The high price of saving the euro

The high price of saving the euro

Has Germany saved the euro or doomed the European Union? ZEIT ONLINE’s Matthias Krupa looks at the high political price of the crisis summit in Brussels.

Euro-rebels fail to derail FDP in high-stakes vote

Euro-rebels fail to derail FDP in high-stakes vote

Rebels in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition partner, the Free Democratic Party (FDP), failed Friday to win party backing in opposing the eurozone's permanent bailout fund, much to the relief of leader Philipp Rösler.

Eurozone crisis could destroy export jobs

Eurozone crisis could destroy export jobs

Europe’s sovereign debt crisis could inflict serious damage on Germany's labour market, since millions of jobs are connected with German exports to European countries, according to a new report.

Euro hasn’t led to exploding prices

Euro hasn’t led to exploding prices

Though many Germans believe that prices have risen dramatically since the introduction of the euro a decade ago, statistical reality for most goods and service tells a different story.

‘Stresstest’ is German word of the year

‘Stresstest’ is German word of the year

The Society for the German Language (GfdS) has decreed that three of the top five most important German words of 2011 are related to the economy, settling on Stresstest as the big winner.

German hero named ‘Norwegian of the year’

German hero named ‘Norwegian of the year’

A German man has received the honour “Norwegian of the Year 2011” for helping rescue 30 survivors of the Utøya island massacre in July.

Pirate blackmails colleagues with sex tape

Pirate blackmails colleagues with sex tape

One member of the Berlin Pirate Party, which spectacularly entered the German political firmament this year, has waged a bizarre sex tape blackmailing campaign against fellow party members.

South Park takes aim at ‘humourless’ Germans

South Park takes aim at ‘humourless’ Germans

Germans should brace themselves for some crass jokes at their expense this weekend, when an episode of the US cartoon 'South Park' mocking their sense of humour is broadcast for the first time in Germany.

Winter storm ‘Joachim’ snarls transport

Winter storm ‘Joachim’ snarls transport

The fierce winter storm dubbed ‘Joachim’ has caused the suspension of rail services and snarled road traffic in the western part of Germany. A severe weather alert has been issued for the southern parts of the country.

Leftists wants police pepper spray ban

Leftists wants police pepper spray ban

The socialist Left party is trying to ban police in North Rhine-Westphalia from using pepper spray in what could be a precursor to attempts to forbid its use by cops nationwide.

Home championship dream dashed for Nowitzki

Home championship dream dashed for Nowitzki

Germany and three other European countries have pulled their joint application to host the 2015 European basketball championships, citing “irreconcilable differences” with international basketball federation FIBA.

Elderly Nazi killer begins life prison term

Elderly Nazi killer begins life prison term

As a last drive to arrest elderly Nazi war-criminals heats up, a 90-year-old former SS assassin began his life jail sentence Thursday handed down by a German court for shooting dead three civilians in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands.