Germany approves €100 billion Spanish bailout

Germany approves €100 billion Spanish bailout

Germany's parliament approved by a large majority on Thursday, a European aid package for crisis-wracked Spanish banks that aims to prevent Spain's whole economy being dragged deeper into the mire.

Minister tells banks: cut overdraft interest rates

Minister tells banks: cut overdraft interest rates

Bank customers are being charged too much interest on overdrafts, according to a Consumer Ministry study published on Thursday. Now some are calling for a legal limit to be introduced.

Man answers door – finds newborn baby

Man answers door – finds newborn baby

A young man hears his doorbell late at night and finds a newborn baby on his doorstep – this not the start of a third-rate Hollywood comedy, it happened in Germany on Wednesday.

Stalker fined for sending genital pic to high jumper

Stalker fined for sending genital pic to high jumper

A German man who sent a photo of his genitals to German high jumper Ariane Friedrich was fined on Thursday. She was flung into the media spotlight when refusing to be intimidated, she posted his name and address online.

What’s on in Germany: July 19 – 25

What’s on in Germany: July 19 – 25

This week’s highlights: A look back at Allied sports in the German capital, western African music in Frankfurt and a triathalon in Hamburg.

Neckermann bankrupt, 2,400 jobs at risk

Neckermann bankrupt, 2,400 jobs at risk

Germany's original mail-order clothing firm Neckermann filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday after its investor refused to finance its restructuring, putting 2,400 jobs at risk. It adds to the dismal retail industry news in the country.

Two German ‘child kidnappers’ held in Italy

Two German ‘child kidnappers’ held in Italy

Two Germans have been arrested in Italy as part of a group said to be organising cross-border kidnappings of children in disputed custody cases, an Italian news agency said Wednesday.

East Germans return ‘home’ after moving west

East Germans return ‘home’ after moving west

Many of the millions of east Germans who flocked to the west of the country to take jobs when the country was reunified are now returning home, a study published on Thursday showed.

Germans evenly split over circumcision law

Germans evenly split over circumcision law

Germans are almost evenly split over the prospect of a law allowing ritual circumcision of boys, a new poll suggests – as the country’s major parties unite to call for such a law.

Merkel: Europe needs changes to work well

Merkel: Europe needs changes to work well

As the German MPs broke their summer holiday on Thursday to vote on waving through a massive financial package for Spanish banks Chancellor Angela Merkel said changes were needed to make the “European project” work.

Most see MPs in grip of lobbyists

Most see MPs in grip of lobbyists

Most Germans believe lobbyists have too much influence on members of parliament and do not trust politicians to do their jobs, according to a new study.

Court: speedy student must pay fees

Court: speedy student must pay fees

A German graduate who finished his Bachelors and Masters degrees “too fast” will have to pay for the seven semesters he was expected to take, a court said on Wednesday, after he was sued by his former university.