The incredible shrinking chancellor

The incredible shrinking chancellor

US President-elect Obama wants to jump-start America's economy, British Prime Minister Brown has slashed taxes and the French President Sarkozy is pushing for a massive EU stimulus package. So why is German Chancellor Merkel sitting on the sidelines?

Sweden may get Knut

Sweden may get Knut

Celebrity polar bear Knut, the pride of Berlin Zoo, may be on his way to Sweden. Orsa Bear Park in central Sweden confirmed on Tuesday that it has been in negotiations for the last year to attract the cuddly ursine as the poster boy for its new polar bear project.

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Carmakers slam EU CO2 emission compromise

The German automobile federation VDA slammed on Tuesday an EU compromise on rules to cut CO2 emissions from new cars, saying it ignored the sector's current crisis.

CDU wants German as official language

CDU wants German as official language

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) have voted in favour of designating German the country’s official language in the constitution at their annual party congress on Tuesday.

Court rules prison inmates have right to silky smooth skin

Court rules prison inmates have right to silky smooth skin

Even hardened criminals have a right to aftershave and hand cream, Germany's highest court said in Berlin on Tuesday, approving the appeal of a male inmate against gender discrimination.

Germany named Europe’s top migrant destination

Germany named Europe’s top migrant destination

Germany has been named Europe’s principal country of destination for migrants, according to the World Migration Report (WMR) 2008 released on Tuesday.

Bavarian trolls exiled from Christmas market festivities

Bavarian trolls exiled from Christmas market festivities

The mayor of Wolfratshausen plans to do away with a 400-year-old Alpine Christmas tradition because it is too scary for children, German daily tz reported on Tuesday.

Wild boars cause motorway pileup

Wild boars cause motorway pileup

A herd of wild boars caused a massive car pile-up on the B26 motorway in Hesse on Tuesday morning, police in Darmstadt reported.

Germany blasts EU over bank bailouts

Germany blasts EU over bank bailouts

German and Swedish finance ministers blasted the European Commission on Tuesday for being too "bureaucratic" in assessing whether state bailouts of troubled banks are in line with EU rules.

Bundeswehr losing too many doctors

Bundeswehr losing too many doctors

The German military is losing its medical staff in droves, according to Munich daily Süddeutsche Zeitung on Tuesday.

Michael Ballack named world’s 19th best footballer

Michael Ballack named world’s 19th best footballer

Germany captain Michael Ballack from Chelsea FC took the 19th spot on the list of best footballers by French football magazine “France Football” for 2008 on Tuesday.

Elderly driver destroys parking garage

Elderly driver destroys parking garage

A seven-metre wall fell from the fourth floor of an Esslingen parking garage on Monday night after an elderly driver rammed into it, police reported on Tuesday.