October 19, 2012 A German regional court effectively banned circumcision this summer after ruling that the ancient practice amounts to assault. That fueled accusations of religious intolerance in a country still haunted by its Nazi past. Now lawmakers are pushing through a bill to make circumcision legal.
June 29, 2012 At a summit in Brussels, leaders agreed to steps that were more bold than expected. A key part of the plan: Loans from a bailout fund will go directly to troubled banks in Spain. So the Spanish government won't pile up more debt.
June 13, 2012 It's not just money. Germany fears a lack of control. German leaders think if they intertwine themselves more closely with the rest of Europe — without having some control over the actions of other countries — they will once again be on the hook for bailing out their neighbors.
June 4, 2012 Here's a quick, dramatic overview of Europe's crisis.
October 4, 2011 Visitors to this year's Oktoberfest in Munich drank a record 7.5 million liters of beer, or around 1.98 million U.S. gallons. But there were fewer fights — and only one set of dentures was turned in.
September 29, 2011 It's an important step, but just part of what needs to be done, experts say.
September 1, 2011 But, don't worry, she won't end up as sauerbraten; she'll spend the rest of her days in an animal sanctuary.
August 29, 2011 The search for Yvonne, the cow that dashed to freedom just before she was to be transported to a slaughterhouse in Germany, has been called off. Yvonne has been living in the Bavarian forest for nearly 100 days, resisting sophisticated attempts to capture her.
August 15, 2011 In Germany, a dairy cow named Yvonne's death-defying escape, and ability to avoid capture, is a symbol of freedom and animal dignity. That may be hyperbolic — but how else to explain scores of visitors to Yvonne's Bavarian commune, or the 10,000-euro reward for her safe return?