Merkel’s partners oppose EU banking union

Merkel’s partners oppose EU banking union

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition partners came out against the idea of an EU banking union on Wednesday, as the European Commission prepared to unveil new plans for winding up failing banks.

Beekeeper’s illegal castle demolished

Beekeeper’s illegal castle demolished

Diggers moved in to begin the demolition of an illegally-built castle in the German state of Hesse on Wednesday morning, crushing the dreams of the beekeeper who built it.

Tragedy draws Turkish ‘Men Against Violence’

Tragedy draws Turkish ‘Men Against Violence’

The killing of a mother-of-six by her mentally ill husband in Berlin this week prompted hundreds of men, mostly with a Turkish background, to gather at her house to speak out against domestic abuse. Jessica Ware went along.

Parents to be paid to keep tots at home

Parents to be paid to keep tots at home

German parents who keep their young children at home rather than send them to day care look set to get money from the government, after the cabinet passed a controversial child care subsidy law on Wednesday.

Fancy love letter mistaken for letter bomb

Fancy love letter mistaken for letter bomb

A love-struck young German's romantic plans went awry in a Bavarian village this week after he used fancy paper with a special seal to send a letter to his girlfriend. A neighbour feared it was a bomb and took it to the police.

Judge’s fury at politicians over election law

Judge’s fury at politicians over election law

Germany’s top constitutional judge has slammed the country’s politicians for failing to come up with a decent suggestion for how to make election law more democratic – despite having three years to do their homework.

Liberal Löw okays booze and sex at Euro 2012

Liberal Löw okays booze and sex at Euro 2012

German coach Joachim Löw has set out refreshingly old-fashioned laws for his squad during the European Championships - a beer before bed is fine, wives and girlfriends are allowed into the hotel and even cigarettes are okay.

Moody’s downgrades several German banks

Moody’s downgrades several German banks

US credit ratings agency Moody's downgraded several German banks on Wednesday, including the country's second biggest Commerzbank.

German team hits back at Auschwitz visit criticism

German team hits back at Auschwitz visit criticism

The Germany football team on Tuesday hit back at criticism from senior Jewish leader Dieter Graumann over the handling of their recent visit to former Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.

German translates oldest known Hebrew

German translates oldest known Hebrew

The oldest known written ancient Hebrew other than the Bible has emerged as laws to protect slaves, widows, orphans and foreigners, according to the German theologian who translated the script.