High-tech pollen forecasting aims to help allergy sufferers

High-tech pollen forecasting aims to help allergy sufferers

Itchy eyes and runny noses herald the start of what could be a brutal allergy season this spring. Michael Dumiak reports on the German Weather Service’s new high-tech pollen forecasting that will let you know exactly why you’re sneezing.

Couple that abandoned kids in Italy found

Couple that abandoned kids in Italy found

Italian police have reportedly found the German couple that abandoned three young children earlier this week. The two were picked up alive in a nearby forest.

Young Germans driving spike in English-language book sales

Young Germans driving spike in English-language book sales

More Germans than ever before are reaching for English-language books - too impatient to wait for the release of German translations and driven by a desire for authenticity.

Man gets off for sleeping with underaged prostitute

Man gets off for sleeping with underaged prostitute

A Berlin court acquitted a 44-year-old man this week of charges that he sexually abused a 14-year-old girl because she had already been working as a prostitute for three years.

Fiat preparing to take the wheel at Opel

Fiat preparing to take the wheel at Opel

Italian carmaker Fiat could sign next week a letter of intent to take control of Opel, a unit of troubled US auto maker General Motors, the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel reported Thursday.

Protestors block nuclear power plant entrance

Protestors block nuclear power plant entrance

Activists blocked the entrance to controversial nuclear power plant Neckarwestheim with an 8-metre wall on Thursday.

Home brewers could save Germany’s sacred beer tradition

Home brewers could save Germany’s sacred beer tradition

The declining variety of German beers is encouraging many people to make their own at home, online brewing retailer Brauen.de reported in honour of Beer Day on Thursday.

Germany facing worst slump since WWII

Germany facing worst slump since WWII

Germany's economy is poised to shrink by a record six percent this year – the worst recession since World War II – a group of top economic institutes said on Thursday.

VW mulling reverse takeover of Porsche

VW mulling reverse takeover of Porsche

Volkswagen is mulling a takeover of the automotive business of luxury sports car maker Porsche, which would add a new twist in the German industrial saga, press reports said on Thursday.

What’s on in Germany: April 23 – 29

What’s on in Germany: April 23 – 29

This week's highlights: Polish films in Berlin, a night of museums in Frankfurt, and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra rolls through Hamburg.

Terrorists free elderly hostage after 3 months

Terrorists free elderly hostage after 3 months

A 77-year-old German tourist has been released by terrorists in Mali after spending almost three months as their captive, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Wednesday evening.

Werder Bremen goalie takes team to cup final

Werder Bremen goalie takes team to cup final

Goalkeeper Tim Wiese held his nerve to make three consecutive saves as Werder Bremen beat 10-man Hamburg 3-1 on penalties in their German Cup semi-final on Wednesday.