Berlinale sifts through wreckage of the global financial crisis

Berlinale sifts through wreckage of the global financial crisis

Award-winning British director Michael Winterbottom unveiled "The Shock Doctrine" Monday, one of a raft of Berlin Film Festival entries looking at what set off the chaos ravaging the global economy.

German heroin smuggler faces death penalty in Taiwan

German heroin smuggler faces death penalty in Taiwan

A German man faces the death penalty in Taiwan after being apprehended with 2.4 kilogrammes of heroin at Taiwan's Taoyuan International Airport, officials on the island said on Monday.

Military training ‘cyber soldiers’ for digital wars

Military training ‘cyber soldiers’ for digital wars

The German military is creating a special unit to fight "cyber wars," according to news magazine Der Spiegel on Monday.

Global downturn hits German trade surplus

Global downturn hits German trade surplus

Germany, the world's biggest exporter, said on Monday that its trade surplus plunged last year as the global economic downturn pushed it into recession.

Football league nixes naughty 69 jersey for Karlsruhe’s Drpic

Football league nixes naughty 69 jersey for Karlsruhe’s Drpic

Dino Drpic, the new Croatian defender at Bundesliga side Karlsruhe SC, apparently wanted 69 put on his jersey as an homage to the fiery love he has with his vixen pop star wife Nives Celzijus, but the German football league nixed the naughty number.

Althaus was not drunk or speeding in ski accident

Althaus was not drunk or speeding in ski accident

There is no evidence that Thuringia’s state premier Dieter Althaus is guilty of manslaughter under “especially dangerous circumstances” in the New Year’s ski accident that killed a Slovakian woman, an Austrian state prosecutor said on Monday.

Guttenberg named new economy minister

Guttenberg named new economy minister

German Chancellor Angela Merkel scrambled Monday to replace Economy Minister Michael Glos after his shock resignation with Germany in recession and a general election only seven months away.

German classical artists honoured at 51st Grammy Awards

German classical artists honoured at 51st Grammy Awards

German artists were honoured at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday evening. The Berliner Philharmoniker and the Rundfunkchor Berlin won for a Stravinsky recording and composers Hans Zimmer and a colleague took home Grammys for their film score to “The Dark Knight.”

China asks UK to go easy on German shoe thrower

China asks UK to go easy on German shoe thrower

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has asked authorities to show mercy on the German student who attacked him with a shoe during a speech last week at Cambridge University.

More public workers strike as wage dispute wears on with states

More public workers strike as wage dispute wears on with states

Public workers staged limited strikes on Monday in the states of Schleswig-Holstein and Baden-Württemberg as a long-running wage dispute between public workers and states continues.