Merkel backs EU stimulus measures

Merkel backs EU stimulus measures

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday backed a €200-billion EU economic stimulus target as Berlin faced pressure to contribute more to the package at a summit in Brussels.

Court: ‘Ivan the Terrible’ can be tried in Germany

Court: ‘Ivan the Terrible’ can be tried in Germany

A former death camp guard known as "Ivan the Terrible" can be tried in Germany for his alleged role in murdering at least 29,000 Jews during World War II, a federal court said Thursday.

Ancient Roman battlefield excavated in Lower Saxony

Ancient Roman battlefield excavated in Lower Saxony

Archaeologists have discovered an ancient Roman battlefield from the third century near Göttingen that will rewrite history, Lower Saxony's department for preservation of historical monuments said on Thursday.

Swiss-German border controls end Friday

Swiss-German border controls end Friday

There will no longer be checks on the German-Swiss border after Switzerland joins the Schengen Agreement on Friday.

Rahman fight just part of Klitschko’s masterplan

Rahman fight just part of Klitschko’s masterplan

World heavyweight champion Vladimir Klitschko admits he has one eye on the future ahead of his fight against challenger Hasim Rahman on Saturday night in Mannheim.

‘Finanzkrise’ German word of the year

‘Finanzkrise’ German word of the year

Finanzkrise, or "financial crisis," was crowned the German word of the year by the Society for German Language (GfdS) on Thursday in Wiesbaden.

Ifo sees recession through 2010

Ifo sees recession through 2010

Germany's export-oriented economy will be dragged down by the financial crisis next year and contract by 2.2 percent, the Ifo economic institute forecast on Thursday.

Steinbrück slams ‘crass’ UK stimulus plan

Steinbrück slams ‘crass’ UK stimulus plan

German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück has launched a highly unusual attack on Britain's economic stimulus package, saying it will not fend off recession but will leave the next generation saddled with debt.

Snow causes numerous accidents in Bavaria

Snow causes numerous accidents in Bavaria

Wintery street conditions in Bavaria caused several accidents overnight in what could be just the beginning of traffic chaos in Germany, as more snow is expected in the coming days.

Perez Hilton labels Tokio Hotel’s US tour a scam

Perez Hilton labels Tokio Hotel’s US tour a scam

Tokio Hotel’s recent live shows in America might not have been as "live" as their fans thought, if celebrity tattletale Perez Hilton is to be believed. Has the German glam rock band been faking its performances?

Bayern book Champions League knock-out spot with Lyon win

Bayern book Champions League knock-out spot with Lyon win

Goals by Miroslav Klose and Franck Ribery sealed Bayern Munich's 3-2 win at Lyon on Wednesday night which gave the German giants their best-ever start to a Champions League campaign.

Siemens close to deal with US over scandal charges

Siemens close to deal with US over scandal charges

German industrial giant Siemens is close to reaching agreement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on a fine in connection with a corruption scandal, a press report said on Thursday.

What’s on in Germany: December 11 – 17

What’s on in Germany: December 11 – 17

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Hamburg inaugurates new airport express train

Hamburg inaugurates new airport express train

After decades of planning and building, Hamburg‘s new S-Bahn train between the city centre and airport opens on Thursday.

Violent mental patient escapes clinic and kidnaps woman

Violent mental patient escapes clinic and kidnaps woman

A psychologically ill man escaped from a clinic in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia wielding a kitchen knife and kidnapped a woman in her car, police reported on Thursday.