Hildebrand to join Hoffenheim

Hildebrand to join Hoffenheim

Former Germany goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand has joined Hoffenheim on a free transfer as he looks to relaunch his international career, the Bundesliga leaders announced on Wednesday.

Westerwelle aims to cut aid to anti-gay nations

Westerwelle aims to cut aid to anti-gay nations

Guido Westerwelle, the openly gay leader of Germany's opposition Free Democrats (FDP), has said he would cut aid to homophobic nations should he become Chancellor Angela Merkel’s foreign minister after next year’s general election.

Virgin talking with Lufthansa over BMI

Virgin talking with Lufthansa over BMI

British airline Virgin Atlantic said on Wednesday that it was in talks with German rival Lufthansa over the future of British low-cost carrier BMI.

Berlin works to boost civil service diversity

Berlin works to boost civil service diversity

Berlin is a diverse city, but officials in the German capital want the civil service to better reflect its immigrant communities. Elizabeth Norgard takes a look at an innovative campaign to encourage more young minorities to apply for municipal jobs.

Daimler seeks stake in Russian truck maker Kamaz

Daimler seeks stake in Russian truck maker Kamaz

German auto giant Daimler said Wednesday that it had officially filed a request with Russian authorities to take a stake in the truck maker Kamaz.

The best of Berlin in December

The best of Berlin in December

Exberliner, the German capital's leading English-language magazine, this month picks the best places to knock back a glass of fine Burgundy, buy yourself an extravagant headpiece, and buy original versions of international children books.

Germany backs EU mission to fight pirates

Germany backs EU mission to fight pirates

The German cabinet on Wednesday gave the green light for the German navy to take part in a new European Union military operation to fight pirates off the coast of Somalia.

Cologne court calls dog as witness

Cologne court calls dog as witness

A Cologne judge called a bulldog to the witness stand in a tenancy dispute, daily Express reported on Wednesday.

Parents in east get smaller benefit cheques

Parents in east get smaller benefit cheques

The amount of parental leave benefits doled out for moms and dads in the formerly communist eastern German states is significantly lower than the national average, the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) reported on Wednesday.

Berlin bans public drinking around Alexanderplatz

Berlin bans public drinking around Alexanderplatz

Berlin's central district Mitte will become the first part of the German capital to impose a ban on public drinking in order to discourage rowdy youths from getting out of hand.

Oliver Kahn to judge Chinese TV talent show

Oliver Kahn to judge Chinese TV talent show

A year after his retirement from goalkeeping at Bayern Munich, one of Germany’s best-loved footballers Oliver Kahn will begin a television career in China, according to daily newspaper Bild this week.

Germans would buy furniture with consumer vouchers

Germans would buy furniture with consumer vouchers

If the German government distributed consumer vouchers as part of its plan to stimulate the economy, most people would buy furniture or a new washing machine, according to a poll published by newsmagazine Stern on Wednesday.

German receives Nobel Medicine Prize for cancer work

German receives Nobel Medicine Prize for cancer work

German researcher Harald zur Hausen will receive half of the 2008 Nobel Prize in medicine on Wednesday in Stockholm, Sweden, for his discovery of human papilloma virus (HPV), which causes cervical cancer.