Van Gaal picked to replace sacked Klinsmann at Bayern Munich

Van Gaal picked to replace sacked Klinsmann at Bayern Munich

German giants Bayern Munich confirmed on Wednesday that Dutch coach Louis van Gaal will take over as head coach on July 1 having signed a two-year contract to replace the fired Jürgen Klinsmann.

US Army to consolidate soldiers at Grafenwöhr base

US Army to consolidate soldiers at Grafenwöhr base

The US Army on Wednesday announced it would consolidate military personnel at its Grafenwöhr base in Bavaria at the expense of facilities in Schweinfurt, Wiesbaden, Bamberg and Kaiserslautern.

Simon Rattle to head Berlin Philharmonic until 2018

Simon Rattle to head Berlin Philharmonic until 2018

Britain's Simon Rattle said Wednesday that he would remain the chief conductor of the world-renowned Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra until 2018

Goebbels swastika tapestry sparks row

Goebbels swastika tapestry sparks row

Oldenburg police revealed on Wednesday that a tapestry once belonging to Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels has sparked an ownership dispute after being allegedly smuggled out of East Germany stashed in the boot of a car in the 1980s.

Schaeffler considering axeing 4,500 jobs

Schaeffler considering axeing 4,500 jobs

Ailing German auto parts maker Schaeffler warned on Wednesday it may have to cut up to 4,500 jobs as sales plunged by a third amid the crisis in the automobile sector.

Bavarian tops list of best loved German dialects

Bavarian tops list of best loved German dialects

The Bavarian dialect is Germany’s best-loved accent, according to a new poll from monthly magazine Daheim in Deutschland.

Demjanjuk deemed fit enough for prison

Demjanjuk deemed fit enough for prison

John Demjanjuk, an 89-year-old deported from the US is fit to stay in jail as he awaits charges he helped herd thousands of Jews into the gas chambers, the German prison holding him said Wednesday.

Marching to America’s tune in Saarland

Marching to America’s tune in Saarland

Saarland might be known for its affinity for French culture, but as Rhea Wessel reports, this summer the state will become Germany’s hotspot for American music.

Berlin approves ‘bad bank’ for toxic assets to boost economy

Berlin approves ‘bad bank’ for toxic assets to boost economy

Germany's cabinet agreed on a "bad bank" scheme on Wednesday to clean up toxic assets from banks' balance sheets, a key plank of Berlin's bid to turn around Europe's biggest economy.

Severe storm leaves knee-deep hail

Severe storm leaves knee-deep hail

A severe storm in the German state of Baden-Württemberg created what police called “winter conditions” on Wednesday, with hail up to 50-centimetres deep in some places.

Daycare workers to strike nationwide Friday

Daycare workers to strike nationwide Friday

Daycare workers will likely strike nationwide on Friday in an ongoing wage dispute, forcing parents to scramble for alternative child care.

Wolfsburg stays on top as Bayern and Hertha keep pace

Wolfsburg stays on top as Bayern and Hertha keep pace

Wolfsburg's strikers Edin Dzeko and Grafite both netted in the German league leader's 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday while title rivals Hertha Berlin and Bayern Munich also picked up wins.

SPD claws to highest poll rating this year

SPD claws to highest poll rating this year

The centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) reached their highest approval rating this year in an opinion poll released by weekly magazine Stern on Wednesday.

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Holocaust denier jailed in Australia

A Holocaust revisionist was sentenced to three months in prison in Australia Wednesday for defying court orders to stop publishing anti-Semitic material on the internet.

Health insurance sold patient data illegally

Health insurance sold patient data illegally

Public health insurance companies may have sold personal patient information to private insurers, German federal commissioner for data protection Peter Schaar told daily Bild on Wednesday.

US investor Ripplewood looking into Opel purchase

US investor Ripplewood looking into Opel purchase

US investment fund Ripplewood is interested in Opel, the German unit of struggling General Motors for which Berlin is trying to find a buyer, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported on Wednesday.