Swiss MP compares Steinbrück to Nazis

Swiss MP compares Steinbrück to Nazis

Angered over German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück's uncompromising push to stamp out international tax havens, the normally staid Swiss have dubbed him the most hated man in Switzerland. And now one Swiss politician has even compared him to the Nazis.

Driver tells of harrowing hours as teen’s hostage

Driver tells of harrowing hours as teen’s hostage

As the state and federal German officials remembered the victims of the Winnenden school massacre on Wednesday, a hostage held by the teen killer for two hours revealed details of his terrifying experience to newsmagazine Stern.

RWE to sell chunk of German gas grid

RWE to sell chunk of German gas grid

Energy company RWE is selling its German gas grid following a formal complaint by the European Commission on Wednesday.

Currywurst museum coming to Berlin

Currywurst museum coming to Berlin

The Currywurst – Germany’s answer to the hotdog – will soon receive the acknowledgement it deserves after a museum dedicated to the sausage treat opens in Berlin this summer.

BMW blames crisis for failure to come up with 2009 forecast

BMW blames crisis for failure to come up with 2009 forecast

German luxury car maker BMW said Wednesday the current economic crisis prevented it from giving a detailed 2009 outlook but insisted that its medium-term targets were achievable.

Music industry demands Germany fight internet piracy

Music industry demands Germany fight internet piracy

The German music industry on Wednesday called for the German government to combat internet piracy.

Three East German authors named for National Prize

Three East German authors named for National Prize

Three authors from formerly communist East Germany have been named to receive the German National Prize in 2009, which marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Berlin’s Charité hospital downplays organic Viagra claim

Berlin’s Charité hospital downplays organic Viagra claim

Berlin’s Charité Hospital on Wednesday told The Local it has distanced itself from a medical student who claimed earlier this week that one of its institutes had developed an organic alternative to Viagra.

Tram driver fined for sending photos of his genitals to passengers

Tram driver fined for sending photos of his genitals to passengers

A court in the southwestern German city of Karlsruhe has fined a tram driver €1,800 for sending pictures of his genitals to passengers in his train via Bluetooth.

Majority of Germans support stricter gun control

Majority of Germans support stricter gun control

One week after the deadly school massacre in Winnenden, a poll released on Wednesday shows an overwhelming majority of Germans support stricter gun control.

Hertha tops league amid history of bankruptcy, bombs and bribery

Hertha tops league amid history of bankruptcy, bombs and bribery

The German capital's leading football club Hertha Berlin has overcome its colourful history of bankruptcy, bombs and bribery to find itself in the unusual position atop the Bundesliga this season.

Xenophobia widespread among German youth

Xenophobia widespread among German youth

A new study released this week shows xenophobic attitudes are widespread among German youth and many of the country’s teenagers have far-right extremist and anti-Semitic leanings.