German Left taps TV detective candidate

BERLIN, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Germany's Left Party has nominated television actor Peter Sodann for the country's presidency in a bid to raise its profile, political analysts say.

German man receives double-arm transplant

MUNICH, Germany, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- German doctors say they have performed the world's first successful double-arm transplant.

Survey: Most Germans stay close to home

BERLIN, July 19 (UPI) -- Germans are essentially homebodies who generally don't stray too far from their birthplaces, a survey indicates.

Sarkozy calls on nations to approve treaty

PARIS, June 14 (UPI) -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy has called Ireland's rejection of the European Union's Lisbon Treaty a call to rethink the way Europe is being constructed.

European wage gap 15 between genders

BRUSSELS, June 9 (UPI) -- More women than men are joining the workforce in Europe but the wage gap between women and men persists, an EU Commission study showed.

'Rendition' victim seeks CIA extradition

MUNICH, Germany, June 9 (UPI) -- A German citizen who claims he was kidnapped and tortured as part of the CIA's "extraordinary rendition" anti-terrorism program is seeking legal relief.

Medvedev: Russia to be economic leader

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, June 7 (UPI) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday he's determined to make the country a leading financial center and blamed economic woes on the United States.

Phony bus stops help dementia patients

HAMBURG, Germany, June 7 (UPI) -- German caregivers have a new way to ease the anxieties of dementia patients: fake bus stops that seem to soothe their feelings they need to be somewhere.

Baltic Council opposes Nord Stream project

RIGA, Latvia, June 5 (UPI) -- Members of the Council of Baltic Sea States voiced opposition to the Nord Stream gas pipeline of Russian energy giant Gazprom, citing environmental concerns.

Violence interrupts Macedonian election

SKOPJE, Macedonia, June 1 (UPI) -- General election voting was stopped in several regions of Macedonia Sunday because of violence that has left at least one person dead, officials said.

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German mom busted for eBay baby ad

BERLIN, May 25 (UPI) -- German authorities say they placed a baby in protective custody after his parents allegedly put him up for auction on the Internet.

Russia's Bilan takes Eurovision prize

BELGRADE, Serbia, May 25 (UPI) -- Russia was enjoying its first-ever win in the Eurovision Song Contest Sunday, with pop singer Dima Bilan taking the prize for his Timbaland-produced "Believe."

German lawmakers approve Lisbon Treaty

BERLIN, May 23 (UPI) -- The upper house of the German parliament Friday approved the Lisbon Treaty, allowing the pact to clear its last legislative hurdle, German official said.

Study: Germans suffering PTSD from WWII

LEIPZIG , Germany, May 20 (UPI) -- A study of Germans who lived through World War II has found a high instance of survivors suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Fire breaks out in German concert hall

BERLIN, May 20 (UPI) -- The roof of the Berlin Philharmonic was badly damaged, but no injuries were reported when a fire broke out in the famed concert hall Tuesday afternoon.

BMD Watch: Polish PM holds out on BMD base

WASHINGTON, May 20 (UPI) -- The Polish government is hanging tough in its negotiations with the United States about building an anti-ballistic missile interceptor base on its territory.
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Porsche eyeing 2,100 new German jobs

Porsche eyeing 2,100 new German jobs

BERLIN, May 17 (UPI) -- The German luxury automobile manufacturer Porsche will soon create as many as 2,700 jobs in Europe thanks to a new model, a company official says.
Helmut Kohl, 78, marries economist

Helmut Kohl, 78, marries economist

BERLIN, May 13 (UPI) -- Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl got married earlier this month, tying the knot with Maike Richter in a Heidelberg clinic.

Serbia backs pro-Western parties

BELGRADE, Serbia, May 12 (UPI) -- Western observers are relieved because of the victory of pro-EU parties in the general elections in Serbia.

Germany marks Nazi book burnings

BERLIN, May 11 (UPI) -- Cities across Germany have held ceremonies to observe the anniversary of the Nazi Party's book burning campaign, Deutsche Welle said Sunday.

3 pythons turn up in German parcel post

DARMSTADT, Germany, May 11 (UPI) -- A package sorter in Darmstadt, Germany, got a shock when a python crawled out of a parcel, the postal service said.

Serbia wants voting in Kosovo

BELGRADE, Serbia, May 10 (UPI) -- The U.N. mission in Kosovo has refused to supervise voting by Serbian residents of Kosovo in the Serbian parliamentary election Sunday.

Holocaust memorial train completes voyage

OSWIECIM, Poland, May 9 (UPI) -- A German Holocaust memorial train has ended its six-month voyage with a final stop at the former Auschwitz death camp in Poland.

German mother may be charged

DUSSELDORF, Germany, May 7 (UPI) -- A German mother may be charged with homicide in the deaths of three baby girls found in her freezer, authorities said.
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