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Prosecutors seek 3.5 years' jail for 'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz'

Deutschland - German prosecutors on Tuesday said they were seeking three and a half years' jail for a former SS officer known as the "Bookkeeper of Auschwitz".

'Door open to discussions' on Greece: Hollande, Merkel

Paris - French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday the door was open for a return to debt negotiations with Greece, but called on Athens to make "serious" proposals.

EU summit should discuss humanitarian aid for Greece: Germany

Atenas - Eurozone leaders gathering for an emergency summit Tuesday should discuss humanitarian aid for the debt-mired country, German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said.

Tsipras, Merkel agree to discuss Greece's proposals at summit

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke by telephone Monday and agreed that Athens would present proposals to a eurozone summit the next day, a Greek government source said.

No basis now for new debt talks with Greece: Germany

Berlin - Germany maintained a hard line Monday after Greece rejected creditors' austerity demands in a referendum, with Berlin saying there was currently "no basis" for talks on a new bailout package or debt relief.

Hamburg's historic port warehouses win UN world heritage nod

Berlin - The UN cultural agency Sunday designated Hamburg's historic maritime warehouse and business districts, boasting early 20th century German brick architecture, as World Heritage sites.

Tense Europe awaits Greek voters' bailout decision

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other EU leaders awaited with trepidation the outcome of a referendum in Greece Sunday that is already dividing opinion in Europe and could even shape its future.

German anti-euro party marks shift to right with new leader

Essen - Germany's Alternative for Germany (AfD) party ousted its co-founder and frontman Bernd Lucke Saturday to elect a new leader from its right wing, signalling a shift in focus to immigration from its anti-euro origins.

Germany's Spiegel weekly says it was spied on by U.S. intelligence

Berlin - German news weekly Der Spiegel charged Friday that it was spied on by US secret services and said it had filed a criminal complaint with the country's chief prosecutor.

Berlin's firm stance on Greece exposes divergence with Paris

Berlin - Germany has broken ranks with Paris and Brussels in slamming the door on talks with the Greek government on a new bailout deal before Sunday's crucial referendum, analysts say.

US envoy called to Merkel office over fresh spying reports

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office asked the US ambassador to come in Thursday over new allegations of NSA spying, which threaten to drive a new wedge through transatlantic ties.

German anti-euro party fails to profit from Greek turmoil

Berlin - Greece's debt crisis should have been a boon for Germany's anti-euro party, but instead the group has failed to reap gains as it heads into a weekend congress and, say some, may even fall apart.

Health problems delay 'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz' trial

Deutschland - Closing arguments expected in the German trial of a former SS officer known as the "bookkeeper of Auschwitz" were postponed Thursday due to the ill health of the 94-year-old defendant.

French court rules 'no error' by German safety body in implants scandal

Marseille - A French appeals court on Thursday found German safety standards body TUV had "fulfilled its obligations" in certifying breast implants that were found to be faulty and sparked a worldwide scare.

'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz', survivor testify as trial nears end

Deutschland - A former SS officer known as the "bookkeeper of Auschwitz" and a woman who survived the Nazi death camp delivered wrenching testimony in a German courtroom Wednesday as his historic trial neared a verdict.

Merkel says 'Europe's future not at stake' in Greek crisis

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday that "the future of Europe is not at stake" from the Greek crisis but warned against striking a compromise at any price that could weaken the EU."Yes, these are turbulent days.

Sharp rise in German attacks on refugee centres: Official report

Berlin - Far-right crime in Germany soared 24 percent last year to the highest level in six years, with a "shameful" surge in attacks on refugee centres, an official report released Tuesday showed.

Merkel warns 'if euro fails, Europe fails' as she urges 'compromise'

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed Monday that amid the Greek crisis Europe needs the ability to compromise, warning if the "euro fails, Europe fails", but insisted the bloc must also stick to its principles.

'Feminist drone' delivers abortion pills to Poland

Varsovia - Feminist activists on Saturday sent a drone from Germany to Poland carrying abortion pills to highlight the staunchly Catholic country's restrictive abortion laws.

Huge crowds for Berlin Gay Pride after historic U.S. ruling

Berlin - Several hundred thousand people filled the streets of Berlin for the city's Gay Pride parade on Saturday, a day after the US Supreme Court legalised same-sex marriage nationwide.

Queen Elizabeth visits Nazi concentration camp

Berlin - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II made her first trip to a former Nazi concentration camp Friday, visiting Bergen-Belsen just over 70 years after it was liberated by British forces, on the final day of her state visit to Germany.

Queen's Europe speech raises eyebrows in Britain

London - A speech by Queen Elizabeth II warning against "division" in Europe as Prime Minister David Cameron plans a referendum on Britain's EU membership was interpreted by British media on Thursday as a political statement.

Germany urged to investigate Al-Jazeera journalist arrest

Doha - The German authorities should carry out an investigation into the two-day detention of Al-Jazeera journalist Ahmed Mansour, a global rights watchdog said Wednesday.

Arrested Al-Jazeera journalist arrives back in Qatar

Doha - Jailed Al-Jazeera journalist Ahmed Mansour arrived back in Qatar on Tuesday, blaming his controversial two-day detention in Germany on pressure from the Egyptian government.

Al-Jazeera's Mansour blames Berlin detention on Egyptian pressure

Berlin - Egyptian-born Al-Jazeera journalist Ahmed Mansour on Tuesday blamed his controversial two-day detention in Germany at Cairo's request on pressure that the "tyrannical regime" had placed on Berlin.

Merkel, Hollande see 'insufficient' Ukraine progress after Putin call

Donetsk - French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel lamented the "insufficient" progress in resolving the Ukraine crisis after a telephone conversation Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a source close to the ...

Germany frees Al-Jazeera journalist sought by Egypt

Berlin - German authorities Monday released Al-Jazeera journalist Ahmed Mansour, two days after detaining him at the request of his native Egypt in a move that sparked outrage from rights groups.

Germany 'far' from decision to extradite Al-Jazeera journalist to Egypt

Berlin - Germany said on Monday it was "far" from a decision on extraditing a detained Al-Jazeera journalist to his native Egypt, voicing concern about the rule of law and human rights there.

Germany's Schaeuble says no new substantive proposals from Greece

Brussels - German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble gave a pessimistic assessment of new reform plans submitted by Greece ahead of an emergency summit in Brussels Monday, saying they contain little new that could lead to a debt deal.

Berlin Philharmonic chooses Russia's Petrenko as chief conductor

Berlin - The prestigious Berlin Philharmonic, regarded as one of the world's best orchestras, tapped 43-year-old Russian Kirill Petrenko as its new chief conductor, it announced in a surprise move Monday.
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