The University of Düsseldorf has stripped German Education Minister Annette Schavan of her doctorate for plagiarism. Schavan says she will go to court over the decision.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has received the "Lamp of Peace," a Catholic award for seeking the peaceful coexistence of peoples. Also visiting Assisi, Italy, was its last recipient, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.
In a slight to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, new Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said Islam is not part of German culture. His comments underscore his efforts to push the government to the right.
After protracted talks, Angela Merkel's conservatives have made a deal with the Social Democrats for a new coalition contract in Germany. The SPD confirmed this in a message to its members, who will have the final say.
The German chancellor has signaled her party's "good will" to overcome differences in coalition talks. The SPD wants to expand labor and health care rights, but Merkel's conservatives view the measures as costly.
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