Stasi files still revealing secrets 20 years on

Stasi files still revealing secrets 20 years on

Germans are still applying in droves to see files kept on them by the feared Stasi secret police nearly 20 years after the Berlin Wall fell, the head of the vast archives said on Tuesday.

Severe storms close schools and flood roads

Severe storms close schools and flood roads

Severe storms ravaged parts of Germany with gale force winds, hail, lightning and heavy rains, causing flooding and school closures on Tuesday.

Germany lags Europe in social equality survey

Germany lags Europe in social equality survey

A new survey comparing social equality in the European Union has ranked German society near the bottom due to poor educational and job opportunities, as well as widespread gender and generational disparity.

Bayern poised to poach Stuttgart striker Gomez

Bayern poised to poach Stuttgart striker Gomez

Stuttgart striker Mario Gomez is poised to join Bayern Munich after the German national team's Asia tour this summer in a deal believed to be worth €30 million ($41.7 million).

Health officials say cocaine in Red Bull Cola harmless

Health officials say cocaine in Red Bull Cola harmless

The amount of cocaine found in Red Bull Cola is completely harmless, despite being pulled from store shelves in several states after experts found traces of the narcotic in the drink, the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) said on Tuesday.

Toasting times for Germany’s leftists

Toasting times for Germany’s leftists

Roger Boyes, the Berlin correspondent of British daily The Times, explains why Germany’s leftists should raise a glass of bubbly to the global economic crisis.

Germany boots fastest supercomputer in EU

Germany boots fastest supercomputer in EU

The fastest supercomputer in Europe booted up with fanfare on Tuesday at the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing in Jülich.

Manager suing Deutsche Telekom for sex-life spy scandal

Manager suing Deutsche Telekom for sex-life spy scandal

The manager of a Croatian subsidiary of Germany's Deutsche Telekom has said she will sue the parent company after a report that it spied on her sex life, Croatian media reported on Tuesday.

Swabian Alb recognized as UNESCO nature haven

Swabian Alb recognized as UNESCO nature haven

A nature preserve near Stuttgart and the “in-between city” of St. Ingbert in Germany have been added to UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR), the organisation announced on Tuesday.

Berlin dismisses Opel liquidation talk

Berlin dismisses Opel liquidation talk

As Chancellor Angela Merkel prepared to meet Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne to discuss the future of carmaker Opel on Tuesday, Berlin had to deny Economy Minister Karl -Theodor zu Guttenberg had mooted a total liquidation of GM’s German unit.

Woman knee-deep in toilet drain for hours after fall

Woman knee-deep in toilet drain for hours after fall

A 34-year-old woman is home safe after spending three hours with her leg stuck in a public squat toilet drain pipe, Baden-Württemberg police told The Local on Tuesday.

Day care strike spreads to eastern states ahead of negotiations

Day care strike spreads to eastern states ahead of negotiations

An ongoing strike by day care workers expanded to states in eastern Germany for the first time on Tuesday in an attempt to increase pressure on public employers to provide better working conditions and wages.