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Elderly German robs Danish bank with water pistol

An 80-year-old German-born man was placed in protective custody in Denmark on Friday for robbing a bank with a water pistol after his bank refused to let him repay an account overdraft in installments, police said.

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Germany plans to increase presence in Vietnam

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on a visit to Vietnam on Friday that Berlin will greatly expand its economic and educational presence in the country.

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Gazprom and EON plan gas-fired power station in Germany

Russian gas company Gazprom and German energy giant EON have teamed up to build a power station in Germany.

Blustery storm ‘Emma’ slams Germany

Blustery storm ‘Emma’ slams Germany

Germany is facing a wet and stormy weekend as the low-pressure system ‘Emma’ prepares to roll through Central Europe.

Berlin faces public transport chaos after strike vote

Berlin faces public transport chaos after strike vote

Berlin's citizens will have to break out their bikes and walking shoes next week after the city's public transportation (BVG) workers have voted almost unanimously to strike.

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What’s On In Germany: February 29 – March 7

What's on: Mondo Diao, Mark Rothko, The Mars Volta and a Motorcycle Fair.

Treasure hunters halt search for Nazi loot

Treasure hunters halt search for Nazi loot

The hunt for treasure thought to be hidden by the Nazis in an eastern German village has been temporarily halted amid difficulties in finding the famed Amber Room stolen from Russia during the Second World War.

Bach gets a makeover

Bach gets a makeover

Almost 260 years after his death, a scientist has reconstructed the face of 18th century German composer Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750).

Puff-happy Berlin flouts smoking ban

Puff-happy Berlin flouts smoking ban

Germany might have a reputation as an orderly and law-abiding place abroad, but as Naomi Kresge reports, bars in Berlin are openly flouting the country’s new smoking ban.

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Small recovery for German retail

German consumers returned to the shops on in January, fresh data suggested on Friday, raising prospects that Europe's biggest economy has rebounded after a lacklustre end to 2007.

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German inflation rises in January

German consumer prices rose 2.8 percent in January on a 12-month comparison, driven by increases in the food and energy sectors, but fell 0.4 percent from December, official data showed on Friday.

Neo-Nazi crime soars at Saxon schools

Neo-Nazi crime soars at Saxon schools

The number of extreme-right criminal offences at schools in the eastern German state of Saxony has soared, according to a newspaper report.

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Hamburg Greens open to coalition with CDU

The majority of Green Party members in Hamburg have decided they are willing to move forward with the possible creation of a coalition with the Christian Democrats.

Venturing beyond Bach in Leipzig

Venturing beyond Bach in Leipzig

Leipzig has rich musical history anchored by Baroque heavyweight Bach. But Celeste Sunderland discovers Saxony’s second city has plenty of other historic attractions beyond a museum dedicated to the maestro.

German installation explores urban soundscapes

German installation explores urban soundscapes

An innovative new sound installation project in Berlin is connecting cities worldwide in an attempt to challenge the way people interact with their aural and urban surroundings, writes Matt Robinson.