Filmmakers scrutinise Germany 20 years after the fall of the Wall

Filmmakers scrutinise Germany 20 years after the fall of the Wall

Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a team of Germany's top directors have turned their cameras on their own country, producing short, sharp vignettes sizing up the reunited nation, writes AFP's Deborah Cole.

Berlin’s ‘Material’ witness

Berlin’s ‘Material’ witness

Daniel Miller takes a three-hour history lesson with Thomas Heise's new documentary “Material” about the fall of the Berlin Wall.

More Germans ‘doping’ to enhance workplace performance

More Germans ‘doping’ to enhance workplace performance

While Germany tries to combat doping in sports, drug abuse to boost desk jockey performance in the country is on the rise, according to a new study published by German health insurer DAK this week.

Steinbrück warns against growing spectre of protectionism

Steinbrück warns against growing spectre of protectionism

German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück warned on Friday that the world must avoid a spiral of 1930s-style protectionism as senior G7 finance officials headed to Rome for talks on the economic crisis.

German-Afghan gets life for ‘honour killing’

German-Afghan gets life for ‘honour killing’

A German-Afghan man was sentenced to life in prison for the “honour killing” of his sister on Friday, creating mayhem in the court room as family members screamed, assaulted journalists and attempted suicide.

Recession in Germany worse than expected

Recession in Germany worse than expected

The German economy shrivelled 2.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008, the worst decline since reunification and significantly more than expected, the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) reported on Friday.

Dispute with Egypt over Nefertiti bust reignites

Dispute with Egypt over Nefertiti bust reignites

A newly discovered document has reignited a dispute between Germany and Egypt over the rightful ownership of the iconic 3,400-year-old bust of Queen Nefertiti this week.

Volkswagen to develop electric cars with Toshiba

Volkswagen to develop electric cars with Toshiba

Volkswagen and the Japanese electronics group Toshiba have unveiled an accord to jointly develop electric drive units that VW says will allow it to become the first manufacturer of an affordable, mass-produced electric vehicle.

Germany’s most famous prostitute passes away

Germany’s most famous prostitute passes away

Germany’s most famous prostitute Domenica Niehoff – who gained fame for becoming advocate for the rights of sex workers in the 70s and 80s – has died after succumbing to serious illness this week.

Porsche test driver dies in autobahn crash

Porsche test driver dies in autobahn crash

A Porsche test driver lost control of a secret prototype car and died in an accident on the A5 motorway near Darmstadt early on Friday morning, police in the German state of Hesse said.

Twin KaDeWe robbery suspects’ family in ‘red light scene’

Twin KaDeWe robbery suspects’ family in ‘red light scene’

The 27-year-old twin suspects in the sensational jewellery robbery at Germany’s most famous department store, the KaDeWe in Berlin, apparently have relatives with a criminal past, daily Berliner Morgenpost reported on Friday.

Bayern ‘won’t leave Hoffenheim in peace’ until they’re back on top

Bayern ‘won’t leave Hoffenheim in peace’ until they’re back on top

Bayern Munich coach Jürgen Klinsmann insists his side will give Bundesliga leaders Hoffenheim no peace until they are back at the top of the table - starting this weekend.