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German police criticized for pepper spray attack

A Berlin police officer is being investigated for squirting pepper spray in the eyes of a peaceful protester during May 1st demonstrations in the capital.

German hacks NSA homepage

A computer expert from eastern Germany claims to have hacked the homepage of the US National Security Agency (NSA), leaving a message on the site for American security experts.

German politician defends party with Putin

A politician from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has defended attending a party in St Petersburg with President Vladimir Putin in the middle of the stand-off over Ukraine.

Germany halts arms sales to Russia

Germany has stopped selling arms to Russia due to the current “political situation”, according to reports on Thursday. The sale of military equipment to Russia by German firms has been criticized by the country’s Nato allies.

Only Greece tops Italy for debt: EU

The Italian government's debt-to-GDP ratio hit 132.6 percent in 2013, the second-highest in the EU after Greece, figures released on Wednesday showed.

Germany sold €40 million of arms to Russia

German arms sales to Russia have come under fire following the crisis in Ukraine. In 2012 Germany sold €40 million worth of rifles, pistols and armoured vehicles to the country.

Fracking won't save Germany from Putin

Germany's reliance on Russian gas continues to limit the nation's diplomatic leverage in the Ukraine crisis. But as leaders once again explore fracking as an alternative, critics say the risks were too high.

Germany should make use of shale gas: EU Energy Commissioner

EU energy commissioner Günther Oettinger has urged Germany to make use of shale gas options and added that the he saw no danger of Europe's access to Russian gas falling victim to possible economic sanctions in the standoff over Ukraine.

Obama Says Russia Could Face Additional Sanctions Over Ukraine

The United States has not stopped considering imposing additional sanctions against Russia, President Barack Obama said while commenting on the results of four-party talks in Geneva on the Ukrainian crisis.

Biology pupils find horse meat in test of kebab

Schoolchildren in western Germany came across horse meat while testing doner kebabs in a biology experiment. It comes a year after the horse meat scandal which showed much meat on sale in Europe had been mislabelled.

Petition fails to remove WWII Russian tanks from German Memorial

The German government rejected on Wednesday a call by two newspapers to remove Russian tanks from a World War II memorial in central Berlin in protest against spiralling tensions in Ukraine.

Spanish builders made 'slaves' by German firm

Wages below the legal minimum, contracts in a language they don't understand and blackmail tactics to keep them quiet: just some of the problems a group of Spanish builders in Holland contracted by a German firm have decided to speak out.

Germany shuts scheme for young unemployed because of overwhelming demand

Germany said on Monday it would no longer accept applications for a programme to attract young Europeans to its job market due to overwhelming demand from crisis-ravaged countries.

Heartbleed programmer says he made a mistake

A German computer programmer who wrote the Heartbleed code which has caused a worldwide online security scare has said he made a mistake.

Merkel 'believes' in Greece after reforms

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday said she "firmly believed" there was untapped potential in Greece after years of tough austerity reforms that culminated in a bond comeback this week.

Head of German NSA probe's resignation prompts questions

Speculation is rising about why the head of the parliamentary committee investigating NSA spying in Germany quit on Wednesday. The opposition claims he was pushed in an attempt to avoid souring relations with the US.

Merkel denied access to own NSA file

US spy bosses have ignored a request from Chancellor Angela Merkel to look at her secret service file, according to reports on Wednesday. It came as the chairman of the committee investigating NSA spying in Germany resigned.

German Finance Minister says no haircut, but new Greek bailout possible

Despite the impending release of a long-delayed 8.3 billion euro installment from international lenders and a primary surplus of as much as 2.5 billion euros, Greece may yet need a third bailout, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble says.

Men fined for wearing East German shirts

Two men went to court in Berlin on Wednesday to dispute being fined €2,700 each for wearing the blue shirts of the youth group of former communist East Germany.

US operates global drone war from German base – ex-pilot

A testimony by a former US Air Force drone pilot has revealed that the US is using its Ramstein Air Base in Germany to wage highly controversial drone warfare in Africa, Yemen, and Pakistan.

Hackers steal details of 18 million email accounts

German authorities on Tuesday confirmed they were investigating the country's biggest ever data theft – which saw hackers steal details of around 18 million email accounts.

Germany environment minister: Make fracking illegal

Germany’s environment minister has called for the controversial gas extraction technique known as “fracking” to be made illegal. Her comments came ahead of an emergency energy summit.

Basic problem solving too hard for German kids

A fifth of Germany's schoolchildren have problems with simple decision-making tasks, such as selecting the cheapest item from a page in a catalogue, results from the global PISA test showed on Tuesday.

NSA carried out 300 reports on Merkel

The US National Security Agency's vast eavesdropping programmes amassed more than 300 reports on German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Der Spiegel has reported, citing information leaked by former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

German energy minister: No alternative to Russian gas

Germany has no other sensible source of gas and oil other than Russia, the country's energy minister said on Thursday. His statement came hours after Chancellor Angela Merkel said she foresaw an energy overhaul.

Merkel hopes Russia sanctions are enough

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that she hoped the threat of further sanctions would be enough to keep Russia in check in the Ukraine crisis. But she added Europe was prepared to act if necessary

Siemens to invest long-term in Russia

German industrial giant Siemens will be pouring long-term investment into Russia despite outcry over Crimea, the company reportedly told President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.

German Court: Politicians have too much power over TV

Germany’s top court ruled on Tuesday morning that politicians have too much influence over the country's state broadcaster.

Group of 8 Leaders Agree to Exclude Putin

President Obama and the leaders of the biggest Western economies agreed on Monday to exclude President Vladimir V. Putin from the Group of 8, suspending his government’s 15-year participation in the diplomatic forum and further isolating his country.

Germany accuses Russia of Europe break up bid

Germany on Saturday accused Russia of trying to splinter Europe as a Cold War-style struggle over the future of ex Soviet Ukraine ratched up following the Kremlin's defiant annexation of Crimea.

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