Ballack seals German win over Russia

Ballack seals German win over Russia

Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack and Bayern Munich striker Lukas Podolski fired first-half goals to give Germany a 2-1 win over hard-working Russia in Saturday's World Cup qualifier in Dortmund.

Merkel and Sarkozy vow joint front against financial crisis

Merkel and Sarkozy vow joint front against financial crisis

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed Saturday to work together on the eve of a key meeting aimed at forging a united European response to the financial crisis.

Nobel laureate warns against relaxing smoking ban

Nobel laureate warns against relaxing smoking ban

New German Nobel laureate for medicine, Harald zur Hausen, says the plan to relax the smoking ban in Bavaria would have dreadful consequences.

Telekom mobile phone customers’ data available on internet

Telekom mobile phone customers’ data available on internet

Another security lapse in the Deutsche Telekom system has been exposed by Der Spiegel magazine, which reported on Saturday that the data of more than 30 million mobile phone customers, including their bank details can be accessed and manipulated via the internet.

Protests force Hamburg Neo Nazi clothes shop to close

Protests force Hamburg Neo Nazi clothes shop to close

Weeks of daily protests by left-wingers outside a neo-Nazi clothes shop in Hamburg have reportedly resulted in forcing the owner to accept a pay-off to move out.

Kingfisher crowned bird of the year

Kingfisher crowned bird of the year

The kingfisher has been crowned bird of the year 2009 in Germany, with conservationists hoping the added attention this brings may results in increased protection of its dwindling habitat.

Ballack says harmony reigns ahead of Russia match

Ballack says harmony reigns ahead of Russia match

Germany captain Michael Ballack has insisted there is no problem between him and the rest of the German squad ahead of Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against Russia, after reports claimed he was ostracised following his row with team manager Oliver Bierhoff.

German investors flee to Sparkasse safety

German investors flee to Sparkasse safety

Germans are moving their nest eggs to the safety of state-owned banks, despite Chancellor Angela Merkel's pledge this week to guarantee all savings and current accounts.