Germans refuse to discuss Syria mission

Germans refuse to discuss Syria mission

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle ruled out even talking about German military involvement in Syria on Friday, saying it would be “counterproductive,” during a meeting of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

Greece gets billions after debts written down

Greece gets billions after debts written down

Eurozone finance ministers unblocked €35.5 billion ($46.8 billion) in bailout funds relating to the partial write-down of Greek debt on Friday, while the rest will follow next week, Germany's finance minister said.

Tech fair offers dazzling glimpses of the future

Tech fair offers dazzling glimpses of the future

Pole-dancing robots, eye-controlled video games, and ... er ... waterproof tablet computers demonstrated personally by Angela Merkel were some of the many innovations at the CeBIT 2012 tech fair this week. Check out our special picture gallery!

Do topless photos belong up front in newspapers?

Do topless photos belong up front in newspapers?

German tabloid Bild said on Friday that topless page-one girls were to be moved off the front page. After decades of dividing opinion, is nudity in the press part of a free media, or objectification in the hunt for sales? Have your say.

Air France starts dogfight with Lufthansa

Air France starts dogfight with Lufthansa

French-Dutch airline group Air France-KLM is considering teaming up with Air Berlin, a move that would open two new competition fronts against Germany’s biggest airline Lufthansa, a newspaper report says.

<i>Bild</i> newspaper banishes boobs to inside page

Bild newspaper banishes boobs to inside page

Germany’s daily dose of naked flesh - the Bild newspaper’s Page 1 girl - has been moved inside the paper, following years of complaints from women that front-page breasts were inappropriate.

Court: Hotels can ban neo-Nazis

Court: Hotels can ban neo-Nazis

Hotels who want to ban extremist guests can do so – but only if their booking has not been confirmed, the German Supreme Court (BGH) said on Friday.

Spaniards, Greeks, cut off from German benefits

Spaniards, Greeks, cut off from German benefits

People from Mediterranean states have been cut off from basic German state benefits, in a move seen as an attempt to prevent immigration from struggling EU economies.

Munich court stops ‘Mein Kampf’ reprint

Munich court stops ‘Mein Kampf’ reprint

A German court has banned a British publisher from printing extracts of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler's book "Mein Kampf," upholding a ruling that doing so would break copyright laws.

Vuvuzelas mar Wulff’s farewell ceremony

Vuvuzelas mar Wulff’s farewell ceremony

Vuvuzela-wielding protestors kept up a constant barrage of noise at a torchlit military ceremony on Thursday for Germany's former President Christian Wulff who left office under a cloud.

Drunk cyclists face bike ban in university town

Drunk cyclists face bike ban in university town

Drunk cyclists weaving their way around the university town of Münster should be prepared to pay heavily for paralytic pedalling – the town council is banning them from their bikes, with a €500 fine for repeat offenders.