Feb 1, 2014 — Ursula von der Leyen is the first woman to hold the job. She has no military experience and is best known for social policies such as expanded parental leave. But she has already said that Germany should play a more active role in foreign missions, and that could involve sending troops into conflict zones.
Dec 23, 2013 — Since the start of its financial crisis, Greece has been exporting some of its most highly trained professionals. Thanos Ntoumanis is just one of thousands of medical professionals who have left their struggling homeland for jobs in Western Europe.
Oct 4, 2013 — With more Germans going vegan and vegetarian, the Munich festival wants to accommodate them. Restaurants say their vegan options at this year's festival are selling well.
Sep 13, 2013 — There's no evidence that it appeals to voters, but a pair of politicians gave the cameras an upthrust middle finger this week. The German candidate tweeted a defense of his gesture, saying: "Straight talk doesn't always need words."
Jul 9, 2013 — With a reference to the East German Stasi, the guerrilla art project used the Berlin Embassy to object to the U.S. surveillance programs.
Jun 25, 2013 — Prosecutors say the plan involved at least two men, both of Tunisian origin. Police carried out nine pre-dawn raids in southern and eastern Germany as well as Belgium to gather evidence.
Jun 25, 2013 — Police arrested a 57-year-old trucker on Sunday whom they believe is responsible for carrying out 762 shootings over the past five years. Authorities say the suspect blamed road rage for the attacks.
Jun 7, 2013 — An unusually wet spring in central Europe has produced heavy flooding that has already inundated Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland and Slovakia. The Danube River's flood peak is expected to hit Budapest on Monday.
Apr 15, 2013 — For years, authorities failed to see links in the killings of nine immigrants and a German policewoman. Now, a trial that will focus on right-wing extremists is about to begin.
Jun 14, 2012 — One of our commenters says "Forest Boy" calls another German mystery to mind.