Hundreds of zoo visitors in Berlin watched in horror on Friday as a woman leaped into the polar bear enclosure and was bitten by one of the animals.
Bishop Wolfgang Huber, head of the German Evangelical Church used his Good Friday sermon to criticise the country’s thriving weapons export industry.
Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has called for American nuclear weapons to be withdrawn from Germany, saying that the recent US-Russian declaration to reduce weapons stockpiles was a big victory.
German sportswear giant Adidas is being cautious about predicting a good financial year for 2010, despite the huge boost normally to be expected from the football World Cup, CEO Herbert Hainer said.
The Opel factory in Eisenach was within hours of being closed two weeks ago, with preparations made for a meeting to tell the 1,800 workers of its demise – a meeting only cancelled by the resignation of the GM boss in the USA.
The Central Council of Jews in Germany sees anti-Semitic forces on the march in Germany, despite last month’s banning of the neo-Nazi youth group the Heimattreue Deutsche Jugend (HDJ).