Should Germany hit the rich with a wealth tax?

Should Germany hit the rich with a wealth tax?

A respected economics institute has suggested a one-off tax for the wealthiest in Germany, to raise €230 billion to shore up national debt. Would such a measure kill investment in the country or is it a fair idea? Have your say.

Third official resigns over neo-Nazi intel gaffes

Third official resigns over neo-Nazi intel gaffes

A scandal over a botched probe of ten murders blamed on German neo-Nazis felled the third top official this month as the head of a state intelligence service stepped down Wednesday.

Dolphins need new home as small, old one closes

Dolphins need new home as small, old one closes

Three German dolphins are looking for a new home after zoo officials in Münster said they were closing the dolphinarium because they did not have enough money to upgrade it.

Teacher jumps down mineshaft to save boy

Teacher jumps down mineshaft to save boy

A German kindergarten teacher is being hailed as a heroine for leaping down a mineshaft after a three-year-old and then holding him above water, keeping him warm with her body heat until they could be rescued.

Probe turns up heat in state energy deal row

Probe turns up heat in state energy deal row

The former leader of a German state has been accused of breach of trust over a multi-billion-euro buy-back of energy company shares - for nearly a billion euros too much - bypassing parliament just before an election.

German economists: make the rich buy bonds

German economists: make the rich buy bonds

A respected German economics institute has suggested that wealthy people be hit with a capital tax, some of which they could get back with interest. Such a move could raise around €230 billion, it said.

Indonesia tank deal on cards after Merkel trip

Indonesia tank deal on cards after Merkel trip

Chancellor Angela Merkel did not rule out selling tanks to the Indonesian government, while on a trip there talking with top politicians there about close political and economic cooperation.

Death of boy found on beach ‘an accident’

Death of boy found on beach ‘an accident’

The death of a 10-year-old boy who was found buried under sand on a German island has been declared an accident. Experts believe the hole he was digging collapsed, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Tax raids target Credit Suisse investors

Tax raids target Credit Suisse investors

German tax authorities searched the homes of Credit Suisse bank clients across Germany after a bank worker tipped them off about a tax fiddle used by thousands of people, a financial newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Chess referee recalls ‘Cold War clash’

Chess referee recalls ‘Cold War clash’

The 1972 World Chess Championship between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky was almost abandoned but for a timely intervention from German arbiter Lothar Schmid. He tells the story on its 40th anniversary.