Berlin vows to combat crisis with Beijing

Berlin vows to combat crisis with Beijing

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Thursday said the world’s two biggest exporters would work together to help combat the global economic crisis.

Unemployment jumps as economy slides

Unemployment jumps as economy slides

German unemployment jumped 387,000 to just under 3.5 million in January, as the world economic crisis took its toll on Europe's biggest economy.

Somali pirates seize German tanker

Somali pirates seize German tanker

Somali pirates hijacked a German gas tanker with 13 Filipino and Indonesian crew members in the Gulf of Aden on Thursday, a Kenyan maritime official said.

Jewish leader breaks with Catholics over Holocaust row

Jewish leader breaks with Catholics over Holocaust row

The head of Germany's Jewish community said on Thursday she was pulling out of a dialogue with representatives of the Roman Catholic church over a bishop under investigation for denying the Holocaust.

Tempo tissues turn 80

Tempo tissues turn 80

Tempo, like Kleenex in the US, is the brand name used as the common noun for tissue in Germany. The brand marks its 80th birthday on Thursday, but most people would need a Tempo if they knew the inventor's tragic story.

Peanut butter crisis hits US military in Germany

Peanut butter crisis hits US military in Germany

The US military is conducting a mass recall of peanut butter products from their German and European facilities after Salmonella-tainted foods caused eight deaths and some 500 illnesses across America this week, Europe Regional Medical Command in Heidelberg said on Thursday.

Tom Cruise’s honourable mention

Tom Cruise’s honourable mention

Roger Boyes, Berlin correspondent for British daily The Times, explains why Scientologist actors and German politicians could learn something from a suicidal billionaire.

Famous lovesick swan goes missing

Famous lovesick swan goes missing

Petra, a black swan in the northwestern German city of Münster famous for falling in love with a large, swan-shaped paddle boat, has been missing since early January, fans reported this week.

Football fan dies in Dortmund stadium

Football fan dies in Dortmund stadium

A 21-year-old football fan fell to his death Wednesday evening at Dortmund's famous Westfalen stadium just before a Germany Cup qualifier, police in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia reported.

Rents on the rise in affordable Germany

Rents on the rise in affordable Germany

More Germans rent their homes than anywhere else in Europe, but it‘s not such an affordable option as it once was, according to a new study released on Thursday by real estate association IVD.

What’s on in Germany: January 29 – February 4

What’s on in Germany: January 29 – February 4

This Week's Highlights: A night of fashion and rock and roll in Berlin, a fairy tale extravaganza in Hamburg, and The Simpsons go under the microscope in Munich.

Deutsche Bahn strike disrupts rail traffic

Deutsche Bahn strike disrupts rail traffic

Workers for German national rail provider Deutsche Bahn staged a warning strike early on Thursday morning that disrupted train traffic around the country, trade union Transnet reported.

Steinbrück open to ‘bad bank’ to ease toxic investments

Steinbrück open to ‘bad bank’ to ease toxic investments

German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück is open to the establishment of controversial "bad banks" to help out the country’s financial institutions by taking over their risky investments and loans, daily Berliner Zeitung reported on Thursday.

German Cup quarter-finalists ready for battle

German Cup quarter-finalists ready for battle

Bayer Leverkusen, Werder Bremen and Wolfsburg booked their places in the quarter-finals of the German Cup on Wednesday, while second-tier Wehen Wiesbaden sprung a surprise with a 1-0 win at first-division Karlsruhe.