Daimler buys into electric carmaker Tesla

Daimler buys into electric carmaker Tesla

German luxury carmaker Daimler said on Tuesday it was buying a 10 percent stake in US electric car manufacturer Tesla as it attempts to plug in to the market for electic cars.

Singing and dancing Hitler a hit in Berlin

Singing and dancing Hitler a hit in Berlin

"The Producers," the raucous Broadway hit featuring SS men dancing in swastika formation and the rousing song "Springtime for Hitler," scored rave reviews after its Berlin premiere this weekend.

Neo-Nazi crime spikes

Neo-Nazi crime spikes

Germany’s domestic intelligence agency monitored a 15.8 percent increase in right-wing extremist crime last year, Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said in Berlin on Tuesday.

Merkel defends her East German past

Merkel defends her East German past

In the ongoing German debate about the legacy of the GDR, Chancellor Angela Merkel has roundly condemned the former communist regime while defending her membership in communist youth organisation the Freie Deutsche Jugend (FDJ).

Klinsmann speaks out after getting sacked

Klinsmann speaks out after getting sacked

Twenty-three days after being fired from coaching Bayern Munich, Jürgen Klinsmann aired his grievances in public for the first time on Tuesday ahead of a live TV interview with top presenter Günther Jauch to be aired Wednesday evening on the commercial channel RTL.

Probe against soldier for Afghan civilian deaths dropped

Probe against soldier for Afghan civilian deaths dropped

German authorities on Tuesday called off an investigation against a soldier accused of wrongfully shooting a woman and two children dead at a checkpoint in northern Afghanistan.

EU backs tight control of German pharmacies

EU backs tight control of German pharmacies

German streets will be free of pharmacy chains for the foreseeable future, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Tuesday in Luxembourg.

Knut custody battle fails before Berlin court

Knut custody battle fails before Berlin court

Two German zoos failed to reach an agreement before a Berlin court on Tuesday in a bitter custody battle over world-famous polar bear Knut and the some €6 million in revenue he has earned since 2007.

Obama’s top pick for ambassador to Germany: Phil Murphy

Obama’s top pick for ambassador to Germany: Phil Murphy

US President Barack Obama is reportedly considering former Goldman Sachs investment banker Phil Murphy for the next ambassador to Germany, news magazine Der Spiegel reported on Tuesday.

German business sentiment reaches three-year high

German business sentiment reaches three-year high

Hopes rose on Tuesday that the worst could be over for Europe's largest economy as a closely-watched German sentiment index rose to a near three-year high in May after a seventh consecutive monthly gain.

State help for Arcandor in doubt

State help for Arcandor in doubt

The German government has denied the request of struggling retail and tourism corporation Arcandor for a financial boost of €650 million, daily Handelsblatt reported on Tuesday.

Day care strike enters third day

Day care strike enters third day

Public day care centres remained closed in much of Germany on Tuesday as workers staged a third day of strikes to pressure state employers into better wage and health care benefits.

Germany tries to clobber first Ultimate Fighting event

Germany tries to clobber first Ultimate Fighting event

Continental Europe's first taste of "Ultimate Fighting," in which men batter each other with bare fists and feet, has sparked a political row this week as officials sought to ban under-18s from watching.