saxony was shamed into leaving empty-handed by the two young children of the house who offered him their pocket money.

Merkel admits eurozone still searching for debt crisis solution

Merkel admits eurozone still searching for debt crisis solution

German Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted Wednesday that the eurozone had still not identified the road to recovery from its crippling debt crisis, after talks with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny.

City of Berlin gets ‘grand coalition’ government

City of Berlin gets ‘grand coalition’ government

A left-right coalition is taking shape in the city state of Berlin, after the Social Democrats and the Christian Democrats agreed to form a government in Germany's capital on Wednesday.

Pet death services cater to grieving owners

Pet death services cater to grieving owners

A growing industry is catering to Germans devastated by their pets’ deaths. Businesses can arrange everything from burial services to cremation – and even turn the ashes of Fluffy and Fido into diamond jewellery.

Neo-Nazi terrorists compiled target list

Neo-Nazi terrorists compiled target list

A German neo-Nazi terror group responsible for 10 murders was apparently planning political assassinations. President Wulff announced he will meet with the victims’ relatives amid growing concerns about the damage done to Germany’s reputation abroad.

Germans defend Greek honour amid debt crisis

Germans defend Greek honour amid debt crisis

Popular opinion in Germany holds that the Greeks have only themselves to blame for their country's crushing debt crisis. But Germans who have made Greece their home are now fighting ugly stereotypes on both sides.

One in five German children have alcoholic or drug-addict parents

One in five German children have alcoholic or drug-addict parents

One in five German children have alcoholic or drug-addict parents, according to the latest annual figures on drugs and addiction.

Scientists develop nose exam to detect Alzheimer’s disease early

Scientists develop nose exam to detect Alzheimer’s disease early

Scientists in central Germany are working on a method with which they reckon they could diagnose Alzheimer’s disease years before any symptoms are noticed – by looking up patients’ noses.

Germany hammer the Netherlands 3-0

Germany hammer the Netherlands 3-0

Veteran striker Miroslav Klose rolled back the years with a goal and two assists on Tuesday evening as Germany hammered Euro 2012 rivals the Netherlands 3-0 in a friendly in Hamburg.