Telekom mum on Sprint as earnings beat forecasts

Telekom mum on Sprint as earnings beat forecasts

Deutsche Telekom's head declined to comment Thursday on speculation it was looking at buying US mobile operator Sprint Nextel as it reported better-than-expected first quarter results.

German economy is buffeted by global headwinds

German economy is buffeted by global headwinds

German industrial output and exports fell in March, data showed Thursday, as a stronger euro, weaker global demand and high raw material prices left their mark on Europe's largest economy.

German Open: Williams through as Henin turfed out

German Open: Williams through as Henin turfed out

Serena Williams booked her quarter-final berth at the German Open Thursday with her 17th consecutive win but admitted she was just glad not to follow world number one Justine Henin out of the tournament.

Bonn museum opens homage to ‘schlager’

Bonn museum opens homage to ‘schlager’

Schmaltzy German schlager music will take its place in musical history alongside Beethoven and Wagner in a museum exhibit opening on Friday in Bonn.

Steinmeier slammed for nixing visit with Dalai Lama

Steinmeier slammed for nixing visit with Dalai Lama

A spokesman of the Dalai Lama in Europe criticized German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Thursday for turning down a meeting with the Tibetan religious leader this month.

Germany’s Köhler calls for stronger ties with Israel

Germany’s Köhler calls for stronger ties with Israel

German President Horst Köhler called for deeper ties between Germany and Israel in a statement issued on Thursday in advance of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Jewish state.

Germany: species extinction is a global economic threat

Germany: species extinction is a global economic threat

German Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Thursday the loss of biodiversity poses a massive economic threat much like climate change, less than two weeks before the ninth UN Conference on Biological Diversity begins in Bonn.

Burma’s regime must postpone its referendum

Burma’s regime must postpone its referendum

The military regime in Burma must delay its planned constitutional referendum in light of the dramatic natural catastrophe that has hit the Southeast Asian country, argues German Christian Democratic MP Erika Steinbach.

What’s On In Germany: May 8 – 14

What’s On In Germany: May 8 – 14

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‘Good luck,’ Merkel wishes new Russian president

‘Good luck,’ Merkel wishes new Russian president

German Chancellor Angela Merkel wished Russia's new president Dmitry Medvedev "good luck" and said she expected to work closely with Vladimir Putin in his new role, according to comments published Thursday.

Germany rebuilds palaces long destroyed by war

Germany rebuilds palaces long destroyed by war

A new building boom is sweeping Germany as royal palaces destroyed during or after World War II are set to rise again, writes AFP's Brett Neely.

SPD to name chancellor candidate this summer: report

SPD to name chancellor candidate this summer: report

Germany’s Social Democrats reportedly want to name the party’s candidate for chancellor for the 2009 election before this summer’s parliamentary recess.