A perfect Saturday afternoon in Germany

A perfect Saturday afternoon in Germany

David Wroe explains why some 1,600 burly Berlin cops sporting water cannons, a horde of marching neo-Nazis, and hundreds of angry leftist protesters make for a perfect Saturday afternoon in Germany.

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Zabel says Armstrong’s return will boost cycling

German cyclist Erik Zabel said Tuesday the return of seven-times winner Lance Armstrong to the 2009 Tour de France could provide the tarnished sport with a much-needed boost.

Near-collisions occurring daily in German airspace

Near-collisions occurring daily in German airspace

There is at least one air traffic collision alarm per day in the skies over Germany, a study from the Institute of Railway Systems Engineering and Traffic Safety (IfEV) in Braunschweig revealed on Tuesday.

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Bremen’s Diego gets four-match ban

Werder Bremen's Brazilian midfielder Diego has been banned for four Bundesliga games by the German Football Federation's (DFB) disciplinary committee on Tuesday for unsporting behaviour.

Volkswagen asks for state guarantees for financial unit

Volkswagen asks for state guarantees for financial unit

Volkswagen said Tuesday it had sought loan guarantees for its financial services unit as part of government aid for the banking sector, the first German automaker to ask for such help.

Apple removes neo-Nazi albums from iTunes

Apple removes neo-Nazi albums from iTunes

Apple’s online music store iTunes in Germany has removed two albums from a neo-Nazi band after technology magazine Computerbild informed the company of the objectional content, the semimonthly reported this week.

Teenagers smash man’s skull in Munich U-Bahn

Teenagers smash man’s skull in Munich U-Bahn

Police on Tuesday reported a group of at least six teenagers recently attacked a 24-year-old man in the Munich U-Bahn station, causing skull and facial fractures. His brother suffered a broken nose when he tried to intervene.

Court orders €3-billion payout for commuters

Court orders €3-billion payout for commuters

Germany will reimburse €3.0 billion ($3.9 billion) to taxpayers in coming months following a ruling by the country's highest court deeming a trimmed tax break for commuters unconstitutional.

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Investor confidence index rises

Germany's closely watched ZEW survey of investor confidence showed a surprise rise for December, on Tuesday, even though markets fretted over how long the country's recession might last.

Selling Yuletide cheer at German Christmas markets

Selling Yuletide cheer at German Christmas markets

Christmas markets are popular to visit, but have you ever thought about starting your own stand? Stuart Anderson looks into the realities of this famous German tradition from the other side of the counter.

Lebanese man gets life in failed train bombing

Lebanese man gets life in failed train bombing

A Lebanese man was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for a failed plot to blow up German passenger trains which a Düsseldorf court said could have triggered "a bloodbath of monstrous proportions."

Police beat SPD politician in alleged racist attack

Police beat SPD politician in alleged racist attack

A young SPD party member was allegedly beaten and humiliated by police because he looked “Mediterranean,” daily Hamburger Morgenpost reported on Tuesday.

Census shows 13 percent of women go childless

Census shows 13 percent of women go childless

Nine out of ten German women between the ages of 50 and 75-years-old have borne at least one child according to a 2008 microcensus released by the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) on Tuesday in Wiesbaden.

Heavy snow expected by Friday

Heavy snow expected by Friday

A low front from the North Sea will bring up to 20 centimetres of snow to Germany by Friday, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported this week.

Trade surplus rises despite recession

Trade surplus rises despite recession

The German trade surplus, a key indicator for Europe's biggest economy, rose in October as the country continued to hold up against the global financial crisis, official data showed Tuesday.

Ship’s captain asks guests disembark to avoid pirates

Ship’s captain asks guests disembark to avoid pirates

The captain of a German cruise ship plans to take drastic measures to save his passengers from pirates off the coast of Somalia, having them disembark in Yemen and picking them up later in Dubai, he told radio broadcaster NDR on Tuesday.