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BND reportedly spied on NGOs in Afghanistan

The German foreign intelligence agency, the BND, spied for years on at least two charitable groups operating in Afghanistan to obtain information on the security situation in the country, according to the weekly Der Spiegel.

Disgusting beer coasters to discourage teen binging

Disgusting beer coasters to discourage teen binging

A new campaign to combat an epidemic of teenage drunkenness in Germany will distribute 1.5 million beer coasters with pictures of teens passed out in puddles of vomit.

Springer cancels galas due to recession

Springer cancels galas due to recession

Due to the worsening economy, the Axel Springer Verlag, one of Europe’s biggest and wealthiest publishing houses, is canceling major gala events in 2009, possibly including the awarding of its annual Golden Camera television awards, a company spokesperson said Saturday.

Germany’s ‘dumbest bankers’ to receive bonus

Germany’s ‘dumbest bankers’ to receive bonus

The state-owned development bank has had a terrible year thanks to to the finance crisis and management missteps. Now, the bank’s CEO is set to receive a bonus of at least €160,000, the daily Bild reported Saturday.

Cracks appear in Brandenburg Gate

Cracks appear in Brandenburg Gate

To the consternation of tourists and preservationists, large cracks have appeared in part of Berlin’s famed Brandenburg Gate due to faulty repair work, the daily Tagesspiegel reported on Saturday.

Bayern Munich beat Hoffenheim in close match

Bayern Munich beat Hoffenheim in close match

Italian striker Luca Toni scored an injury-time winner to give Bayern Munich a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Hoffenheim on Friday to pull level with their opponents at the top of the Bundesliga.