Schröder to join board of British-Russian oil firm TNK-BP

Schröder to join board of British-Russian oil firm TNK-BP

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder will join the board of British-Russian oil firm TNK-BP, British energy giant BP said on Thursday, following a peace deal between its feuding shareholders.

Hoffenheim marksman Ibisevic suffers season-ending injury

Hoffenheim marksman Ibisevic suffers season-ending injury

The title ambitions of Bundesliga upstart Hoffenheim suffered a potentially fatal blow on Thursday when 18-goal striker Vedad Ibisevic was ruled out for the rest of the season because of a knee injury.

Merkel praises work of Stasi archive

Merkel praises work of Stasi archive

On the 19th anniversary of the day East Germans stormed the headquarters of their country’s feared secret police, Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday praised the work of the archive responsible for sifting through the Stasi’s files.

Search party finds girl’s corpse near lake

Search party finds girl’s corpse near lake

German police have discovered a girl’s corpse that could be the body of a girl reported missing in the city of Paderborn since Monday.

Cold kills five penguins at Nuremberg zoo

Cold kills five penguins at Nuremberg zoo

Five penguins – normally thought to love chilly temperatures – have died due to exposure to extreme cold at the Nuremberg zoo.

Children find freezing newborn in barn stall

Children find freezing newborn in barn stall

Children playing in a Nordhackstedt barn on Wednesday afternoon found a hypothermic baby girl in one of the stalls, daily Flensburger Tageblatt reported on Thursday.

Merkel says gas dispute risks Russian credibility

Merkel says gas dispute risks Russian credibility

Just one day ahead of a summit with Russian Prime Minister Vladmir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday said Moscow was in danger of losing its credibility due to its gas dispute with Ukraine.

An Iron Curtain air mattress

An Iron Curtain air mattress

What divided people 20 years ago is now an excuse for a slumber party. A team of Berlin-based designers has created mattresses and guest beds based on the former Berlin Wall, complete with graffiti and famous slogans.

Police tend bar for hammered waitress

Police tend bar for hammered waitress

Police officers in Mannheim had to roll up their sleeves and tend bar during a pub inspection on Wednesday evening when they discovered the waitress was too drunk to bill her customers, police said Thursday.

Damage at nuclear facility Asse could cause radioactive leaks

Damage at nuclear facility Asse could cause radioactive leaks

A storage chamber at the controversial nuclear waste facility Asse in Lower Saxony is damaged and could pose the risk of radioactive leaks, Germany’s Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) announced on Thursday.

ECB slashes interest rates again

ECB slashes interest rates again

The European Central Bank on Thursday slashed its main interest rate by 50 basis points to 2.0 percent amid ongoing concern about the global economic slowdown.

Is German pacifism ignorant or anti-Israeli?

Is German pacifism ignorant or anti-Israeli?

German pacifists criticising Israel's military operations in the Gaza Strip are missing the point, argues Israeli journalist Ze'ev Avrahmi.

What’s on in Germany: January 15 – 21

What’s on in Germany: January 15 – 21

Three dead in single engine plane crash

Three dead in single engine plane crash

Three people died on Wednesday evening in the German state of Lower Saxony when the single-engine airplane they were in crashed in a wooded area near a Klausheide airfield.

Deutsche Bahn fixes failed ticketing system

Deutsche Bahn fixes failed ticketing system

National railway operator Deutsche Bahn has restored its ticket vending machines and website into working order after their entire network failed on Wednesday afternoon, a spokesperson said on Thursday.

Inflation soars in Germany

Inflation soars in Germany

German inflation set a 14-year record last year of 2.6 percent, final figures released on Thursday by the national statistics office showed, a result of higher costs for petrol and food.

Steinmeier arrives in Israel for truce talks

Steinmeier arrives in Israel for truce talks

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrived in Israel on Thursday for the first stage of a Middle East tour to seek a truce in the Gaza conflict.