Duisburg candidate for mayor: boycott Israel

Duisburg candidate for mayor: boycott Israel

Hermann Dierkes, a leftist candidate for mayor in the Ruhr Valley city Duisburg, on Wednesday defended his call for a boycott of Israel for its treatment of the Palestinians despite widespread criticism he was stoking anti-Jewish sentiments in Germany.

Ex-RAF leftist turned neo-Nazi lawyer Mahler gets 6 years in jail

Ex-RAF leftist turned neo-Nazi lawyer Mahler gets 6 years in jail

A Munich court on Wednesday sentenced Horst Mahler, a prominent right-wing extremist and former member of the leftist terrorist group the RAF, to six years in prison for incitement of hate crimes.

German economy officially taking a dive

German economy officially taking a dive

The German economy, Europe's biggest, shrank by 2.1 percent in late 2008, its sharpest contraction since the country was reunited in 1990, official data confirmed on Wednesday.

Police chief attacks Karneval booze frenzy

Police chief attacks Karneval booze frenzy

The Cologne chief of police is suggesting a total bottle ban during the city’s debaucherous Karneval festival after annual booze-fuelled frenzy became particularly rowdy this week, daily Express reported on Wednesday.

Schwan warns Merkel refugee row could damage Polish ties

Schwan warns Merkel refugee row could damage Polish ties

Gesine Schwan, Berlin's coordinator for German-Polish cooperation, has warned Chancellor Angela Merkel ties with Warsaw could be damaged by a conflict over a planned foundation for World War II refugees, Berliner Zeitung reported on Wednesday.

Chinese firms kick off German spending spree

Chinese firms kick off German spending spree

A delegation of over 200 Chinese companies on Wednesday kicked off a European shopping spree by negotiating contracts worth billions of euros with German firms in Berlin.

Monster pig terrifies Hessian motorists

Monster pig terrifies Hessian motorists

A “monster pig” broke out of its pen in the middle of the night and blocked traffic near Alsfeld because drivers were too frightened to get out of their cars and move the sow, police in the state of Hesse said on Wednesday.

Bayern hopeful Toni will be fit for Champions League clash

Bayern hopeful Toni will be fit for Champions League clash

Bayern Munich are hoping to have Luca Toni back for their Champions League clash at Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday as the Italian striker recovers from a heel injury.

Opel plant workers to rally in hopes of saving their jobs

Opel plant workers to rally in hopes of saving their jobs

Unions are urging Opel plant workers in Germany, and other European staff of US auto giant General Motors (GM), to protest this week in a bid to save their jobs and call for state aid.

Mother and three children die in fire

Mother and three children die in fire

A mother and her three children are dead after their Moers apartment caught fire early on Wednesday morning, police in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia said.