Brandenburg fires up experimental CO2 power plant

Brandenburg fires up experimental CO2 power plant

Swedish energy company Vattenfall will fire up an experimental coal power plant in Brandenburg on Tuesday with the aim of trapping the unwanted carbon dioxide emissions.

IG Metall calls for wage hike for employees

IG Metall calls for wage hike for employees

Powerful German trade union IG Metall called Monday for a pay hike of seven to eight percent for the 3.5 million employees in the metalworking, electrical engineering and automaking sectors.

Merkel attacks English word invasion

Merkel attacks English word invasion

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday complained about the high number of English words that have been incorporated into the German language during a visit the Goethe Institute in Munich.

Stuttgart scientists prove animals can survive in outer space

Stuttgart scientists prove animals can survive in outer space

Scientists from the University of Stuttgart said on Monday they had proven tiny advanced organisms can survive the harsh conditions of outer space for at least 10 days.

Gila Monsters stolen from Cologne zoo

Gila Monsters stolen from Cologne zoo

Lizard-loving thieves broke into the Cologne zoo over the weekend to steal four highly poisonous Gila Monsters. Police are calling for help to find the endangered animals.

Steinmeier faces difficult road toward chancellorship

Steinmeier faces difficult road toward chancellorship

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier embarked on a tough 12-month battle on Monday, fronting a demoralized and divided Social Democratic Party to challenge Angela Merkel for the chancellorship in elections next year.

More than half of pregnant German women drink alcohol

More than half of pregnant German women drink alcohol

More than half of German women occasionally drink alcohol during their pregnancies, and more than 10,000 babies are born with alcohol-related birth defects each year, according to Drug Commissioner Sabine Bätzing on Monday.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier: the man who would be chancellor

Frank-Walter Steinmeier: the man who would be chancellor

Germany's Social Democrats have picked Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier to take on Angela Merkel in next year's election. AFP's Deborah Cole profiles the man who would be chancellor.

CDU plans campaign to fight communist nostalgia

CDU plans campaign to fight communist nostalgia

Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is planning a campaign against communist nostalgia and the rise of the hard-line socialist Left party, according to daily Financial Times Deutschland on Monday.

President Köhler’s plane breaks down in Beijing

President Köhler’s plane breaks down in Beijing

German President Horst Köhler was forced to take an airline flight home from the Special Olympics in Beijing after the presidential plane broke down on Monday morning.

Teen band Tokio Hotel wins at MTV awards

Teen band Tokio Hotel wins at MTV awards

German teen band Tokio Hotel won the Best New Artist category for their video “Ready, Set, Go!” at the MTV Music Video Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night.