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Flu season wreaks havoc on German workforce:

February 22nd, 2018

Influenza is taking its toll on productivity, affecting schools, offices, public transportation and even professional soccer. Germany's Robert Koch Institute has already registered 136 deaths in 2018.

Angela Merkel: New German coalition deal will be good for EU:

February 22nd, 2018

Germany has big plans for the European Union, the chancellor told parliament on the eve of a major EU meeting, but first Germany needs a new government. Still, the other parties' responses showed how divided Germany is.

German parliament to debate Deniz Yücel's articles following AfD criticism:

February 22nd, 2018

The Bundestag is set to debate an AfD proposal urging Berlin to distance itself from journalist Deniz Yücel's prior work. The AfD's critique focuses on a 2011 satirical column about Germany's declining fertility rate.

Germany announces new hunting rules to combat African swine flu:

February 21st, 2018

Berlin is set to drop rules regulating the time of the year when hunters can shoot wild boars. The government hopes to prevent the spread of a virus that can be devastating to livestock populations.

German ex-policeman who slaughtered willing 'cannibalism' victim gets life sentence:

February 21st, 2018

The former police officer met the 59-year-old victim on a cannibalism fetish website and agreed to kill and eat him. The victim had dreamed of being "slaughtered" since childhood.

German dog won't be able to vote on Merkel coalition despite newspaper report:

February 21st, 2018

Social Democrats are angry at a report about a dog joining the party and getting a ballot on the grand coalition. Untrue, they say — but does this case highlight a flaw in asking party members to approve the deal?

German police seek 14-year-old girl and foster guardian:

February 21st, 2018

Authorities in Germany are searching for 14-year-old Cäciele Schöning, who went missing from a group foster home, as well as her 24-year-old guardian. Police said recent leads put at least one of them in Hamburg.

Germany deports more rejected Afghan asylum seekers:

February 21st, 2018

Despite protests, 14 Afghans deemed dangerous or with criminal status were flown back to Kabul from Bavaria. The send-off marks the 10th round of deportations in Germany since 2016.

German prisons: 150 dangerous Islamists need deradicalizing, say police:

February 21st, 2018

German jails are struggling to cope with scores of radical Islamist extremists. Their number is expected to grow following the opening of a slew of terror-related probes in recent months.

Far-right trolls active on social media before German election: research:

February 21st, 2018

Two new studies have revealed how small groups of far-right activists spread hate speech before Germany's election last year. Their highly organized approach and hierarchical structure reportedly amplified the effect.

Germany's lack of military readiness 'dramatic,' says Bundeswehr commissioner:

February 20th, 2018

The German parliament's military commissioner has published a report sharply critical of Germany's combat-readiness. The problem comes amid the country's increasing involvement in military missions abroad.

German doctor wins right to remove name from rating website:

February 20th, 2018

Germany's highest civil court says that an online portal for ranking doctors must remove the name of a disgruntled physician. The case could serve as a precedent for future disputes.

Germany fines man €208,000 for stealing calf liver:

February 20th, 2018

A court in Munich has fined a 58-year-old man €208,000 for passing calf liver as lower-cost fruit at a grocery store. The court said the fine was justified since the man earned tens of thousands of euros a month.

Suspects arrested in theft, slaughter of pregnant Berlin petting zoo goat:

February 19th, 2018

The brutal killing of a pregnant Angora goat comes weeks after a pregnant sheep was found hacked to death in the bushes. Two men have been arrested.

Germany's far-right AfD overtakes Social Democrats in poll:

February 19th, 2018

The populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) has overtaken the Social Democrats (SPD) in a national opinion poll for the first time. The news comes as the SPD begins a crucial vote on a coalition with Angela Merkel.

Germany's top ten 'forgotten stories' of 2017:

February 19th, 2018

Media watchdog INA has published the latest edition of its annual report looking at news that failed to make the German headlines. The 2017 list includes pharmaceutical companies, humanitarian crises and container ships.

Merkel taps possible successor Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as next CDU secretary general:

February 19th, 2018

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has nominated Saarland State Premier Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to be the CDU's next secretary general. She will take over from Peter Tauber, who is stepping down due to health reasons.

Merkel-led coalition: Decisive times as SPD members vote on pact:

February 19th, 2018

More than 450,000 Social Democratic party members will decide whether to enter another grand coalition under Chancellor Angela Merkel. Past referendums have been formalities, but this time the result is far from assured.

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