Youths attack rabbi in street for ‘being Jewish’

Youths attack rabbi in street for ‘being Jewish’

A rabbi was attacked in broad daylight by four youths in front of his six-year-old daughter, police in Berlin said Wednesday, apparently because he was wearing traditional Jewish headgear.

Anti-fascists axe Rostock remembrance oak

Anti-fascists axe Rostock remembrance oak

An antifascist group has claimed responsibility for chopping down a tree planted at the weekend to mark Germany’s worst xenophobic attack in Rostock 20 years ago, saying the tree was a “slap in the face” to the victims.

Merkel optimistic Italian reforms are working

Merkel optimistic Italian reforms are working

German Chancellor Angela Merkel hailed Italy's reform measures on Wednesday and said they would soon return the country to better economic shape, as Italy's leader said markets were now recognising the efforts.

Munich bomb blows open compensation question

Munich bomb blows open compensation question

The detonation of a WWII bomb in Munich's Schwabing district on Tuesday caused massive damage to surrounding buildings, leaving a huge, unanswered question about who would pay to fix it all, as well as a big hole in the ground.

Transfer jitters unsettle Munich and Hamburg

Transfer jitters unsettle Munich and Hamburg

Spain midfielder Javier Martinez looked set to sign for Bayern Munich on Wednesday after passing a medical in the Bavarian capital, according to German media. Yet his club said he did not have permission to take the test.

Berlin a ‘nightmare for pedestrians’

Berlin a ‘nightmare for pedestrians’

Pedestrians in Berlin are having a hard time crossing the road, environmentalists said on Tuesday. Traffic lights often leave only seconds to cross, and pedestrians spend forever waiting for the green light.

‘ECB must buy bonds to prevent German inflation’

‘ECB must buy bonds to prevent German inflation’

Germany could be hit by dreaded inflation if the European Central Bank (ECB) is prevented from buying bonds issued by countries like Italy and Spain, Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti warned on Wednesday.

German president ‘avoiding Putin’

German president ‘avoiding Putin’

German diplomats are struggling to gloss over the fact that President Joachim Gauck – a democracy activist in East Germany - is reluctant to have anything to do with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, a former KGB officer.

Workers fear for jobs as shipbuilder goes belly up

Workers fear for jobs as shipbuilder goes belly up

German shipbuilder P+S applied for bankruptcy on Wednesday, after negotiations with its clients and suppliers failed. The move leaves around 2,000 fearing for their jobs.

Merkel’s conservatives hit four-year poll high

Merkel’s conservatives hit four-year poll high

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative union hit a four-year high in a voter poll this week, as disillusioned followers of her junior coalition partner the Free Democratic Party switch their support.

Munich WWII bomb could have damaged buildings

Munich WWII bomb could have damaged buildings

Structural engineers were examining buildings in central Munich on Wednesday after the detonation of a 250-kilo World War II bomb on Tuesday night. The huge explosion caused a fireball, smashed windows and set nearby buildings alight.