Sep 25, 2014

German ethics panel advises legalizing incest between adults

Sex between consenting adult siblings should not be punished under German law, an ethics panel advising the government recommended Wednesday. The majority of the 25-member panel, which examines delicate ethical questions facing policymakers, said criminal law is the wrong instrument “to maintain a social ...

Oktoberfest opens to toast millions

Sep 21, 2014

Oktoberfest opens to toast millions

Germany’s world-famous Oktoberfest kicked off Saturday with the traditional tapping of the first barrel of beer. Millions of revelers will soak up the frothy atmosphere in the 16-day annual extravaganza. With the cry of “O’zapft is” (“The keg is tapped”), the amber fluid began ...

CIA halts spying in Europe stand-down

Sep 20, 2014

CIA halts spying in Europe stand-down

The CIA has curbed spying on friendly governments in Western Europe in response to the furor over a German caught selling secrets to the United States and the Edward Snowden revelations of classified information held by the National Security Agency, according to current and ...

Sep 18, 2014

Germany to toughen penalties against child porn

Germany is seeking to widen its definition of child pornography and jail people for up to three years for owning or trading photographs of naked children that are considered pornographic, according to a new draft law. “The new rules will improve the protection of ...

Sep 15, 2014

Anti-euro party polls well in German state votes

A new party that has expanded its anti-euro platform into a broader appeal to protest voters won seats in two more German state legislatures Sunday. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the votes in Thuringia and Brandenburg, two eastern states, would make possible Germany’s first ...

Sep 14, 2014

NSA, British spy agency have secret access to Deutsche Telekom: report

The U.S. National Security Agency and British intelligence services are able to secretly access data from telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom and several other German operators, according to Der Spiegel weekly. An NSA program called “Treasure Map” gives the U.S. agency and Britain’s electronic eavesdropping ...

Sep 9, 2014

Salafist 'Shariah Police' patrols spark fury in Germany

German politicians and media Monday called for a crackdown on radical Islamist propaganda after ultraconservative Salafists took to the streets calling themselves the “Shariah Police.” Chancellor Angela Merkel hinted that laws could be tightened after a small group of men wearing orange vests with ...

Di Maria leads Argentina past Germany

Sep 4, 2014

Di Maria leads Argentina past Germany

Angel di Maria set up three goals and scored the fourth himself as Argentina trounced Germany 4-2 in their friendly game Wednesday to get a small measure of payback after losing to the host in the World Cup final. Argentina was up 4-0 after ...