Germany's constitutional court has strengthened the rights of gay and lesbian couples, giving them a same tax benefit as heterosexual married couples.
NEWCASTLE, England -- When the U.S. women's soccer team meets New Zealand in the Olympic quarterfinals (Friday, 9:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN), tournament organizers will hand out team sheets to the media that include all the players' names and the clubs they play for.
See a flyover of the Olympic torch relay's concluding leg in London following a 70-day trip from Greece.
Mario Balotelli's first-half double saw Italy through to the final of Euro 2012 as they stunned Germany in Warsaw.
European football's governing body fined Germany's national soccer body ?25,000 ($31,000) Tuesday over what witnesses say was the display of neo-Nazi symbols by German fans at a Euro 2012 match.
Once again, a swelling chorus is calling on Germany to finally take action. "Start the engines, Angela," reads the colorful headline of a piece whose authors seem to assume that Chancellor Merkel commands the horsepower to save the euro, save the British and American recoveries, and -- as a throw-in -- save the Obama presidency.
Fifty years ago, a Frenchman and a German -- seared by the devastation of World War II -- forged an enterprise with the less than exciting name of the European Coal and Steel Community.
Here are three thoughts on Germany's 2-1 victory over Denmark in Group B:
The tale of the so-called Forest Boy is a lie, police in Germany said on Friday.
Germany inflicted a second successive Euro 2012 defeat on the Netherlands when one of football's great rivalries was renewed on Wednesday.
Germany's build-up to Euro 2012 suffered a setback Saturday with a 5-3 defeat to Switzerland in Basel.
Germany is sending the youngest-ever team to the European Championships, and many experts feel that it could be its best-ever, too. Joachim Löw's side is blessed with genuine talent, from the intimidating Manuel Neuer in goal to prolific Mario Gomez up front. All 10 qualification games were won with ease, and last year there were impressive wins against Brazil (3-2) and the Netherlands (3-0) that brought comparisons with the 1972 European champions who are widely considered Germany's most aesthetically pleasing side.
[Updated 3 p.m. Monday, June 4] This massive red sandstone boulder weighs 77,000 pounds and sits in Tiergarten Park in Berlin, Germany.
With Greece probably heading for an exit from the euro, the European and global economies may be facing disaster. However, there is still time for European leaders to reverse this destructive dynamic with one simple, outside-the-box solution: Instead of pushing Greece out of the eurozone, Germany should voluntarily withdraw and reissue its beloved deutsche mark.
A federal judge approved the extradition to Germany of the mother of a man suspected of setting dozens of fires in Los Angeles over the New Year holidays, the U.S. Attorney's office said Thursday.
Germany refused to share the debt burden of stressed eurozone peers on Tuesday, ignoring two of the most influential international economic bodies which offered support for proposals championed by Paris, Rome and Brussels ahead of a summit.
Kat Kinsman discusses reaction to her blog post on choosing to not be a mother.
The phenomenon of women choosing not to have children is afflicting the industrialized world in alarming numbers. Childlessness is steadily becoming more widespread, particularly in English-speaking countries but also in Japan and in much of Europe. In 20 years, the number of childless women in many countries has doubled.
In the inner sanctum of the Bayern Munich players' quarters, on a wall next to the communal dining areas, there's a giant black-white picture with photos and red letters. They spell out the clubs unofficial mantra Mia san Mia (We are who we are) and a number of its defining ideals. Full of confidence, loyal, technically brilliant, innovative, effective, focused, attacking, tactically flexible. In between those big words there are snap shots of 11 men who don't need any names or introduction, Bayern's all-star team:
Germany's electoral map has many colors in comparison to the red and blue of America, yet on both sides of the Atlantic, battleground state elections can portend change on the national level.
Europeans are revolting -- against their leaders and established political parties, against an austerity plan 'made in Germany', and against a future that promises declining living standards and shriveling public services.
Angela Merkel's key ally on eurozone austerity measures, Nicolas Sarkozy, is in danger of losing his job.
[Updated 2 p.m. Monday, April 9] Children play soccer next to a run-down building in Muelheim, a city in the industrial Ruhr region of western Germany.
U.S. stocks were headed for a weak open Thursday, as investors were rattled by worries of a global growth slowdown after China and Germany reported soft manufacturing data.
Was it really "a wonderful defeat," as Süddeutsche Zeitung wrote? The supporters in the Weserstadion had certainly shown little leniency with their team at the final whistle, when the Germany players were jeered and booed on their way into the changing room. "We could have easily conceded three or four, we completely left the back four to their own devices tonight," admitted Bayern Munich midfielder Thomas Müller. Miroslav Klose, too, thought that the performance against the French had been indefensible (pun intended). "Of course the timing of this game in the middle of the season is not great but it's pointless to look for excuses," said the Lazio forward. National manager Joachim "Jogi" Löw went one step further. He professed himself "angry" with the way France had dominated and won the match 2-1. "They were superior in the course of the 90 minutes, also in pure football terms," Löw told ZDF television. "We were shown that there's still much to do defensively before the European
Europe's top human rights watchdog has urged Germany to stop offering sexual offenders the option of surgical castration.
German President Christian Wulff resigns over a political favors scandal. CNN's Charles Hodson reports.
A German court has sentenced an Islamic extremist responsible for the deaths of two U.S. airmen at a Frankfurt, Germany, airport to life in prison.
Germany is expelling four members of the Syrian Embassy, citing the arrest this week of two men suspected of spying on Syrian opposition groups in Germany, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said in a statement released Thursday.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets Italian PM Mario Monti as the euro debt crisis threatens to escalate.
Germany's economic recovery went into reverse at the end of last year but the country still notched up 3 per cent growth in 2011 -- twice as fast as in the US and the rest of the eurozone.
[Updated 4 p.m. Monday, January 9] This is the Friedrichstrasse, one of the main shopping destinations in Berlin, Germany.
Harry Burkhart, arrested in Los Angeles for alleged arson, is also under investigation for arson and fraud in Germany.
The starkly contrasting economic trajectories of countries inside the eurozone were highlighted on Tuesday as Germany reported unemployment at 20-year lows while Spanish jobless figures rose for the fifth consecutive month.
In Europe, the English have a reputation. They are notorious for prodigious drinking at Mediterranean resorts, a complete inability to master other languages and the habit of recalling World War Two every time England plays Germany at football -- or when it's time to remind the French of their spineless defeatism.
Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt discusses the European debt crisis and the effort to save the euro.
Investors kept the pressure on European debt on Thursday as interest rates on government bonds remained at elevated levels, a day after a weak Germany bond auction rattled markets in the United States.
Germany underlined their impressive credentials ahead of Euro 2012 with a 3-0 thrashing of arch-rivals the Netherlands on Tuesday in Hamburg.
A 27-year old man has been charged with arson attacks on 67 cars in Berlin, police told CNN Monday.
Car companies in Europe don't think you'll fight arcane charges in a different language -- or time zone. Here's how to steer clear of the worst ones.
Germany's ruling coalition yesterday conceded that it was involved in talks about increasing the firepower of the eurozone's ?440bn rescue fund, even before Thursday's crucial parliamentary vote on changes agreed by governments in July.
Germany's parliament voted Thursday to increase the powers of Europe's bailout fund, as Greece's debt woes fuel fears of a wider financial crisis.
What is happening with the eurozone bailout fund?
Pope Benedict XVI said goodbye to his native Germany on Sunday, capping a packed four-day visit in which he met with political and religious leaders in a country that -- like many others in Europe -- has seen growing disenchantment with the Roman Catholic Church.
On the third day of his visit to his native Germany, Pope Benedict XVI made two stops Saturday straddling the lines of history that have divided the country violently -- in past decades into Communist east and democratic west and in past centuries into mostly Protestant north and stalwart Catholic south.
Two private security company workers were shot at with an air gun near where Pope Benedict was to hold Mass in Germany on Saturday, police said.
On his first state visit to his homeland, Pope Benedict XVI met Thursday with Germany's prime minister and president and spoke to legislators, but insisted that his purpose was not economic or political, but spiritual.
In a week that saw USMNT coach Jürgen Klinsmann visit Germany and talk about setting up regional offices throughout the world to seek out U.S. talents, fears have grown that the Germans might poach a player who's been turning out for the Stars & Stripes in recent times: 1. FC Nürnberg's Timothy "Timmy" Chandler.
As Europe's debt crisis continues to intensify, calls for a bond backed by all 17 countries in the eurozone are growing louder.
Two men arrested in Berlin on suspicion of plotting a bomb attack must remain in custody, a judge ruled Friday.
German police arrested two men in Berlin on suspicion of plotting a bomb attack, police said Thursday.
Fifty years after the rise of the Berlin Wall, and now 22 years after its post-Wall rebirth, Berlin is a scene-stealing combo of glamour and grit, teeming with top museums and galleries, grand opera and guerrilla clubs, gourmet temples and ethnic snack shacks. Whether your tastes run to posh or punk, you can sate them in Berlin.
A string of arson attacks has hit the German capital, with vandals burning dozens of cars this week, including an additional 11 overnight, authorities said Friday.
On the busy corner of Torstrasse, a street in the center of Berlin's Mitte district, a coffee shop called St. Oberholz serves as a meeting point and co-working space at what's fast becoming Europe's hottest startup hub.
Many key European nations share a common currency, but not a common debt load. That has to change. Now.
All eyes are looking at Europe today, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy meet to coordinate a strategy for coping with the expanding financial crisis.
Is it dangerous to be on an antidepressant for several years?
Right wing extremists have the potential to carry out as much destruction as groups like al Qaeda, says Matthew Goodwin.
Germany announced Sunday it has agreed to lend 100 million euros ($144 million) to the rebels in Libya for "civilian and humanitarian purposes" despite staying out of NATO's bombing campaign against Libyan government forces.
German health authorities confirmed two more deaths due to a virulent bacteria outbreak, they said Thursday, bringing the total number of dead in Europe to 27. All but one were in Germany.
Fruit and vegetable company Werder Frucht has to bring in additional workers these days or risk falling behind. But the workers are not busy selling the company's tomatoes: they are busy throwing red, ripe produce in the trash.
German officials say initial tests for E. coli at a bean sprout farm are negative. CNN's Frederik Pleitgen reports.
A deadly bacterial outbreak that has killed at least 23 people in Europe is limited to an area around the German city of Hamburg and does not require Europe-wide controls, a top European Union official said Tuesday.
Spanish produce was initially blamed for the European E. coli outbreak. CNN's Al Goodman reports on that costly mistake.
Germany's government formally approved a plan Monday to close all the country's nuclear power plants by 2022.
Sprouts grown in Germany are the likely source for an E. coli outbreak that has killed 22 people, officials said Sunday.
Finger-pointing over who's to blame for an E. Coli outbreak leaves farmers' struggling. CNN's Al Goodman reports.
An outbreak of a virulent strain of E. coli has killed 19 people in Europe and infected more than 2,000 in at least 12 countries, the World Health Organization said on Saturday.
A virulent strain of E. coli that has killed 18 people in Europe has not affected produce in the United States, according to food safety and health officials who conceded Friday there's much to learn about the organism.
Dr. Jorg Debatin of the Hamburg Medical Centre discusses the ongoing E. coli outbreak in Europe.
From milk powder tainted with industrial chemicals in China to eggs contaminated with salmonella in the UK, food safety scares are nothing new, but the latest -- a deadly outbreak of E.coli in Germany is different.
An outbreak of E. coli in Germany that has killed at least 16 people and left hundreds battling infection in 10 countries raises questions about what risks the infection continues to pose and what fallout it will cause.
Germany's ruling coalition has agreed to shut down all of the nation's nuclear power plants by 2022.
CNN's Fred Pleitgen reports on how Germany plans to get out of nuclear energy by 2022.
The outbreak of E. coli in Germany has killed several more people and sickened hundreds, authorities said Tuesday.
An E. coli outbreak linked to some raw vegetables has killed at least six people and sickened hundreds in Germany, national and global health authorities said Monday.
Two Rwandan rebel leaders went on trial in Germany on Wednesday on charges of crimes against humanity, war crimes and being members of a foreign terrorist group, a court statement said.
After signing a contract extension (until 2014) and tentatively solving the "Michael Ballack question" -- the Germany captain will have an unofficial farewell match against Brazil in August -- coach Jogi Löw has few problems left. The biggest one might be finding places for a wave of new, exciting prospects in the squad. Here's a projection of Germany's next top model professionals (under 22 years).
At its home in a beautiful 19th century building in the center of Berlin, C/O Berlin photography gallery attracts 200,000 visitors a year to see exhibitions from the likes of Annie Leibovitz.
CNN's Diana Magnay talks to a star of the German female soccer scene.
A collection of ancient statues destroyed during the British bombing of Berlin in World War II have been painstakingly restored and are being displayed.
Many politicians today criticize Germany for its large current account surplus, and insist that it be reduced. Germany, goes the argument, profited the most from the euro and should now stand by the troubled countries and give them more loans. Those who so argue show they haven't understood a thing. They blithely overlook the fact that both demands stand in contradiction to each other, because a country's current account surplus is by definition the same as its capital exports. It is impossible to reduce the current account surplus and lend more capital to other countries at the same time. They also ignore the effects wrought by the euro throughout Europe.
Youth unemployment in Britain remains a problem. CNN's Erin McLaughlin reports.
A sprawling, culturally rich capital city, Berlin has much to offer visitors -- and there will be no shortage of them this month.
Germany is scaling back increased security measures put in place last November, but the interior minister said Tuesday the move doesn't mean the terrorist threat has completely subsided.
Ten people were killed and 43 were injured, 18 seriously, when two trains collided in eastern Germany late Saturday, a Magdeburg Police spokesman said.
The performer, who is suffering from an upper respiratory illness, will reschedule his European shows in March
Lower Saxony, the state hardest hit by Germany's tainted egg scandal, has lifted a quarantine on 3,000 poultry and hog farms after tests proved negative for increased dioxin levels, officials said Monday.
Germany is reeling from a scandal in which large numbers of eggs may have been tainted with poisonous industrial residue, leading to the closure of more than 1,000 farms.
Fred Pleitgen on how German ski resorts are coping with global warming.
A proposal to reduce nuclear weapons highlighted the debate within the German government about when and how to get rid of nuclear weapons on its soil, a new WikiLeaks document shows.
CNN's Diana Magnay explains why Germany boasts Europe's largest economy.
Dutch prosecutors asked Germany on Thursday to hand over a fugitive Nazi war criminal who escaped from prison nearly 60 years ago, they said.
Germany has indefinitely closed off access to the general public to the cupola and the rooftop terrace of the Reichstag parliament building, the parliament's press office said Monday.
German officials dismiss a report of specific attack, while urging people to stay vigilant. CNN's Diana Magnay reports.
Germany beefs up security because of intelligence of a possible terror threat. CNN's Diana Magnay reports.
Pope Benedict XVI will be making his third trip to Germany next year, a church official confirmed on Friday.
CNN's Diana Magnay reports from Berlin on Germany's warning about a possible attack plan in the works.
Concrete evidence has emerged of a possible attack planned in Germany later this month and persistent efforts by Islamists to attack the federal republic, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Wednesday.