Berlin job agency reports Santa deficit

Berlin job agency reports Santa deficit

German kids could be facing a barren Christmas this year due to a desperate shortage of Santas.

Vomiting bug traps pensioners on riverboat

Vomiting bug traps pensioners on riverboat

A cruise ship filled with mostly British pensioners was put under quarantine in Germany's Loreley Valley on Tuesday after an outbreak of a virus on board sent 16 to local hospitals.

Poland threatens to sue German paper over Nazi reference

Poland threatens to sue German paper over Nazi reference

Poland threatened Tuesday to sue Germany's Die Welt newspaper for referring to the Nazi-run Majdanek camp as a "Polish concentration camp."

Britney Spears awarded German ‘Bambi’ award

Britney Spears awarded German ‘Bambi’ award

Singer Britney Spears will be honoured with a Bambi prize in Germany on Thursday for her comeback after a series of highly-publicised personal problems.

Finance minister admits Germany is in a recession

Finance minister admits Germany is in a recession

After saying in September that recession warnings were "completely irresponsible," German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück admitted in Berlin on Tuesday that Germany is in a recession.

Former economics minister turns his back on his party

Former economics minister turns his back on his party

Wolfgang Clement, former economics minister under Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, has left the Social Democratic Party after being accused of disloyalty and for what he says is the SPD's flirtation with the post-communist Left Party.

Retiree shoots rifle at snowball pranksters

Retiree shoots rifle at snowball pranksters

What would usually be a bit of innocent winter fun turned ugly over the weekend when an elderly man opened fire on two men with an air rifle after they threw snowballs at his apartment window in Werdohl, police in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia said on Tuesday.

Man ignites own flat to see neighbours burn

Man ignites own flat to see neighbours burn

A 51-year-old Bonn man has gone on trial for starting a fire in his apartment that he hoped would kill his neighbours, Cologne daily Express reported on Tuesday.

Every German ‘could get €500 gift voucher’

Every German ‘could get €500 gift voucher’

The German government is considering giving the country's consumers €500 vouchers to stimulate the flagging economy, financial daily Handelsblatt reported on Tuesday.

Report claims EU climate plan could cost 100,000 jobs

Report claims EU climate plan could cost 100,000 jobs

EU climate plan could cost more than 100,000 German jobs: report

German MPs want Iran group off terror list

German MPs want Iran group off terror list

German lawmakers have called on the government to support the removal of the exiled Iranian opposition group the People's Mujahadeen from the European Union's list of terror groups.

Bush ‘a great president’

Bush ‘a great president’

Outgoing US Ambassador to Germany William Timken has said he was successful at improving relations between the two countries during his time and rejected criticism of Bush’s presidency, daily Berliner Zeitung reported on Tuesday.