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Europe must take "deep breath" and enact reforms: Merkel

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that Europe could only hope to come out of its crisis stronger and compete in a globalised world if its members pressed ahead with painful reforms and moved to more responsible budget policies.

 

Raise a glass (or beer mug) to Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

Munich, Germany’s, 16-day Oktoberfest celebration kicks off Saturday and is expected to draw more than 7 million people. But no need to worry if you can’t make it to Munich. Here are a handful of U.S. cities where you can celebrate Oktoberfest with bratwurst and sauerkraut, oompah music, polka dancing and, of course, beer.

 

Apple loses German patent case v Samsung, Motorola

A German court has dismissed Apple Inc.'s claim that Samsung Electronics and Google Inc.'s Motorola Mobility infringed patents used in touch-screen devices. The Mannheim state court's ruling Friday follows similar decisions in Britain and the Netherlands.

 

Good week for the euro - but also a warning

The German chancellor says it's a "good day for Germany and a good day for Europe". Better than that, it's been a good week. First, the European Central Bank delivered on its pledge to do more - possibly quite a lot more - to hold the euro together. Now the German constitutional court has ruled in favour the new European bailout fund, the ESM.

 

Germany says U.S. debt levels "much too high"

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble questioned on Tuesday how the United States could deal with its high levels of government debt after November's presidential election.

 

Thousands stuck as German airline crew strike

A strike by flight attendants on German airline Lufthansa disrupted hundreds of flights on Friday, leading to long lines of stranded passengers at Germany's biggest airport.

 

Controlled explosion of WWII bomb ignites fires

World War II Bomb Detonation

Nearly 3,000 residents were evacuated from the heart of Munich on Tuesday before explosives experts detonated the remains of an undetonated, 550-pound World War II bomb, Andy Eckardt of NBC News reports. Bales of straw which had been placed around the bomb to cushion the shock of the detonation were set ablaze and thrown through the air by the detonation, according to the European Pressphoto Agency. Some of them landed on the roofs of neighboring buildings and ignited fires.

 

Hijack scare, WWII bomb at Amsterdam airport

Schiphol Airport

Holland's Ministry of Defense scrambled two military fighter jets to escort a Spanish passenger plane amid fears that the aircraft might have been hijacked, but the airline involved denied any trouble, saying the incident was the result of failed communications between the crew and the control tower... Part of Schiphol was already evacuated Wednesday after workers unearthed a suspected World War II bomb near the airport's main terminal.

 

Germany homes evacuated after WWII bomb found

More than 2,500 residents were evacuated from the heart of Munich late Monday night after construction workers found an unexploded 550-pound World War II bomb.

 

Merkel's party keeps lead, coalition ally down: poll

Support for Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives has nudged higher, an opinion poll showed on Sunday, but the weakness of two smaller parties highlights the trouble she may face building another center-right coalition after Germany's 2013 election.

 

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