Germany: most unfair society in Europe

Germany: most unfair society in Europe

German women have to contend with the biggest gender gaps in wages and career opportunities in Europe, according to a new study by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Public health insurers score record profits

Public health insurers score record profits

Germany’s public health insurance companies made €4 billion in profits last year, bringing their total reserves to more than €10 billion. The news has re-opened a debate on what to do with the extra cash.

Berlin confident of pushing through EU budget pact

Berlin confident of pushing through EU budget pact

The German government is confident of winning the necessary two-thirds majority in parliament to approve the EU's new pact to control budgets, a spokesman said on Monday.

Berlin tourists warned of rise in theft

Berlin tourists warned of rise in theft

Tourists are being warned about a rise in pickpocketing in the German capital after the number of reported incidents climbed nearly 20 percent in the first nine months of 2011.

Fifth of anonymous babies lost forever

Fifth of anonymous babies lost forever

Childcare services and charities do not know what happens to at least 20 percent of babies that are handed in to them anonymously, a recent study has found.

Ties with Russia ‘more necessary than ever’

Ties with Russia ‘more necessary than ever’

Germany wants to work with incoming Russian President Vladimir Putin constructively and to extend a strategic partnership, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Monday.

Belarusian leader scorns German FM for being gay

Belarusian leader scorns German FM for being gay

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said that it was “better to be a dictator than gay,” in reference to German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, after his human rights record was questioned.

106 conjurers break magic record

106 conjurers break magic record

The world record for the most magicians in a magic show was broken on Sunday night, when 106 sorcerers appeared in a gala in the southern German town of Tübingen.

Wave of public service strikes begins

Wave of public service strikes begins

Public service strikes began across western German states on Monday morning, with tens of thousands of staff expected to take part in a protest for higher wages.

Major IT fair to highlight new internet wizardry

Major IT fair to highlight new internet wizardry

Internet players are set to make a big splash at the world's biggest IT fair opening in Germany Tuesday, a development likely to widen the event's appeal from a traditional devotion to pure technology.