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German minister urges UK to be more 'realistic' in Brexit talks

Berlin - Britain needs to be more "realistic and pragmatic" in Brexit negotiations with the European Union, Germany's European affairs minister told AFP in an interview Thursday.

German neo-Nazi on trial over politician murder admits to killing

Frankfurt Am Main - A German neo-Nazi on trial over the murder of pro-refugee politician Walter Luebcke admitted Wednesday to the killing that has shocked the nation and highlighted the growing threat of right-wing extremism.

German neo-Nazi on trial over politician murder admits to killing

Frankfurt Am Main - A German neo-Nazi on trial over the murder of pro-refugee politician Walter Luebcke admitted Wednesday to the killing that has shocked the nation and highlighted the growing threat of right-wing extremism.

Single mums feel 'invisible' in Germany's coronavirus crisis

Frankfurt Am Main - Germany's huge coronavirus rescue packages have won praise at home and abroad. But for divorced caterer Lulu Pototschnik the financial aid remains tantalisingly out of reach -- and she's not the only single mum slipping through the cracks.

Masks on as German children start new school year under virus cloud

Rostock - Lunchbox, books, pencil case -- masks? Thousands of children in northern Germany became the first in Europe to begin a new school year on Monday after months of curtailed hours over the coronavirus pandemic.

Masks on as German children start new school year under virus cloud

Rostock - Thousands of children in northern Germany became the first in Europe to begin a new school year on Monday, with the rest of the country watching anxiously as full-time classes began after months of curtailed hours over the coronavirus pandemic.

Former pope Benedict XVI 'extremely frail': report

Berlin - Former pope Benedict XVI became seriously ill himself after visiting his sick brother in Germany in June and is "extremely frail", according to a report in the Monday edition of the German Passauer Neue Presse newspaper.

Dozens of police injured in Berlin protests against virus curbs

Berlin - Some 45 police officers were injured in a wave of weekend demonstrations in Berlin including protests against coronavirus restrictions, police said as protesters gathered again in smaller numbers on Sunday.

Berlin protest against virus curbs draws thousands

Berlin - Loudly chanting their opposition to face masks and vaccines, thousands of people gathered in Berlin on Saturday to protest against coronavirus restrictions before being dispersed by police.

German economy shrinks by record 10.1% in Q2 on virus hit

Frankfurt Am Main - The German economy shrank by a record 10.1 percent in the second quarter as coronavirus lockdowns took their toll, official data showed Thursday, but experts say a recovery is already under way.

Germany braces for historic quarterly GDP decline on virus hit

Frankfurt Am Main - The German economy suffered a record slump in the second quarter as coronavirus lockdowns took their toll, official data is set to show Thursday, but experts say a recovery is already under way.

German ministers in hot seat over Wirecard collapse

Frankfurt Am Main - GermanFinance Minister Olaf Scholz on Wednesday said he gave lawmakers a "detailed" explanation of everything he knew about the fraud scandal that brought down payments firm Wirecard, amid criticism that authorities missed early warning signs of troubl...

German ministers face grilling over Wirecard collapse

Frankfurt Am Main - Germany's finance and economy ministers will be grilled by lawmakers on Wednesday about the massive fraud scandal that brought down payments provider Wirecard, amid criticism that authorities failed to act on early warning signs.

Germany to impose virus tests on travellers from risk areas

Berlin - Germany will make coronavirus tests mandatory for travellers returning from at-risk areas, Health Minister Jens Spahn said Monday, as fears grow over rising case numbers blamed on summer holidays and local outbreaks.

Influential German politician Hans-Jochen Vogel dies aged 94

Frankfurt Am Main - Hans-Jochen Vogel, the former leader of Germany's centre-left Social Democrats who once tried to take on Helmut Kohl for the chancellorship, died at the age of 94 on Sunday.

Court verdict due in trial of ex-Nazi camp guard, 93

Hamburg - A German court will give its verdict Thursday in the high-profile trial of a former Nazi concentration camp guard, 93, accused of complicity in the murder of thousands of people during World War II.

Synagogue attack 'not a mistake', insists neo-Nazi at German trial

Magdeburg - A neo-Nazi suspect accused of the worst anti-Semitic attack in post-war Germany on Wednesday told a court his assault on a synagogue was "not a mistake" as plaintiffs walked out when a video of the violence was played.

Synagogue attack 'not a mistake', insists neo-Nazi at German trial

Magdeburg - A neo-Nazi suspect accused of the worst anti-Semitic attack in post-war Germany on Wednesday told a court his assault on a synagogue was "not a mistake" as plaintiffs walked out when a video of the violence was played.

Man on trial for synagogue attack that shocked Germany

Magdeburg - A German man went on trial on Tuesday for a deadly shooting targeting Jews in the eastern city of Halle last year, one of the worst acts of anti-Semitic violence in Germany's postwar history.

Visitors bypass Berlin museums despite star attractions

Berlin - Berlin museums might house the iconic Nefertiti bust, the Ishtar gate of ancient Babylon or Rembrandt masterpieces, but they still trail global counterparts in popularity -- and the coronavirus is making things worse.
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