‘Forest boy Ray’ actually Dutch man Robin

‘Forest boy Ray’ actually Dutch man Robin

The forest boy known previously as 'Ray' has been identified as Robin van Helsum from the town of Hengelo, the Netherlands, Dutch police confirmed on Friday morning.

Greeks rail against ‘crude’ German editorial

Greeks rail against ‘crude’ German editorial

Greek parties reacted with outrage on Friday after the German edition of the Financial Times made a front-page call on Greeks to vote for the New Democracy conservatives in the upcoming election.

Schlecker closure means hefty bill for jobs agency

Schlecker closure means hefty bill for jobs agency

Germany's Federal Employment Agency (BA) has paid out €133 million since drug-store chain Schlecker filed for bankruptcy and will face further costs as it helps 25,000 people affected by the closure, a newspaper reported on Friday.

Government fumes at opposition debate trick

Government fumes at opposition debate trick

German opposition parties managed to prevent a vote on controversial childcare benefits when they interrupted a parliament session on Friday morning. The government is said to be furious.

Father kills four children in marital row

Father kills four children in marital row

A father is suspected of murdering his four children in the German town of Ilsede, Lower Saxony, after police found the bodies of three boys and a girl aged between five and 12 on Thursday.

Widow granted pension after 19-day marriage

Widow granted pension after 19-day marriage

A German woman has been granted a widow’s pension despite being married for less than three weeks, a Berlin court said on Thursday. Normally a marriage must last a year for either party to claim a widow's, or widower's, pension.

Poisonous caterpillars plague Germany

Poisonous caterpillars plague Germany

A rapidly-spreading population of poisonous caterpillars is causing alarm all over Germany after migrating out of forests to build their nests in gardens, parks, and even streets.

One in four Germans officially obese

One in four Germans officially obese

Obesity levels have risen in Germany, after a study published on Thursday showed that nearly a quarter of German adults now have a body mass index (BMI) that is medically classified as obese.

Merkel: Do not overestimate Germany

Merkel: Do not overestimate Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that the eurozone crisis would dominate next week's G20 summit but warned leaders clamouring for her to take charge that she needed their help.

Germany fined for firework-flinging fans

Germany fined for firework-flinging fans

Germany is facing fresh disciplinary proceedings after fans set off and threw fireworks during the country's 2-1 Euro 2012 win over the Netherlands, UEFA said on Thursday, after fining the country for previous incidents.