Germany

German artist fined 700 euros for doing push-ups on church altar

A 38-year-old man was fined 700 euros (750 dollars) by a German court on Tuesday for disrupting the practice of religion and creating a domestic disturbance by doing push-ups on a church altar....

Paintings by German Anton Hoeger to be exhibited in Zagreb

Over 40 works made by German painter Anton Franz Hoeger will be put on display at the Home of the Croatian Association of Artists (HDLU) in Zagreb from 17 January to 5 February.

No ban for Germany's far-right NPD, Constitutional Court rules

The Constitutional Court of Germany has rejected a bid by lawmakers to ban the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD), with judges ruling that - while its policies may be racist and unpalatable...

Berlin official resigns after scandal over cover-up of Stasi past

A Berlin official who spent five months working for the East German secret police announced his resignation on Monday after a weeks-long scandal over an alleged cover-up.

Hollande to Trump: Europe doesn't need "outside advice"

French President Francois Hollande rejected remarks by US president-elect Donald Trump on the future of the European Union, saying the bloc does not need lessons from abroad.

Merkel warns against speedy Brexit talks ahead of May's speech

German Chancellor Angela Merkel played down expectations on Monday of a rapid round of negotiations aimed at ending Britain's membership in the European Union.

Merkel fires back at Trump, says Europe will choose its own 'destiny'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday fired back at US president-elect Donald Trump's denunciation of her liberal stance on refugees and his dismissal of the NATO military alliance as "...

Merkel to 'work closely' with Trump despite attack over migration

Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to "work closely" with incoming US president Donald Trump despite his attack on her handling of the German refugee crisis, her spokesman Steffen Seibert says.

Trump's warning to German carmakers hits shares

Shares in German carmakers tumbled on Monday after incoming US president Donald Trump threatened the industry with hefty penalties for selling cars in the US market that were produced elsewhere....

Facebook announces move to combat fake news in Germany

Facebook has launched a campaign to battle fake news in Germany, the social media platform announced on Sunday.

Report: Ex-Volkswagen head knew about scandal two months before

Former Volkswagen chief executive Martin Winterkorn knew about the company's emissions scandal two months earlier than previously stated, the Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported on Sunday.

Search for Nazi victim's relatives after necklace found at death camp

Excavations at the site of a Nazi concentration camp at Sobibor in Poland have unearthed jewellery belonging to a female victim, researchers said, as they tried to track down her family.

German plane makes emergency landing in Kuwait over bomb fears

 A passenger plane flying from Oman to Germany made an emergency landing Sunday in Kuwait over suspicions that a bomb had been planted on the aircraft, Kuwait's civil aviation authority said.

Berlin official with Stasi past to be ousted from office

A Berlin official who spent five months working for the Stasi secret police in former communist East Germany will be out of a job in one month's time, Berlin Mayor Michael Mueller said Saturday....

Merkel accepts gift that triggered police raid

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday accepted a handmade wood carving from an Iranian refugee, two weeks after the thank-you gift triggered a police raid at a German postal centre.