Study says Germany unprepared for a major catastrophe

Study says Germany unprepared for a major catastrophe

Germany is not adequately prepared to deal with a major disaster, according to a paper on public security released by a multi-party expert panel in Berlin on Tuesday.

Saarbrücken has Germany’s priciest petrol

Saarbrücken has Germany’s priciest petrol

Consumers are paying very different prices for petrol, heating oil and natural gas in Germany depending on what region they live in, according to a comparison released on Tuesday by consumer magazines Guter Rat and Das Haus.

Berlin gets bookish

Berlin gets bookish

With Berlin's international literature festival starting on Wednesday, Daniel Miller makes sure everybody is on the same page.

Police union demands football summit on hooligan violence

Police union demands football summit on hooligan violence

The GdP police union on Tuesday demanded a “football summit” in light of escalating violence by hooligans that has been pushing German police forces to their breaking point.

Germany ranks 14th among least corrupt countries

Germany ranks 14th among least corrupt countries

Transparency International (TI) has urged the German government to make a deeper commitment to fighting global corruption after releasing its global ratings in Berlin on Tuesday.

Bätzing wants undercover teens to bust alcohol violators

Bätzing wants undercover teens to bust alcohol violators

German Drug Commissioner Sabine Bätzing wants to use underage undercover shoppers to expose stores that are selling alcohol to minors, daily Stuttgarter Zeitung reported on Tuesday.

IG Metall demands eight percent pay increase

IG Metall demands eight percent pay increase

The German trade union IG Metall said on Tuesday it will demand a hefty eight percent pay increase for 3.6 million workers in the metallurgy and electronics industries.

RAF planned to blow up Strauß with a model airplane

RAF planned to blow up Strauß with a model airplane

The daughter of Franz Josef Strauß, the late conservative premier of Bavaria, said on Monday the leftist terrorist group the Red Army Faction (RAF) planned to kill him with a model airplane wired with explosives in 1977.

Whorehouse robber beaten out of his booty in Berlin

Whorehouse robber beaten out of his booty in Berlin

An unidentified man got a beating he hadn’t bargained for on Monday evening in a Berlin bordello. When he tried to rob the establishment the madame forced him out with a sound thrashing.

Suicide bomber attacks German troops in Afghanistan

Suicide bomber attacks German troops in Afghanistan

German Bundeswehr troops were attacked on Tuesday morning in Afghanistan near Kunduz, but none were injured in the suicide attack, the Defence Ministry reported.

Knut’s surrogate father Dörflein found dead

Knut’s surrogate father Dörflein found dead

Thomas Dörflein, the zoo keeper in charge of rearing Berlin zoo's superstar polar bear Knut, has died, police said late on Monday.