German smokers protest ban in Berlin

German smokers protest ban in Berlin

Several hundred smokers, cafe and pub owners puffed their way through the Brandenburg Gate and Berlin to the city hall on Saturday to protest against the smoking ban.

Nokia offers €30 million to appease Bochum

Nokia offers €30 million to appease Bochum

Nokia will pay €30 million into a foundation to regenerate Bochum, the west German town hard hit by more than 3,000 job losses due to the mobile phone company’s closure of a plant there.

Organic food ‘to become luxury again’ in Germany

Organic food ‘to become luxury again’ in Germany

Organic food is set to become a luxury again, as rising prices on the food market in general makes going organic less attractive to producers, according to a report in the German Sunday paper Welt am Sonntag.

Klasnic sues docs for missing his kidney failure

Klasnic sues docs for missing his kidney failure

Werder Bremen striker Ivan Klasnic is suing his club doctors for €1.5 million after two of its doctors failed to spot a kidney complaint which led to a transplant.

Plane and train crashes kill one, injure 42 in Germany

Plane and train crashes kill one, injure 42 in Germany

Police confirmed Sunday that one person was killed and eight injured when a crop-spraying plane crashed into a crowd of spectators at an air show in Eisenach on Saturday, with a 14-year-old girl left fighting for her life in hospital.

German government to extend paternity leave

German government to extend paternity leave

Family minister Ursula von der Leyen has unveiled plans to extend paternity leave, but is likely to hit resistance from her own Christian Democrat Union, some of whom deride the idea of men taking time out for the family as "nappy leave."