Germany praises Czech leader Havel, dead at 75

Germany praises Czech leader Havel, dead at 75

German Chancellor Angela Merkel hailed the late former Czech president Vaclav Havel on Sunday as a "great European" who fought tirelessly for freedom on the continent.

Retailers expect strong last-minute sales

Retailers expect strong last-minute sales

Retail sales have increased slightly this past week over the past two weeks and stores are expecting further increases heading into the final shopping days before Christmas, the German trade association said Sunday.

German pediatric heart device receives FDA okay

German pediatric heart device receives FDA okay

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a first mechanical cardiac assist device for children that can help keep patients alive as they await a transplant.

Wulff faces increasing attacks from all sides

Wulff faces increasing attacks from all sides

President Christian Wulff is coming under increased attacks from across the political spectrum, as politicians feel Germany's head of state has not fully explained a 2008 loan he received while serving as premier of Lower Saxony.

Zwanziger could quit DFB before spring

Zwanziger could quit DFB before spring

Theo Zwanziger said Sunday he plans to step down as president of the German Football Federation (DFB) before spring 2012.

Most Germans won’t go to church this Christmas

Most Germans won’t go to church this Christmas

Most Germans do not plan to go to church over the Christmas holidays, a poll from TNS-Emnid research institute, conducted for the news magazine Focus, showed.

Zschäpe lawyers may seek her release

Zschäpe lawyers may seek her release

Defence lawyers for Beate Zschäpe, a key neo-Nazi suspect in a series of 10 murders, largely against foreign-born German residents, told Focus magazine that they may move to get her released from jail.