Berlin girds for conflict in Afghanistan

Berlin girds for conflict in Afghanistan

As German NATO troops take a more aggressive stance in Afghanistan, the Taliban is reportedly planning to step up its military campaign to exploit political sensitivities in the run-up to Germany's general election.

Lufthansa moves to take over Austrian Airlines

Lufthansa moves to take over Austrian Airlines

German airline Lufthansa has submitted plans to take over Austrian Airlines (AUA) to the European Union competition authorities, with the Austrians expecting a ruling in the middle of June.

Hamburg police hunt cross-dressing armed bank robber

Hamburg police hunt cross-dressing armed bank robber

Police in Hamburg are asking for information about an armed bank robber who disguised himself as an old woman on Friday, stole several thousand euros and escaped a huge operation to catch him.

Weakened Helmut Kohl appears in public after operation

Weakened Helmut Kohl appears in public after operation

Former Chancellor Helmut Kohl appeared in public on Friday, his first appointment since a serious head injury necessitated an operation last year.

Topography of Terror starts last stage to completion

Topography of Terror starts last stage to completion

The former Berlin headquarters of the Nazi regime’s instruments of terror, the Gestapo and SS, is finally on track to opening for visitors with a ceremony planned for Monday.

Unions warn of mass job losses in autumn

Unions warn of mass job losses in autumn

Despite some more optimistic data for the German economy recently, Frank Bsirske, head of the service industries trade union Verdi, has warned of mass job losses in the autumn.