Czech EU presidency slams German job market restrictions

Czech EU presidency slams German job market restrictions

The Czech Republic – which currently holds the rotating EU presidency – on Thursday slammed Germany and Austria for keeping labour restrictions on citizens from Eastern Europe in place until 2011.

Holiday weekend promises almost perfect party weather

Holiday weekend promises almost perfect party weather

Most of April has been blessed with copious sunshine, but as the month draws to a close it will bring just a few of its proverbial showers. The rest of the May Day holiday weekend promises glorious barbecuing weather for much of Germany.

British military suspends civilians in corruption probe

British military suspends civilians in corruption probe

Twenty-one civilians have been suspended following raids at several British military facilities in Germany this week. They are suspected of accepting bribes to give lucrative maintenance contracts to local companies.

Taliban possibly tapping Berlin’s secrets

Taliban possibly tapping Berlin’s secrets

Deadly attacks on the German military by the Taliban in Afghanistan this week have led intelligence experts to suspect the Islamist group may have access to German government information.

HSV looks for revenge against Bremen in UEFA Cup

HSV looks for revenge against Bremen in UEFA Cup

Hamburg coach Martin Jol is relishing facing Bundesliga rivals Werder Bremen in Thursday's UEFA Cup semi-final despite the heartbreak of losing to them on penalties in the German Cup last week.

US investor Flowers rejects Berlin’s HRE takeover offer

US investor Flowers rejects Berlin’s HRE takeover offer

US investor Christopher Flowers, who heads a consortium owning almost a quarter of Hypo Real Estate (HRE), has refused an offer by the German government to buy the shares to nationalise the troubled mortgage lender.

Germans to erect 46,000 maypoles this spring

Germans to erect 46,000 maypoles this spring

Whether a sign of love, spring or both – Germans will put up as many as 46,000 maypoles this season.

Lufthansa reports first-quarter loss

Lufthansa reports first-quarter loss

Germany's leading airline Lufthansa posted Thursday a first-quarter net loss of €256 million ($290 million) as the sector was slammed by the ongoing recession.

Prince Charles receives German environment award

Prince Charles receives German environment award

On his first official trip to Germany in seven years, Britain’s Prince Charles was honoured in Berlin on Wednesday evening for his efforts championing environmental causes.

English language movies in Germany: April 30 – May 6

English language movies in Germany: April 30 – May 6

So far, we have listings for Berlin, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Nuremberg and Stuttgart; other cities will be added in the coming weeks. This week’s new movie releases are the Sci-Fi thriller “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” with Hugh Jackman, crime thriller “Duplicity” with Julia Roberts and the family comedy “Beverly Hills Chihuahua.”

What’s on in Germany: April 30 – May 6

What’s on in Germany: April 30 – May 6

This week's highlights: It's Art Gallery Weekend in Berlin, Audrey Hepburn graces the Hauptbahnhof, and Stuttgart hosts a fantastic animated film festival.

Farmers demand swine flu name change

Farmers demand swine flu name change

German farmers urged officials on Thursday to change the name of swine flu out of fears it will encourage consumers to shun pork products.

Steinmeier visits wounded soldier after two attacks on troops

Steinmeier visits wounded soldier after two attacks on troops

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier met with an injured Bundewehr soldier on Thursday after two insurgent attacks on German forces overshadowed his visit to Afghanistan with one death and four injuries.

Authorities brace for May Day violence

Authorities brace for May Day violence

Germany is bracing for its biggest May Day protests in years amid fears of a rise in social unrest caused by the worst recession since World War II in Europe's biggest economy.