Merkel ‘sorry’ Pakistan to boycott Afghan meeting

Merkel ‘sorry’ Pakistan to boycott Afghan meeting

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday she was "very sorry" about Pakistan's announced boycott of a Bonn conference next week on the future of Afghanistan and would try to convince it to attend.

Holiday jeer for ‘ugliest’ German Christmas tree

Holiday jeer for ‘ugliest’ German Christmas tree

Dubbed Germany's “ugliest” Christmas tree, a 12-metre-tall, fire belching metal tannenbaum erected in central Berlin has dismayed many of the capital city's residents.

Deutsche Bahn rep ‘stained by dirty toilets’

Deutsche Bahn rep ‘stained by dirty toilets’

Deutsche Bahn needs to clean its toilets more often, and could easily polish its reputation by doing so - as well as giving out better information on delays, according to a new survey.

Exports to crack €1 trillion in 2011

Exports to crack €1 trillion in 2011

German exports are set to crack the €1-trillion mark for the first time history this year despite turbulence hitting the global economy and the simmering eurozone debt crisis.

Dying rural villages ‘should be abandoned’

Dying rural villages ‘should be abandoned’

A shrinking population and the flight of young educated people to towns are killing off Germany’s small villages – but rather than fight to keep them alive, politicians should try to make the decline as painless as possible, according to a new demographic survey.

Doctor ordered 11-year-old girl for sex

Doctor ordered 11-year-old girl for sex

A German doctor has been jailed for more than 17 years in the United States for trying to buy eight hours of sex with a young girl in Ohio - in a police sting operation.

Ex-NPD official arrested in neo-Nazi probe

Ex-NPD official arrested in neo-Nazi probe

German police on Tuesday arrested a former official of the far-right NPD party for allegedly supporting a neo-Nazi terrorist cell suspected of murdering at least 10 people.

Unused swine flu vaccine goes up in smoke

Unused swine flu vaccine goes up in smoke

Around €250 million worth of swine flu vaccine was due to go up in smoke on Tuesday – as Germany disposed of 16 million doses that people refused to take during last year’s outbreak of the potentially deadly virus.

Paris and Berlin fight over key ECB job

Paris and Berlin fight over key ECB job

France and Germany are battling for a key post at the European Central Bank amid deepening differences over the role the bank should take in the eurozone debt crisis, sources revealed on Tuesday.

Facebook holds Merck page over name fight

Facebook holds Merck page over name fight

Facebook will sideline a Merck page at the social network until the German and American companies which share the name work out which one gets the online address.

Nuke waste convoy leaves hundreds hurt

Nuke waste convoy leaves hundreds hurt

The nuclear waste convoy which has spent the last few days making its way from France to Germany reached its destination on Monday night, leaving around 100 police officers and more than 350 protesters injured.

German identity – cemented in the euro

German identity – cemented in the euro

As Europe's sovereign debt crisis continues to simmer, Germans are wondering if they can afford to save the euro – or not to. NPR’s Berlin correspondent Eric Westervelt reports.