Germany to hold national memorial for crash victims on April 17: Official

Germany will hold a national memorial ceremony and service for victims of a Germanwings flight that crashed in the French Alps, killing all 150 aboard, on April 17, regional authorities said Saturday.

PM Narendra Modi to visit France, Germany, Canada in April

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday tweeted about his upcoming three-nation tour to Germany, France and Canada.

Co-pilot `deliberately` crashed Germanwings jet; police search his home for clues
Co-pilot `deliberately` crashed Germanwings jet; police search his home for clues

 The co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings flight appears to have deliberately crashed the plane after locking his captain out of the cockpit, French officials said, with the "unimaginable" development sparking global shock and anger among victims` loved ones.

German foreign minister hails `improved tone` in Greek ties

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier welcomed an improved tone in discussions with debt-mired Greece, after meeting visiting Greek premier Alexis Tsipras Tuesday.

Greek PM faces Merkel in Berlin as debt pressure mounts

The leaders of Greece and Germany meet Monday aiming to calm the bitter acrimony raging since a radical-left government took power in Athens vowing to halt an austerity drive spearheaded by Berlin.

Left-wing Greek PM to visit austerity champion Merkel

The leaders of debt-wracked Greece and economic powerhouse Germany meet in Berlin Monday after weeks of bad blood over Athens` debt woes, bitter wartime memories and an offensive hand gesture.

Greece in new reform pledge to Europe

Greece agreed Friday to give creditors a new list of reforms to get its bailout back on track after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras held crunch talks with European leaders.

Merkel sees no reason to despair over Greece

 German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there was no reason to despair over Greece, although she warned that a solution to the country`s debt crisis would not be found at Thursday`s EU summit. 

Obama, Putin satirised in Spain`s explosive spring fest

A grinning Barack Obama in a white tutu kicks Vladimir Putin in the privates. Angela Merkel bends and bares her bottom.

Ukraine urges allies to consider boycotting Russia's 2018 Football World Cup
Ukraine urges allies to consider boycotting Russia's 2018 Football World Cup

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko urged his country`s allies to consider boycotting the 2018 soccer World Cup in Russia if Moscow does not pull all its troops out of his territory, in a German newspaper interview published on Monday.

Japan slams ex-PM Hatoyama''s Crimea visit

The Japanese government sharply criticised a former prime minister on Wednesday for his visit to the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, saying his action is at odds with Japan`s stance on the Ukraine situation and calling him "grossly imprudent".

Merkel calls on Japan to settle sex slavery dispute

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday urged Japan to resolve issues surrounding Tokyo`s system of wartime sex slavery, her second foray into the delicate issue of East Asia`s history.

Merkel warns Russia of new sanctions if ceasefire violated

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Russia on Wednesday of new sanctions if the Ukraine ceasefire accord is not fully implemented, insisting that Kiev be allowed to regain full control of its eastern border.

Ukraine leader says troop deaths 'serious breach' of truce

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has declared the killing of three government troops by pro-Moscow rebels a "serious breach of the ceasefire", during a telephone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, her office said.

German parliament approves Greek bailout extension

 German lawmakers Friday approved the extension of a Greek bailout programme.

Merkel welcomes Greece `starting point`, says `much work ahead`

 German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday welcomed as a "starting point for discussions" reform pledges made by Greece in return for a four-month extension to its lifeline bailout programme.

PIO ex-MP put on trial in Germany for child pornography

An Indian-origin former German lawmaker went on trial on Monday on charges of acquiring and possessing child pornography in a case that triggered a major political scandal leading to the resignation of a cabinet minister.

German Chancellor Merkel to visit Japan next month

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit Japan early next month for the first time in seven years for a summit with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, an official said Friday.

'Hollande, Merkel, Poroshenko `concerned` at ongoing Ukraine fighting'

President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Monday they were "concerned" about post-ceasefire fighting in the eastern Ukrainian town of Debaltseve, the French President`s office said.

Merkel party down in state poll, anti-euro party may take seats

German Chancellor Angela Merkel`s conservatives suffered heavy losses in Hamburg city-state elections Sunday, where an anti-euro party also looked set to enter parliament.