CDU trounces SPD in Hesse state poll

CDU trounces SPD in Hesse state poll

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) trounced the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) in a state poll in Hesse on Sunday – one year after an inclusive election plunged the state into political turmoil.

Bayern’s Podolski set to return to Cologne

Bayern’s Podolski set to return to Cologne

German international striker Lukas Podolski will return this summer to former club Cologne from Bayern Munich, where he has had an unhappy time since joining in 2006, a Cologne official said Sunday.

Village puts plot of land up to raffle to spark interest

Village puts plot of land up to raffle to spark interest

A village which failed to sell a piece of land the normal way has provoked a storm of interest by putting it up as the prize in a raffle – where the tickets are just €6.

Hesse vote kicks off super election year

Hesse vote kicks off super election year

Voters in the German state of Hesse began casting ballots on Sunday at the start of a marathon election year expected to propel Chancellor Angela Merkel to a second term.

Munich to act as showplace for Obamas new foreign vision

Munich to act as showplace for Obamas new foreign vision

Just a couple of days before he takes office, European security experts are hoping Barack Obama will outline his security vision for Europe at next month’s Munich Security Conference.

Pitt and Cruise due in Berlin next week for film premieres

Pitt and Cruise due in Berlin next week for film premieres

Two of Hollywood’s biggest leading men are due in Berlin over the next two days, with Brad Pitt in the capital to promote his new film, quickly followed by Tom Cruise for the premier of his own flick.

Al Qaida threatens Germany for Afghan military presence

Al Qaida threatens Germany for Afghan military presence

A man claiming to be a member of al Qaida has specifically threatened Germany for its military presence in Afghanistan.

Diplomats struggle to hold Israel to cease-fire

Diplomats struggle to hold Israel to cease-fire

Thousands of people marched in demonstrations across Germany on Saturday afternoon calling for a halt to the violence in the Gaza Strip, just hours before Israel announced a unilateral cease-fire.