Don’t slam the oompah, folk music expert says

Don’t slam the oompah, folk music expert says

The Society for German Hit-Parade and Folk-Music (ADS) has refuted suggestions that their much-maligned art form is going out of fashion.

Lafontaine balks at working with SPD

Lafontaine balks at working with SPD

Oskar Lafontaine, populist chairman of Germany's hard-line socialist Left party Die Linke, has reacted belligerently to the centre-left Social Democratic Party's apparent new openness to working together at the state level.

German music consumers shun new technologies

German music consumers shun new technologies

The German music industry is expecting a “single-figure” percent drop in turnover for 2008, according to the German Music Industry Association. Experts say that German music consumers are not quite ready for new technologies.

Town wants Russian help with WWII killings

Town wants Russian help with WWII killings

For over 50 years, the inhabitants of Treuenbrietzen, a small eastern German town, kept quiet about a World War II massacre that happened in the final days of the war. And many today still have no wish to revisit the past.

Delayed stage version of ‘The Lives of Others’ almost finished

Delayed stage version of ‘The Lives of Others’ almost finished

Playwright Albert Ostermaier has almost finished his long-delayed stage version of the Oscar-winning German film 'The Lives Of Others.'

Tiefensee says eastern Germany is doing better

Tiefensee says eastern Germany is doing better

German Transport Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee, who is also commissioner for issues concerning eastern Germany, said on Friday that the former communist states are making good economic progress.