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Germany approves GM potato trial

Germany has agreed to allow test cultivation of Amflora, a genetically modified potato manufactured by chemicals giant BASF, the Agriculture Ministry said on Monday.

Eastern German women considered ‘less ditzy’

Eastern German women considered ‘less ditzy’

Prominent German feminist Alice Schwarzer on Monday said women from the formerly communist eastern part of the country were less “ditzy” than those with western German roots.

Google Street View to launch despite privacy complaints

Google Street View to launch despite privacy complaints

Internet search engine Google plans to launch its controversial Street View feature in Germany soon, but users with objections can register complaints before images of their street are made public, news magazine Focus reported on Monday.

TUI cancels Mexico City trips citing swine flu

TUI cancels Mexico City trips citing swine flu

Germany's leading tourism group, TUI, said Monday it would cancel Mexico City visits until May 5 owing to the swine flu outbreak and would offer alternatives to clients who had planned to travel to other parts of Mexico.

Klinsmann sacked by Bayern Munich

Klinsmann sacked by Bayern Munich

FC Bayern Munich’s coach Jürgen Klinsmann, 44, has been fired after a disappointing showing from his team this season, the club's website announced on Monday.

Germans find their celebrities dull

Germans find their celebrities dull

German celebrities aren’t worth talking about – even in Germany – according to an online media study published this week. Madonna and other foreign celebs ranked well above the country’s dimly shining stars for web gossip.

Being Berlin’s culture monkey

Being Berlin’s culture monkey

Braving a chaotic, frustrated crowd of 20,000 people, Ben Knight spends his Saturday evening as a bus guide during Berlin's first ever Long Night of Opera and Theatre.

Consumer confidence still strong despite recession

Consumer confidence still strong despite recession

German consumer confidence is resisting a deep recession in Europe's biggest economy but could still be done in by rising unemployment, the latest survey by the GfK research institute showed on Monday.

Spiegel: Fiat won’t close Opel plants

Spiegel: Fiat won’t close Opel plants

Italian carmaker Fiat is prepared to guarantee that Germany’s four Opel plants will stay open if it takes over the troubled General Motors subsidiary, news magazine Der Spiegel reported on Monday.

Berserk bovine injures children after farm break out

Berserk bovine injures children after farm break out

A "cow gone wild" injured several children and a police officer in Hagen after escaping from its pen and rampaging through city, police in the German state of Lower Saxony reported on Sunday.

Customers exploit T-Mobile SMS apology

Customers exploit T-Mobile SMS apology

T-Mobile customers took full advantage of free text messages offered on Sunday in apology for a nationwide service blackout last week.

Shocking Wolfsburg loss leaves Bundesliga race open

Shocking Wolfsburg loss leaves Bundesliga race open

Relegation-threatened Energie Cottbus threw the Bundesliga title race wide open on Sunday when the strugglers inflicted a shock 2-0 defeat on league leaders Wolfsburg.