German federal prosecutors called on Wednesday for a self-confessed cannibal to be sentenced to a life jail term as an appeal against his original verdict began. Armin Meiwes, 43, was sentenced to eight and a half years in jail in January last year after being found guilty of manslaughter in a trial that fascinated and appalled Germany. The trial judges rejected prosecution calls for a murder conviction, which would have carried a life term of 15 years. Germany's highest judicial court is now to decide whether his sentence should be upgraded or whether there should be a retrial.
Lucien Favre's reputation soared at his former club in Zürich with two championship wins. On Thursday, he returns to the city with his current crop leading Gladbach to their best league start in more than three decades.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged fellow eurozone partners to deliver on their promise to enforce sound budget policies. She said Europe's credibility was at stake, should a laxer attitude gain traction.
"Trade unions representing a specific professional branch are nothing but a bunch of egocentric parasites," believes DW's Rolf Wenkel. No wonder - he's flying to Washington this weekend with Lufthansa.