Why Angie ain’t no Maggie

Why Angie ain’t no Maggie

Forbes magazine recently proclaimed Angela Merkel to be the most powerful woman in the world. Roger Boyes, the Berlin correspondent for British daily The Times, explains why he finds it a strange choice.

World Bank ranks Germany as 25th best place to do business

World Bank ranks Germany as 25th best place to do business

Germany has fallen behind countries like Georgia and Mauritius when it comes to having the best atmosphere for business because of chronic reform problems, according to a new World Bank study, “Doing Business 2009.”

Insurgents attack Bundeswehr troops in Afghanistan

Insurgents attack Bundeswehr troops in Afghanistan

German troops in northern Afghanistan suffered another attack by insurgents, the Bundeswehr confirmed on Wednesday to public radio broadcaster Deutschlandfunk.

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Iranian ‘spy’ to be tried in Germany

German prosecutors said Wednesday they are bringing charges against an alleged Iranian "secret agent" accused of illegally procuring weapons equipment.

Book warns German children watch porn at 8 and have sex at 12

Book warns German children watch porn at 8 and have sex at 12

A provocative new book released in Germany on Wednesday is warning that the country's hypersexualized youth is losing the ability to have meaningful partnerships.

Mouse stops traffic in Bochum

Mouse stops traffic in Bochum

A wee mouse caused whopping traffic delays on a Bochum motorway by chewing through the traffic signal wires, police said on Wednesday.

Wheelchair basketball player sent home for doping at Paralympics

Wheelchair basketball player sent home for doping at Paralympics

A German wheelchair basketball player has been sent home from the Paralympics in Beijing on Wednesday after testing positive for doping.

EU sees Germany headed for recession

EU sees Germany headed for recession

The European Commission on Wednesday said Germany, along with other EU economic heavyweights Britain and Spain, was headed for recession this year.

German states bicker over parking stripe colours

German states bicker over parking stripe colours

Germans in some states could start parking their cars like Americans soon. The country's national committee of traffic regulation has agreed to a pilot program modelled on US-style street markings instead of signs, according to daily Bild on Wednesday.

Funding for German asylum seekers hits new low

Funding for German asylum seekers hits new low

Resources for asylum seekers in Germany have reached a new low, according to figures released by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) on Wednesday.

Podolksi plans to shoot Germany to victory over Finland

Podolksi plans to shoot Germany to victory over Finland

Hot-shot striker Lukas Podolski aims to continue his purple patch against Finland on Wednesday as Germany look to win their second straight World Cup 2010 qualifier.

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Teens draw swastikas on disabled man

German authorities have opened an investigation against two teenagers who scrawled Nazi symbols and slogans on the skin and clothing of a mentally disabled man, authorities said late on Tuesday.