German opposition targets Merkel ally in US spy scandal

Germany's opposition kept up its attack on Angela Merkel's government on Wednesday, charging that it did nothing to stop its foreign intelligence service spy on European politicians and companies for the United States.

Germany uncovers right-wing cell as arsonists hit refugee shelter

 German police detained four people suspected of setting up a right-wing extremist group that was planning bomb attacks on Muslims and refugees, as a separate investigation began into arsonists who damaged a shelter for asylum-seekers.

France says it `trusts` Germany to act on spying claims

 France "trusts" the German government to take all necessary decisions following claims that its intelligence services spied on France, spokesman Stephane Le Foll said on Wednesday. 

One killed, 30 hurt as `tornado` hits north Germany

 One man was killed and more than 30 people injured when a tornado and violent storms hit northern Germany, ripping tiles off roofs, downing trees and overturning cars, emergency services said Wednesday.

Four arrested in German raids on anti-Muslim `terror` group

German police arrested four people Wednesday accused of belonging to a far-right "terror" organisation that acquired explosives for attacks on Muslims and refugee homes, the federal prosecutor`s office said.

Arsonists carry out new attack on German asylum-seekers' refuge

 Police in western Germany said on Wednesday that unidentified arsonists had set fire overnight to housing being prepared for aslyum-seekers, causing 50,000 euros worth of damage, before fleeing the scene in a car.

Poland recalls dark side of WWII victory

Poland on Thursday marks 70 years since the end of World War II, with an emphasis on the dark side of history: that victory over Nazi Germany triggered 45 years of Soviet domination.

Angela Merkel says her coalition ''working very well'' despite spying row

Chancellor Angela Merkel tried to reassure Germans on Tuesday that the government was working smoothly despite a spat between her conservatives and their Social Democrat (SPD) coalition partners over the activities of the BND intelligence agency.

Merkel defends cooperation with US spy agency

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday insisted her country needed to work with American intelligence agencies, in the wake of claims Berlin helped the US spy on EU leaders and companies.

Germany`s post-WWII `occupation children` speak out

Many faced social stigma and were long kept in the dark about their true parental origins, with birth certificates that usually said "father unknown".

Record Berlin cocaine stash found hidden in Aldi bananas

More than 15 million euros worth of cocaine turned up Monday in boxes of bananas delivered to Aldi supermarkets in and around Berlin, police said.

Red Army veteran`s war years end in Gulag

Lev Netto felt nothing but delight when a crackly radio loudspeaker in a town outside Moscow announced on June 22, 1941 that the Nazis had invaded and the Soviet Union was now at war.

Ten key dates in World War II

World War II in Europe ended 70 years ago on May 8, 1945, more than five years after fighting erupted with the German invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939. 

German train drivers call week-long strike

Train drivers for German rail operator Deutsche Bahn announced a week-long strike to start Monday, their eighth work stoppage in 10 months of bitterly contentious wage negotiations.

Merkel says Germans can never forget death camp horrors

Germans will never forget the "unfathomable horrors" that the Nazis inflicted at the death camps, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday at a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp near Munich.

Merkel to join Holocaust survivors to mark Nazi camp`s liberation

 German Chancellor Angela Merkel will join survivors of the former Nazi concentration camp at Dachau on Sunday for a solemn ceremony to mark 70 years since it was liberated by US forces.

Russian ballet great Maya Plisetskaya dies at 89

 Maya Plisetskaya, considered one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century, died in Germany on Saturday at the age of 89, the director of the Bolshoi, Vladimir Urin, announced.

Ahmed Patel ridicules PM Modi's rule as 'hologram government'

Congress President Sonia Gandhi's political secretary Ahmed Patel on Friday labelled the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government as a "hologram government" for failing on all fronts after coming to power almost a year ago.

Germany cancels cycle race after arresting suspected couple

Germany on Friday called off the May Day cycle race in Frankfurt, a day after a Turkish couple was arrested over suspicions of preparing to carry out a major terror attack at the international event.

Airbus to file complaint in German spy scandal

Airbus Group said on Thursday it planned to complain to the German authorities over reports that the country`s foreign intelligence agency had helped the United States to spy on it and other European firms.