Deutsche Bahn accused of spying on journalists

Deutsche Bahn accused of spying on journalists

A spying scandal Deutsche Bahn expanded in scope on Friday to include not just surveillance of employees, but also journalists and scientists who were particularly critical of Germany's state-owned national rail operator.

Obama confers with Merkel ahead of summit

Obama confers with Merkel ahead of summit

Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Barack Obama have agreed to work closely together on an array of important security and economic issues one week before a bilateral summit in Germany.

Man loses unemployment benefits due to begging ‘income’

Man loses unemployment benefits due to begging ‘income’

A decision to deny a man his unemployment benefits because he was caught panhandling has caused an uproar in Göttingen, where the Lower Saxony state welfare office called for an investigation on Friday.

Commerzbank board takes pay cut after €6.6 billion in losses

Commerzbank board takes pay cut after €6.6 billion in losses

Germany's second biggest bank, Commerzbank, posted a 2008 net loss of €6.6 billion ($9 billion) on Friday and said its board would take a 65 percent pay cut.

250 tonnes of illegal fireworks seized

250 tonnes of illegal fireworks seized

Hamburg customs officials said on Friday they had discovered 16 containers containing 250 tonnes of illegal and dangerous fireworks from China.

Singer Lionel Richie looking for old home in Berlin

Singer Lionel Richie looking for old home in Berlin

Grammy Award-winning American singer Lionel Richie wants to make Berlin his second home, according to the German edition of Reader’s Digest on Friday.

Siemens cutting more workers’ schedules to save cash

Siemens cutting more workers’ schedules to save cash

German electronics giant Siemens has announced plans to increase the number of workers on part-time schedules to save money during the recession.

Border checks resume for NATO summit

Border checks resume for NATO summit

Anyone crossing into Germany or France beginning on Friday should not forget their passport. Border controls have been reinstated ahead of next week's NATO summit.

Ballack says Germany needs to dominate Liechtenstein

Ballack says Germany needs to dominate Liechtenstein

Germany captain Michael Ballack wants a solid win on Saturday when his side tackle European minnows Liechtenstein in a World Cup qualifier following back-to-back home defeats.